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Official club website

By Gary (gekins)30/6/2023 23:45Fri Jun 30 23:45:00 2023

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For the last five years, the official Kingstonian club website has been hosted by Football Web Pages. During that time, the club have benefitted from the top FWP package (worth £55 per month), which has been funded by me.

At the end of March this year (on the day that Kingston Bridge Holdings withdrew its offer to invest in the club) I emailed Mark Anderson and Robert Wooldridge to inform them that I had decided to withdraw that financial support from the end of the season, which would mean that from 1/7/2023 the site would revert to the normal pricing structure which is outlined at clubs.footballwebpages.co.uk/create. I further informed them that, whilst I was very happy for FWP to continue hosting the site, I no longer wished to continue to fund this on behalf of the club's current board.

I received no response until a message from Rob two days ago. He informed me that the club would not be setting up a payment, and that they have made alternative arrangements.

Subsequently, from midnight the site will revert to a "trialist" package, which means that it will show adverts and cannot make use of its own domain name. The site can still be accessed via clubs.footballwebpages.co.uk/kingstonian but the domain name (which I own) will now be redirected to the Kingstonian page of Football Web Pages. So long as the new website allows it, I will ensure that club news articles are posted to this page, to ensure that supporters continue to receive relevant updates via the normal FWP channels.

On a personal note, I was disappointed - although not surprised - to receive no thanks whatsoever for the support that I have given the club on this matter. In the past, Mark Anderson has occasionally quipped that the club has never received financial input from me (other than gate receipts). On this, and so many other things, he is wrong.

It is, of course, up to each of us how much of our time, effort, or money we put into the club, and I am not going to start telling others what they should or should not do. However, I am very happy for it to be known that I will do nothing more than pay for entry to the occasional home match whilst this board is in charge of the club. The death knell is sounding for Kingstonian FC, and the current board of directors is deaf to it.