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Dowson agrees new deal

By David Watters


Kingstonian manager Alan Dowson has signed a new contract that will keep him at the Ryman Premier's Kingsmeadow Stadium until the end of next season.

Dowson, 43, agreed a one year extension to his current deal on Saturday ahead of Sunday's Ryman Premier 4-2 home win over Thamesmead Town.

The Ks manager, pictured, was appointed in January 2007 as successor to Stuart McIntyre after leaving Ryman rivals Walton & Hersham after two years as Swans boss.

Dowson led Kingstonian to the Ryman South title in his second season in charge and promotion back to the Ryman Premier. In 2010 he guided the Ks, who are fourth in the table and just two points behind leaders Maidstone United after Sunday's fixture, to the Ryman Premier play-offs.

Ks spokesman Ali Kazemi said: "Kingstonian Football Club is delighted to announce that manager Alan Dowson has agreed to extend his existing contract by one year, taking it up to the end of season 2014-15."

Dowson kicked off his playing career as a youngster at Millwall before playing for Fulham, Bradford City and Darlington, making a total of 55 appearances in the Football League. He later played in the Conference for Slough Town and his hometown club Gateshead.

Dowson joined Walton & Hersham in 1996 and following 334 appearances and 10 years of service, was granted a testimonial.

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