The Wanderers next pre season test comes against Isthmian Premier League side, Kingstonian.
The K's originated back in 1885 formerly known as Kingston & Surbiton YMCA. For two years, they played only friendly matches then changed their name to Saxon FC. The club was still only open to members of the Young Men's Christian Association. In 1983, they merged with numerous other clubs to become Kingston-upon-Thames AFC. At this point, the club started to play in competitive matches and joined the Surrey Junior Cup, but lost in their first game.
During the club's 134 year existence, they've accumulated quite an impressive trophy collection. They have been victorious in the Isthmian League three times, Football Conference Charity Shield once in 1999, FA Trophy on two occasions, FA Amateur Cup once way back in 1933, Isthmian League cup twice, most recently during the 2015/16 season and the Surrey Senior Cup an impressive 13 times, most recently in 2006.
It's Hayden Bird's first season in charge of Kingstonian following a successful reign with Merstham, finishing fifth in the Isthmian Premier League last season, only to lose in the playoff final. During his time at Merstham, he led them to four consecutive Surrey Senior Cup finals between 2015 and 2018, winning in 2016 and 2018. Before Merstham, he also had successful terms with Croydon Athletic, Carshalton Athletic and National League side, Bromley. Since Bird’s appointment in May, he has made 16 signings, eleven of which he’s brought with him from Merstham, and another former Dorking Wanderers player, Reece Hall who left Merstham to join Wanderers a year ago.
Upon Bird’s appointment, he declared that goalkeeper, Rob Tolfrey will no longer wear the captain’s armband and the captaincy will be passed onto central defender, Simon Cooper. The tall and demanding centre back is one of the eleven Merstham signings brought in by Bird, and will look to carry on his fantastic form from last season with him to Kingstonian.
Kick off is at 3pm at Meadowbank Stadium.