Welcome to thekff.org, a fans blog about Kingstonian Football Club. The “The K’s” are a semi-professional team based in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, currently playing non-league football in the Isthmian League Premier Division at Kingsmeadow, now owned by AFC Wimbledon who purchased Kingsmeadow in 2003. The ground has been our home since 1989. The club have won the FA Trophy twice, in back to back seasons 1999 and 2000. This was a successful period for the K’s as 2000 also saw our best ever league position, 5th place in the Football Conference. The team’s present crest delivers the motto “Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat”, the motto of Nelson which translates as “Let he who merits the palm bear it”.
Just as Kingston-on-Thames were starting to establish themselves as an amateur team in Surrey, a harmful divide took place inside the club. This triggered the club treasurer, Douglas Judd, to form the “Old Kingstonians Football Club” the new team were to play their home matches at the Norbiton Sports Ground, the location of the present Kingsmeadow Stadium. Kingston-on-Thames continued to play at Richmond Road, the home of Kingstonian Football Club from 1919 to 1988 with most of the team players remaining at the club.
Amateur football discontinued for five-years at the time of The First World War. The conflict had lowered the rivalry involving the two clubs, and soon they had joined together as Kingstonian Football Club in 1919. With the club competing within the Athenian League their very first game took place on 6th September 1919 against Southall Football Club. However, problems concerning their ground contributed to them finishing in bottom place of the league, and the club were later required to apply too re-join the league, this request was successful.
One of the greatest spells in the clubs history started in 1923 and lasted until the outbreak of The Second World War. The league was won in 1924, and then again in 1926 picking up a record number of points along the way. The team had also progressed to numerous cup finals in the London and Surrey Senior Cups during this time.
Kingstonian applied to join the Isthmian Football League in 1929 following the withdrawal of fellow Non-League Football side, Civil Service Football Club. The club won the FA Amateur Cup in 1933 and the League Title was won the following year in 1934 and again in 1937 additionally, the team also won the Surrey Senior Cup in 1935 and again in 1939.
In September 1939, competitive Amateur Football was cancelled during The Second World War conflict, however, a K’s team depleted of the most of their pre-war squad, took part within a war time league but sadly came last.
Johnny Whing, the clubs all-time top goalscorer joined the squad in 1949, Whing went on to become top scorer at Kingstonian in nine different seasons with the club. Kingstonian’s largest ever home defeat 12-3 came in 1955 against Bishop Auckland Football Club, a score line I’m sure we would’ve loved to wager a real bet on.
The K’s had their first ever Wembley Stadium appearance in the 1959-60 season, this came in the final of the FA Amateur Cup, which they lost 2-1 against Hendon Football Club. However, a Surrey and London Senior Cup double was later won in 1963.
The 1970s was somewhat a time of decline at the club, and in spite of evolving in 1975 when they became a professional side, in 1979 they were relegated to Isthmian Division One. But they only had to wait until 1985 when Kingstonian were yet again promoted into the Isthmian Premier Division after finishing in second place. Two decades went past without winning any silverware but in 1987 this came to an end when the K’s won the London Senior Cup.
Kingstonian won the Isthmian Football League in 1998, along with the FA Trophy after beating Forest Green Rovers 1-0 in 1999. They won it again the following year with a 3-2 win over Kettering at Wembley Stadium under the now legendary club manager Geoff Chapple, the same season as their best ever league position, fifth in the Conference. This came in part thanks to having the best away record in the division.
In 2001 they were almost in the fifth round of the FA Cup, after entering the cup in the Fourth Round of Qualifying games, they overcome Devizes Town before defeating two Football League sides in Brentford and Southend United en-route into the fourth round of the FA Cup, where they drew with second division Bristol City before going out to a late 87th minute goal in the replay at Kingsmeadow.
Relegation and financial difficulties took the club into a downward spiral between 2001 and 2005. The Inland Revenue threatened to wind-up the football club within seven days in October 2001, if the club couldn’t pay a £179,000 tax bill, Ks went into administration.
Nevertheless, good news arrived off the field when a local businessman Jimmy Cochrane, bought the club in the 2004-05 season. Even though this could not save Kingstonian from relegation at the time. Manger Ian McDonald was brought in along with his Stuart McIntyre. The 2005-06 season saw Kingstonian Football Club revitalised. They only narrowly missed out on the promotion play-offs and finished the season with a 1-0 win over AFC Wimbledon in the final of the Surrey Senior Cup at Woking’s Kingfield Stadium.
Improvements continued throughout 2006 with Malcolm Winwright and Mark Anderson taking control of the club, installing Stuart McIntyre to replace Ian McDonald. However, McIntyre’s time in the role was to be a short and unsuccessful one, with him being replaced by Alan Dowson midway through the 2006-07 season following a run of particularly poor performances.
Under Dowson the club was stabilised and a noticeable difference in its performance on the pitch followed, leading to promotion back to the Isthmian Premier, winning the division by seven points in 2009. However, following the 2013-14 Isthmian Football League season in which Kingstonian FC finished as runners-up but were to later miss out on promotion following a semi-final defeat against AFC Hornchurch, Dowson resigned on 11 May 2014 and was replaced by Tommy Williams.