History of Kingstonian F.C.
1894-1895 SEASON


The second full season of the new Kingston-On-Thames Association Football Club was another quiet affair. Any plans to put Kingston Association Football on the map, even locally, were still to be fulfilled and reporting on games in the local papers was often an afterthought rather than the main sports billing of the week.

Results were little changed from the previous season and, with the exception of Fagan, Short and Gaines, no further regulars were added to the team. Jimmy Fagan had played a small number of games the year before and, although something of a utility player, was mostly a replacement for Humphreys in the attack. Gaines replaced Howard, and Harry Short filled in where necessary, but Kingston remained without a Centre Forward and goalscorer. The team were also without the services of Fred Lanham in goal for the first half of the season. Drysdale took his place but after Christmas Lanham made a return, although there were at least a couple of games where Kingston had to fill the position with an outfield player. It was an unsettled line up with 3 or 4 places constantly changing from week to week and reliant on the familiar names of Ocock, Kemp, Lloyd and Peck to hold things together as well as Jack Craig, who had played the latter part of the previous season, and was to become captain of the team.

Friendlies were still the main order of the day, although the club entered the Surrey Senior Cup for the first time and also entered the Reserves into the Surrey Junior Cup which the First Team had played in the year before. At a General meeting at the start of the season it was commented that the club did not expect to win the Surrey Senior Cup at their first time of trying and this proved accurate as they were beaten 12-0 by Weybridge on the Fairfield in the First Round. Jack Craig had missed the meeting where it was agreed to enter the Senior Cup and, at a General Meeting in advance of this fixture, he had suggested that given the poor result in the Junior Cup the previous year they should withdraw their entry to the Senior competition. His motion to withdraw might have saved a few blushes but was narrowly defeated by 8 votes to 7.

It was not all negative though and a crowd of 1,000 was reported by one newspaper to show that there was a large potential support for the club in the town. It was also very bad luck to be drawn with Weybridge who were to go on and lift the cup that season. Unfortunately Kingston were unable to capitalise on the interest in this match as the Fairfield was a public ground so no entry fee could be charged. Club funding was still made up mostly from player and member subscriptions.

Another advantage of entering the First Team in the Senior competition was that it left an opening for the Reserves to play in a competitive match for the first time. They did a little better than the First Team and only lost 2-0 in their Junior Cup First Round match against Surbiton Hill Reserves in another well attended game on the Fairfield. The game had been switched from Surbiton at Surbiton Hill's request due to their First Team being at home. Some of the attendees were less than welcome however and there were complaints about the sportsmanship of the Kingston followers with reports of jeering towards the Surbiton Hill players and a group of youngsters who spent their time "worrying" the Surbiton Hill goalkeeper. It had been another unlucky opening draw as Surbiton Hill Reserves were to reach the final that season.

There were other bad defeats in the first half of the season with a 6-0 defeat at Leatherhead and an 11-0 defeat at Ewell but overall results were similar to the previous season and, after the defeat by Ewell in early December, they only lost 3 more games that season. Impressive results included a 2-1 win against a team known as Electric Avenue consisting of players from the Central Telegraph Office as well as a 5-0 win against Ashley St. Andrews. Both of these teams were considered to be of a high standard at the time.

The club was struggling with away fixtures both in results and attendance. The only away success that season was a 1-0 win against Redhill in an experimental midweek fixture in December. The win was only accomplished with a forward line of 5 substitutes after arriving short and it was one of those substitutes that scored the only goal. A return fixture at Kingston scheduled for January did not happen, probably due to bad weather. There was an issue developing with players apparently not keen on travelling to away matches and almost always Kingston were missing some of their regular players for these games. It was also reported that the Secretary and Centre-Half, P.G. Lloyd, was paying the fares of players who couldn't afford the trips to away games and at the Annual General Meeting it was suggested that a fund be set up for this purpose. Only 5 games were played away all season compared to the 15 at home with one other being at the Kingston Rugby ground for the annual Charity Festival.

The most noteworthy friendly of the season was against Wimbledon (unrelated to the modern Wimbledon club who were playing under the name of Old Centrals at the time). Having lost 2-1 at Wimbledon earlier in the season, Kingston started the New Year with a 3-0 home win on 5th January. It could have been more because at 3-0 Kingston were awarded a penalty. However the Wimbledon men, who the referee described as "splendid exponents of the art of wrangling", walked off the pitch leaving the referee to report them to the F.A. It was decided Kingston would not take a penalty against an unoccupied goal depriving them of a 4th goal.

A month was lost in February due to bad weather but Kingston were able to manage 5 more games, including a 7-0 win against Scottish Fossils to conclude their official season. This left one more game to be played after again being invited to compete in the Kingston Charity Festival on the Rugby ground in Richmond Road. This was re-arranged at short notice to an Easter date beyond the date their official season ended. Kingston were unhappy about this move and as a result were missing several of their regulars and were beaten 3-0 by Balham Athletic who were the Surrey Junior Cup holders.

The Reserves unusually managed to complete a full fixture card although there were still problems with attendance and an even worse situation for away games than the First Team had had. In one away game where they turned up short it was noted that players selected were seen at the Fairfield on the same day. They won as many games as they lost and for possibly the first time in the club's history they seemed to have a just about functioning reserve side.

The Annual General Meeting in April reported reasonable finances and a reasonable set of results with a decent card of fixtures already arranged for the following season as well as the recruitment of two "first class players". However it was a poorly attended meeting with just 10 people present and apathy was also apparent from the fact that 10 of the 26 players had not paid their subscriptions for the season.

Although satisfactory, the club had been treading water since their change of name and it had not yet become a focal point for Association Football in the Kingston area.


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