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|Location||Jack Goodchild Way, Kingston upon Thames, England|
|Capacity||4,850 (2,265 seated)|
|Field size||110 x 75 yards|
Kingstonian F.C. (1989–2017)|
AFC Wimbledon (2002–)
Chelsea Women (2017–)
Kingsmeadow (known as the Cherry Red Records Stadium for sponsorship purposes) is an association football stadium in the area of Norbiton, Kingston upon Thames, London, which is used for the home matches of AFC Wimbledon and Chelsea Women. Until 22 April 2017 it was the home of Kingstonian. It has a capacity of 4,850 with 2,265 seats.
The freehold of the site is owned by Kingston Council. The leasehold, which safeguards the site for the borough's football team, was originally held by Kingstonian FC but is currently owned by Chelsea FC, having purchased it from AFC Wimbledon in 2015, in order to use it for their women's and youth teams and to help AFC Wimbledon finance their new stadium. Chelsea Women moved in for the start of the 2017–18 WSL 1 season, and the youth teams will move in in 2019 or 2020, once Wimbledon have left for their new stadium. A condition of the lease between Kingstonian and AFC Wimbledon was purported to have been a renewable 25-year sub-lease to Kingstonian, who were then also guaranteed the first pre-season friendly of AFC Wimbledon's first team squad as a home fixture for Kingstonian. The idea was the takings from that first fixture could cover Kingstonian's rent, which was reportedly fixed for the term of the sub-lease.
Kingsmeadow comprises the following stands:
As of October 2012, the stadium has a capacity of 4,850. It originally was designated to have a 6,299 capacity before modern safety requirements and ground improvements (such as re-profiling the Athletics End terrace and replacing the original terraced paddock in front of the main stand with seats) required the capacity to be reduced. Kingstonian's highest attendance at Kingsmeadow was 4,582 v Chelsea (friendly) on 22 July 1995. AFC Wimbledon's highest attendance at Kingsmeadow was 4,870 against Accrington Stanley on 14 May 2016 which set the record attendance at Kingsmeadow.
The stadium has been the home of Kingstonian since 1989, when they built the entire complex on the site following the sale of their traditional Richmond Road ground. Kingstonian opened the ground with a friendly against Queens Park Rangers. Following relegation from the Conference, Kingstonian went into financial administration and both the club and ground were purchased by Rajesh Khosla and his son Anup. Much of Kingstonian's support were alienated as there was a perception that the Khoslas were business men first rather than football oriented.
AFC Wimbledon have played at the stadium since they were founded in protest in 2002, after Wimbledon F.C. were given permission to move 56 miles north-west to the town of Milton Keynes. They were in the Combined Counties League at this time, but in 2016 reached Football League One.
After one season as tenants of the Khoslas, AFC Wimbledon undertook to buy the leasehold to the ground. The club's owners, the Dons Trust, launched a share issue to finance the purchase, which was closed the following summer. The club subsequently arranged for a commercial loan to clear the remaining debt to the Khoslas. Upon taking over the ground, its name was changed to the Fans' Stadium which remains the nickname of the ground today.
AFC Wimbledon kept Kingstonian on as tenants and charged them a peppercorn rent, lower than that which had been charged to themselves by the Khoslas, with both gate receipts and bar takings at Kingstonian games being retained solely by Kingstonian (which continued to be Khosla-owned until 2005). An annual friendly between the two clubs was also intended to defray the cost of the rent.
In January 2017 it was announced that Kingstonian would move to Leatherhead F.C.'s ground for the following season. On 22 February 2017, Kingstonian officially announced that they will be sharing Leatherhead F.C.'s ground at Fetcham Grove for the 2017–18 season. On 16 January 2018, Kingstonian announced they would be on the move once more this time to King George's Field in Tolworth to share with Corinthian-Casuals F.C. starting in the 2018-19 season. The sale was hugely detrimental to Kingstonian, it has made the local club's future very uncertain, with them unable to play in a ground that is now too big and expensive for a non-league side and one which they no longer have any decision over, having now to relocate.