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February 2005

Monday 28th February 2005
Match posters
Upcoming fixture posters are back, courtesy of Phil Davies, and can be downloaded for distribution for the final five Kingstonian home games of the season from the match posters page.
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Sunday 27th February 2005
Richard Taylor
Having picked up his fifth caution of the season last week, Richard Taylor will be suspended for the next match - scheduled to be against Eastleigh.
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Thursday 24th February 2005
Goalkeeper moves
Following the arrival of new goalkeeper Andy Iga, Mark Torcaso has left the club and is expected to sign for Bromley. Following his recent decision to concentrate on his studies, Nick Hart's registration has also been cancelled. Youngster Alan Hughes remains with the club.
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Wednesday 23rd February 2005
Hampton v Kingstonian re-arranged
The above fixture originally scheduled for Easter Bank Holiday Monday will now be played on Tuesday 12th April, kick off 7.45pm, following Hampton & Richmond Borough's progress to the Middlesex Senior Cup final.
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Tuesday 22nd February 2005
Braintree match report
The report of Saturday's game can be found here.
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Monday 21st February 2005
Meet Jim Cochrane on Friday
There will be an Open Forum on Friday 25th February at 7.45pm in the Banqueting Suite at Kingsmeadow so that all supporters have a chance to meet new Chairman/owner Jim Cochrane.
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Bashiru Alimi
Following his recent sending off for 'denying a goalscoring opportunity' against Hampton, Bashiru Alimi will be suspended for the next two matches - scheduled to be against Eastleigh and Hendon.
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Saturday 19th February 2005
Kingstonian 0-1 Braintree Town
In-form visitors Braintree Town secured the points with a strike by Ellis Remy in the 75th minute in a tight match at Kingsmeadow today.

Earlier, new chairman Jimmy Cochrane led the side out and was introduced to the crowd - K's second biggest of the season.

Full details can be found here.
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Andy Iga
Kingstonian's eighth goalkeeper of the season, Andy Iga, has signed from neighbours Sutton United. Iga, a former Millwall player has previously appeared for the K's in a friendly outing.
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Tuesday 15th February 2005
Council welcomes new ownership at Kingstonian FC
COUNCIL WELCOMES NEW OWNERSHIP AT KINGSTONIAN FC

Kingston Council today issued a statement welcoming the transfer of ownership of Kingstonian FC Ltd from Anup and Rajesh Khosla to Jim Cochrane.

The Council is committed, in its role as community leader, to Kingstonian FC continuing as the local football team and wishes Mr Cochrane every success in his undertaking.

Councillor Barry O'Mahony, Executive Member for Economic Development & Regeneration, comments:
"It has been sad for everyone who follows the fortunes of Kingstonian to see the Club struggle through lack of resources over the last two years. We now have an opportunity to improve this situation and the Council looks forward to working with Mr Cochrane, the K's Trust, the Supporters' Club and the supporters themselves to help the Club climb back up the leagues."

Kingston Council continues to hold the lease to the land on the perimeter of the Kingsmeadow ground. It had been committed to using any proceeds from the sale of this lease, to AFC Wimbledon, to support Kingstonian FC through the K's Trust. The deal, which the Council attempted to negotiate with the Khoslas and the Trust two years ago, collapsed when the Khoslas refused to sell to the Trust.

Bruce McDonald, Chief Executive at RBK, adds:
"Kingston Council has always believed that Kingstonian occupy an important place in the Royal Boroughs history and the life of our community. We are really disappointed that our wish to support the club through the K's Trust was frustrated because a deal with the Khoslas could not be completed and that stopped the Trust benefiting in the way we had hoped it would. Now that Mr Cochrane has taking over, we are ready to talk to him, AFC Wimbledon and the K's Trust."
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K's on Ryman League Clubcall
On the official Ryman League Clubcall line today (and for the rest of the week), the new owner of Kingstonian FC talks about his hopes of taking the club forward. The interview can be heard by telephoning 09066 555 777 - calls cost 60p per minute.
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Monday 14th February 2005
K's Web - official once more
New Kingstonian owner Jimmy Cochrane has moved to restore "K's Web" (the web site reached with domain names kingstonian.net and kingstonian.com) as the official web site for Kingstonian FC.

Launched in 1998, the website - one of the most extensive and popular sites in non-league football - had been the official site since 2001 until a fundamental disagreement with the previous owner three months ago.

Meanwhile, Robert Wooldridge makes a welcome return to the club as programme editor and matchday announcer.
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Sunday 13th February 2005
Ryman League: New owner for K's
From the Ryman League news release:

The League was advised at 4.50pm on Friday 11th February that an agreement had been completed by Rajesh and Anup Khosla for the sale of shares in Kingstonian FC Limited to Jim Cochrane. Mr Cochrane is committed to clearing the debts of the Club under the agreement. The League welcomes any movement which safeguards the future of the Club and wishes the new management well for the future. The announcement means that the threat of suspension of the membership of Ks has been lifted by the Board and it is to be hoped that the Club will be able to restore their former glories having won the FA Trophy twice as well as reaching the first round of the FA Cup and Surrey Senior Cup final in recent seasons. An announcement of the names of the new executive team is awaited from Kingstonian.
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From The Observer: Happy Man
From
The Observer website:

So farewell then, Rajesh Khosla - ex-owner of Kingstonian, who pledged a 10-year plan, then sold the club's ground for a 2m personal profit. 'He's raping us,' said manager Kim Harris in 2003. 'He's put a sword right through the club's heart.' The K's - no assets, in debt and funded by fans - were saved from liquidation by new owner Jimmy Cochrane on Friday night. So what next for Khosla? 'I will leave here a happy man,' he promised in 2003. 'Selling the ground was good business.'
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Northwood match report
The report of yesterday's late show can be found here.
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Saturday 12th February 2005
Northwood 0-1 Kingstonian
An attempted cross from Bashiru Alimi snuck into the top corner of the home side's net deep into injury time at Northwood Park this afternoon, to give Kingstonian a massive boost.

A defensive pairing of debutant Liam Parrington and Rob Paris looked secure, whilst James Rose should have scored an opportunity early in the first half. A late save from Mark Torcaso looked to have earned K's a point, but Alimi's effort trebled the result.

Full details can be found here.
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Friday 11th February 2005
Kingstonian FC Ltd
The club have confirmed the successful transfer of ownership of Kingstonian FC Ltd from Rajesh Khosla to Jimmy Cochrane.

Rajesh Khosla and John Lloyd, acting on behalf of Jimmy Cochrane, have confirmed this to club secretary Graham Richards. Richards confirms that Kingstonian will be fulfilling their fixture at Northwood tomorrow.

A full statement from the Isthmian League will follow.
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New players
Former K's player Bernard Asante returns to the club from Fleet Town whilst former England U16 international Liam Parrington signs on dual registration terms from Basingstoke Town.
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Thursday 10th February 2005
Slough Town match re-arranged
The above fixture has now been re-arranged for Tuesday 5th April, kick off 7.45pm at Windsor & Eton, following Slough's continued involvement in the FA Trophy.
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Wednesday 9th February 2005
Hampton match report
The report of Monday's game can be found here.
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Tuesday 8th February 2005
Billericay match report
The report of Saturday's game can be found here.
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Monday 7th February 2005
Kingstonian 0-1 Hampton & Richmond Borough
A closely contested local affair was won by the visitors following an Elliot Godfrey goal in the 78th minute after some sturdy work in the middle by former K's man Craig Lewington.

Hampton had earlier in the second half missed a penalty whilst K's Bashiru Alimi was sent off late having been adjudged to be the last man back when committing an offence.

Full details can be found here.
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Sunday 6th February 2005
Former K's player goes to Wednesday
Ex-Kingstonian and Chelsea's reserve team midfielder Craig Rocastle has signed for Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer. The 23 year-old joined Chelsea in September 2003 but although a frequent performer in the second string, he failed to make an impact on the first team. He spent the first half of this season on loan in Scotland at Hibernian before returning to Chelsea in January. Last season he was loaned to Lincoln City and Barnsley for short spells. In total, Rocastle played 23 games in the reserves, scoring one goal.
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Saturday 5th February 2005
Kingstonian 1-3 Billericay Town
A gutsy performance saw Kingstonian lead for much of the match following a tenth minute strike by Phil Ruggles, only for high-flying driven Billericay to pile on the pressure in the second half and eventually take the points with three goals in the final quarter of an hour.

The visitor's first goal came from Nathan Elder, beating debutant 'keeper Mark Torcaso to the ball and slotting home from a tight angle, before Gary Henty somehow scored from long range minutes later. Elder got the better of his markers to make sure of the points in the dying minutes with a simple strike.

Full details can be found here.
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Player movements
Martyn Williams has been released from his registration with the club to join Dorking. Thanks and good luck to Martyn.

Joining the club is former Basingstoke Town full back Ian Dickens - a player who has already featured against the K's for Windsor & Eton earlier in the season.

Meanwhile, the latest goalkeeper to join the club - the seventh at last count - is Mark Torcaso from Crawley Town.
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Wednesday 2nd February 2005
Update on playing status of Kingstonian FC
Graham Richards (club secretary) has informed us that Nick Robinson (league secretary), having spoken to 'all parties', has confirmed Kingstonian's upcoming fixtures against Billericay Town and Hampton & Richmond Borough to be played this coming Saturday and Monday. A fuller statement will follow.
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Tuesday 1st February 2005
League meeting regarding Kingstonian FC
The Isthmian League board have at their meeting this afternoon come to a decision regarding the immediate playing status of Kingstonian Football Club. No details are yet available, though secretary Nick Robinson will on behalf of the league board be making an announcement tomorrow morning. This will, of course, appear on this site once released.
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