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May 2001

Wednesday 30th May 2001
Two new friendlies confirmed
Two new friendlies have now been confirmed:

     Saturday July 21st, Kingstonian v Southend United (Kingsmeadow)
     Saturday August 4th, Kingstonian v Watford (Kingsmeadow)
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Details of a supporters meeting at Kingsmeadow
There was a well-attended meeting at Kingsmeadow last night. Brief details follow:

Present were quite a few supporters, six board members (Alan Kingston, Gerry Desler, Tom Dixon, Chris Kelly, Noel Verbruggen and Malcolm Grant) as well as Bill Williams. The meeting started with the proposal that a Supporters' Trust Fund be set up to give more representation to the supporters.

Alan Kingston stated that he would be "absolutely delighted" to have 2 supporters representatives attend the first half an hour of board meetings. There was then some debate concerning who these representatives would be, with most people happy to have the Supporters' Club represent them.

Talk then progressed to actually setting up a Trust, which would have a block of shares and would elect a representative to the board. Alan Kingston stated that it would only be fair if the representative had the same liabilities as the existing directors, whilst several points were made about how difficult such an undertaking would be.

The meeting threatened to degenerate into a slanging match between various factions, but thankfully this was avoided for the most part. There certainly seemed to be a consensus of opinion that such a Trust Fund would be a good idea - although Gerry Desler stated that it was unnecessary. Details of future plans will be released shortly.

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Bill Williams speaks to the fans
After the main business of the evening, Bill Williams took the opportunity to introduce himself to the supporters and took several questions. The main points are below:

On June 1st K's will officially sign "Dover's best player".

Gary Patterson has been offered a 100 per week increase on his deal from last season to stay. Williams believes this is "too much money". No decision has yet been reached.

There are currently no bids in for Geoff Pitcher. Williams wants him to stay, but he doesn't know if Pitcher wants to stay as he wants to play in the Football League.

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Sunday 27th May 2001
NLP: End of an era as K's start to dismantle Geoff Chapple's team of FA Cup giant-killers
From today's Non-League Paper:

End of an era as K's start to dismantle Geoff Chapple's team of FA Cup giant-killers by Tony Flood

KINGSTONIAN, who are releasing striker Eddie Akuamoah, defender Mark Harris and goalkeeper Jimmy Glass, could also lose their England stars Steve Farrelly, Gary Patterson and Geoff Pitcher. Fit-again first choice keeper Farrelly and Patterson are considering offers from Conference clubs, while midfield dynamo Pitcher looks set to join a League side.

But new manager Bill Williams, working on a reduced budget, declared: "If we lose players, we will bring others in who can help us achieve our aim of getting back into the Conference at the first attempt. Six players are out of contract. Akuamoah, Harris and Glass are not being retained. The decision was taken before I arrived. Eddie has been with the club eight years, but had a lean spell last season and it is time for a change, while Mark, at 35, no longer has the legs he once did and Jimmy was just brought in on a short term contract following the injury to Steve Farrelly.

"We have made offers to Farrelly and Patterson. Gary has turned us down, but we will talk again. One problem is that he is moving home to Nottingham."

Farrelly, 36, who had an operation last November to remove an abscess from his spine, said: "I've received an offer from K's and one from a Conference club. I'm unsure what to do. Playing with K's in the Ryman would fit in well with my job, but I want to play at the highest level possible and regain my place in the England team."

Patterson was blunt: "It doesn't look like I'll be staying unless they come back with a better offer. I'm having talks with three Conference clubs who are all keen to sign me." England's 28-year-old captain adds: "I'm moving back to Nottingham because my wife has been transferred there in her job, but it won't influence my choice of club."

The futures of other out-of-contract players Derek Allan and Phil Wingfield have yet to be decided, but K's are giving a two-year-deal to centre-half Sean Thurgood, recommended by reserve team manager Matt Beard and who broke into the first team after the club was already doomed to relegation.

Williams said: "Thurgood is a fine prospect and I expect to he making two signings soon - a defender and a midfielder. Hopefully, coach Steve Sedgley's injury will clear up enough to enable him to play, but he is unlikely to start the season."

Former Leatherhead secretary Graham Richards has joined the club to take over from Derek Powell, who resigned in protest at previous manager Geoff Chapple's dismissal. Chairman Alan Kingston said: "Graham has stepped straight into Derek's role so there is no disruption. We are run like a business and we all know what we are doing."

The decision that Kingstonian will play in the Ryman next season was taken out of the club's hands. Kingstonian had wanted to go into the Dr Martens, but the two leagues made the decision that they should return to the Ryman.

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Kingstonian v Tottenham? No - that was last year
Apologies to those who have delayed their holiday specially, but despite what you may have read below, K's will not be playing Tottenham in a friendly. Oops.
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Friday 25th May 2001
An open supporters meeting is to be held next Tuesday
The Supporters' Club is to hold an open meeting for all Kingstonian supporters next Tuesday, May 29th at Kingsmeadow. The details follow:

An open meeting of Kingstonian supporters has been called for next Tuesday, May 29th to discuss the immediate future of the club. The meeting will take place at Kingsmeadow, starting at 8pm. The bar will be open from 7.30pm.

An informal group of supporters have banded together in the wake of the sacking of Geoff Chapple to try and take the club forward and to bridge the gap which has once again opened up between supporters and the Board of Directors. With this in mind, it is hoped that supporters will be encouraged to invest in the club through a supporters trust fund. And it is hoped that the block of shares purchased will be of a sufficient size to allow the Board to honour a pledge made many years ago to co-opt a representative of Kingstonian Football Club's supporters.

Spokesman Mark Murphy said "In the light of Kingstonian's speedy appointment of a high-calibre figure such as Bill Williams to take charge of on-field activities, we are looking to ensure that the whole club has a similarly high-calibre team to make progress off the field. We are also looking to encourage a take-up of shares from supporters, in response to a recent appeal by financial director Gerry Desler. And we are organising the meeting in response to an appeal from club Chairman Alan Kingston for talks with supporters."

Kingstonian fans of all shapes and sizes are urged to attend.

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K's to entertain Tottenham?
According to K's will be entertaining a Tottenham XI on Thursday August 9th 2001.
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The new season kicks off on August 18th 2001
The new season definitely kicks off on Saturday August 18th (see above) but nobody knows exactly when the fixtures will be released - "mid-July" is the best estimate of the League Secretary!
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Tuesday 22nd May 2001
Graham Richards appointed as the new Club Secretary
Graham Richards has been appointed as Kingstonian's new Club Secretary following the departure of Derek Powell. The club's statement follows:

New Club Secretary Graham Richards said that he felt exactly the same as new manager Bill Williams in that he was both excited and flattered by Kingstonian approaching him and asking him to be part of K's future moving forward.

The former Leatherhead F.C. club secretary and Southern League referee is very much looking forward to taking over the secretarial role in a high profile club like K's. He realises it is a massive challenge but is thoroughly looking forward to it. Like Bill it came completely and utterly out of the blue when I received a telephone call at home an hour after the end of the FA Cup Final. I thought that I would be spending the next few seasons with Leatherhead, but football is like that.

The set up at K's is excellent and they are a massive club with excellent support. I will be responsible for all football related administrative matters and will be the club's main link with the F.A., Surrey County F.A., the Ryman League. It will also give me the chance of working again with my former Assistant Secretary at Leatherhead Robert Wooldridge who has also agreed to join the club as Assistant Secretary and Programme Editor. Between us we already have a few ideas, which we will be seeking to introduce to the club and improving the product that we offer our fans and supporters.

Richards admitted that he has regrets about leaving Leatherhead but is thoroughly looking forward to the potential that Kingstonian offers. "I was happy at Leatherhead, they are a lovely little club who were only saved last season by the supporters stepping forward and bailing them out. Like Bill I did an awful lot of soul searching before I agreed to join K's and my main concern and worry was that I was letting down some really good and decent people at Leatherhead.

"I have already received a good luck note and offer of assistance from Ryman League Chairman & Managing Director Alan Turvey. I have also received an offer of every assistance in our refereeing requirements for pre-season friendlies from the League Referees Administrator Dave Cook and acknowledgment of my appointment from League Secretary Nick Robinson. I am looking forward to meeting all these guys again plus the other Ryman League clubs at the League's AGM on the 11th June 2001 at Sutton United which I will be attending on behalf of K's together with our Chairman Alan Kingston.

Role on next season.

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Monday 21st May 2001
Man of the Match results
The following man of the match votes have now closed:

   Southport away, won by Simon Stewart with 4 votes
   Telford home, won by Colin Luckett with 7 votes
   Hereford away, won by Gavin Holligan with 9 votes
   Boston away, won by Colin Luckett with 9 votes
   Dover home, won by Jimmy Glass with 17 votes
   Chester away, won by Colin Luckett with 5 votes
   Leigh away, won by Colin Luckett with 6 votes
   Yeovil away (NVCT), won by Sammy Winston with 7 votes
   Forest Green home, won by Derek Allan with 2 votes
   Chester home (NVCT), won by Colin Luckett with 7 votes.
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K's Web takes a summer semi-break
Several pages will not be active again until the new season starts, but for full details of the 2000/2001 season, please see the History page.
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Wednesday 16th May 2001
Bill Williams is introduced at a press conference
A press conference was held at Kingsmeadow this afternoon to introduce the new management team of Bill Williams (manager) and Steve Sedgley (player/coach). The details are below:

Present at the press conference were Alan Kingston (Chairman), Bill Williams (Manager), Steve Sedgley (Player/coach) and Malcolm Grant (Director). The time began with a statement from Mr. Kingston introducing both Williams and Sedgley, and informing the assembled press (and internet-hangers-on) of how the appointments came about.

Williams had in fact thought of applying for the vacant manager's position, but K's had approached him before that happened. Dover were reluctant for him to leave them, but he said that he has been offered a "very good job" at a "very good club". As he had only been in-post for four hours at this point, many of the details over his position - in particular the non-football related side - were not definite.

His first task is to get to know everybody and to decide which players need to stay and which need to be replaced. He said that he "doesn't want players here who don't want to play for Kingstonian Football Club". He also said that he found it "a little strange" that not all of the players had been contacted yet, with regards to next season. Another early job is that of arranging the pre-season training and friendlies (see below).

His position will not be a "hands-on" one, as he gave that up a few years ago. He will however be present at all training sessions - but that work will be left to Sedgley. The last word on formation and selection will rest with Williams, although he will consult the coach.

When asked how he felt replacing the successful Geoff Chapple, Williams said that this is the seventh time in his footballing career that he has gone into a high-profile job. He is not phased by the task. However, he did admit that he was "shocked" by Kingstonian's relegation, and he pointed out that he has never been relegated.

Every club which he has managed, with the exception of Dover, had become champions within two or three years, and he is hopeful that K's will be too. Once Alan Kingston had told him that K's were definitely in the Ryman League that is.

On the subject of Sammy Winston, it is true that Williams put in two bids for the striker last year, but when he saw him play for the third time he saw how over-weight he was and changed his mind. He admitted that "there is a striking problem here".

On the goalkeeping side, Williams is a great fan of Steve Farrelly, but he has some concerns over his ability to make a comeback. Farrelly himself says that he is "fit and ready for next season" but Williams said that saying he's ready and proving it are two different things.

Alan Kingston then stated how he saw the "Williams K's" playing. He said that the side would be fit, disciplined, and would play more attractive football than what was produced last season. He also said that, contrary to what is often reported, the board does not seek to build barriers. The directors are keen to meet with supporters in the next few weeks.

The only down side to the job, as far as Williams is aware, is the traffic between Maidstone and Kingston. He said that we should all go down to Kent and see how nice it is! His final point was that he expects this to be his last job in football (he is 59 in August) and that he would like to end on a high note.

Following this there were several photo sessions and off the record chats, with the most interesting fact emerging that Williams is a fan of the internet, and Sedgley would be if he could get his modem to work.

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Promotion and relegation to be resolved on June 2nd
Promotion and relegation issues between the Conference and the feeder leagues should be resolved at a meeting on June 2nd.
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K's will play newly-promoted Farnborough Town at home on August 7th 2001
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Geoff Chapple has been offered a testimonial by the club
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Two-up is on the Football League's AGM agenda
The Football League confirmed yesterday that the subject of more Conference promotion and relegation places is officially on the agenda for this summer's AGM.
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Tuesday 15th May 2001
Bill Williams to be new K's boss
The following statement has been issued by the club:

Bill Williams to be new K's boss

Kingstonian Football Club is delighted to confirm that Bill Williams has been invited to become K's manager following his resignation from Dover FC.

Discussions are continuing between Bill and the Kingstonian Board with a view to him taking up his duties as soon as possible.

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Williams reveals move reasons
From the Nationwide site:

Williams reveals move reasons

Bill Williams has confirmed that he will begin his duties as the new manager of Ryman League outfit Kingstonian on Wednesday May 16, just 48 hours after leaving Nationwide Conference side Dover Athletic.

The vastly experienced boss, who has left The Crabble for Kingsmeadow, has confirmed that former Ipswich and Wolves central defender Steve Sedgley will be the team coach of the K's.

"I will commence my duties at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday morning after Kingstonian approached Dover Athletic through the front door," revealed Williams.

"Dover granted them permission to speak to me and they made me the type of offer I was looking for.

"I will be responsible for the whole running of the club, although I will be working alongside the financial director. It is the type of role that I wanted though eventually I will move away from the sharp end - but not just yet.

"It is a massive job and from the beginning I will be involved in overseeing everything on a day to day basis, while working in conjunction with others.

"Initially the main objective is to get the team back into the Nationwide Conference. But you never know whether relegation has left its mark on the players. I have never been relegated before. Steve Sedgley will work alongside me and have the title of coach."

Williams admitted he has regrets but was looking forward to the potential that Kingstonian offers.

"I have been very happy at Dover, they are a lovely little club," added Williams, who had been with the Conference club for five years.

"I had to do an awful lot of soul searching before I agreed to the move and the biggest concern I had was that I was letting down some good people at Dover.

"But I am a professional manager and made a professional decision.

"Kingstonian have a thriving social club and are probably in a position to raise more money than Dover. It was also difficult trying to tempt players out to Dover, so it may be easier to get them to come to Kingstonian.

"I don't wish to comment on the previous management team but I will say that Kingstonian shouldn't have been relegated."

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An FA statement on the future of the pyramid structure
The following bulletin was issued by the FA yesterday:

The FA today held a consultation meeting with the management of the Football Conference, The Southern, Isthmian and Northern Premier Leagues to discuss the future of the FA National League System.

In advance of today's meeting, each league had presented their proposals to restructure the system, and these views were incorporated into The FA National League System Committee consultation presentation.

All parties recognised that restructuring is necessary in order to meet the needs of football at this level, There has been unanimous support for the principles underpinning the review process: that clubs should have the opportunity to progress on merit and that the system must be clear and consistent.

The meeting was the latest step in a long consultation process, involving clubs and leagues. before further work is undertaken, the FA Board and FA Council will need to approve the direction being proposed. Clubs and leagues will then be given a full role in the process.

The timing for any changes to the FA National League System will depend upon the results of the consultation.

For further information, please contact Nick Barron at the FA on 020 7745 4717.

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Monday 14th May 2001
Bill Williams free to talk to Kingstonian
After the departure of Bill Williams from Dover Athletic, Kingstonian have been given permission to speak to him, presumably to offer him the post of Director of Football. The official Dover Athletic site says:

Dover Athletic Football Club have announced that they have accepted the resignation of manager Bill Williams following an approach from Kingstonian FC regarding the position of Director of Football at Kingsmeadow. Bill Williams was Dover's most successful manager in Conference football. In his four and a half years at the helm, he and assistant Clive Walker have taken the Whites from being perennial relegation candidates to being a well established Conference side, finishing in the top half in two of the last three seasons including a club best finish of 6th in 1999/2000. Dover Athletic have not yet made any announcement concerning Bill Williams' successor.

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Kingstonian will play in the Ryman (Isthmian) League next season
It was confirmed today that Kingstonian will play in the Ryman (Isthmian) League next season, with both Hednesford Town and Kettering Town playing in the Doc Martens League.
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Sunday 13th May 2001
New Manager advert
Gi's a job
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NLP: Powell quits Ks in Chapple protest
From today's Non-League Paper:

Powell quits Ks in Chapple protest by Tony Flood

Kingstonian were a club in turmoil yesterday after secretary Derek Powell walked out in protest at the dismissal of manager Geoff Chapple.

Star midfielder Geoff Pitcher looks certain to go and up to five other players are out of contract and could be on the move.

It all makes for a tough introduction for new player-coach Steve Sedgley, the former Coventry and Spurs midfielder, and the soon-to-be-appointed director of football.

Powell, who joined two years ago at Chapples instigation, said: "I was so upset at the way Geoff was treated that I was not prepared to stay."

Powell added enigmatically: "Theres seems to have been a hidden agenda. A situation at the club needs sorting out." But he refused to elaborate.

Ks would like a man of the stature of Colin Addison, recently departed Yeovil boss, to become director of football. His brief is to help Sedgely get Ks back into the Conference in one season.

Chairman Alan Kingston said: "Sedgley has a lot to offer. But he needs to gain experience. While good coaches can turn players into better players. it is usually managers with track records who have the knack of winning championships. We need an older, more experienced figure as director of football and he will probably have the final say in team selection. We would obviously consider someone of Addisons stature. But at this stage we are not ruling anybody in or out. The essential requirement is for somebody who has achieved success at our level or higher."

The decision to part with Chapple was made on Tuesday. Despite claims of an amicable split, it was forced on Chapple who had told his players the previous night he was looking forward to seeing them next season.

Chapple, who had three years of his contract to run, was sacked for the first time in his career. He said: "Ive been 23 years in management and this was the best dressing room Ive ever had in terms of spirit. I didnt want to leave the club or move upstairs because I felt I could win promotion. I was told the board wanted a change of manager.

He remains a director of the club and will stay on until things are sorted out.

He added: "I had decided the retained list in my own mind " and it might have raised a few eyebrows. I had also identified several players I wished to bring to the club. I am going with my credibility intact even though I failed to deliver the goods this season. Plenty of people have phoned me about what I might do. I will take a few weeks with my family and then Ill be back."

Kingstonian must cut costs as they face up to life in the Ryman or the Dr Martens League. They have just spent 850,000 to bring their Kingsmeadow ground up to League standard.

Meanwhile, new Oxford manager Mark Wright has joined Brentford, Sheffield United and Milwall in the hunt for Pitcher.

Pitcher, the 25-year old England Non-League international said "A few League clubs are showing an interest and Kingstonian have said they wont stand in my way.

"Obviously, it could be an advantage to play for a manager like Mark Wright who has watched me play five or six times during his time at Southport."

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Canvey Island win the FA Trophy
Canvey Island today beat Forest Green Rovers one-nil in the FA Trophy Final at Villa Park.
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Thursday 10th May 2001
A statement from the club regarding Geoff Chapple's departure
The club's statement from yesterday has now been received:

Geoff Chapple and Kingstonian Football Club have reached an amicable agreement for the termination of his contract with the club.

Geoff joined Kingstonian in 1997 and won promotion to the Nationwide Conference in his first season. This was followed by two successful league seasons in the Conference, two FA Trophy triumphs at Wembley and a superb FA Cup run into the draw for the 5th round.

This season however, league form has slumped with relegation being the price finally paid.

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Gerry Desler gives a Director's view
The following has been posted on the forum by Gerry Desler (Finance Director):

I thought it was about time that you heard from a director of the club. I have been reading the articles on the web-site for some time and over the last few days a great number of comments have been made that need answers.

I will write below on some of the comments that have been made, but beyond doing that would be happy to answer any questions that you have as far as I am able to, either through this site or via my e-mail (

Most of you will probably know that I have only been a director since December but have worked with the club since July. My initial work was purely an accounting function following the departure of Mr Woolfson.

In the late summer I was asked to help with the funding of the stadium development which involved building a working relationship with our bank. I will say more about the development later.

Since mid-December I have been a director and have tried to take a professional view of the "business". Please remember that it is a business as well as a club and I suppose that I have the advantage over the fans and my co-directors of not being a life long or long term fan.

My family and me have become fans and I have died the same number of deaths as you have over the last few months.

Professional Football is a very difficult business and I have spoken to other football finance directors, other chairman and I have read many articles and have listened to many broadcasts about "football as a business" and guess what, all of our problems are exactly the same as the majority of other clubs from the first division and down to the Conference. The scale of the problems are different, but the substance is the same.

As I said above I would like to deal with some of the comments made:

The Stadium Development was finally costed at 500k and will probably over run to 520k. This has been funded 250k from the Football Trust (non repayable) and 250k commercial mortgage from Barclays bank repayable over 20 years. In addition pre-development costs of about 150k were incurred by way of professional fees and costs. These costs started in late 1999 and have been paid for out of cash flow. They were incurred with a much bigger development in mind (2m I think)It was me that asked for the costs to be cut to what we could afford. This is not to say that we will add to the development if we are able to obtain further grants from the Football Trust. The total costs will be in the region of 650k. During our cup run Geoff and Alan mentioned 750k and I think even a 1m, but this was all good hipe for the club.

Many comments have been made about Chris Kelly. I would just say that his salary is not 40k - it is just under 30k.

Some of you think that Chris has his own agenda and this is far from the truth. All that happened with Macca and Geoff was not originated by Chris but by the Board. Believe me when I say that Chris is just one of eight voices and what we have done is the decision of the whole board.

As a Board we have a plan going forward cover all aspects of the club, from Team Management, to Coaching, to the reserves and youngsters, to other income generating activities, all with a view to the club being financially viable and to getting back to the Conference quickly.

I very much hope that we will be able to announce these plans within the next 7 days.

I think I have waffled on enough for now and will post more comments later, but my wife is calling me downstairs for food.


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A tribute to Geoff Chapple
There is now a tribute to Geoff Chapple available.
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Pass on a message to Geoff Chapple and vote for the next manager
You can pass on your own message to Geoff via this form. We'll ensure that all messages are passed on. And you can now tell the world who The Next Manager should be with our vote.
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Wednesday 9th May 2001
Geoff Chapple has parted company with the club
The following is from BBC Ceefax:

Kingstonian manager Geoff Chapple has parted company with the club. A club statement confirmed that the two parties reached an amicable agreement for the termination of his contract. Chapple joined the club in 1997. He won promotion to the Nationwide Conference in his first season and guided the club to two FA Trophy successes. But the club paid the price for a good FA Cup run this season when they went into the fourth round proper and were relegated to the Ryman League.

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Tuesday 8th May 2001
Goal of the Season and Player of the Year results
The full results of both the Player of the Year and Goal of the Season votes are now available. Both were won by Geoff Pitcher.
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NLP: Hero Chapple Faces the Chop
From Sunday's Non-League Paper:

Hero Chapple Faces the Chop by Tony Flood

KINGSTONIAN manager Geoff Chapple faces the sack when the club's board meets next week to discuss the repercussions of relegation to the Conference.

If Ks do decide to part with one of Non-League's most successful managers, they will almost certainly offer the job to coach Steve Sedgley, the former Coventry, Spurs, Ipswich and Wolves player. Ks directors are mindful that Chapple has twice won them the FA Trophy, but they are baffled by his failure to bring in new players-last season when, they say, money was available to buy his way out of trouble.

Chairman Alan Kingston said: "I can't prejudge the way the board will react. It's a difficult one to call and no decision has been taken yet. We have given Geoff our full support and we fully appreciate the four wonderful years we've had under him in getting into the Conference and winning the Trophy twice. But relegation has been a major blow and results are all important. We've got to do what is best for the fans and the shareholders."

Chapple said: "I don't want to leave Kingstonian or move upstairs and have someone else in charge of the team because I believe I can take us back into the Conference. If the money is available I want to bring in six players in order to turn things around."

Chapple has three years remaining on his contract. But criticism by former coach Ian McDonald could count against him. Chapple said: "The accusations made against me by Ian were out of order. I'm not a coach and I trusted him to tell the players the way I wanted the game played. I did try to make signings before the transfer deadline. Chelsea midfielder Mark Nicholls was one who almost came. I also had discussions with Steve Archibald about two Airdrie players - a striker and a midfielder - joining us. But one of them signed for Dundee and the other wouldn't come to us on his own. In the end I signed Gavin Holligan, a striker from West Ham. But it was typical of our luck when he was carried off against Dover with a broken noseand concussion."

Ks chief executive Chris Kelly said: "I'm shattered by us suffering relegation, although I could see it happening months ago. It's been a disaster waiting to happen. Money was available to bring in players, but we didn't sign any. We were simply not good enough and some players needed to be replaced."

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NLP: K's may opt for Dr Martens
From Sunday's Non-League Paper:

K's may opt for Dr Martens

KINGSTONIAN are considering applying to join the Dr Martens League instead of going back into the Ryman League following their relegation from the Conference, writes TONY FLOOD. Chris Kelly, Ks chief executive.'said: "We have to look at both choices carefully. We have never been in the Dr Martens League before and that could offer us a new challenge, while on the other hand as we came from the Ryman we know it well and there would be less travelling costs.

"Our objective is to get back into the Conference at the first attempt. But there will be fierce competition from the likes of Canvey, Basingstoke, Aldershot and Gravesend in the Ryman and Burton Albion, Weymouth and Worcester City in the Dr Martens."

Kingstonian chairman Alan Kingston said: "No decision has been made - it has yet to be discussed at a board meeting."

Conference chief executive John Moules said the league would support Kingstonian's case to go into whichever feeder league they prefer. He said there had been cases where two clubs have gone from the Conference into the same feeder league. But Ryman League chairman Alan Turvey said that by promoting Farnborough to the Conference they expected to receive a club in exchange and that K's should return to the Ryman. The FA have the final say.

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Monday 7th May 2001
Kingstonian 0-0 Chester City - Chester win 4-2 on penalties
The Nationwide Variety Club Trophy Final was lost after a penalty shoot-out after the match had finished goalless after extra time. Colin Luckett hit the bar and Mark Beard was sent off before the end of normal time before Wayne Brown's save from Billy Mead handed Chester the cup. You can vote for your man of the match now.
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Forest Green match report
The Forest Green report is now ready, thanks to Murray Stalker, and you can also vote for the man of that match.
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Final table and result round-up
The final league table is now available, as is every Conference score and attendance from this season.
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Geoff Pitcher wins the Player of the Year award
The K's Web Player of the Year award was handed to Geoff Pitcher after Saturday's game and thanks to everybody who voted. The full results - and details of the other awards - will be made available shortly.
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Eddie Akuamoah on his way out?
Rumours were rife tonight that Eddie Akuamoah was playing his last game for K's, although nothing was confirmed or denied.
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Kelly and Smith on the receiving end
Both Chris Kelly and Terry Smith (Chester's chairman) came under vocal attack from both sets of supporters during tonight's game, with Kelly at one point walking out of the stand.
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Addison leaves Yeovil
Colin Addison resigned as manager of Yeovil after an "inaccurate" and "hugely insulting" statement from club chairman John Fry.
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Saturday 5th May 2001
Kingstonian 0-1 Forest Green Rovers
Details to follow.
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Friday 4th May 2001
Gary Patterson is suspended for tomorrow's visit of Forest Green Rovers
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No updates for a couple of days
There will be no further updates to the site until late on Monday or Tuesday, but any important news will no doubt be posted onto the forum.
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Thursday 3rd May 2001
Chester beat Nuneaton in the NVCT semi-final
The final of the Nationwide Variety Club Trophy will be against Chester City after they beat Nuneaton Borough two-one after extra time tonight.
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Wednesday 2nd May 2001
Patterson and Pitcher on their way North?
The summer rumour-mill has started early this season, with various stories concerning K's players doing the rounds. YAURS! reports that Gary Patterson and Geoff Pitcher are all set to join Doncaster, whilst the latter has also been linked with both Woking and Yeovil today.
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A meeting to discuss possible restructuring of the Pyramid system
A meeting is to be held on Monday May 14th to discuss possible restructuring of the Pyramid system. Present will be representatives of the Conference, the Unibond League, the Doc Martens League and the Ryman League.
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Tuesday 1st May 2001
K's have been expelled from the Surrey Senior Cup for fielding an ineligible player
K's have been expelled from the Surrey Senior Cup for fielding an ineligible player (Billy Mead). The reserve side has also been expelled from the Surrey Premier Cup for the same reason.
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Yeovil match report
The report of yesterday's five-nil win over Yeovil is now ready.
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Trophy final to be played next Monday
The Nationwide Variety Club Trophy final will take place at Kingsmeadow next Monday, May 7th, kick-off 8pm.
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Both the Player of the Year and Goal of the Season votes have now closed
Both the Player of the Year and Goal of the Season votes have now closed. The trophy will be presented to the Player of the Year after the game on Saturday, along with all of the other awards from the Supporters' Club and the Football Club.
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