FC Halifax Town’s last game of the season sees them down south as they visit the Gallagher Stadium to face Maidstone United.
Maidstone have secured survival so the only thing at stake for either side is league places. Both sides could finish as high as 14th, and as low as 19th, depending on other results from the match day.
Here are ten things you may not know about Saturday’s opponents.
- Maidstone United are one of the youngest clubs in the National League, they were founded in 1992 as Maidstone Invicta.
- The original club played in the football league and are two-time champions of the fifth tier.
- The Stones’ former players include Manchester United defender, Chris Smalling, as well as ex-Newcastle United and Wimbledon man Warren Barton.
- Maidstone’s biggest ever win was a 12-1 success over Aylesford in the Kent County League all the way back in 1994.
- The new club has played in nine different divisions. Kent County League Division’s four, two and one and Premier Division, Kent League Premier Division, the Isthmian South, the Isthmian Premier, National League South and the National League.
- They have called five places their home. London Road, Maidstone, from 1992 to 2001. They ground shared with Sittingbourne at both Central Park and Bourne Park (twice). Between those spells it was The Homelands with Ashford United, before the opening of the Gallagher Stadium in 2012.
- Maidstone’s average attendance of 2,393 is the sixth highest in the league, behind five former league clubs. They even average more than this season’s champions, Macclesfield.
- They share a rivalry which is relatively unknown, with Gillingham. They are the only two Kent representatives of the football league. The new clubs have faced Gillingham just twice, including a Kent Senior Cup win this year.
- Their assistant manager is Nicky Southall, who had four spells as a Gillingham player, and he has held the position as assistant manager since 2014.
- The new club could equal their highest position ever, if they finish 14th in the league, for that, they would need to win and rely on other results.
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