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May 2010

Saturday 22nd May 2010
Pre-season fixtures
The first set of friendly matches can now be announced:

A good friend of ours, Glenn Cockerill, is now manager of Wessex League team Winchester City, and we have agreed to play our first pre-season match of 2010/11 at The City Ground, Hillier Way in Winchester on Sunday 11th July, kicking-off at 1pm.

Winchester are at home to Southampton on Saturday 10th July, 3pm kick-off, if anyone wants to go to both matches, through Glenn we can arrange a discount on an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn which is about five minutes from the ground.

The following weekend will see a four-team tournament on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th July. Corinthian-Casuals will host the tournament, and they will take part in a competition also involving Kingstonian, Staines Town and Tooting & Mitcham United. Precise fixtures and kick-off times will be announced in due course.
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Player update
Five players have committed themselves to stay at the K's for next season - Rob Tolfrey, Matt Gray, Mo Harkin, Max Hustwick and Simon Huckle.

One player has been released, and we wish John Fletcher all the best as he returns to the States to play soccer.
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Monday 17th May 2010
Ryman Premier League 2010/11
The provisional list of teams that will make up the Ryman Premier League next season has been issued:

AFC Hornchurch
Billericay Town
Bury Town
Canvey Island
Carshalton Athletic
Concord Rangers
Cray Wanderers
Croydon Athletic
Folkestone Invicta
Harrow Borough
Hastings United
Lowestoft Town
Maidstone United
Sutton United
Tonbridge Angels
Tooting & Mitcham United
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Golf Day report
Former Kingstonian striker John McCormack was amongst the field as the Kingstonian FC Spring Golf Day took place last Friday at Hampton Court Palace Golf Club; besides having played over 300 games for K's John was also a Surrey Senior League title winner with Molesey in 1958 and so he joined the ex-Moles fourball but despite a brave showing they were unable to stop the runaway winners from Futurama.

The Futurama team was led by the individual event runner up Leroy Whale, himself no stranger to both the professional and non-league football ranks having played for Southampton, Yeovil Town and Basingstoke Town; the individual event was won by David Sullivan from Silk Screen while Renault's David Tingle finished third.

K's boss Alan Dowson and coach Mark Hams joined the players for an excellent evening meal and prizegiving; the highlight of the day however was probably the text from joint chairman Malcolm Winwright, unfortunately stranded in Portugal for most of the week! He had now made his way back to Southampton but still missed both the golf event and victory at Newmarket for his co-owned horse One Good Emperor. Shame we weren't all on it as it romped home at Newmarket. It was a 25/1 shot.

Many thanks to The Sesame Restaurant and Lawrence Cooley for their generous sponsorship of the event.
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Sunday 16th May 2010
Rivals Cup winners
Kingstonian Vets won the Rivals Cup 2010 this afternoon, a charity event at Carshalton Athletic with donations made towards Help for Heroes.

This became a five-team tournament because Met Police in the end couldn't field a team, and everybody played everyone else in the initial group stage.

Mark Beard and Geoff Pitcher scored the goals in the opening 2-1 win against Carshalton, and after that a goalless draw with AFC Wimbledon led to a 4-3 win on penalties. A double for Phil Wingfield secured a 2-0 win over Tooting & Mitcham United, and finally Pitcher and Wingfield scored in a 2-1 win over Sutton United to leave Kingstonian topping the group standings.

The final against AFC Wimbledon was won 3-0, thanks to a double by Eddie Akuamoah and a clincher by Steve Darlington.

Squad: Chuck Martini, Eddie Saunders, Mark Beard, Julian Olding, Geoff Pitcher, Phil Wingfield, Steve Darlington, Eddie Akuamoah. Physio/manager: Jamie Street.
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Saturday 15th May 2010
Three released
Goalkeeper Luke Garrard and midfielders Liam Collins and Tommy Williams have been released by the club. Garrard made 155 appearances in four seasons, Collins 182 over two spells, and Williams 64 in a couple of years.

Manager Alan Dowson comments, "It's a shame that we have to let three popular players like these go after good service to the club, but for one reason or another things haven't worked out this season so it was something we had to do. Luke has been an important figure at the club and been our skipper, Liam's service goes all the way back to 2001 and who'll ever forget Tommy's championship-winning strike! I hope they take fond memories with them and wish them all the best for the future.
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Friday 14th May 2010
Christian Jolley
Young winger Christian Jolley has completed a deal to sign for AFC Wimbledon for an undisclosed transfer fee. Since being picked up from local football Christian has attracted enquiries from a number of clubs, and will now be turning pro with the Dons. The deal includes a sell on clause and will also see the two clubs play a friendly over the summer.

Manager Alan Dowson comments, "It's a shame to see Christian go as he's come such a long way since we first tried him out in a reserve friendly last July. He's got great aptitude and is one of the hardest working players you'll ever come across, on and off the pitch.

"We won't stand in the way of a player when a good chance comes knocking and it's right for them. He's got a bright future ahead of him if he keeps on the way he is, and in Terry he'll be under the best manager in non-league football.

"Moving on, we've got a great bunch of players and a number of targets to bring in over the summer. Looking further ahead, we've got our new academy launching and being in a position to produce more talented youngsters ourselves is a very exciting thought."
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Thursday 13th May 2010
Rivals Cup
This Sunday sees the Kingstonian Veterans team take part in the Rivals Cup - an annual football tournament hosted by Carshalton in support of the Help for Heroes charity.

Gates open at 12pm and there will be entertainment for the whole family, with live music, kids area, bouncy castle, good food and two licensed bars. The venue is Carshalton Athletic FC, Colston Avenue, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 2PW. Admission is 5 for adults and 1 for children. Matches in this 6-a-side format competition will run from 2pm-5pm.

The competing teams are: AFC Wimbledon, Carshalton Athletic, Kingstonian, Met Police, Sutton United, Tooting & Mitcham Utd.

Led by Eddie Akuamoah, the K's team will feature the following former stars: Geoff Pitcher, Phil Wingfield, Steve Darlington, Mark Beard, Eddie Saunders. Up to four others are expected to be in the squad for the day. Do come along and support the team in what should be a very enjoyable occasion!
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Sunday 9th May 2010
Youth Academy trials
The Kingstonian Football Club Youth Academy, in association with SCL and Glyn School, is holding trials this summer. The poster can be downloaded here.

  • Compete in the Conference Youth League against other top non-league clubs

  • 6-8 hours of elite training by UEFA 'A' licence coaches

  • Emphasis on progressing youth team players into the first team squad

  • Education
  • 2-year programme

  • Study the NVQ level 3 in Football Coaching (equivalent to 2 A-levels)

  • Gain FA Level 1 & 2 Football Coaching Qualifications

  • Option to study additional A-level subjects

  • Trials
    If you are aged 16-19 years and would like to combine your education with football the academy is holding trials:
    Wednesday 2nd June & Friday 4th June, 1pm-3pm
    Priest Hill Playing Fields, Reigate Road, Ewell, Surrey KT17 3DT

    For more information please contact Mark Hams, Kingstonian 1st Team Assistant Manager at
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    Kingstonian Spring Golf Event
    Between 35 and 40 players will be taking part in the Kingstonian Spring Golf Event this Friday at Hampton Court Palace Golf Club to celebrate a marvellous season.

    The participants will be dining in the company of the chairmen and team management at around 6pm, and for anyone wishing to attend, the cost of the evening-only event is 25 per person and includes a 3 course meal as well as the prize-giving ceremony. The menu is seasonal vegetable soup, steak and ale pie, profiteroles or fresh fruit salad. There is a vegetarian option.

    The deadline for evening bookings is 8pm tonight with Pete Bowers at

    Thank you to our event sponsors:
    Sesame Restaurant, Safetow Limited, John Fenwick
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    Monday 3rd May 2010
    Appeal update
    The club has been advised by Mr Alan Turvey of the Ryman League that under FA rules the appeal will be dealt with by The Football Association.

    Therefore a statement of events will be sent directly to the FA later today. Mr Turvey has confirmed that he will inform them accordingly tomorrow morning.
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    Sunday 2nd May 2010
    Statement from the club
    Further to discussions with the Directors, playing staff and representatives of the Supporters Club, the Chairmen have decided that the assault by a spectator on a Kingstonian player during the playoff final yesterday had a serious effect upon the ongoing performance of the team.

    The club has therefore decided to lodge an appeal to the Ryman League forthwith. Club secretary Gerry Petit is in the process of notifying the league secretary.
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    Statement from Alan Dowson
    Manager Alan Dowson comments, "Yesterday's playoff game should have been the biggest game of their careers for my players and the biggest the club has had in years. You can take what happens in a game, but not what went on at Boreham Wood's ground. That was disgusting and it's left us feeling sick.

    "We have an honest bunch of players and they just want to play football, not have your skipper Francis Duku punched in the face by a man running on to the pitch. You try and get on with it at the time but they were affected, no doubt about it. We went from our best spell in the game to falling into our shells. We had young lads and players with their families in the ground out there and when four of five of them are saying they want to come off and get away from it you have to wonder about their state of mind.

    "The referee said to me afterwards that he'd never seen anything like it in the game and would be writing a report. Our people handled themselves unbelievably in the circumstances and for that I'm proud.

    "The situation was nothing short of a scandal and if hooligans can do as they please to a game of football then maybe the game doesn't have a place in such society anymore. I hope that the powers that be have a long think about this."
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    Saturday 1st May 2010
    Boreham Wood 2-0 Kingstonian
    Kingstonian's playoff dreams were shattered in the final with a two-nil defeat at Boreham Wood, in a game marred by a home supporter assaulting K's skipper Francis Duku on the pitch.

    An edgy game of few chances saw the hosts break the deadlock through a Ryan Moran header in the 69th minute. As K's pushed forward searching for an equaliser, Dwayne Clarke took advantage with a fine late strike to seal the game and promotion to Conference South for the Wood.

    Full details of the match are now available.
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    Alan Dowson on Boreham Wood
    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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