FC Halifax Town will play hosts to Maidstone United on Saturday as Jamie Fullarton’s side look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season after two wins on the bounce.
Here are ten things to note about the visiting side on Saturday:
- Originally founded as Maidstone Invicta in 1992, after the previous Maidstone United were forced out of the Football League due to Bankruptcy.
- This is Maidstone’s third consecutive season in the National League after being promoted via the Play offs in 2016.
- Maidstone Invicta were originally a youth side, playing their games at the original Maidstone’s reserve and training pitch.
- Current Manchester United and England defender Chris Smalling came through the youth ranks at Maidstone, making 11 appearances before signing for Fulham in 2008.
- Maidstone are nicknamed ‘The Stones’
- In the 2015-16 season, the team qualified for the first round of the FA Cup, narrowly losing 1-0 at home to League Two side Yeovil Town.
- Amongst the playing talent is England youth star Blair Turgott, formerly of West Ham United and Bradford City.
- Maidstone play their matches at the Gallagher Stadium, averaging just under 2500 fans per game.
- Maidstone fans retain a fierce rivalry with Gillingham, with the clubs situated just 10 miles apart.
- Current manager Jay Saunders has been at the club since 2011, overseeing the Stones’ rise up the league.
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