"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

Friday 11 February 2011

MUSA and GMOSC announce commemorative shirt auctions

Was Nike about in 1871? Maidenhead United FC wasn't ...

Maidenhead FC (founded in 1870) and Maidenhead Norfolkians (founded in 1894) amalgamated to form Maidenhead Town after WWI, with 'United' replacing 'Town' in the name from 1920. How exactly it equates to MUFC celebrating their 140th anniversary this year, I'm not too sure, but - as it is - Oxford University will be the visitor to York Road on 15th March for a commemorative game.

(EDIT: the game is to commemorate York Road's 140th birthday and has nothing to do with the creation of the/ a football club)

MUSA has organised that the team will wear retro red and black hooped shirts (the colours worn by Maidenhead FC from 1871) embroidered with the club crest and the match information. These shirts will be auctioned afterwards to raise money for the ring-fenced ground fund. The link to the relevant News Item on the Mothership is here.

Now, there are far too many photos of me on Facebook, full stop. And in far too many of these, I am wearing the same clothes - not least my 1970s Bristol Rovers shirt or the 1978 Argentina replica I purchased for my Diego Maradona costume of Fancy Dress IX. As such, it's fair to say that I'm all for retro football shirts. However, calling a shirt 'retro' when it has a Nike logo emblazoned on it is laughable, methinks.

I realise that the shirts are to be worn first by those playing in the game before being sold off, and this presumably explains why they are manufactured by Nike rather than, for example, Toffs (polyester rather than cotton).

And the ring-fenced ground fund is, of course, a worthy cause.

But surely we could've sorted red and black hoop shirts that didn't have a prominent logo on them?

As it is, I am pleased to announce details of our own commemorative shirt (below):

GMOSC are offering spectators (and any other non-interesting parties) the opportunity to acquire one of these shirts, post-Murdo's ban, auctioning them via a sealed 'made-up accusation' method. Your 'made-up accusation' should be placed in a sealed envelope with your name, address and contact details and handed to the Yes Man of the Year (at the merchandise stall by Stripes) or Club Shop Guy (at the Magpies Megastore).

The closing date for bids is Tuesday, 15th March 2011 and the minimum 'made-up accusation' for a shirt is "attempting to bring alcohol into the ground". Please note that in the event of a tied bid, misspellings will be looked upon favourably. The decision of GMOSC is final and may be contrary to the submissions received. Correspondence is welcomed but will not be replied to.

Good luck and happy smearing!

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