"As for Maidenhead, the conga (which was amusing) aside, quite a strange bunch really – some the oddest chants I've ever heard at a football match" ~ localboy86, Amber Planet forum, 26th April 2015

Wednesday 29 February 2012

"He can't even win you the Berks & Bucks Cup!"

The wife of an ex-Magpies manager - who was rather successful but, it should perhaps be noted, never actually got us beyond the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup - made the above comment to me in the bar following an away game in October 2009 (an ill-disciplined United had just lost 4-0).

Johnson Hippolyte would, in fact, lead us to a county cup success that very season (at the fourth time of asking): victories over Chesham United, at Abingdon United (78 people - including yours truly - witnessing a late winner), and at Thatcham Town (AET), preceding a 3-2 (AET) win over W@nky Wanderers in the Final at Marlow.


(Incidentally, is there a noddier competition - one more worthy of a 'meh' - than the B&B Senior Cup, in which all entrants get a bye in the 1st Round?! I think that we should take any fines on the chin and boycott, at least until the format is re-vamped and ties against the likes of Wolverton are once again possible.)

Drax won't be adding another winner's medal this year, however, after Saturday's 3-0 home defeat against the mighty Boreham Wood was followed up, last night, by a 3-0 Semi-Final reverse at Southern League Premier promotion-chasers Chesham United.

I note from the CUFC forum that MUFC had a man sent off (Mark Nisbet). As such, the referee will likely come in for some stick. Chesham's budget is probably bigger than ours as well. Also bad luck, injuries etc., etc. have to be factored in. And, of course, we mustn't forget that the "last time Maidenhead went down they were losing 5-0 each week, but that hasn't happened this season"

In all seriousness, just 175 were officially in attendance at The Meadow (a ground, incidentally, that I actually like; there aren't many!). Compare this figure with, for example, the 420-strong crowd that witnessed our Semi-Final win over Marlow (then a division below us, in the Isthmian League Div Two) at York Road in March 1998 and yearn, like me, for the supposed 'good ol days' of yore' (or don't ... as doing so is, of course, a waste of time).


Bring on Fancy Dress XII at Dover in late April. (Even those who aren't 'anti-club', 'anti-Drax' etc. will surely agree that there's currently not a lot else for fans of Meh-denhead United to look forward to* ... aside from, perhaps, the end of the season.)

^^^ Reckon that we need to start selling these t-shirts in the Magpies Megastore! All proceeds, of course, to the MUSA ring-fenced ground improvement fund

*Particularly following the Football Foundation's recent decision - for reasons apparently unknown - not to contribute towards the proposed terracing improvements at York Road. Here's an idea: why doesn't the club pay for the ground improvements themselves and instead ask the Football Foundation to contribute towards the playing/ management budget?! :-)

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