Tag: Kingstonian

Kingstonian 9-3 Cray Wanderers – No… Really.

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 team… BIC now, I think… Brian Wakefield scored a penalty…and he was the goalie.” And the last time Ks had declared at nine was in 1927, against West Norwood in the Athenian League – a result they may well be celebrating in East Norwood to this day. Ks tannoy announcer, Robert Wooldridge, is one of the Ryman League’s best. And he wasn’t short of help as Ks ran up the goals. Almost as soon as someone asked “when did Ks last score seven?” Ks scored an eighth. Likewise, not long after he was asked “when did Ks last score eight?” Ks grabbed a ninth. And thanks to Robert’s excellent press-box organisation, the anal retentiveness of his press-box colleagues (myself definitely included) and some poor late finishing (Ks missed three clear-cut chances between goals eight and nine), we knew when Ks last scored seven, eight, nine, ten and eleven. I’d never seen us score nine. As we were reliving Ks goal-glut history, I could recall two sevens and eights in...

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The Mid-Life Crisis Of A Football Supporter

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 to (or so I thought… see below). And yet… I didn’t want to go. For years, I had a 100% attendance record at Kingstonian matches – some years including pre-season and mid-season friendlies where a “Kingstonian XI” would give “fringe” or “squad” players a game. It would also include whatever mindless cup competition the powers-that-be could concoct (remember the “General Motors Assurance Corporation Premier Inter-League Challenge [GMAC] Cup”? – nicknamed the “Jesus and Mary Chain Trophy”…well, it was the late eighties). I was helped in this ‘cause’ by the fact that Ks played in regional football for all but three of those years. The Ryman Isthmian League consists of teams in England’s South East. And the exceptions were rare, allowing extensive pre-planning of trips; Yeovil Town spent two periods in the league in the 1980s and 1990s – a map of League grounds then resembled the “exclusion zone” around the Falklands in 1982, with Yeovil as the General Belgrano…miles to the west of their adversaries. But even in our...

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Administrators, Racism & The Twitter Bug

My knowledge of the insolvency practice profession is limited to my football writing experiences, gleaned from research into articles on this and other sites. As a result, I have come to know of ‘gentlemen’ such as Gerald Krasner, Andrew Andronikou and Brendan Guilfoyle. And, as a result of that, my opinion of the insolvency practice profession is not high.The continuing story of the Glasgow Rangers Football Club, and their appointment of administrators ‘known’ to club owner Craig Whyte, was leading me towards a largely, though not entirely, critical piece on administrators in football. However, just like Whyte at Rangers, I have had to “accelerate my plans”, as the issues of racism and financial mismanagement yesterday combined on ‘Twitter’ when Nick Hood of insolvency firm Begbies Traynor accused “the fans” of Isthmian League Kingstonian of racism. Hood was actually tweeting about Rangers. Although styling himself as “a committed internationalist” at the head of his twitter page – Hood was moved to ask: “what’s an Englishman doing agreeing to be administrator of Rangers?” And he added: “Good luck with Rangers, Mr Clark. Only genuine death threat ever as an IP was on a non-league soccer club.” This brought the curious reply: “A death threat? That’s Premier League!” To which Hood tweeted: “Very definitely non-league – Kingstonian, in fact. My sin was selling the club to someone the fans didn’t like on...

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Match Of The Week: Lewes 1-1 Kingstonian

It has been a difficult week for those running Lewes Football Club. The arrival of former manager Steve King back at The Dripping Pan raised an eyebrow or two when he returned to the club during the summer, but the owners of the club have – rightly – remained tight-lipped over what King may or may not have been up to and, although there are any number of theories floating around this ground as to why he should have found himself at home this afternoon, no official announcement has been made and Simon Wormull takes his place in the home dug-out today. This is, therefore, not a bad time for Kingstonian to be visiting East Sussex. A mid-table Ryman League Premier Division side that has won as many league games as it has lost in the league season, the visitors have had an inconsistent season so far – an example of this being the way that they followed up beating Tooting & Mitcham United by four goals to one away from home earlier this season, only to lose their next match by six goals to nil at Billericay Town a few days later – although a play-off place might still not be beyond them if only they can find a little more consistency from somewhere. For a quarter of an hour, the Kingstonian side that turns up for this...

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Match Of The Week 2: Tooting & Mitcham United 1-4 Kingstonian

It never really got going properly this year anyway, but the end of August marks the beginning of the passing of summer into autumn, and this Bank Holiday weekend brings an extra round of non-league matches. In the Ryman League a round of derby matches has been scheduled for a day when there are no Premier League or Football League matches being played. In the Premier Division, we’re at The Imperial Fields for the match between Tooting & Mitcham United and Kingstonian. This is a match which perhaps encapsulates this league in a way that no two other clubs could. Tooting have been members of  this league since 1956, whilst Kingstonian – a short sojourn in the Football Conference aside – have been here since 1929. Both are clubs which departed old homes for something new and have had difficulties since then. On the pitch, Tooting have had the better start of the two clubs, with two wins out of three in the league (against Concord Rangers and Leatherhead), whilst Kingstonian, who started the season amongst the clubs expected to at least challenge for a place in the play-offs, are still awaiting their first win of the season. It turns out to be an afternoon which turns this early season on its form, though. It would, however, be remiss of us to not mention Imperial Fields itself. Tooting &...

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