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June 2009

Tuesday 30th June 2009
Quiz night
A reminder that the Supporters Club is holding a quiz night this Friday 3rd July, 7.45pm at St John's Parish Hall, Grove Lane, Kingston.

All are welcome, and admission is either 7 including a fish/veggie supper or 4 without food. There is no bar on site so you are welcome to bring your own drinks - an off licence and pub are located just down the road from the venue. Please come along and enjoy the evening!
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Thursday 25th June 2009
Alan Dowson's Summer Soccer School
Alan Dowson's Kingstonian Soccer School will be running during the summer school holiday, during 28-31 July and 4-7 August (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. Each child taking part in a week on the course will receive a free Kingstonian season ticket as an added bonus!

Further information and application forms can be downloaded from the download forms page.
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Wednesday 24th June 2009
Update from Alan Dowson
Manager Alan Dowson comments, "We're back in for pre-season training on Monday and really looking forward to it. The challenge is to carry forward the momentum and a good pre-season programme should help get us there.

"We've picked our home games carefully so that they are a big challenge to the team, as well as appealing to the fans. There's a lot planned for the Woking game, and both they and Hampton are strong sides from the Conference league.

"West Ham are a top Premiership club and whilst they've got obligations in China over the summer, they won't be taking everyone. They're renowned for bringing some of the very best players through the ranks so it will be a quality team either way.

"I've heard some comments on the lack of transfer activity, but there are only so many contracts we can give out and after that we will only announce other deals when they're signed. We've got some good players joining up with us in pre-season but it would be wrong to alert other clubs as to who they are at this stage."
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Kingstonian Legends v Woking Legends
A special 'legends match' has been arranged as part of the pre-season friendly with Woking on Saturday 18th July.

This small-sided game will take place in front of the main stand at 2pm, and to mark his standing at both clubs, Geoff Chapple will be taking the unique role of managing both teams.

Names of participating players and other activities will be announced next week, but in the meantime the following have been confirmed:

  • Kingstonian - Francis Vines, Phil Wingfield, Eddie Akuamoah, Matt Crossley, Scott Corbett, Geoff Pitcher, Gary Patterson

  • Woking - Trevor Baron, Laurence Batty, Scott Steele, Andy Clement, Glenn Cockerill, Martin Tyler

  • Manager Alan Dowson comments, "Both clubs have a rich history and it's a great to get these players back for an event like this. We've had a lot of interest already and hopefully a lot of people will turn up for what should be an excellent day.

    "Me, Martin and Hamsy fancy getting our boots on to give it a go - I think we'll be the 'leg-ends' though!"
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    Sunday 21st June 2009
    Kingstonian v 'The Anzacs'
    A friendly match with a twist has been arranged against 'The Anzacs' (Pulse Premier Soccer) on Monday 13th July, kick off 7.45pm at Grand Drive (Raynes Park Vale).

    The opponents are a team of Australians and New Zealanders who all have international experience of some sort, ie: youth, U21's, U23's, B-internationals.

    The night will be themed so dress for the antipodean occasion! A barbie will be flaming through the evening and there will be a free tinnie for each adult spectator. Bonza! Admission is just 6, and there will be a complimentary bus service running between Raynes Park train station and the Grand Drive ground.

    Manager Alan Dowson comments, "This one's a bit different but we'll face a tough test as it's against a talented group of players who are coming over to make an impression to join English clubs. They're very keen to play against us and we're making an effort to make it a good night for everyone."
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    Friday 19th June 2009
    Steward vacancies
    Due to potential increased gates next season and as a part of a review of existing arrangements, the club is looking for stewards to join the existing team for home matches.

    Stewards will be requested to arrive at the ground by 1.30pm on Saturdays and by 6.30pm for midweek fixtures (generally Mondays).

    Whilst there is no salary for this important role, the club offers a fantastic package to incentivise applicants:

  • Entrance to all home matches

  • Drinks voucher for two free drinks post-duty

  • Uniform provided

  • Programme of on-going training

  • End of season function and a chance to meet the manager and players

  • To register your interest in joining the team or for further information please contact Denise or Jon Turner at or call Jon on 07833 557272.
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    Thursday 18th June 2009
    Civic Reception
    The club has been invited to a Civic Reception at Kingston Guildhall on 8th July to celebrate winning the league.

    The Worshipful the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Councillor Ian R McDonald will personally congratulate representatives of Kingstonian on its success representing the Borough.
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    Craig Mullen
    Forward Craig Mullen has been released to take up a place at Bath University. Craig was a product of the youth setup, signing his first contract with the club upon turning 18 and scoring 5 goals in 13 appearances for the senior team.

    Manager Alan Dowson comments, "We're disappointed to lose Craig as he came through really well last season but this is a great opportunity to push on with his education as he's a bright young lad. I don't know how things are going at Team Bath but I'm sure he'll get himself playing in the area and hope to see him back with us one day."
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    Tuesday 16th June 2009
    Ryman League end of season awards
    The Ryman League end of season presentations evening took place on Saturday, where more silverware was added to the Division One South Championship Trophy.

  • The club were presented with a Championship Shield as a permanent memento of this season's triumph.

  • Alan Dowson was presented with the Division One South Manager of the Year award from League President Alan Turvey.

  • Mark Hams was presented with the Division One South Performance of the Season award from league sponsor Theo Paphitis.

  • Bobby Traynor's Golden Boot award was received by Alan Dowson in his absence.

  • Manager Alan Dowson comments, "It was an excellent evening put on by the league, and also a mention to our great Chairmen Malcolm and Mark who really looked after our table. It was nice of some of the other managers to come over and congratulate us, especially Jimmy Cooper who gave us a bottle of champagne.

    "For the first time since I joined it's feels like K's are truly on the map again. We've got our plans in place for the summer preparations and I can't wait until we get started."
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    Pre-season fixtures
    The pre-season schedule has been confirmed as follows:

  • Sat 11th July - 12pm & 3pm - Raynes Park Vale v Kingstonian

  • Wed 15th July - 7.45pm - Kingstonian v Hampton and Richmond Borough

  • Sat 18th July - 3.00pm - Kingstonian v Woking

  • Tue 21st July - 7.45pm - Chessington & Hook United v Kingstonian

  • Sat 25th July - 3.00pm - Metropolitan Police v Kingstonian

  • Fri 31st July - 7.45pm - Kingstonian v West Ham Utd XI

  • Tue 4th August - 7.45pm - Godalming Town v Kingstonian

  • Sat 8th August - 2.00pm - Leatherhead v Kingstonian

  • Tue 11th August - 7.45pm - Merstham v Kingstonian
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    Monday 15th June 2009
    Award for matchday programme
    The Kingstonian matchday programme has again won the Soccer Club Swap Shop Programme of the Year award for Ryman Division One South, as well as coming 48th nationally out of over 700 entrants. Congratulations to programme editor Robert Wooldridge for this deserved acolade.
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    Monday 8th June 2009
    Quiz night
    The Supporters Club will be holding the next quiz night on Friday 3rd July, 7.45pm at St John's Parish Hall, Grove Lane, Kingston.

    All are welcome, and admission is either 7 including a fish/veggie supper or 4 without food. There is no bar on site so you are welcome to bring your own drinks - an off licence and pub are located just down the road from the venue. Please come along and enjoy the evening!
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    New venue for U18's
    The Kingstonian under 18's team will be playing their home games at Raynes Park Vale FC for this coming 2009/10 season. Thanks to Cobham FC who have been excellent hosts over the past couple of years.
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    Graham Child RIP
    The club are saddened to hear of the passing of former Chairman Graham Child following a heart attack last Wednesday. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

    There will be a celebration of his life at St. John the Baptist Church in Old Malden at 12.30pm on Monday 15th June for those who would like to pay their respects.

    If anyone would like to make a donation, the funeral directors are Frederick Paine in New Malden, and they have details of charities chosen by Graham's wife Bobby.
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    Bereavement in Collins family
    The club are saddened to hear of the passing of Liam Collins' mother last Tuesday. Our thoughts are with the family and friends.
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