Tag: Kingstonian

Kingstonian: A Day In The Death Of A Football Club? 

Sometimes you have to admit that your fans aren’t that terrific. Until this week, my only criticisms of a Kingstonian fan-base with many terrific individuals was their fouler-than-average language during matches, their inability to out-sing a mime artist with laryngitis and an occasional tendency to dissolve into whining self-pity. The first issue matters, the second doesn’t. But this week, the third dominated proceedings to the extent that it shook my faith in my club’s future. That future is fraught. Ryman League Ks have been sub-tenants at Kingston Council-owned Kingsmeadow Stadium since entering administration in October 2001 (five years after...

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From Kingston to Glasgow: Mickey Mouse Cups & Mickey Mouse Hacks

This week, Kingstonian won an oddly-named trophy after an odd game on an odd night. And, oddly, though Mark Murphy wasn’t as pleased as some, he was more pleased than he thought he’d be. Meanwhile, the linguistic contortions of an award-winning Scottish journalist’s Rangers coverage get odder still… CUPS “I like the Alan Turvey,” said a Ks fan younger than me (as most are these says) in response to my apathy towards the concept. If ever a five-word sentence needed a context, and quick, it was this one. Kingstonian reached the Isthmian League Cup Final recently…or the “Alan Turvey...

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Wimbledon, Kingstonian & Bojo the Clown

London (night)mayor Boris Johnson’s decision to “call in” AFC Wimbledon’s Plough Lane planning application this week brought a remarkable, mercifully succinct response from one long-time Kingstonian fan, who we shall call “Les,” for the purposes of this article (and because that’s his name). “Boris tells the squatters to f**k off. ‘AVT IT!!!” Of course, Wimbledon are leaseholders at their current Kingsmeadow Stadium site and so are by definition not “squatters” in it. The mayor’s powers to “call in” planning applications (transferring the responsibility to pass such applications from local planning authorities to City Hall in certain specifically-defined circumstances) are...

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The Ryman League Cup – A Lament

On Monday night Kingstonian, reached the final of the Isthmian League Cup. Or, to give it its full, oh-so-catchy title, the Alan Turvey Trophy sponsored by Robert Dyas. The celebrations of our fortunate penalty shoot-out victory over Wingate and Finchley, in what was awkwardly termed the “Alan Turvey Trophy sponsored by Robert Dyas semi-final,” were aptly minimalist. “An occasion unquestionably befitting of the great Alan Turvey,” noted the “official” match report on Ks’ website, dripping with possibly fine-inducing sarcasm about the league’s president, who has immodestly had “his” league’s trophy named after him while he’s still alive. It appeared...

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Kingsmeadow, Wimbledon & Kingstonian: An Alternative View

Ian’s article on the future of my club, Kingstonian, got to press as I was writing a similar piece. I could not have bettered Ian’s work – he should really be winning awards for this sort of thing.   But even Ian fell foul of one or two of the misinformation traps which the story has set. So I’ve got at least some excuse for flinging my righteous indignation your way. Recently, I’ve watched as the club I’ve supported for thirty-three-and-a-half years has come under apparently fatal threat. Halfway through those years, such a situation would occupy my thoughts in...

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