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Alan Dowson: A Manager To Remember

Alan Dowson: A Manager To Remember

Yes… yes… Murphy’s on about bloody Kingstonian again. But this one’s important. No…really… It may not seem like much of a legacy, I grant you. But when Isthmian League Kingstonian played out a nothing final game of the 2011/12 season, it highlighted just how few...
Promotion Play-off Places – The Ryman Race

Promotion Play-off Places – The Ryman Race

The EPL and La Liga may be going down to the proverbial “wire” but they’ve had nothing on the race to follow Wealdstone into the Conference South. Here, Mark Murphy offers a Kingstonian perspective on the titanic tussle to leave the Isthmian League behind… at least...
The FA Cup Second Round: Death Or Glory

The FA Cup Second Round: Death Or Glory

Kingstonian’s recent FA Cup record, a dictionary definition of ‘dismal’, has instigated a little ritual in the Non-League Paper offices where I work on Saturday evenings as a sub-editor. “Could you do an FA Cup page, Mark?” my boss will ask. And if it is any time...

Tales From A Mickey Mouse Cup

“It’s a Mickey Mouse competition with Mickey Mouse officials. Next season I’m fielding a reserve team.” They were words of an embittered loser. And when Isthmian League Kingstonian’s then-manager Chris Kelly said them, he probably never imagined he was foreseeing...

Philliskirk’s Famous Five… Which Never Happened

A recent tweet by the BBC’s Ian Dennis brought some memories flooding back. Not of Dennis’s angry reaction to my criticism of a Radio 5 Live show he hosted about UEFA’s Financial Fair Play initiative (although I thought Dennis was the programme’s only decent...