Tag: Kingstonian

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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Those We Have Lost: Richmond Road, Kingstonian FC

After a depressing few days, let’s try and lighten the mood a little as Mark Murphy brings us his memories of the former home of Kingstonian FC at Richmond Road. I only saw the death throes of Isthmian League Kingstonian’s Richmond Road ground. But it still had ‘something.’ And (sorry if this is “too much information”) most of my dreams involving Kingstonian games are still at Richmond Road, despite it hosting its last fixtures in January 1988. Richmond Road had housed Kingstonian (Ks) since the club took on the name – and the mantle of “town club” – in 1919. Before the “great” war, there was a “Kingston-on-Thames FC” there. This club emerged from the primordial swamp of clubs which characterised organised football’s development in the town at the turn of the last century. And in 1907… it split again. Kingston-on-Thames continued at Richmond Road and the “new” club, Old Kingstonians (“Old” being the 1900s equivalent of “AFC”), played at Norbiton Sports Ground, on which now stands Kingsmeadow Stadium, where Ks now play and to where Wimbledon will bring league football in August. With war dissipating old enmities, “Kingstonian” was formed in 1919 and although the Norbiton Sports Ground was available for £2,225 in April of that year, the £2,225 was not available; a lot of money in those days etc… Richmond Road, which had done wartime service as...

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Missing Leatherhead Away: The Moral Dilemma Of Not Going To Matches

“Rites of passage” tend to involve teenagers and revolve around love and/or sex, certainly in the Hollywood films that I know about. Being a non-league football fan, I missed that particular rite of passage completely, along with pretty much every other interesting rite of passage you could think of. I mean no disrespect the former Isthmian League club, but nothing remotely life-changing was ever going to happen to me at Wokingham Town on a cold Tuesday night in November. To trainspotters, maybe, as the ground was famously bordered by two separate railway routes and tracks. By the very fact that I considered such railway geography to be “famous” meant I was never going to appear in a real-life remake of “American Graffiti.” Something changed recently, though. More and more often in recent years, the prospect of a “Wokingham-Town-on-a-cold-Tuesday-night” trip has failed to be an enticing one. But when the conversation about the logistical problems or desirability of getting to the game turns to the concept of “well, you could always not go,” we just laugh. Faced with that concept one recent morning, for the first time ever, I thought of the fixture to which I could travel and screamed out loud, as I was walking along the pavement: “sod it, I’m not going,” – which got a funny look from the postman, I can assure you. Like all too...

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Video Of The Week: Non-League Special

We’re returning this week to a theme that we touched on a couple of weeks ago, with highlights from some of the matches played in the non-league game over the last few days. We kick off with a top of the table local derby from the Ryman League Premier Division that was played last Tuesday night between Sutton United and Kingstonian. A crowd of not far short of 800 (a remarkable statistic, if we stop and consider that this is being played in effectively the regional seventh division of English football) turned out for this match, with Sutton three points clear at the top of the table and with a chance to extend their lead. Our second match sees us stay in Surrey, for Saturday’s match from the Blue Square South between Woking and Chelmsford City. Both of these teams have had curious seasons so far. Woking could be forgiven for being distracted by their forthcoming FA Cup match against Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday night, with a match against FC United of Manchester being the reward for the winners of that match. For all of their success in the FA Cup this season, however, Woking have stalled in the league so far and sit in a lower mid-table position at present. Chelmsford City are already in the Second Round of the competition and will travel to Wycombe...

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