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Good Afternoon and welcome to Cheshunt Stadium. We extend a special welcome to the players, officials and supporters of Kingstonian.
The K’s last visit to Theobalds Lane was our last home game of last season, before the second lockdown brought football to a sudden end. That match finished in a 3-2 with Taylor Miles, Reece Beckles-Richards and Anderson Pinto scoring our goals
Supporters awaiting a date for our 4th round Velocity Trophy tie against Bowers & Pitsea should find out over the weekend, we will endeavour to post in social media & on the web site as soon as the secretaries have an agreed date. In the meanwhile, here is the draw for the next round…
5th Round (Quarter-finals)
Folkestone Invicta v Barking
Horsham v Heywards Heath Town
Margate v Carshalton Athletic
Haringey Borough v Cheshunt or Bowers & Pitsea
Semi-finals must be played by Thursday 24th March and the Final will be on Wednesday 13th April
Enjoy the game today
Please note Cheshunt FC operates a No Dogs policy. (except Assistance Dogs)
You are responsible for your own children on the site, unless they are participating in an organised event at the site with qualified staff.
Waysider has been busy trawling the history scrapbooks to find out what CHESHUNT FC were doing on this day back in time, anyone supporting today remember any of these matches?
On this day 26th February
|1949||Dagenham British Legion||LL 1||A||1-2||Sapsford|
|1966||Leavesden Hospital||HCS SF||A||7-1||Skeggs 3, Gray, Kitchener, Miller, Taylor|
|1972||Hounslow||ALC 3||A||3-0||Sedgwick 2, Pudney|
|1977||Staines Town||LSC 4||H||0-1|
|1985||Berkhamsted Town||IL 2N||H||1-2||Fletcher|
|1994||Hornchurch||IL 3||H||85||2-1||Barlow, Johnson|
|2000||Tooting & Mitcham United||IL 2||H||41||2-0||Cox, Robinson|
|2005||Billericay Town||IL P||A||431||1-4||Fenton, Morgan|
|2008||Yate Town||SL P||A||143||1-7||Farrell|
The 4-0 defeat to Marlow was the last time the Ambers were beaten in 2019, they went on an unbeaten run culminating in the Play Off final win at Bracknell Town and including knocking Marlow out of the play offs at the semi final stage.
Welcome back to Theobalds Lane. We’re in league action today and welcome the players, officials and supporters of Kingstonian.
It has been a busy few days of transfer activity since my programme notes on Tuesday. I’m delighted to announce that Rowan Liburd has signed on a permanent basis in an agreement that will see him with the club for the 2022/23 season.
His signing is a signal of our intent and a sign of the direction the club is travelling in. Each year we are improving on the pitch, and Craig is building a squad that is capable of competing at the top end of the table. My job is to continue to grow the club in all areas so that we can support Craig in a sustainable way.
We have laid the foundations of the club over the last 10 years with vastly improved facilities, and have planning in place for a brand new stadium in the future. We have added to and grown the different sections of the club at grass roots level, and I’m delighted to now see the fanbase growing too.
I’ve mentioned before how important fans are to a club. I’ve been speaking to many of you over the last few weeks and I must say I’m bowled over by your energy and enthusiasm for the club. It is what we have needed for many years and together our job is to now grow that support.
In doing so I have listened to your comments and taken on board your feedback. There has been some very good suggestions that I am now working on and looking to implement soon.
Thanks as always for your support, and please keep on engaging positively with the club
Enjoy the match.
Enjoy the game.
The Ambers continued their good cup form with a convincing 4-2 win over Isthmian North team Brentwood Town on Tuesday last. After two matches falling to the weather the Ambers were keen to get back to competitive football and the opening quarter showed it. Mo Camara starting in the nine shirt was a handful for the experienced Brentwood back line and this bought debutant Kayne Diedrick Roberts and Zack Newton into the game with opportunities to run at defenders.
Cheshunt pressure forced a number of corners, and on twenty minutes Taylor Mackenzie called for & won his header to score low in the bottom left corner.
Former Amber Connor Hogan was busy in the Brentwood midfield & former Ambers striker Ash Nzala looked back to his best and a threat up top. However it was the Ambers who doubled their lead when Mo Camara flicked a throw in to Joe Re who rolled his marker & played a cross field pass forty yards into the path of Kayne Diedrick Roberts who collected the ball in his stride and rifled a shot low into the same corner Mackenzie had found. 2-0 to Cheshunt at half time.
The second half saw Cheshunt adjust with Mo Camara carrying a slight knock, Reece Beckles Richards replaced him. Brentwood had reorganised too and were pressing higher up the pitch, their energy was rewarded when Cheshunt sought to play the ball out of the back, a pass to keeper Preston Edwards had him stretching & as his touch took the ball away Nzala nipped in, with his back to goal he took the ball further away to deny Edwards the opportunity to recover, and then clipped a goal bound shot over the stranded keeper to halve the deficit.
Cheshunt tightened up at the back & the pace of the impressive Diedrick Roberts & Zack Newton had Brentwood backing off defending their box again, conscious of the space behind a high line, another Cheshunt corner was the cue for a three minute goal spree. Another deep Diedrick Roberts corner was initially cleared, but only as far as the corner taker, he returned the ball back to the far post & Adam Crowther stole in to head home from close range and a tight angle.
Brentwood restarted, a pass into Nzala with his back to goal was controlled and he timed a reverse pass into the feet of Daniel Ogunleye as he ran into the Cheshunt penalty area, Edwards came out to meet him but the winger managed to pass the ball into the corner past his outstretched left arm, deficit back to one, but not for long, the kick off saw Cheshunt move the ball initially backwards before Adam Crowther launched a longer ball forward, Brentwood initially dealt with the threat, but Joe Re picked up the loose ball centrally, ran at the defence and played a tight 1-2 with Beckles Richards, continuing his run beyond the defence to shoot unimpeded and restore the two goal cushion.
Cheshunt can be pleased with the steady stream of chances created throughout the match, they could have had more goals in the closing stages, but the four were enough to see them through to a tie v Bowers & Pitsea in the 4th round, a match v Haringey Borough away in the the last eight of the competition the prize to the winner.
Kayne Diedrick Roberts marked his ‘2nd’ debut with two assists and a goal v Brentwood Town.
Firstly I’d like to welcome everyone who has travelled up from Kingstonian for todays game. I’d also like to welcome our match officials and hope they have an incident free game and an enjoyable visit.
Since my last notes not a lot has happened, we beat Hemel in the quarter finals of the Herts Cup, had a weekend up at Stockport a few games off to fill all our Tuesday slots and a win in the Velocity to take us into Thursdays already !!
We were excellent against Hemel and back to our very best. 2-0 flattered them no end and if I had to criticise it would be on our wayward finishing.
This took us to the unforgettable weekend at Stockport. It took us five tough Trophy ties to get there and the whole club should be proud. Our amazing, incredible fans, the preparation and support of the Chairman and everyone involved with the club. All we had to do was go and beat the best side outside of the football league. We certainly gave it our best shot and whilst I concede they were the better side we had the better chances. So our fantastic run was over but it was a weekend that will be remembered well. The hospitality of everyone associated with Stockport from the Sports Village hotel to the staff at the club gave a wonderful demonstration on how to host. Our near neighbours might do well to take lessons.
We then hosted Brentwood in the Velocity Cup. We made seven changes and we will need the whole squad for the run in. It was an entertaining game and we fully deserved to progress and although we scored four we missed a host of clear cut chances to have made the win even more emphatic. The New Bloke made a very pleasing debut with a goal and two assists.
With every Tuesday filled and the prospect of many Thursdays we also welcome Sam Alderson and Essa Janneh to the club. Sam has played for me at three different clubs and will add to the quality. He is a free scoring midfielder and dead ball specialist. Essa is a young man mountain of a CB and will give us much needed competition in that area.
Last but by no means least we are thrilled to announce that Rowan Liburd has signed a contract that keeps him at the club until at least the end of the 2022/23 season.
On to today Kingstonian like to play so it should be a very entertaining affair. Be loud and be proud.
Enjoy the Match !
LOOK BACK IN AMBER
By Jim Tuite
Cheshunt 1-5 Kingstonian
Isthmian Premier Division
Saturday 30th October 2004
This Afternoon we look back 18 years to an Afternoon when Andy Leese’s high-flying Ambers were brought down to earth by stuggling Kingstonians.
After getting off to a great start in the Clubs first-ever season in the Isthmian top flight, going top in early October, Leeses side suffered their second defeat in four days when they were comprehensively beaten by bottom side Kingstonian. The Ambers lined up with an unfamiliar 3-4-3 as Darren Grieves joined Cox and Crace on the injured list.
The visitors stunned the Ambers early on when after only two minutes they took the lead. A throw in from the right fell to unmarked Giles Coke whose spectacular drive flew into the top corner. On ten minutes the K’s went further in front when Martyn Lee’s long range effort was too much for Cheshunt goalkeeper Russell Ling who could only watch the ball go into the net. Two minutes later the hosts almost came back into the match when Steve Wales’ in swinging corner was somehow cleared out.
But the K’s struck again after 16 minutes when unmarked Ahmed Rifat headed Mazin Ahmad’s free kick from the left. Cheshunt pulled a goal back though ten minutes later. Wales scored from the spot after Leon Archer was fouled in the area.
The goal inspired the Ambers and they enjoyed most of the possession. They were within a whisker of a second goal on 29 minutes when Chris Watters’ shot was just saved by Markz Awadski.
In first half injury time the visitors restored their three goal lead. Ahmad made a great run form the half way line unchallenged before shooting low past Ling.
After the break, Cheshunt took full control of the game, and replaced Williamson with Haastrup as they reverted to a more familiar shape and had most of the possession. Only five minutes into the half and Cheshunt had a penalty appeal turned down. This enraged the Cheshunt players and provoked a scuffle which resulted in bookings for substitute Henry Haastrup and Kingstonian’s Coke.
Despite the Ambers’ domination of the play the visitors scored a fourth on 67 minutes. Phil Ruggles picked out Coke after a mistake by Waldron and he made no mistake to score his second of the match.
In the later stages of the game Cheshunt still created chances but still failed to capitalise. Michael Black went close before, on 79 minutes Watters’ delightful chip went just over the bar. With five minutes to go Haastrup missed a glorious chance to score. He managed to block Awakski’s kick and with the goal gaping he took an extra touch before a K’s defender cleared away. In the final stages Black picked out Archer who found space in the area but lashed his shot wide to sum up and a miserable afternoon for Cheshunt.
Ambers boss Andy Leese was at a loss to explain the defeat “ We were shambolic from start to finish, and I have to take responsibility for the players I put out there. It was a reality check for the players, and shows that you cannot drop your standards against anyone at this level. The defending was awful and the mistakes we made for each goal were very basic, not the sort you expect from players at this level. Their finishing was clinical but we never looked like we could trouble them from open play, as we lost all belief in ourselves. I have never been so embarrassed by a performance as a Manager and I spent a long time after the game telling them a few home truths about football at this level. I need to see that it hurts and Cheshunt football club will be very serious place to be this week as we prepare for next Saturday. The only positive in all this is that we will still be in the top three, which is remarkable for a club like this. We will have to improve dramatically if we want to be there at the end of the season “.
Ominious words indeed from the current Enfield Town Boss. He took this defeat very badly, shaking hands and conceding defeat with five minutes remaining (the only time he says he has ever done this) and walked back to the changing rooms, looking away from the pitch.
Six weeks later, both he and the bulk of his side walked away from Cheshunt Football Club.
Cheshunt: Ling, Keepence, Magona, Reddington (Waldron 63), White, Wales, Black, Obeng (Adolphe 71), Williamson (Haastrup 46), Archer, Watters Not used: Adams, Ledger.
There are times I genuinely do feel sorry for referees. It’s not too often I admit it but just occasionally they are as much the victim as the paying customer is and I’d like to assume that they are as angry as we are at the antics of certain players and coaches.
I watched an interview with an old referee not so long back who was asked if he could change one thing what would it be. His response was simple. Get a separate timekeeper to take that responsibility off the overburdened ref. It makes sense, doesn’t it?
If you go back twenty years the referee’s duties were much less, now we have refs having to work with VAR, they must manage additional substitutions, there have been more rule changes than you can shake a stick at and on top of that we have a game with more gamesmanship going on than ever before. A referee’s lot is not always a happy one.
I don’t mean the occasional sly tackle or the odd dubious penalty claim, I mean the more modern approach to skulduggery, the new implementation of the dark arts that mean refs don’t just need eyes in the back of their head but probably in the soles of their feet as well.
What I see now is enough to make your head spin. Players constantly waving imaginary cards, players doing dives Tom Daley would struggle to complete, and players with more elbows that an octopus. I never ever wanted to be a ref but I’m bloody sure I wouldn’t even run a Sunday morning game these days. There’s so much cheating I’m surprised the ref doesn’t just tie his cards to his wrist, and it’s that level of gamesmanship that really bugs me in the modern game, I’m starting to think we should give the officials taser guns rather than cards.
These days I see penalties given for players who not only haven’t been fouled but who’ve dived two yards to get a good connection with their opponent. It’s mind boggling the lengths players will go to gain an advantage and put simply it’s just cheating. The poor old ref needs our sympathy not our anger, and after that perhaps a weekly session on the psychotherapist’s couch to untangle his troubled mind.
If we had a separate timekeeper advising the referee what time has been taken off, or a visible clock that showed us all what’s happening the players would know to stop play acting, and the referee can be assured the spectators aren’t worried they’ll be short changed because the opposition have decided to take more lie downs than a mattress tester.
I recently watched a game where the opposition went 1-0 up in five minutes and proceeded to spend more time on their arse than Jim Royal on Christmas Day. I was starting to think they could be charged ground rent for the amount of time they were lying around or writhing in completely unbelievable mock agony. They got their comeuppance, but really should the game be run like that?
So for me the one duty we can easily remove from a ref is that of time keeping and the quicker we do it the better, because if we can clear the game of all these cheating antics we will have a better game to watch and a lot more football time as well.
Technology has given us VAR, and goal line technology but we’ve had eyes and a watch for ever; isn’t it about time we used them!
Come On You Ambers
Come On You Ambers!!!!
The Kingstonian club came into being in 1919 as a result of the merger between Kingston Town FC and Old Kingstonians FC. However, the club can trace its origins even further back and celebrated its centenary in 1985; the reason for this is that one of its forerunners, Kingston & Surbiton YMCA FC played its first match on a ground in Bushy Park in November 1885. In 1887 the YMCA changed its name to Saxons FC. Then in 1890 it changed to Kingston Wanderers FC and once again to Kingston-on-Thames Association Football Club (KAFC) in 1893. Unfortunately, in the early 1900s there was trouble in the camp and in 1908 the club split in two with Kingston Town playing at Norbiton Sports Ground and Old Kingstonians on what became known as the “back pitch” at Richmond Road.
The new Kingstonian set-up started life in the Athenian League, a competition that it won in both seasons 1923/24 and 1925/26, playing its home matches at a brand new ground in Richmond Road that remained its home until 1988. In 1929 the Kingstonians, widely known as the K’s, accepted an invitation to join the Isthmian League as a replacement for the Civil Service FC, and remained in that league until 1998.
The K’s have a credible history and their blue ribbon period of the early 1930’s produced players such as Frank Macey, Doug Whitehead, George Lee and the Whittaker brothers achieving in April 1933 its then greatest accolade by winning the FA Amateur Cup which well and truly put Kingstonian on the football map. Wins over Portland United (after a replay), Leyton, South Bank, Dulwich Hamlet, and Whitehall Printeries took the K’s through to the final, staged at Dulwich, against Stockton, which resulted in a 1-1 draw. For the replay Kingstonian had to travel to Darlington, but despite going one goal behind after only four minutes, the K’s came back to win 4-1 thanks to goals from Gibson, Urpeth (penalty) and Whitehead (2).
In the following season, 1933/34, K’s bowed out of the Amateur Cup in a second round replay to Wimbledon at Plough Lane, but went on to successfully win the Isthmian League, a feat they repeated in season 1936/37 and, of course in 1997/98.
In season 1959/60 it seemed as though the Amateur Cup was going to return to Kingston as the legendary Johnny Whing headed K’s into the lead against Hendon in the final at Wembley Stadium. Two goals in the last three minutes, though, had the FA officials busily changing the red and white ribbons for green and white ones as Hendon won the cup for the first time. To qualify for the final, Kingstonian disposed of Histon, Letchworth Town, Ferryhill Athletic, Carshalton Athletic, and Crook Town in a semi-final tie played at St James’ Park, the home of Newcastle United.
The Kingstonian teams of the early 1960’s were arguably as good as those of the 1930’s and many trophies were won. After winning the Surrey Senior cup for the 9th time (as Kingstonian) in 1967, the club’s successes dried up and despite the endeavours of many managers and countless players, the team went into decline. In 1979 relegation to Division One was suffered, but in 1985 the club bounced back as runners up to Farnborough Town. K’s were a mite fortunate as Leatherhead, who finished above them on goal difference, had three points deducted for fielding an ineligible player. Kingstonian remained as members of the Premier Division until the end of the 1997/98 season when promoted to the Nationwide Conference.
The famous Richmond Road ground, which was loved by so many, became increasingly dilapidated and subject to vandalism, so a decision was made to relocate and develop the site for housing – a move that also assisted the club’s finances. The last game played there was in January 1988 against Bromley. After one and a half season’s ground sharing at Hampton’s Beveree ground. K’s opened their brand new Kingsmeadow Stadium (on the site of the old Norbiton Sports Ground) in August 1989, when Slough Town were the visitors. After achieving a draw with Peterborough United in 1992, the club recorded a fine FA Cup win at Kingsmeadow by beating Brighton in 1994; they also competed well the following year against Plymouth. In front of 3,495 supporters the K’s held Leyton Orient to a 0-0 draw only to lose 2-1 in the FA Cup 2nd Round Replay in 1998. Drawn away to Luton Town in the First Round of the FA Cup in October 1999 saw the K’s come in at half time 1-1 only to go down 4-2 at the end.
At the beginning of the 1997-98 season, the club appointed Geoff Chapple as manager. He brought about an exciting change of fortune for the club. In his first season, he took the club to the Isthmian League Premier Division Championship. In the following season, their first in the Football Conference, the club finished a creditable 8th, but they capped it all off by winning the FA Trophy at Wembley in May 1999 with a 1-0 victory over Forest Green Rovers. The following season 1999/2000, in the last FA Trophy Final between the famous Twin Towers, the K’s retained their title with an exciting 3-2 win over Kettering Town, giving Chapple his 5th FA Trophy Final win in seven seasons (the other three with Woking). The club also reached their highest position of 5th in the Conference.
However, season 2000/2001 proved to be extremely mixed. The K’s made the headlines again with a tremendous run in the FA Cup. A home win against Devizes Town was the start of an incredible run that saw the K’s defeat Brentford, Southport and Southend United all away from home. In the Fourth Round, K’s were thwarted in the last kick of the game at Ashton Gate as Bristol City scored a very last gasp equaliser before winning the replay at Kingsmeadow in a live televised match. Unfortunately, the club’s league form proved to be exactly the opposite, as the K’s finished next to bottom and were relegated back to the Ryman Football League.
Season 2001/2002 and it was time again for a change, as the club and Geoff Chapple parted by mutual consent. Kingstonian quickly appointed former Dover Athletic man Bill Williams as their new manager, who had working alongside him former Tottenham Hotspur player Steve Sedgley as his assistant. In late 2001 Williams departed the club and Sedgley moved up to the position of manager and his assistant was Kim Harris who was promoted up from the position of reserve team manager.
December 2002 saw the sudden resignation of the highly promising Sedgley as manager. The club immediately promoted Harris, a former K’s striker, to manager and appointed former Woking man Scott Steele as player/coach. The club had ups and downs over this period but only failed to make the new Conference South following a single goal defeat to Lewes in a Ryman League playoff.
Following a poor start to season 2004/05 Harris decided to call it a day after just four games. Scott Steele was promoted to manager but, despite encouraging good football from his side, was unable to prevent what became an inevitable relegation to Division One. However, good news arrived off the field when local businessman Jimmy Cochrane bought the football club, giving the club a positive outlook for the first time in several years. Steele’s resignation followed towards the end of the season when former assistant manger Ian McDonald was brought in along with Stuart McIntyre as his coach with a view to resurrecting the club’s fortunes.
The 2005/06 season saw K’s move up the table only to miss out on playoffs on the final day of the season, though silverware was achieved following a 1-0 win over AFC Wimbledon in the Surrey Senior Cup Final. McDonald was almost immediately succeeded by McIntyre as manager, whilst the club was jointly bought by Mark Anderson and Malcolm Winwright – the board would be completed by the presence of John Fenwick as chairman from May 2011 to June 2014 and then co-chairman with Anderson and Winwright until January 2018, when he became sole chairman again.
Stuart McIntyre’s time as manager was unfortunately short-lived and unsuccessful, and midway through the 2006/07 season he was replaced as manager by former Walton and Hersham manager Alan Dowson. Dowson and his team immediately transformed the club, and achieved a semblance of stability. There was plenty of expectation for the 2007/08 season, though inconsistency led to the K’s missing the play-offs once again on the final day of the season.
The 2008/09 season was successful from start to finish. A run to the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup was highlighted by a 4-0 home win over Conference South team Braintree Town, all four goals scored by midfielder Dean Lodge. This performance led to the K’s player winning the Performance of the Round award from the FA. But it was in the Ryman League Division One South that the biggest success came, as a very strong start and a storming finish led to Kingstonian winning the division by seven points ahead of Cray Wanderers.
After an absence of four years, the club almost passed straight up through the Ryman Premier Division, recovering from a difficult start to reach the end of the season playoffs. It was Boreham Wood, however, who won the controversial final match. Heartache followed in the following 2010/11 season when a final day collapse at Margate cost another attempt at the playoffs. The following two seasons saw mid-table finishes in the league accompanied by successive London Senior Cup final appearances, before a return to the playoffs in the 2013/14 season, after the club finished runners-up in the league. A semi final defeat against AFC Hornchurch however denied the chance of promotion, in what turned out to be Alan Dowson’s last game in charge.
With former K’s midfielder Tommy Williams installed as manager, the club again reached the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round, losing 3-2 to a last minute goal against Eastbourne Borough. The league campaign was a roller-coaster, a late challenge for the play-offs falling short in the last couple of weeks of the season. In his second season, the 2015-16 campaign saw the K’s lift their first cup in ten years, winning the Isthmian League Cup with a 5-0 victory over Faversham Town.
The 2016-17 season proved to be a difficult campaign, as the club flirted dangerously with relegation thanks to a dreadful run following Christmas; with six games left and hopes almost lost, Tommy Williams was replaced as manager by former Billericay Town man Craig Edwards. He turned the club around immediately and K’s moved up to 16th after a five match unbeaten run to end the season. K’s left the Kingsmeadow Stadium at the end of the season and moved to Fetcham Grove with Leatherhead FC; Edwards resigned in October 2017 and was replaced by former Whyteleafe manager Leigh Dynan.
At the beginning of the 2018-19 season, Kingstonian moved back to the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames and started a ground share with Corinthian-Casuals at King George’s Field. A difficult season saw K’s have three managers, as Leigh Dynan was replaced by Dean Brennan and then very quickly by stand-in manager Kim Harris – K’s moved from second place in the table on New Year’s Day to escaping relegation by a single place after a horror run of results.
The 2019-20 season may have been curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but new manager Hayden Bird’s arrival gave the club an enormous boost, and the K’s supporters were rewarded amply with fine runs in both the FA Cup and the FA Trophy – the club reached the First Round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2000-01, and defeated Macclesfield Town 4-0 at Moss Rose in Round One before bowing out in Round Two at home to AFC Fylde on a day that saw the club host that afternoon’s edition of BBC Football Focus. Their FA Trophy run also ended in Round Two but was most notable for a fine 3-1 victory over Alan Dowson’s Woking team at King George’s Field. The 2020-21 season was curtailed even more than the previous season, ending in November with K’s sitting in fourth position in the Premier Division.
KINGSTONIAN FC HONOURS LIST
FA Cup Fourth Round Proper 2001
FA Cup Second Round Proper 1995, 1996, 1999, 2019
FA Cup First Round Proper 1927, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1993, 2000
FA Trophy Winners 1999, 2000
FA Amateur Cup Winners 1933
FA Amateur Cup Finalists 1960
FA Amateur Cup Semi-Finalists 1932, 1956, 1964
Football Conference League Cup Finalists 2000, 2001
Isthmian League Champions 1934, 1937, 1998
Isthmian League Runners-Up 1948, 1963, 2014
Isthmian League Playoff Finalists 2010
Isthmian League Division 1 South Champions 2009
Isthmian League Cup Winners 1996, 2016
Isthmian League Cup Finalists 1982
London Senior Cup Winners 1963, 1965, 1987
London Senior Cup Finalists 1924, 1926, 1931, 1947, 1984, 2012, 2013
London Charity Cup Winners 1927, 1931 (joint), 1932, 1933
London Charity Cup Finalists 1929, 1934, 1936, 1970, 1975
Surrey Senior Cup Winners 1911, 1914, 1926, 1931, 1932, 1935, 1939, 1952, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1998, 2006
Surrey Senior Cup Finalists 1907, 1937, 1948, 1950, 1973, 1991, 2003
Surrey Senior Shield Winners 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912 (joint), 1914, 1921, 1929, 1930, 1954, 1958
Surrey Senior Shield Finalists 1913, 1925, 1926, 1928, 1936, 1959
Surrey Invitation Cup Winners 1961, 1966
Isthmian League Charity Shield Winners 1995, 1998
Football Conference Charity Shield Winners 1999
Football Conference Charity Shield Finalists 2000
Daniel Ajakaiye (Forward): Daniel re-joined Kingstonian in the summer of 2021 from Havant and Waterlooville, returning to the K’s having originally signed from Whyteleafe in November 2017. In that first spell, he scored three goals in nineteen appearances but at the end of the 2017-18 season he moved to Hastings United, where he became an immediate success, putting in consistent performances that eventually saw him spotted by Havant and Waterlooville during the 2020-21 campaign.
Jay Barton (Midfield): Promising midfielder signed from Molesey in October 2021. Previously in the youth ranks with Millwall and Aldershot Town.
Kenny Beaney (Midfield): Very experienced midfielder who joined the K’s from Merstham in the summer of 2019 and is also part of the coaching team as player-coach. Previous clubs include Dulwich Hamlet, where he was captain of their promotion winning team in 2018, Wealdstone, Beckenham Town, Grays Athletic and Thurrock.
Elliott Buchanan (Forward): An experienced and prolific striker, Elliott rejoined the K’s in the summer of 2020, eighteen months after leaving the hoops for an ultimately successful spell with Dorking Wanderers, who he helped to win the Isthmian League in 2019 and the National League South play-off final in 2020. He began his career with Stevenage Borough, and had spells with Hayes and Yeading United, Newport County, St Albans City, Chelmsford City, Bromley and Staines Town, for whom he won the Isthmian Premier Golden Boot in 2018. He had a loan spell earlier this season with Farnborough, but has made a highly successful return to the hoops in October 2021.
Nyren Clunis (Midfield / Forward): Nyren joined Kingstonian in the summer of 2021 from Carshalton Athletic, but he is most known for his long association with Dulwich Hamlet, where he was dubbed “The Prince of Peckham” by the Champion Hill faithful. He made his Dulwich first team debut aged 17 and went on to make 486 appearances for the club, scoring 117 goals. He is currently third in the Hamlet’s post-war appearances list and helped his team to two promotions. He was released by Dulwich at the end of the 2019-20 season, moving to Carshalton Athletic.
Ollie Cook (Defender): Former Fulham and Southampton junior, Ollie joined Kingstonian from Merstham in the summer of 2019. Ollie was a regular in the Saints’ Under 23s team and played for them in the Football League Trophy on four occasions – after a loan spell in the National League with Barrow, he moved to the Moatside in 2018 after being released by Southampton.
Simon Cooper (Defender): Kingstonian’s club captain, Simon joined Kingstonian from Merstham in the summer of 2019. Formerly with Carshalton Athletic, Guildford City, Chipstead and AFC Croydon Athletic, he joined Merstham for the second time in November 2016, and has plenty of Isthmian Premier and Southern League experience.
Teo Kurtaran (Defender / Midfield): Teo was captain of Hanworth Villa’s under 18s team that reached the FA Youth Cup Second Round in 2019, where they were beaten by AFC Wimbledon. In Round One, he scored twice in their 3-2 away win at Gillingham. The Dons subsequently signed him, and he was part of the Dons’ team that reached the EFL Youth Alliance Cup Final, though sadly the final was never played due to the coronavirus. After impressing in pre-season, Teo joined Kingstonian in the summer of 2020.
Lewis Pearch (Midfield / Forward): Exciting young player who signed from Merstham in the summer of 2019. Lewis signed for Merstham’s first team squad after impressing with the Moatsiders’ youth team. Lewis was an integral part in Kingstonian’s fine run to the FA Youth Cup First Round in the 2019-20 season.
Jerry Puemo (Defender): Jerry moved to Kingstonian in the summer of 2019 from Farnborough. He began his career in the youth ranks of West Bromwich Albion and Scunthorpe United, he then completed a two-year scholarship with Aldershot Town before playing for Morecambe U23s for two seasons. At the beginning of last season, he moved from Morecambe to Farnborough and was a regular in their defence.
Fabio Saraiva (Midfield): Fabio joined the K’s from Merstham in the summer of 2019, completing a third spell with the Moatsiders. He began his career with Merstham, and then joined Maidstone United in 2013. He was loaned back in January 2014, a return that was eventually made permanent. In 2016, Fabio moved to Woking and went on to make 75 appearances with the Cards before being loaned back to Merstham early in the 2018-19 season, another loan that was made permanent.
Kershaney Samuels (Midfield): Kershaney signed for Kingstonian from Carshalton Athletic in the summer of 2021, having previously played for Dulwich Hamlet and Merstham. He was an integral part of Merstham’s squad that reached the Isthmian League Play-Off final in 2019, at the same time winning the club’s Footballer of the Year award.
Declan Skura (Defender): Another talented young player from Hanworth Villa, Declan is a central defender that has experience of academy football, both at Chelsea and at Reading. He is seen as a young player with enormous potential.
Gus Sow (Midfield): Liberian-born Gus joined Kingstonian from Merstham in the summer of 2019. He began his career in the ranks at Crystal Palace and had loan spells with Finnish team FC Honka Espoo and Hampshire team Farnborough before joining St Albans City in 2015 upon his release by the Eagles. In January 2016, he moved to Dulwich Hamlet and from there he was a Lewes player, helping them win promotion to the Isthmian Premier in 2018. In the summer of 2018, he swapped the Dripping Pan for the Moatside.
Rob Tolfrey (Goalkeeper): Undeniably a Kingstonian legend, Rob holds the record for the most appearances made in goal for the K’s. Rob started his career with Crawley Town before spending one season with Whyteleafe and then securing a move to Horsham. In 2009, Rob moved to Kingstonian and has been the K’s number one ever since. Supporters’ Player of the Year on several occasions, including last season, Rob was recipient of a testimonial match against AFC Wimbledon in 2015. Reached 500 appearances for the K’s in the 2019-20 season and broke the great Micky Preston’s all-time appearances record of 557 in September 2021.
Mason Whitnell (Goalkeeper): Talented young goalkeeper who first signed for the K’s early in 2020 and is a graduate of the Crystal Palace Foundation Academy in Beckenham.
Alfie Young (Defender): Joined Kingstonian in January 2022 from Potters Bar Town. A former Watford youth team captain, he was released by the Hornets in 2016. Moved to Hendon, then Wingate and Finchley and finally to Worthing in 2017, where he made over a century of appearances. Alfie left Worthing in October 2021 to join Potters Bar Town.
Alex Body (Forward), Kwesi Ntim (Midfield), David Lopes (Forward), Iker Noguera Leon (Midfield): All are exciting prospects and currently also part of Kingstonian’s Under 18s squad that have recently signed first team forms.
Hayden Bird (Manager): Hayden was appointed to the role of first team manager in May 2019 after he decided to end a massively successful time as manager of Merstham. Hayden, who has also had success as manager of Croydon Athletic, Carshalton Athletic and Bromley, joined the Moatsiders in January 2012 and subsequently took the team to unprecedented success, including the FA Cup First Round in 2016 (when they played Oxford United in front of the live BT Sport cameras), four consecutive Surrey Senior Cup Finals between 2015 and 2018 (winning in 2016 and 2018), promotion from Division One South in 2015 via the play-offs and in 2018-19, he took his team to the Premier Division Play-Off Final. In his first season as K’s manager, he led the club to their best FA Cup run in two decades as the K’s reached the Second Round.
Manager Craig Edwards
Reece Beckles Richards
Kayne Diedrick Roberts
Manager Hayden Bird
Mr Alan Cresswell
Mr Dylan Ing Mr Rikki Woolford
STORMS Dudley, Eunice and Franklin may have proved profitable for, say, fencers or roofers but certainly not for cash-strapped Non-League football clubs.
Five full days of heavy rain, high winds and even snow left Britain battered and bruised last week with a trial of destruction in its wake.
Naturally, the fixture list was decimated up and down the country, while some clubs were left counting the cost of extensive damage caused to grounds and clubhouses.
Perhaps the hardest hit, once again, were Tadcaster Albion. For the fourth time in seven years, the adjacent River Wharfe burst its banks with such ferocity that it took down most of the steel barrier on the far side of the Brewers’ Ings Lane ground, opening the floodgates for around 1.5 metres of water.
This comes as a huge kick in the teeth for the North Yorkshire club who have played an integral part in the town’s Tadcaster Flood Alleviation Scheme which was formed following the devastation of the floods in 2015.
The clubhouse at Ings Lane was raised to prevent a repeat and that seemed to do the trick when floods struck again in 2020 and 2021. Not this time though with water ingress expected through the floorboards.
As a result, Taddy are now back in limbo with the Environment Agency yet to sanction vital repair works before their next home game against Stocksbridge Park Steels on March 5.
Another club who suffered a repeat deluge were Barton Rovers, who were hit by the effects of a major storm for the second time in five years.
In February 2017, the Southern League Division One Central side’s Sharpenhoe Road home was battered by Storm Doris which sent a floodlight pylon crashing through the main stand, leaving Barton with a £9,000 repair bill.
Last Friday, Storm Eunice blew the stand down again along with the club’s TV tower. It is estimated that repairs this time round could cost the club around £20,000.
Basford United’s Greenwich Avenue stadium suffered extensive wind damage last Friday, leaving them with an estimated repair bill of £10,000.
Stands and turnstiles were damaged, with one roof destroyed, while exterior fences came down and gas, electricity and water supplies were disrupted.
Perhaps the most harrowing sight of the weekend was the metal roof of the stand at Pagham FC being wrapped around a parked van in a nearby road with the entire structure ripped from its hinges.
Trees at Egham Town’s Runnymede Stadium were felled and a stand destroyed, causing the postponement of their home game against Southall, while the away team’s dugout at Hartley Wintney flipped over the pitchside hoardings and onto its roof as their Green Lane ground was also hit.
Meanwhile, Potters Bar Town have set up a GoFundMe page in order to help the club meet ground grading regulations, following extensive storm damage.
A similar fundraising effort in March 2019 raised £5,000 towards the £50,000 improvement costs as the club just about made the deadline to maintain their Step 3 status.
But 70pmh winds on Friday blew one of the new stands completely on its back, causing much damage, as well as to the Water Irrigation Canons, the Home Dugout and a Storage Unit.
“Today, as a Community Club, we encourage the youth and contribute to the good health and comfort of those watching,” chairman Peter Waller said.
“With more than 50 years at the club, we are devastated, after all the effort that went in three years ago. We can raise some of the cost, but we need to ask for help. Please support us if you can.”
All this acts as a timely reminder as to the challenges that exist when running a Non-League football club and just how vulnerable they can be.
In times like this, communities are at their strongest, rallying together in support of a vital asset. It shows nothing should ever be taken for granted.
Past meetings with Kingstonian
|1953-1954||London Senior Cup||H||2-1||Richardson 2|
|1978-1979||London Senior Cup||A||2-4||Hook, Sedgwick|
|1982-1983||Isthmian Div 1||H||1-2||Cook|
|Isthmian League Cup||A||0-1|
|1983-1984||Isthmian Div 1||H||0-0|
|2019-2020||Isthmian Premier||H||202||3-1||Moss, Kassarate, Beckles-Richards|
|Isthmian Premier||A||222||4-2||Abrahams, Reynolds, Beckles-Richards, Moss|
|2020-2021||Isthmian Premier||H||313||3-2||Miles, Beckles-Richards, Pinto|
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