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Re: Kingstonian FC: an update from KBH

By Count Scarlioni18/2 17:27Sun Feb 18 17:27:43 2024In response to Re: Kingstonian FC: an update from KBH

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It seems that the money could be spent on playing budgets so there is nothing wrong in that.

It is conceivable that there were good reasons to spend some money on retaining step three status. I think it is only in the last couple of years that the playing budget was evidently cut resulting in last year’s relegation struggle and this year’s collapse.

I think that the club probably did think they could get some land - it was less than two years ago that Anderson was talking up the Lovelace playing fields and before that we know they had looked at Chessington Golf Centre and also hoped to enter into a long term groundshare with Corinthian-Casuals part of which would have seen the blood money spent to improve the facilities.

Of course we now know that none of these aspirations came to pass, and it troubles me that these directors leave at a time where there seems no particular realistic way forward over and above tendering for the athletics track in 2026. However that is not to say that the use of the blood money to fund players and our step three status was not the right decision in the circumstances at the time.

Evidently the new management has decided the club must live within its increasingly meagre means and it won’t draw on the funds for players. That at least means the funds will run down more slowly.

The new management cited a three to five year period for a new ground. Steve Dormer said the realistic prospects will be easily established. Let’s hope that something can happen soon because otherwise we will continue to wither away at someone else’s ground probably at step five or six the way things are going.
Incidentally to those who say the club is playing to be relegated, I wonder if that is strictly true - if by some chance we stayed up, I would expect the club to take a voluntary relegation to step four to control costs like the Not We Police did.

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