In August 2010 three Maidenhead United fans were banned from attending home games, by a kangaroo court, for crimes they didn't commit.
These men promptly encountered a jobsworth security blockade, and so escaped to the non-league underground.
Today, still stigmatised by the MUFC Ltd hierarchy, they survive as supporters of fancy.
If you enjoy a train away day - and if you can find them - then maybe you can share a drink with ... the K-team!

Monday, 30 April 2012

"It's not rocket surgery!"

An interesting article in today's Daily Mail.

It seems the football clubs of Hyde and Maidenhead have several things in common:

Both were formed in the late 19th century and added 'United' in 1919.

Both avoided relegation from the sixth-tier of English football on the last day of the 2010-11 season.

Both have links to the Glenn Hoddle football academy.

Both have, apparently, (relatively) limited budgets; "We'd be bottom-half of the division in terms of budget"

Both have, thanks to the generosity of benefactors (Manchester City FC in Hyde's case; Pharmalink Consulting Ltd in Maidenhead's), been able to reduce six-figure debts and now owe nothing.

Unfortunately for Magpie fans, though, the similarities seemingly end there ... for now, at least.

Hyde will be playing in the Conference National next season, Maidenhead in the Southern League (unless reprieved from relegation for the second time within a decade).

The former have plans for a new clubhouse, a 3G community pitch and an academy.

They also apparently have no staff and rely on 'graft and short-term contracts'

Good for them.

As George Walker Bush might say, "It's not rocket surgery!"

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