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A Fairy Tale to Forget

By John Bangs15/11/2020 11:46Sun Nov 15 11:46:47 2020

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AFC Wimbledon make an ideal lazy journalist’s “fairy tale” story. After all it took them just under 15 years to move from having a kick about on Wimbledon Common to League One. There were an incredible six promotions on this journey.

Like many fairy tales though, there is a dark twist: in this case of just who Cinderella climbed over and trampled on to get to the ball. It was instructive to hear Erik Samuelson boast of having made £4 million profit on the sale Kingsmeadow. From this we can see that the payment to Kingstonian to vacate Kingsmeadow was not an act of beneficence but a business decision taken out of of self interest. Not only did the sale raise money towards Plough Lane 2 but this also avoided having running costs for two grounds which could not have been afforded.

It is true that many of Kingstonian’s woes were self inflicted but I think that only the most blinkered AFC fan can think that their club comes out of this smelling of roses.

The other harm done to the Kingstonian brand was importing the AFC circus into our Borough and positioning themselves as our local club Their undoubted success on the pitch did attract local people to their tent, making it more difficult for Ks to attract new fans. For this reason, I am very pleased that AFC Wimbledon have moved out of Kingston for good and are back in Wimbledon where they belong . Their exploits at Kingsmeadow will always be part of their folk law but that is part of Wimbledon’s history not Kingston’s.

We need to now move on and look forward to a time when, if the Directors plans come to fruition, Kingstonian will again have our own ground.
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Re: A Fairy Tale to Forget

By a krinkly15/11/2020 19:02Sun Nov 15 19:02:12 2020In response to A Fairy Tale to ForgetTop of thread

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After spending so many years with the idea that the Wombles had responded to an oportunity presented to them to purchase Kingsmeadow, it galls to learn that they set out from the start of the relationship to buy the ground, effectively aiming to separate K's from the ground for their own benefit.

It's one thing to jump at a chance presented to you, it's quite another to deliberately initiate the process from the start.

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Re: A Fairy Tale to Forget

By Ksuals15/11/2020 13:43Sun Nov 15 13:43:21 2020In response to A Fairy Tale to ForgetTop of thread

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Whilst AFCW story may well be a lazy journalist fairy story the payment Ks got from them was well in excesss of the sum that was due if the agreement that was on this forum was correct.
I can understand that AFCW portrayal of events rileys many Ks supporters,as does Ks own culpability in the events leading to the clubs current situation.
Thankfully there are enough people working to keep Ks afloat.

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Re: A Fairy Tale to Forget

By John Bangs15/11/2020 13:47Sun Nov 15 13:47:56 2020In response to Re: A Fairy Tale to ForgetTop of thread

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The key thing is that they have gone and with it the claim to be number 1 in Kingston. This is now much more clearly Kingstonian.

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Re: A Fairy Tale to Forget

By Ksuals15/11/2020 14:58Sun Nov 15 14:58:57 2020In response to Re: A Fairy Tale to ForgetTop of thread

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What is your criteria for rating Ks above Chelsea Women?

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Re: A Fairy Tale to Forget

By John Bangs15/11/2020 15:30Sun Nov 15 15:30:34 2020In response to Re: A Fairy Tale to ForgetTop of thread

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Chelsea are my second team and I have followed them since I was a little boy so I have absolutely nothing whatsoever against the Club but Chelsea is not a Kingston team. Kingsmeadow is now a satellite ground for their club and their main ground and home is, of course, Stamford Bridge.

Edited by John Bangs at 15:35:22 on 15th November 2020

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Re: A Fairy Tale to Forget

By Ksuals15/11/2020 15:38Sun Nov 15 15:38:27 2020In response to Re: A Fairy Tale to ForgetTop of thread

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Yes their main ground is outside the borough but their 'saterllite' could still be considered the main football in the borough

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Re: A Fairy Tale to Forget

By John Bangs15/11/2020 18:59Sun Nov 15 18:59:55 2020In response to Re: A Fairy Tale to ForgetTop of thread

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You could say that if so minded but I would point out that the registered address for Chelsea FC women is :
Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS

In any case, Chelsea Women play on Sundays and so their matches seldom clash with ours.

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Re: A Fairy Tale to Forget

By Ksuals15/11/2020 19:36Sun Nov 15 19:36:21 2020In response to Re: A Fairy Tale to ForgetTop of thread

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Saturday/Sunday irrelevant,if registered address is your criteria then Ks at the moment fit your criteria.

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