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FRESH IN | Maidenhead United

Posted: Mon 19 Jun 2017
Author: Ollie Williams
Fresh In - Maidenhead Utd

Fresh In - Maidenhead Utd

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Fresh in to the National League, we introduce the Magpies...

With the new season drawing nearer by the day, we decided to take a look at some of the new clubs entering the division next term. With this in mind, we’ve cast our eye on Maidenhead United.

Name: Maidenhead United
Formed: 1870
Nickname: The Magpies
Ground: York Road
Manager: Alan Devonshire
2016/2017: 1ST (National League South)

Who Are Ya
Formed in 1870, Maidenhead United are one of the oldest football clubs in the country, known simply as Maidenhead Football Club in those days. They played their first match in December of that year against Windsor Home Park on a site close to the river Thames. They played their first game at their ground York Road in February 1871, coming up against Marlow. It is still their ground and holds the record of the oldest continuously used ground in senior football.

A superb piece of history belongs to Maidenhead, as they were one of the fifteen original clubs to compete in the FA Cup, when the competition began in the 1871/72 season, which Wanderers famously won for the first time. They have great history in the competition, reaching the semi-final in 1873 but losing to Oxford University. 

Maidenhead were founder members of the Southern Premier facing the likes of Watford, Brentford and Fulham but it proved too demanding and they dropped to the West Berkshire League. They moved across a number of divisions in non-league throughout their history picking up three Corinthian and three Spartan league titles. 

However, their greatest achievements came in the new millennium as they achieved promotion from the the Southern League and reached the top level of non-league in April this year.

Last Season
The greatest season in Maidenhead United history, the 2016/2017 season will never be forgotten at York Road. An amazing 98 points tally saw them fight off Ebbsfleet United for the National League South title on the final day of the season, where they beat Margate 3-0 away from home, avoiding the lottery of the play-offs. Huge highlights of that season included a 5-1 win over Bath City, 6-1 battering of Oxford City, 5-0 win over Bishop’s Stortford and 5-0 win over Hemel Hempstead. Many will have striker Dave Tarpey to thank who won the National League South player of the year, scoring 44 league goals. 

The Gaffer
Manager Alan Devonshire is an incredibly experienced manager who is currently undergoing his second spell at the club. He began life in football at non-league Southall before he was picked up by West Ham United. With the Hammers he spent 14 years between 1976 and 1990. With over 350 appearances with the club he departed for the final two years of his playing career at Second Division Watford. 

He moved into management in 1996, taking charge of Maidenhead United and had successful reign at the club. He won promotion from the Isthmian League Division One in 2000 and won four Berks & Bucks Senior Cups. He also won the Isthmian Full Members Cup in 1997 as well as losing in the 2000 Isthmian League Cup Final.

He moved on to Hampton & Richmond in 2003 for eight years where he reached the FA Cup First Round proper, finished runners-up in the Conference South in 2009 but failed to gain promotion in the play-offs. He had previously won promotion from the Isthmian League Division One South in his first season, and won the Isthmian Premier Division in 2007. 

Devonshire took over as Braintree manager in May 2011 as they ventured into the National League for the first time. He spent four seasons with the Iron before his second spell at Maidenhead in 2015. 

The Squad
Striker Dave Tarpey remains at the club although has had serious interest, having scored a record 44 goals in the 2016/2017 season. The former Hampton & Richmond, Farnborough and Basingstoke forward has scored goals all his career and the Magpies are going to be incredibly keen to keep hold of him.

United have also added new additions, including striker Chinedu McKenzie who scored 21 goals for Romford last season. The former Harlow and Bromley forward now has the chance to prove he is worth is salt in the National League.