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Ten Points

Back in the days when the Dons were in the Premier League, and the Kingsmeadow bar was one of the few places a spotty and awkward teen who later in life would become the Anonymous Don could get served in his home town, trips to watch Kingstonian were a semi-regular experience when I couldn’t make it to Dons away games, which normally left a dozen or so K’s games a season, plus evening games in random cup ties. For me and my group of school friends it gave us a chance to go to football together, essential when we pretty much all supported different teams.

Following the K’s part-time was fun, particularly in the later years when they had a decent team and reached a pair of FA Trophy finals. It gave me a healthy respect for the competition and ensured when the Dons were reformed in non-League mode I could dream that maybe we would go to Wembley some day. Of course, I failed to realise that the shifting sands of football could intervene… Back in 1999 for Kingstonians first trip to the Trophy final they finished in 8th place, knowing pretty much from the outset they weren’t going to win the division and able to concentrate on non-league footballs premier cup competition. If the Dons were to win the Trophy but finish eighth there would be an outpouring of grief over missing out on the playoffs, fixture congestion, fatigue and the like…

Of course football has changed, back in those days only the champions were promoted, so apart from a handful at the top of the table and those in danger of relegation, league competition became less meaningful a lot earlier. Plus now, far from bookending the season, the final is now sandwiched between the final league fixture and the playoffs, meaning finalists still involved in the race for a place in the Football League have another big game to fit in just days before the two leg semi-final. I’m not sure how you can get over that scheduling problem. Perhaps play the final in early April, although that would mean the early rounds would interfere with the FA Cup, and possibly have to share a date with the Vase, something the FA would be reluctant to do.

Yet beyond the interference with our progress in the league, the Trophy is still a tournament worth winning. I’m glad TB is taking it seriously, and hopefully with the players he has brought in recently he can find the right balance, both tomorrow and in the coming months should we progress. Besides, if form drops and we end up plummeting down the table, it will be down to factors other than playing an extra game once every three weeks or so. Besides, we have the strength in depth now, and only the worst of injury crisis or bouts of injury will be enough to leave us struggling for players… and we’ve just come through that spell, twice in one season will be enough for me to seek out whichever one of you has been smashing up mirrors and wandering under ladders…

Yet there will be no point discussing the relevant positives and negatives of the Trophy if we find ourselves hosting Fleetwood on then 5th February, tomorrows game still needs to be won. One of the factors involved in classic cup upsets is a former legendary player returning to the club that discarded them . Or two, in the case of big Andy Little and Alan Inns. While it seems we have played enough BSS sides this season to have earned enough points to avoid relegation from that particular division if the fixtures were league games (did I use that joke last month? If so, sorry, but you get what you pay for…), we have managed to avoid defeat despite a tough series of matches. While you look at a side top of the division above and say, yes, they should be beating sides from the division below, you wouldn’t have thought that if you actually had to endure any of those fixtures.

In terms of a lineup, the big question is will our captain have earned a well-earned rest? We certainly have enough quality going forward despite the departure of Jon Main exclusively guessed on this here blog mere days ago, and Kedwell can of course be brought on if required to break down stubborn visitors. Just sticking with the Main situation, well I was getting frustrated with him making occasional appearances from the bench and not getting into the game. Now he has the chance to remember how to score goals and come back in confident mood, although a side struggling near the bottom of the BSS might not seem the place he can hit the back of the net with abundance, that might be a good thing. Remembering how to take a chance when it comes along is all he needs to do, in order to come back a more confident player, yet he still needs to pass Nwokeji and a possible new signing (I don’t actually know if we are going to sign another striker, its guesswork based on the failed Hylton bid…), just in order to play some part in a lineup (442) we have used approximately 10% of the time this season…

Main joins Chris Bush in leaving, and as I suggested in my last post the signing of Gareth Gwillim will have filled that particular hole. I also recently expressed hope that Andre might still have a part to play. The fact that TB has let him go to Oldham on trial betrays that we are almost certain not to see Andre in a Dons shirt again, although judging by Oldhams midweek stuffing at home to Southampton the last player they seem to need right now is a fullback that can’t defend… We can only hope Gwillim settles in as quickly as Jamie Stuart has…

Once again I’m out of time! I suppose you can blame Premier Sports for that… oh, and WUP, who set a deadline for this weekend which means I have to start writing… well, right now…

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Weekend Round-Up

The Dons continued their impressive high scoring pre-season form, demolishing Woking 4-0 at Kingfield yesterday afternoon. All four goals were scored by Danny Kedwell, as the Dons lifted their first piece of silverware of the season in the form of the Phil Ledger Memorial Cup – although how many times has the phrase ‘first silverware of the season…’ in relation to a pre-season tin pot been used with the full knowledge it might just be our only piece of silverware this season…

The reserves travelled to Farnborough on Friday night and were on the end of a 0-3 defeat, unsurprising really considering Jack Turner was the only member of the squad with first team experience.

The First team face a hectic week with three games in five days. First, the Kingsmeadow derby against Kingstonian on Tuesday (I know how many of you are looking forward to that one…), before the mini-tour of the West Country taking in games against Tiverton Town on the Friday night, followed by a trip to League One Exeter City on the Saturday afternoon.

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You Must Be Woking!

Couldn’t resist it. Sorry.

So as you’ve probably worked out by now, that final pre-season fixture has now been nailed down, and its a trip to everyone’s favourite Wembley alternative, Kingfield Stadium. (Aside – I really loved all those unnamed Dons fans who wanted the London Senior Cup final switched there… we’ve created a wonderful football club here but we ain’t going to pass many geography exams…).

It turns out this isn’t your usual ker-ching game either. Dedicated to ex-Don Phil Ledger, all proceeds are going to the Woking Hospice, which kind of makes me look a wally for suggesting football clubs are out for all they can get when PSF’s are arranged. And for all the childish jibes in the past (I used to watch Kingstonian when the Dons were away as a kid… blame them…), I’m actually pretty pleased we have a reasonably local trip against strong opposition.  As I said yesterday, this seasons pre-season schedule is, with the possible exception of our first season since reformation, the best pre-season I can remember. Yet I bet there are still people moaning about the Kingstonian game they were never going to go to anyway…

So that’s pre-season sorted, now we have the long drawn out chase of picking up the best quality young talent for the lowest price…

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The Conference Files – Woking FC

HISTORY

Woking FC were formed back in….. whats that? They were relegated? From their rightful place in the Conference?…. Never!…. So your saying they’ll be playing in The Conference South next season?… No!!!… So that must mean that…. they are no longer the top non-league side in Surrey!!! So who is?…. oh, its us! Well I’d imagine they’re a bit pissed of about that aren’t they?…. and possibly a little bit jealous? And they won’t get to play their long awaited cup final against us? Well of course, theres a chance we could go down there in pre-season for a bit of shooting practice for our fringe players…

Anyway, the much promised Conference Files series kicks off here later this week with Altrincham FC, giving you the lowdown on our new rivals next season. And remember, its Proper Conference teams only….

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