Posts Tagged "Kingstonian"

The FA Cup Second Round: Death Or Glory

The FA Cup Second Round: Death Or Glory

By on Dec 5, 2013 in Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

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 after the second qualifying round, I will feign some sort of visual or audible surprise that the...

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Tales From A Mickey Mouse Cup

By on May 2, 2013 in Latest, Non-League | 5 comments

“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 future attitudes towards “senior” cup competitions. I write this after Kingstonian lost 2-1 to...

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Philliskirk’s Famous Five… Which Never Happened

By on Feb 26, 2013 in History, Latest | 0 comments

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 contributor). But memories of a curious FA Cup first-round tie from 1992. Dennis’s tweet concerned Oldham...

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Kingstonian 9-3 Cray Wanderers – No… Really.

By on Feb 13, 2013 in Latest, Non-League | 1 comment

And it was 0-0 after half-an-hour… The Kingstonian press-box is no place for the hard-of-statistic. Even before the end of their remarkable Ryman Premier Division victory over Cray Wanderers, we’d established that Ks scored 10 and 11 in the same Amateur Cup run in the mid-1960s. Indeed, one press-box habitué was at the 10-0 victory over Callenders Athletic: “a works...

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The Mid-Life Crisis Of A Football Supporter

By on Nov 9, 2012 in Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

Ageing hits us all in different but familiar ways; loss of hair, loss of memory, loss of physical abilities… loss of memory. With football fans, as in ‘fanatics’, the ageing process manifests itself in feelings I experienced this week. My team, Ryman League Kingstonian, were playing at a ground to which I’d never been and which was relatively straightforward to get...

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