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, 4 November 2019

Away Day Diary: Aldershot Town 2-0 Maidenhead United (02/11/19)


Although not a huge rugby fan, I wasn't going to miss the World Cup final; it seemed that neither England nor Maidenhead United would get much better chances of ending their respective droughts (16 years since Jonny Wilkinson's drop goal in Sydney; 22 since Chuk Agudosi's legendary celebration in front of the East Bank)

Less said the better re the early morning weather, which lead to us eschewing a walk into town - our preferred option - and booking a taxi; come pick-up time, however, the torrential rain had stopped, and the skies had brightened considerably

Disrupted service, due to high winds, meant that the 12:04 from Reading was delayed and then, as we sat on the train - with a load of Oxford United fans - awaiting its belated departure, an announcement came through that a long list of scheduled stops had been scrapped, including Ash; instead we had to get the 12:32 to Gatwick Airport, alight at North Camp, and hotfoot it to Ash Vale

Everyone - including Paul (Macleod [M]'s neighbour), Mr Logic, and Dav the St Johnstone fan - was extremely pleased with my choice of pub; indeed Ian and Mark, Shots season ticket holders from Fleet, reckoned that the Garden Gate will now become their regular pre-game haunt

Really strong breeze at our backs, as we attacked the East Bank in the first half; thoroughly disappointing, therefore, that - aside from one miraculous headed clearance, from underneath the crossbar - we barely troubled their keeper

Some decent saves from Chris Dunn, but he was also at fault for both goals (fumbling the ball over the line, for the opener, and then beaten, late on, at his near post); a poor performance from the Magpies, overall, against a side hitherto bereft of confidence

Happy birthday (today) to CJ - Aldershot resident; long-time friend and colleague of mine; Luton Town fan - who would join us in the Crimea (crap beer)

Other post-match pub stops: the Trafalgar Inn (OK; not as good as I'd remembered), the Queen Hotel (photo with Fijian members of the British Army Rugby League team), and back to the Garden Gate (change of beers from the afternoon; equally good)

The old adage - 'a good day out tainted by 90 minutes of football' - was mentioned more than once on the journey home; we'll certainly have to improve - significantly - in order to give Rotherham a game, in front of the Football Focus cameras, next Saturday

(BBC report; match highlights)

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