- Kingstonian F.C.
Football club infobox
clubname = Kingstonian
fullname = Kingstonian Football Club
nickname = The K's
November 9, 1885
Kingsmeadow(Shared) Kingston upon Thames Surrey England
capacity = 4,500
chairman = Mark Anderson, Malcolm Winwright
manager = Alan Dowson
Isthmian League Division One South
season = 2007-08
Isthmian League Division One South, 7th
Kingstonian Football Club are an English,
semi-professionalfootball club that are playing in the Isthmian League First Division Southfor the 2008-09 season.
The club plays at
Kingsmeadowin Kingston upon Thames- a complex built by the club with local council backing in 1989, after leaving their traditional Richmond Road ground. The club now shares Kingsmeadow with AFC Wimbledon, who in 2004 purchased the lease to the ground from Kingstonian's controversial Chairman at the time, Rajesh Khosla.
Kingstonian has a proud tradition dating back to 1885. The club had a lot of success in the 1930s winning the
FA Amateur Cupin 1933 along with numerous other competitions in that decade. They also enjoyed a period of great success more recently, winning the Isthmian Leaguein 1998 and the FA Trophyin 1999 and 2000 at Wembley Stadium under renowned manager Geoff Chapple, before beating two Football League clubs - Brentford3-1 away and Southend United 1-0 away - on their way to the FA Cupfourth round proper in 2001, where they were seconds away from beating Bristol Citybefore succumbing to a late winner in the replay.
Relegation and financial problems saw a sharp downturn in the club's fortunes between 2001 and 2005. However, in February 2005 Khosla stepped down as Chairman, selling the club to Jimmy Cochrane. While this did not save Kingstonian from relegation that year, the 2005-06 season saw Kingstonian Football Club revitalised. They only narrowly missed out on the promotion playoffs after an excellent run of form after
Christmasand finished their season by beating AFC Wimbledon in the final of the Surrey Senior Cupat Woking FC's Ground by one goal to nil.
Changes continued during the summer of 2006 with Mark Anderson and Malcolm Winwright taking charge of the club, installing Stuart McIntyre as successor to Ian McDonald in the role of head coach. However McIntyre's stay in the role was brief and unsuccessful with he himself being replaced by Alan Dowson at the start of 2007 after a run of poor results. Under Dowson the club has stabilised and has seen an improvement in its fortunes. The season ended with a 2-1 defeat to Eastbourne Town and coupled with a win by Dulwich Hamlet, Kingstonian ended the season in seventh.
Due to an administrative oversight Kingstonian were expelled from the 2007-8 Surrey Senior Cup final for fielding an ineligible player. Ironically their opponents Tooting and Mitcham FC, who had lost the match 4-0, were also thrown out of the competition for a similar offence that could only occur in the semi finals and finals of this cup.
They have reached the fourth round proper of the
FA Cupin season 2000-01.
September 21 2008:"
25 June, 2008."
FA Trophywinners 1999, 2000
FA Amateur Cupwinners 1933; runners up 1960
Conference League Cuprunners up 2000, 2001
Conference Charity Shieldwinners 1999; runners up 2000
Isthmian Leaguewinners 1934, 1937, 1998; runners up 1948, 1963
Isthmian League Cupwinners 1996; runners up 1982
Isthmian League Charity Shieldwinners 1995, 1998
Surrey Senior Cupwinners 1911, 1914, 1926, 1931, 1932, 1935, 1939, 1952, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1998, 2006; runners up 1907, 1937, 1948, 1950, 1973, 1991, 2003
London Senior Cupwinners 1963, 1965, 1987; runners up 1924, 1926, 1931, 1947, 1984
Trevor Jones Memorial Trophywinners 2003, 2006; runners up 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008
Notable former players
Dave Leworthy(1997-2000, 2006) - David has played league football for Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur, Oxford Unitedand Reading F.C., before being the subject of a record non-league transfer fee when moving to Dover Athleticfrom Farnborough Town. He remains Kingstonian's record signing, joining for £18,000 from Rushden & Diamondsat the start of the 1997/98 Isthmian Leaguewinning campaign, going on to score 66 goals in 146 appearances for the K's.
Gavin Holligan(1998, 2001) - Gavin Holligan, a young promising striker for the K's, was sold to Premiership club West Ham Unitedfor a club record fee of £150k
Amara Simba(2000) - Amara Simba was a former full international for France, winning 3 caps and scoring 1 goal for his country under the reign of Michel Platiniin 1991/1992, Simba won the FA Trophywith Kingstonian in 2000.
*flagicon|New Zealand Scott Smith (2003-2005, 2006) - Scott became the first K's player to gain full international honours since the 1930s when he appeared for the Kiwi's during their 2003
Confederations Cupcampaign in France.
Giles Coke(2004-2005) - Midfielder who played for Kingstonian in the 2004/05 season before progressing to league football with Mansfield Town.
* [http://www.kingstonian.net/ Official Site]
* [http://www.geocities.com/kingstonianfc/index.html Kingstonian.co.nr - unofficial fansite of the K's!]
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