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Maidenhead United: 10 Things

Posted by FC Halifax Town
Posted on Thu 11 Jan 2018
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town face Maidenhead United for the second time in seven days, as the Magpies make the trip north to the MBi Shay Stadium for the second round of the Buildbase FA Trophy.

The first round saw the Shaymen defeat Vanarama National League leaders Macclesfield Town 1-0 thanks to Matty Kosylo’s header, whilst Maidenhead defeated Woking 2-0 to earn their place in the second round.

As part of the build up to the game on Saturday, we look at ten things you may not have known about our visitors:

  1. Maidenhead United share their ‘Magpies’ nickname, used due to the black and white home shirt colours, with that of Premier League side Newcastle United as well as Notts County.
  2. The club was founded 147 years ago in 1870, making them just thirteen years younger than England’s oldest football club, Sheffield FC.
  3. In the 2016/17 season, the Magpies finished top of the National League South to earn promotion to the Vanarama National League for the first time in their history.
  4. The Magpies play their home games at York Road, opened in 1871, which has a capacity of 4,000.
  5. Between 2014 and 2016 York Road was also home to Hayes and Yeading United, due to the club being homeless for many years before moving to SkyEX Community Stadium in time for this season.
  6. York Road’s record attendance was set in 1947 for the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup Final between Slough Town and Wycombe Wanderers, where 8,277 people turned up to spectate.
  7. Manager Alan Devonshire is a former West Ham United midfielder who made over 350 appearances for the Hammers in a fourteen-year spell with the club. He also featured for Watford, where he finished his career.
  8. Before being picked up by West Ham, Devonshire worked as a fork-lift truck driver whilst also playing for non-league Southall. It was his time here that brought him to the attention of the likes of Reading and Southampton, before signing for West Ham for a fee of £5,000.
  9. Devonshire moved into management in 1996 for his first spell as Maidenhead boss. He has also managed Hampton and Richmond Borough along with Braintree Town.
  10. Unlike the Shaymen, Maidenhead have never won the FA Trophy, although they have reached quarter finals on just one occasion in the 2003/04 season.

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