In the final game of the season for FC Halifax Town in the Vanarama National League, the Shaymen travel to Maidstone United hoping to finish the season with a win.
Here are ten things you may not know about Saturday’s opponents:
- Maidstone United were initially founded in 1897 but reformed in 1992 following financial troubles.
- Former manager Jason Lillis is the only player to have appeared in Maidstone’s first and last games in the Football League.
- In the 2002/03 season, Maidstone and Thameshead Town both achieved 63 points from 30 games at the top of the Kent League, but neither won the trophy as the League Management Committee decided to award the title to the team who achieved the highest points per game average. Cray Wanderers were crowned champions as they beat the Stones with an average of just 0.14 greater.
- The Stones have suffered just one relegation in their brief history, when they were relegated to the Ryman League Division One South in 2011.
- In the space of 15 years, Maidstone have made steady progress, gaining promotion through over five divisions.
- In the 2014/15 season, Maidstone reached the Second Round of the FA Cup after beating Stevenage in a replay. One year later they reached the First Round where they lost to Yeovil.
- From 1992-2012, the Stones were without a stadium of their own, until the Gallagher Stadium was opened.
- The 2017/18 season is the first time in the new club’s history being full-time.
- The ‘old Maidstone’ are the only other Kent-based club to join Gillingham in the Football League.
- Current Stones assistant manager Nicky Southall is one of few players to have played in all four tiers of the Football League. He also had four stints as a player with rivals Gillingham.
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