In the run up to Saturday’s huge FA Cup fourth qualifying round clash, @StonesGoals has dug up some archived footage of classic Wealdstone cup matches throughout the past twenty years. In this instalment, Wealdstone lost. Albeit it was a mouth-watering tie against the cup holders – Kingstonian… and it was in the other FA competition – the Trophy.
The sides were drawn to face each other on 15 January 2000 in the FA Trophy 3rd round just two weeks after the world welcomed the dawn of a new millennium. With Westlife topping the British music charts with the single ‘I have a dream’, the Stones, who were on a torrid run, were certainly dreaming of a huge Trophy upset – and, having been denied promotion to the Ryman Premier just 9 months earlier due to a ground grading irregularity, there was every reason to be cautiously optimistic.
Kingstonian meanwhile were on a good run with just two points separating them and Rushden & Diamonds at the top of the Nationwide Conference. The K’s regarded the Trophy high on their priority list, and testament to that was the 250 strong travelling army that arrived in Edgware that day.
On the day The K’s were too much for Wealdstone as the gulf in class told, the away side recorded an emphatic 5-0 victory. The Stones cause clearly not helped by the dismissal of Paul McKay in the first half for a debatable handball in his own area.
Kingstonian would go on to retain the Trophy for a second season in succession, but fell short in their league challenge – eventually finishing 5th; 18-points short of Champions Kidderminster Harriers. Wealdstone, chastened by the experience, by contrast struggled – finishing 16th in the Ryman League Division One. The goals of Brian Jones and Micky Swaysland ensured relegation was avoided before the late emergence of future football league star, Marvin Morgan.
Re-live Wealdstone 0-5 Kingstonian and the footage you never knew existed…. including an interview with a ‘young’ Gordon Bartlett. Match day official attendance was given as 639 – highest home gate of the 1999/2000 season.