kingstonian.net
[personalise the site]   [search the site]

Welcome to K's Web - home of the Kingstonian archives
The official club website can be found at www.kingstonian.com

 

February 2010

Sunday 28th February 2010
Tonbridge match report
The report of yesterday's game is now available.
[top of the page]
Wealdstone match report
The report of Thursday's game is now available.
[top of the page]
Saturday 27th February 2010
Tonbridge Angels 1-0 Kingstonian
Kingstonian went down one-nil at Tonbridge in a game marred by the controversial sending off of Lee Hall in the second half.

Paul Booth scored the only goal of the game for the hosts in the 9th minute. Simon Huckle almost levelled the scores but saw his dipping shot hit the crossbar, whilst John Fletcher fired over from just in front of goal in the second half. Rob Tolfrey meanwhile ensured the hosts - now up a man - were unable to break through again.

Luke Hickie was meanwhile shown a red card after the game for being adjudged to have spoken out of turn by the referee.

Full details of the match are now available.
[top of the page]
Mark Hams on Tonbridge
The assistant manager spoke to us after the game and you can hear what he had to say via the audio player.
[top of the page]
Thursday 25th February 2010
Kingstonian 3-3 Wealdstone
The only midweek fixture to beat the elements in the league this week produced an exciting six goal affair.

The thirteenth minute proved lucky for debutant Andy White, grabbing his first goal for the club. Bobby Traynor added another ten minutes later, though as the rain eased off the visitors found their feet. Callum Martin pulled one back in the 32nd minute before Danny Spendlove jinked his way through to find an equaliser barely a minute later.

Kingstonian retook the advantage five minutes into the second half following a fierce strike from Christian Jolley, though the scores were levelled again, this time through an Adam Logie header shortly after. Both sides had chances to win the match, though three-all was where the scoring ended.

Full details of the match are now available.
[top of the page]
Alan Dowson on Wealdstone
The manager spoke to us after the game and you can hear what he had to say via the audio player.
[top of the page]
Centurion Traynor
Congratulations to Bobby Traynor, who scored his 100th goal for the club on Saturday (from 143 appearances). The last player to accomplish this feat was long-standing favourite Eddie Akuamoah in 1999. Bobby will be presented with a trophy at tonight's game to commemorate his feat.
[top of the page]
Wednesday 24th February 2010
Perimeter lease joint announcement
The Royal Borough of Kingston and AFC Wimbledon reached agreement for the strip of land ('the perimeter lease') which stretches around two sides of Kingsmeadow Stadium, to be acquired by the club in a new lease. As part of the agreement, Kingstonian and AFC Wimbledon are pleased to announce that they have signed an extended licence for Kingstonian to play at Kingsmeadow.

AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive Erik Samuelson said, "As our fans know, we have been negotiating to acquire the perimeter lease for some time. The negotiations for both the perimeter lease and the new licence have been very positive and constructive but, they have nonetheless taken a substantial amount of time. However, the deals are now done to the satisfaction of all parties and I am delighted to say that we can now complete work that is essential to comply with Ground Grading regulations."

Malcolm Winwright, Kingstonian FC joint chairman, said "This extended licence effectively ensures that we have security of tenure for the foreseeable future." He went on to say "due to the complexity of negotiating with three parties this arrangement has taken a considerable amount of time to conclude. However, I am delighted to say that throughout this time all parties have remained optimistic, co-ordinated and productive.

"My thanks to Erik Samuelson of AFC Wimbledon and Scott Herbertson of Kingston Council for their patience and full support in concluding an agreement that benefits all parties."

Councillor Simon James commented, "Concluding this deal completes a long standing commitment from Kingston Council to secure the long term future of Kingstonian as the borough's historic football side.

"We are delighted that we have been able to work in a spirit of partnership with both clubs to bring about this mutually beneficial outcome and we hope this spurs on both clubs in their efforts to win promotion."

Background

Some years ago, Kingstonian Football Club was granted a lease over some additional land (the perimeter lease) so that it could expand Kingsmeadow Stadium and comply with Ground Grading regulations in force at the time. However, Kingstonian subsequently went into administration and while the stadium and the football club were acquired by Mr Khosla, the perimeter lease was not.

When AFC Wimbledon purchased the stadium from Mr Khosla it was not possible to acquire the perimeter lease as it was held by a company that was being liquidated; as a result, the perimeter lease reverted to Kingston Council. Subsequently, the council agreed that AFC Wimbledon could acquire the lease but, unfortunately, various circumstances had changed and the detailed terms proposed by the council proved impossible to complete.

Following a number of meetings between Malcolm Winwright of Kingstonian FC and Erik Samuelson representing AFC Wimbledon, a new means of acquiring the perimeter lease was proposed and presented to the Council for approval. That approval was granted last year and, since then, the three parties have been working to agree the details. A cornerstone of the deal is that AFC Wimbledon has acquired the lease at no cash cost; in return, Kingstonian's extended licence will also include a substantial rent-free period.

The new licence carries standard licence terms and conditions, plus everyday operational arrangements that exist between the clubs.
[top of the page]
Tuesday 23rd February 2010
Update from Alan Dowson
Manager Alan Dowson comments, "We've moved up the table really well over the course of the season but we've been a bit hit and miss lately. Whether it's complacency or anything else, I'm going to freshen things up a little bit to give us an injection for the final push towards the end of the season. It does feel like we've stood still a bit and we always strive to improve so I'm hoping to have two or three new players here over the course of the next week or so.

"I've got hold of a bright young striker called Andrew White on a match by match basis from Reading. He's spent time in Conference South this season and will give us an extra option up front."
[top of the page]
Cray match report
The report of Saturday's game is now available.
[top of the page]
Sunday 21st February 2010
Legends Evening
The next Legends Evening, taking place on Friday 19th March, 7.30pm at Kingsmeadow will feature TalkSport's former Chelsea and Spurs man Jason Cundy and John Hollins, formerly of Chelsea and Arsenal. Sky Sports commentator and K's coach Martin Tyler will be hosting the evening, with special guests set to include Tony Cascarino.

The evening includes the delights of an Indian Food Buffet by our friends at the Sesame Restaurant from 8.00pm, whilst the fully licensed bar will be open throughout.

Tickets are priced at just 25 per person (20 supporters club members) or discounted tables of ten are available for just 225 (200 supporters club members). The venue capacity is 180 and places are again going fast to so please contact Pete Bowers to book, either in person at an upcoming game or by emailing marketing@kingstonian.net
[top of the page]
Supporters Club draw
The sixth Supporters Club draw for club shop vouchers has taken place, with another 5 winners added to the 90 from over the course of the season. Winning names can be found on the Supporters Club page, and with draws continuing throughout the course of the season for another 5 tickets make sure you join up if you already haven't done so!
[top of the page]
Saturday 20th February 2010
Cray Wanderers 2-1 Kingstonian
Kingstonian slipped to defeat away at their title runners up from last season, Cray Wanderers.

The hosts enjoyed control of much of the game and opened the scoring through Leigh Bremner in the 50th minute. They however failed to secure a two goal advantage when former K's stalwart Colin Luckett saw his penalty touched onto the crossbar by Rob Tolfrey.

Bobby Traynor pounced to equalise in the 78th minute, with his 100th goal for the club, and the game could have turned altogether as for a five minute spell the K's probed for a winner. However Cray held on and after clearing a John Fletcher effort off the line, it was they who found the winner, through Marcus Cassius three minutes from time.

Full details of the match are now available.
[top of the page]
Alan Dowson on Cray
The manager spoke to us after the game and you can hear what he had to say via the audio player.
[top of the page]
Bobby Traynor on Cray
The striker spoke to us after the game and you can hear what he had to say via the audio player.
[top of the page]
Friday 19th February 2010
Kids for free deal extended
Kingstonian Football Club is determined to offer youngsters the best value football in the region, further extending the existing deal which currently allows one free child per paying adult in time for the next holiday period.

Starting with the much anticipated local clash with Sutton United on Saturday 3rd April and continuing until the end of the season, everyone aged 16 and under will enjoy free admission. Those aged 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the interests of safety.

This promotion covers the following Ryman Premier Division matches at Kingsmeadow Stadium:

  • Saturday 3rd April - Kingstonian v Sutton United

  • Saturday 10th April - Kingstonian v Dartford

  • Saturday 24th April - Kingstonian v Maidstone United
  • [top of the page]
    Thursday 18th February 2010
    Quiz Night
    The Supporters Club will be holding the next quiz night on Friday 5th March, 7.45pm for an 8.00pm start at St John's Parish Hall, Grove Lane, Kingston.

    All are welcome, and admission is either 8 including a fish/veggie supper (order on the door) or 5 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!
    [top of the page]
    Wednesday 17th February 2010
    Race Night, sponsored by Lucas Fettes
    A reminder that club will be holding a Race Night, kindly sponsored by Lucas Fettes Insurance Brokers and Financial Advisers and in association with the Supporters Club, this Friday 19th February in the Banqueting Suite at Kingsmeadow, doors 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

    As well as the usual betting fun on the night, there will also be a feature auction race and a cash raffle with a guaranteed sponsored first prize of 150! Tickets costing just 5, including admission, race card and cold food buffet, will be available on the door.
    [top of the page]
    Sunday 14th February 2010
    Billericay match report
    The report of yesterday's game is now available.
    [top of the page]
    Saturday 13th February 2010
    Kingstonian 2-1 Billericay Town
    A brace of set piece goals proved enough for Kingstonian to defeat Billericay Town in today's early kick off.

    Bobby Traynor made no mistake from the penalty spot after Luke Hickie had been felled in the 27th minute, and whilst Lee Kersey levelled the scores in the 53rd minute, Matt Gray curled in a free kick shortly after for what proved to be the winning goal.

    Full details of the match are now available.
    [top of the page]
    Alan Dowson on Billericay
    The manager spoke to us after the game and you can hear what he had to say via the audio player.
    [top of the page]
    Matt Gray on Billericay
    The midfielder spoke to us after the game and you can hear what he had to say via the audio player.
    [top of the page]
    Craig Bradshaw
    The club are pleased to announce the signing of goalkeeper Craig Bradshaw from Horsham. Craig's former clubs are Portsmouth and Dorchester Town, Walton Casuals and more recently this season Leatherhead.

    Manager Alan Dowson comments, "Craig's an experienced solid goalkeeper who will provide cover for Rob (Tolfrey) whilst Luke (Garrard) is out on loan."
    [top of the page]
    Harrow match report
    The report of Tuesday's game is now available.
    [top of the page]
    Friday 12th February 2010
    Update from Alan Dowson
    Manager Alan Dowson comments, "It's not often you'll hear me say these when we lose, but I was proud of the team midweek as we went into our game with quite a few knocks and a bout of illness. So whilst we weren't able to perform to our best, it wasn't for the lack of trying, and we were unlucky not to get anything out of the game. We've had a bit of time to recover and are fit and ready to go again.

    "Tickets are available for the race night next Friday from either Pete Bowers or myself after tomorrow's game - I'll be in the bar afterwards regardless of the result."
    [top of the page]
    Ian Dickens RIP
    The club is saddened to hear of the passing of former midfielder Ian Dickens, who passed away earlier this week following a battle with cancer. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

    Ian, nicknamed 'Tizer' was just 29 years old and played 17 times for the K's in 2005 before moving on via Basingstoke Town to Uxbridge, where he became a firmly established player.
    [top of the page]
    Thursday 11th February 2010
    Saturday kick off
    A reminder that Saturday's home game against Billericay Town is a 1pm kick off due to scheduled floodlight upgrades.
    [top of the page]
    Tuesday 9th February 2010
    Harrow Borough 2-0 Kingstonian
    Kingstonian's first defeat of 2010 came at the hands of Harrow Borough, with late goals in the 78th and 90th minutes.

    Christian Jolley had struck the post in the first half but K's greatest frustrations came with five minutes remaining when Bobby Traynor was denied a goal by Andray Baptiste handballing outside of his area. The Harrow goalkeeper was sent off but veteran Keita Karamoko inherited the clean sheet as his team broke clear to rub salt into the wounds.

    Full details of the match are now available.
    [top of the page]
    Alan Dowson on Harrow
    The manager spoke to us after the game and you can hear what he had to say via the audio player.
    [top of the page]
    Monday 8th February 2010
    Horsham match report
    The report of Saturday's game is now available.
    [top of the page]
    Birthday Banquet
    Congratulations to our main club sponsor Banquet Records, celebrating their 5th birthday today!

    To coin their own strapline, Banquet are 'more than your local record shop'. Along with cult club nights New Noise and New Slang, their new Saturday night offering Dance has been a big hit at the Hippodrome.

    Visit their website at www.banquetrecords.com or, better still, pop in to the shop at 52 Eden Street in Kingston for a special offer today - buy five audio items and get one of them free!
    [top of the page]
    Saturday 6th February 2010
    Horsham 0-1 Kingstonian
    A goal from Carl Wilson-Denis was enough to secure all three points on a difficult pitch away to Horsham to further improve K's position in the league table, with none of the teams in the top five winning.

    Full details of the match are now available.
    [top of the page]
    Alan Dowson on Horsham
    The manager spoke to us after the game and you can hear what he had to say via the audio player.
    [top of the page]
    Francis Duku on Horsham
    The defender spoke to us after the game and you can hear what he had to say via the audio player.
    [top of the page]
    Friday 5th February 2010
    Wealdstone game re-arranged
    The game at home to Wealdstone has been re-arranged by instruction of the league for Thursday 25th February, kick off 7.45pm at Kingsmeadow.
    [top of the page]
    Margate match report
    The report of Sunday's game is now available.
    [top of the page]
    Trio go out on loan
    Goalkeeper Luke Garrard and midfielders Liam Collins and Tommy Williams have gone out on one month loan deals to Margate, Godalming Town and Walton & Hersham respectively.

    Manager Alan Dowson comments, "All three are good established players at the club and looking to get back in. They did well at the friendly last week but need a run of five or six games before they can challenge to get back into the team."
    [top of the page]
    Wednesday 3rd February 2010
    Met Police Vets 2-2 Kingstonian Vets (5-2 AET)
    A depleted Kingstonian Vets team took to the field with pride and were denied a stunning comeback by the smallest of margins.

    Kicking off with just 8 players, the K's held firm until just before half time when Met Police bundled in a corner. The hosts added a second in the second half before their now 9 man opponents pulled back, first through Steve Darlington in the 59th minute and then levelling through Eddie Akuamoah in the 86th minute. Scott Corbett was denied a dramatic stoppage time winner when the Met goalkeeper's fingertips pushed his driving shot onto the post.

    Drawn into extra time, the teams remained level going into the final period, until a hotly disputed 110th minute goal put Met Police in front with the final blow of the game. A couple more followed in the final minutes as they made their way into the semi finals.

    Starting lineup:

    1) Chuck Martini
    4) Matt Crossley
    6) Mark Harris
    7) Scott Corbett
    8) Steve Darlington
    9) Eddie Akuamoah
    10) Conrad Kane
    11) Phil Wingfield

    Late starters:

    3) Mark 'Rex' Thomas
    17) Paul Ferrie
    [top of the page]
    Tuesday 2nd February 2010
    Camberley Town 0-4 Kingstonian
    Tonight's friendly at Krooner Park saw Kingstonian beat Camberley Town by four goals to nil. Tommy Williams convered a penalty in the 29th minute for the only goal of the first half, before goals in quick succession from Deal Lodge and Liam Wright just after the hour mark made it three. Luke Hickie curled in a fourth in the final few minutes.

    Lineup:

    1) Grant Fisher
    2) Rob Sheridan
    3) Lee Hall
    4) Francis Duku (14 Tom Woolston)
    5) Max Hustwick
    6) Tommy Williams
    7) Liam Collins
    8) Luke Hickie
    9) Liam Wright
    10) Stefan Martin (12 A Trialist)
    11) Dean Lodge
    [top of the page]
    Alan Dowson's monthly review
    I've been asked to do a monthly report to let people know what's going on. So, from now on, one of the management team will write their bit to let you know whats happening around the club. I think we've had a good month to be honest and bounced back very well from our disappointment against Bognor. We're unbeaten this year, the lads are working hard and we as a management team think the team spirit is the best its been since we've had the job.

    I think some people including myself have let off a bit of steam lately but I think we all have the club at heart and I'm sure we can move forward with our plans to improve the club. I think it's healthy to have a debate and as long as nobody takes it personally we will be fine.

    I will give you an example. I don't give out much praise as I am always looking to improve but during the cold break, I thought the lads were unbelievable, we never missed a session, Hamsy was his usual excellent self getting the lads going and getting a buzz around the place, Martin keeping them fit running in heavy snow and rain. We knew some other clubs weren't doing this and I thought it would give us an advantage. You can imagine how pleased we were when all the hard work paid off when we gave one of our best performances of the season against Canvey who had just beat Cray 5-1 to go 6th. Monday morning was probably the happiest I have felt in what has been one of the hardest seasons I've ever had in football. I was sat in the car reading the paper when someone called and all I was getting was complaints about stewarding and kids for free, not a mention about football. Naturally I was a bit annoyed!

    I think good points have been made on how we can improve things and we will do our best to do that but I did think to myself could we not debate a little less for a day or two and enjoy the win and performance. I honestly don't mind getting some stick, I get told by other managers that I leave myself wide open which I probably do but that's just the way I am. I always try to tell the truth. I never hold a grudge and at the end of the day we all share the same passion. I really hope we can all pull together until the end of the season and honestly believe it was the supporters who gave us that final push over the line last season. Who knows, together we might be able to do it again.

    We have some great people at the club who all work voluntarily and do a great job. People like Adrian Withers who travels around the M25 to do reports on opposition and to look at players, Gerry, Sally, Rob, Vicky, Alan, John, Ali, Simon, Pete Bowers, Jamie Street, Paul Ferry, Big Al and a massive mention to John Dicey who has done things for me I will always appreciate. As you might know Mark Francis has left us and moved to Wales with his lovely partner Cath. Everyone loved Mark and he will be missed by us all. He led the team out on Saturday and I'm pleased he got the send off he deserves. I just mentioned a few names there but could go on and on. So, we're not a bad club are we? We all care, all have different opinions but all want the same thing so I am asking please stay with us as the fans are what make this great club.

    We've got a busy and exciting week coming up. Tonight we are taking a strong team to a very good Camberley side to get people some much needed 90 minutes. Tomorrow the Vets game takes place, what a team that will be! I hear Geoff Chapple may be there, what a great manager, it should be a great night. Thursday a hard training session for the lads as always and Friday a board meeting which are always good affairs and we will be ironing out a few issues. As usual the chairmen look after us and we will look to push the club forward. Then on Saturday morning I will need to ring Gerry to let him know what happened as he is usually asleep in the corner! So, there's a lot to look forward to especially Horsham on Saturday. Please come along and support the lads as it makes all the difference. In our next report we could be mid-table or four points behind Dartford, who knows. Let's have a good go together and see what we can achieve.

    Dowse
    [top of the page]
    Phil Ledger memorial service
    We have been informed that there will be a public memorial service for the late Phil Ledger on Monday 15th February, 1pm at Guildford Cathedral. Everyone who knew Phil and his lifetimes work with Woking and across non-league football is invited to attend.
    [top of the page]