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September 2008

Monday 29th September 2008
Woking U18 1-2 Kingstonian U18
The under 18's registered a fine two-one victory away to Woking in the Ryman Youth League tonight at Kingfield, courtesy of goals from Craig Mullen and Jhonny Hernandez.

First team manager Alan Dowson commented, "Well done to the lads for a great win tonight. The club is well structured top to bottom and Les Smithers is putting in a lot of hard work to help this group develop. Hopefully there's some of tomorrow's generation of players out there now."

The team's next game is away to Epsom & Ewell in the FA Cup second qualifying round on Wednesday 8th October at Merland Rise.
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Send Deano to Wembley!
Winger Dean Lodge has been shortlisted for the E.ON Player of the Round in the FA Cup, following his four-goal tally in Saturday's win over Conference South side Braintree Town. Lodge struck a 'perfect hat-trick' - right foot, left foot, header - whilst also netting from the penalty spot. The other players on the shortlist are Martin Tuohy (East Thurrock United), Danny Harris (Bishop's Stortford), Billy Dunn (Sutton United), Terry Fearns (AFC Telford).

The winner will be a VIP guest of the Football Association at the FA Cup Final on Saturday 30 May, as well as receiving a commemorative trophy. To vote for Deano visit the FA website.
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FA Cup draw
Kingstonian have been drawn at home to the winners of tomorrow night's replay between Conference South leaders Hayes & Yeading and Ryman Premier high fliers Staines Town in the FA Cup third qualifying round.

The match is to be played on Saturday 11th October, and so the league game at Crowborough Athletic originally scheduled for that date has been postponed.

Manager Alan Dowson comments, "Anything at home was going to be a good draw for us. It's exciting as we've been pitted against two good teams with some recent FA Cup pedigree, and we've obviously had our own successes over the years. However, our focus is back on the league and then FA Trophy in the meantime and we're going into every game with confidence."
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Sunday 28th September 2008
Braintree match report
The report of yesterday's game is now available.
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Dead heat for charity runners
Manager Alan Dowson and assistant manager Mark Hams completed the Hampton Court 10k run in support of Cancer Research UK today in a dead heat finish time of 00:56.47. Thanks to everyone who supported the runners - you can still add to their sponsorship totals in the club shop at Saturday's game.

Mark Hams and Alan Dowson
Photo: Kingstonian FC


Dowse comments, "I'm pleased with the time we did it in, considering Hamsey wanted to stop and bench press a fallen oak tree every 700 metres. Then when he pulled a calf near the end I thought it would be a longer day than one of Steve Snelling's warm downs."

Hamsey comments, "We got to the 7km point and I decided I'd had enough of Dowse squealing every time he went down a rabbit hole. So I decided to open the pace up a bit to get away from him and that's when the calf gave up on me. It's about time he had that knee replacement done - the final 3km was still a job for him to keep up with me even with one leg."
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Saturday 27th September 2008
Kingstonian 4-0 Braintree Town
Kingstonian moved into the third qualifying round of the FA Cup following a four-nil victory at home to Conference South side Braintree Town, with Dean Lodge netting all the goals.

A closely matched first half saw the visitors go down to ten men following Wayne O'Sullivan's late challenge on Lodge, before a rampant second half from the K's.

Lodge curled in the opening goal from the edge of the box just after half time before slotting home a second in the 77th minute. The popular winger completed his hat trick from the penalty spot after substitute Phil Williams had been brought down, before stealing in to head the ball in for a fourth after Williams had lobbed the visiting goalkeeper in stoppage time.

Full details of the match are now available.
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Alan Dowson on Braintree
The manager spoke to us after the game and you can hear what he had to say via the audio player.
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Dean Lodge on Braintree
The winger spoke to us after the game and you can hear what he had to say via the audio player.
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Friday 26th September 2008
Update from Alan Dowson
Alan Dowson has spoken again following yesterday's comments, "I see what I've said has caused a little fuss but it's something a couple of other managers have now said and it really annoys me when people talk about budgets like that when I know what the truth is. It also detracts from all the hard work everyone does here and that shouldn't go unnoticed.

Moving on, we're really looking forward to tomorrow's FA Cup game. At the last team meeting we were talking about the support we have been getting this season in particular and it's no coincidence that we're top of the league as they make a difference. And we'll be looking to them again tomorrow as we try to push on in the cup."
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Thursday 25th September 2008
Update from Alan Dowson
Manager Alan Dowson has responded to the claims about his resources, "I've heard Ian Hazel (Leatherhead manager) has been telling the papers that we've got the biggest budget in the league. He needs to learn to keep his thoughts to himself and get on with his own business. I've got a good competitive budget but it's certainly not the biggest - it's not even in the top three, and I'll put mine up against his."

On the subject of Tony Bedeau Alan comments, "Things are as they were with Tony as he's got everything to sort out back in Torquay. As things are, he wouldn't be getting in the team at the moment and he knows that. At the end of the day there's nothing on until or unless he can come back to the area."
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Re-arranged fixtures
The home league game against Worthing, postponed due to Saturday's FA Cup game, will now be played on Monday 3rd November, kick off 7.45pm.

Meanwhile, three home league fixtures have been moved back a day from their respective Saturdays to Sunday slots, kicking off 3pm at Kingsmeadow:

  • Sunday 30th November - Kingstonian v Ashford Town

  • Sunday 21st December - Kingstonian v Sittingbourne

  • Sunday 25th January - Kingstonian v Walton Casuals
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    Wednesday 24th September 2008
    Ralph Murwill RIP
    The club are saddened to hear that former physio Ralph Murwill passed away after collapsing following a half-marathon in Nottingham on Sunday 14th September. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

    Club scout Kim Harris, assistant to manager Steve Sedgley at the time, recalls, "Ralph (Murwill) and Greg (Rowland) came to us as a pair from St Mary's College to gain some experience and were so good they stayed on. They worked for very little yet were so willing to provide the best support to the players. Ralph moved on after a couple of years to work for a rugby club and hearing this tragic news is a total shock."
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    Tuesday 23rd September 2008
    Leatherhead match report
    The report of yesterday's game is now available.
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    Monday 22nd September 2008
    Kingstonian 4-1 Leatherhead
    Kingstonian extended their lead at the top of the table to four points following a four-one win over local rivals Leatherhead.

    Phil Williams opened the scoring as early as the second minute with a lobbed effort over young Filipino international goalkeeper Neil Etheridge. Whilst the visiting goal was threatened on a number of further occasions, at the other end Luke Garrard pulled off a couple of fine saves to protect his side's lead going into the break.

    The second half saw K's quick off the block again, this time Simon Huckle heading home in the 48th minute. Substitute Dean Lodge added a third in the 86th minute before some further goal action right at the end. Tommy Williams struck his third goal in as many games to make it four in total for the evening, before the visitors grabbed a stoppage time consolation following a fine free kick from Ryan Gray - signed from K's this week.

    Full details of the match are now available.
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    Martin Tyler on Leatherhead
    The coach spoke to us after the game and you can hear what he had to say via the audio player.
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    Adam Thompson on Leatherhead
    The defender spoke to us after the game and you can hear what he had to say via the audio player.
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    Shirts in stock
    The club shop now has a supply of this season's home shirts, as well as the new light blue away shirts, each costing 35 for adults or 25 for juniors. The shop is open before, after and during the half time interval of all home matches.

    Another way to get hold of a shirt - a genuine match worn article at the end of the season - is to sponsor a player. A limited number of slots are still available, costing 60 home or away. Anyone sponsoring both will also receive a free signed ball from the club. For further enquiries please see Geoff Yorke at any upcoming game.
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    Sunday 21st September 2008
    Walton match report
    The report of yesterday's game is now available.
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    Match posters
    Posters advertising the next three home games can be downloaded for distribution from the match posters page.
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    Saturday 20th September 2008
    Walton Casuals 0-1 Kingstonian
    Ten-man Kingstonian secured a tense one-nil victory at Walton Casuals to go top of the table. Midfielder Simon Huckle was dismissed for what was deemed a dangerous aerial challenge midway through the first half.

    With the scores remaining level going into the final stages of the game, Tommy Williams stole in to score the only goal of the game in the 78th minute. Luke Garrard, meanwhile, produced a spectacular save in stoppage time to protect the result.

    Full details of the match are now available.
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    Mark Hams on Walton
    The assistant manager spoke to us after the game and you can hear what he had to say via the audio player.
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    Max Hustwick on Walton
    The defender spoke to us after the game and you can hear what he had to say via the audio player.
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    Friday 19th September 2008
    Walton match report
    A later-than-usual match report for the the Walton & Hersham game is now available.
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    Thursday 18th September 2008
    Steve Goddard
    Striker Steve Goddard has left the club by mutual consent. Steve joined the club from AFC Wimbledon in the new year and scored 3 goals from 8 starts.

    Alan Dowson comments, "Steve's been frustrated as he's not been able to get into the team. He's had some games at Chessington & Hook United but wants to be playing in our league and as I've said before his destiny is in his own hands in terms of his ability. We'll miss him as he's a funny lad and good luck to him for the future."
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    Tuesday 16th September 2008
    Ryan Gray
    Defender Ryan Gray has left the club by mutual consent. Ryan joined the club in the summer from Tooting & Mitcham.

    Alan Dowson comments, "Ryan's been unlucky as he got injured towards the end of pre-season and after the start we've had to the season just hasn't been able to get into the first team. He's had some games at Chertsey to get his fitness back but he wants to be playing at a higher level than that and I think he would get into most sides. He's been a good pro and I hope he gets a new club soon and wish him the best."
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    Monday 15th September 2008
    FA Cup draw
    Kingstonian have been drawn at home to Conference South side Braintree Town in the FA Cup second qualifying round.

    The match is to be played on Saturday 27th September, and so the league game against Worthing originally scheduled for that date has been postponed.

    Manager Alan Dowson commented, "The draw is always exciting, and we've been paired with a good side, but our focus remains on the upcoming league games against Walton Casuals and Leatherhead. Only after then will we start thinking about the cup again."
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    Ashford match report
    The report of yesterday's game is now available.
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    Sunday 14th September 2008
    Kingstonian 3-0 Ashford Town
    Kingstonian won their second consecutive FA Cup tie in a season for the first time since featuring in the 5th Round Proper draw in 2001 following a three-nil win over Ashford Town today.

    Tommy Williams opened the scoring just before the half hour mark with a deft header. Carl Wilson-Denis rounded off a slick move with a close range finish in the 53rd minute, whilst Max Hustwick added a third three minutes later. Bobby Traynor was denied a spectacular goal in the closing stages by the woodwork.

    Full details of the match are now available.
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    Alan Dowson on Ashford
    The manager spoke to us after the game and you can hear what he had to say via the audio player.
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    Tommy Williams on Ashford
    The midfielder spoke to us after the game and you can hear what he had to say via the audio player.
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    Saturday 13th September 2008
    Update from Alan Dowson
    Manager Alan Dowson is very much looking forward to tomorrow's game in the FA Cup, "I said at the start of the season that we owe the fans some success in the FA Cup and FA Trophy as they've had that before but it's been a few years since we've done anything now.

    "The lads all trained on Thursday and I'm pleased we've got a clean bill of health going into the game so I've got some decisions and choices to make about how we line up and what shape we'll play."
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    Friday 12th September 2008
    Dowse and Hamsey running for charity
    Management duo Alan Dowson and Mark Hams will be taking part in the Hampton Court 10k run on Sunday 28th September in aid of Cancer Research UK.

    Sponsorship forms will be available at the club shop and behind the bar at the next few home games so please help them support a good cause.
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    Thursday 11th September 2008
    Alan Dowson's Soccer School
    Alan Dowson's Kingstonian Soccer School will be running during the October school holiday, from Tuesday 28th October to Friday 31st October (10am-3pm daily) at Hinchley Wood Secondary School in Esher.

    Aimed at 6 to 14 year olds, the cost is 15 per day or 50 for the four-day programme. First team manager Alan Dowson will be joined by Martin Tyler, along with some first team players.

    Further information and application forms can be downloaded from the download forms page.
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    Collection at Leatherhead game
    There will be a bucket collection at the game against Leatherhead on Monday 22nd September in aid of Bromley player Rob Hughes who was seriously injured when attacked on holiday and currently recovering following his fourth operation.

    There is a benefit match scheduled the previous day - Sunday 21st September - between a Legends XI and a Bromley XI, kick off 2pm at Hayes Lane. The Legends side will feature stars such as Alan Pardew, John Salako, Kit Symons and former England test cricketers Alec Stewart and Mark Butcher, whilst fully qualified referee and current Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock will be the man in the middle. Entrance fee will be by donation. For more details please visit the Bromley FC website.
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    Wednesday 10th September 2008
    Walton & Hersham 0-0 Kingstonian
    Last night's top of the table clash saw Kingstonian and Walton play out a scoreless draw at Stompond Lane. Neither side created many chances, though Luke Garrard was called into action to make a couple of fine saves.

    Full details of the match are now available.
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    Alan Dowson on Walton
    The manager spoke to us after the game and you can hear what he had to say via the audio player.
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    Tuesday 9th September 2008
    Match posters
    Posters advertising the next three home games can be downloaded for distribution from the match posters page.
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    Burgess Hill match report
    The report of Saturday's game is now available.
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    Monday 8th September 2008
    Update from Alan Dowson
    Manager Alan Dowson gives his thoughts and updates on a number of matters, "We're all relaxed and looking forward to tonight's game, though I've got to thank Hamsey for saving a few blushes as until Friday I thought we were going to Walton Casuals before he put me right!

    "I'd like to say thanks and well done to the work being done by Adrian Withers and the players who've been at Raynes Park Vale - it showed with Jon Coke, Wayne Finnie and Simon Huckle all coming in and doing well on Sunday.

    "From time to time you make approaches for players, but I won't be taking matters with the Whyteleafe lad any further and I'm disappointed that someone felt the need to bring that to the public domain. Luke Garrard is excellent and I've got a lot of faith in him and he's been our stand in skipper.

    "Tony Bedeau's missed the last couple of games because he's back in Torquay at the moment as he's still got his house there. If he can sort his bits out there and get back to the area then we're still his club and would look forward to his return.

    "Finally, people sometimes read too much into things and my good friend Ian Evans has been spotted at games in his Wolverhampton Wanderers gear. We go back a long time, to Millwall and our days with Mick McCarthy. When he's not with Wolves he comes to see us when he can so he's more a supporter than a scout at Kingsmeadow".
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    Sunday 7th September 2008
    Kingstonian 3-1 Burgess Hill Town
    Kingstonian set up a top-of-the-table clash with Walton & Hersham on Tuesday, recapturing second place in the league with a three-one win over Burgess Hill Town.

    For the first time in five games K's led at half-time, thanks to Simon Huckle. The midfielder, making his first start of the season, headed home a Dean Lodge cross on 29 minutes and maintained K's advantage with a fine goal-line clearance.

    Bobby Traynor doubled the home side's lead on 59 minutes from the penalty spot after Carl Wilson-Denis had been hauled down, before teeing up Lodge two minutes later to tap in for three-nil. James Westlake grabbed Burgess Hill a late consolation goal, pouncing on the rebound from a superb save by K's stand-in skipper Luke Garrard.
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    Monday 1st September 2008
    Shoreham match report
    The report of Saturday's game is now available.
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