Maidstone United

Gallagher Stadium

Capacity: 4,200 (Seats 750)
Address: James Whatman Way, Maidstone ME14 1LQ
Telephone: 01622 753817
Pitch Size: 110 x 70 yards
Pitch Type: Artificial 3G
Club Nickname: The Stones
Year Ground Opened: 2012
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Amber and Black

Main Stand
Main Stand
New North Stand
New North Stand
Loucas End
Loucas End
West Side
West Side
North Stand On Matchday
North Stand On Matchday
An aerial view of the Gallagher Stadium
Main Entrance and Clubhouse
Main Entrance and Clubhouse

The Gallagher Stadium is a very modern one, having been opened in 2012. On the approach to it from the town centre, there is little to see as the stadium is built into a hillside. Even from the main Club car park, there is not much to be glimpsed of the interior. Once inside though it is a different matter. On one side is the smart looking Main Stand. This all seated stand has a cantilevered roof, meaning that there are no supporting pillars to contend with. It is also raised above pitch level, meaning that spectators have to climb a small set of stairs to enter it. This Main Stand was extended in 2015 so that it now has a capacity of 750 seats. Oddly the team dugouts are not located in front of the Main Stand but on the other side of the ground. This side has no facilities for spectators as such, just a small flat standing area, behind the perimeter fence. The team dugouts almost seemed to have been an afterthought as they are receded into the standing area. At the North End is a new covered terrace that was opened in March 2017. This terrace is of a fair size and has a capacity of 1,768. The opposite, the Loucas End, is a small covered terrace which is just seven steps high. The Gallagher Stadium is very much an open one, with plenty of surrounding trees and greenery on view.

The stadium has an artificial 3G pitch and the Club have been at the forefront in lobbying for its wider adoption in the Football Leagues. They have seen some success in that artificial surfaces are now allowed at Conference level and for FA Cup ties, but the Football League is still resistant to the idea and currently only allows grass pitches for its member clubs.

The Club have now purchased a small strip of land from the local council on the west side of the Gallagher Stadium, which allows the club to put in place a 650 capacity  seated stand along that side. The Club are also planning to build a new larger South Stand at one end of the Gallagher Stadium. Part of the motivation for these new stands is to ready the ground to fulfill Football League capacity requirements for grounds if the club were to gain promotion to the Football League. Although the Football League don't currently allow artificial pitches in the league, this is not deterring the Club from planning ahead in case the Football League change their rules on only grass pitches currently being allowed (or possibly going back to grass at the Gallagher Stadium, but this would be financially very costly for the Club, in terms of lost income and investment spent on installing the current 3G pitch). However no timescales have been announced as to when these developments might take place and they are unlikely to happen whilst the Club are in National League South.

The Gallagher Stadium being still almost 'shiny new' has quite good facilities for supporters. If segregation is in force then part of the North Terrace (towards the Main Stand) is allocated. Home supporters are housed on the other side of the terrace, with a sizeable gap between the two (covered in tarpaulin), which can make for a good atmosphere. There is also a small block of 24 seats located on one at the front of the terrace, that are made available to visiting fans who need them. The usual array of Cheeseburgers (£3.25), Burgers (£3), Hot Dogs (£3), Chips (£2), as well as Chicken Fillet Burgers (£3.25) are available inside. Plus if fans are not segregated then behind the Loucas End is the 'Pie Hut,' which offers locally produced pies by Kentish Mayde. For £5 you can have your choice of pie with mushy peas, chips and gravy, or you can just have a pie by itself for £3.50. Maidstone United are a well supported Club as this can make for a good atmosphere on matchday.

Please note that smoking is not allowed within the stadium (I guess just in case a loose cigarette end damages the pitch!). Fans are allowed out into the car park at half time, if fans need a cigarette.

There is a large supporters club at the stadium itself (located next to the main entrance) called the Spitfire Lounge which welcomes visiting supporters. This also has the benefit of having BT and Sky Sports Sports to view the early kick offs. On Sandling Road (just off the main roundabout by the stadium) is the Flower Pot pub, which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Also on Sandling Road before the Flower Pot is the Dragoon a Shepherd Neame pub. Located in-between these pubs is a handy fish and chip shop. Close to Maidstone Prison, a few minutes walk away from the stadium on Lower Boxley Road is the Hard and Hounds. The Gallagher Stadium is only a ten-minute walk away from the town centre, where there are plenty of pubs to be found, including two Wetherspoons outlets. The closest of these is the Society Rooms on Week Street (near Maidstone East Railway Station), which is also in the Good Beer Guide.

Leave the M20 at Junction 6 and take the A229 towards Maidstone. Go straight across two roundabouts and on entering Maidstone at the third roundabout (where there is a large white office building on your right hand side) take the third exit into James Whatman Way. You will now see the stadium right in front of you. At the T-junction turn left and the stadium entrance is further down on the right.

Car Parking
There is no unreserved car parking available at the stadium itself. There is a small amount of pay and display parking on James Whatman Way itself, although it is free during the week after 6pm, on Saturdays it costs £4.50 for four hours, or £3.50 for three (although I would doubt if you would find a space at 2pm). The stadium is very close to the town centre, so it would be a case of using one of the many shoppers' car parks available. There is a fair sized car park located at Maidstone East Railway Station, which on a Saturday costs £4, or £1.50 on weekdays after 6pm. The station is only five minutes walk away and on using the car directions above, rather than turning right at the third roundabout turn left instead and you will see from there, that the station is well signposted.

There are two railway stations located close to the stadium. Maidstone East which is only a quarter of a mile away and Maidstone Barracks, which is half a mile away. However most fans are likely to end up at Maidstone East as it is served by trains from London Victoria and Ashford International.

Maidstone East is only about a five minute walk away from the Gallagher Stadium. As you come out of Maidstone East Station walk up the station approach to the main road. At this road turn left and then go straight across the next two roundabouts and you will find the stadium located in front of you. Turn left at the T-Junction and the main entrance is down on the right.

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Official Matchday Programme: £2.50

Gillingham, Tonbridge Angels and Dartford.

Record Attendance

4,101 v Crystal Palace
Pre-Season Friendly Match, 15th July 2017

Average Attendance
2018-2019: 2,179 (National League)
2017-2018: 2,412 (National League)
2016-2017: 2,386 (National League)

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Special thanks to Austin Byrne and Paul Dickinson for providing photos of the North Terrace at the Gallagher Stadium Maidstone United.

The 'Gallagher Stadium in 4K' was produced by Kian & Becky and is made publicly available via YouTube.

Maidstone United v Gateshead
National League
Saturday 22nd December 2018, 3pm
Steve Ware (Gateshead)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Gallagher Stadium?
I have been to the Gallagher stadium before. It is a nice ground and it is a decent day out.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
I took a train from Manningtree where I live into Liverpool Street. Then across by tube to Victoria Station and then another train to Maidstone East.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
I met a few of the lads in the Society Rooms, a Wetherspoons pub, located next to Maidstone East railway Station All of us Gateshead lads had really horrific Xmas jumpers on for the occasion!
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Gallagher Stadium?
I like the Gallagher Stadium, it’s got a decent away section, a good atmosphere and I’ve always found the Maidstone supporters a good bunch. It does have a 3G pitch, but it depends on what your viewpoint on artificial playing surfaces is.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
I had a quick pint in the clubhouse at the ground. The stewards are always fine here and very professional. The game was a cracker. Gateshead were coasting at 3-0 nil up until Maidstone got back two quick goals. Making it a very nervy ten minutes, but we held on. Another great away win for the mighty Heed!
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Back to the Society Rooms for a bit more Xmas cheer before getting the train back to London.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
It is always a top day out at Maidstone and this was no exception. I know Maidstone are struggling this season and I really hope that they stay up. Their club has been through a lot over the years and most of the lads myself included, have a lot of time for the Stones fans. Onwards and upwards!

Maidstone United v Harrogate Town
National League
Saturday 15th September 2018, 3pm
Paul Dickinson (Neutral)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Gallagher Stadium?
With only three National League grounds to visit to complete the current set, I was looking forward to seeing the new ground, especially with the away side being one of my local teams-it would also be a new a ground of 375 that I have visited in total so far.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
We travelled down from Leeds on Friday afternoon and stayed in our usual “southern base” of St Albans, before driving to the game on Saturday morning. Parking was straightforward, costing £4 at Maidstone East Railway Station.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
We arrived in Maidstone at 12.30, so had plenty of time to have a wander around Maidstone town centre before heading up to the ground at 2pm.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Gallagher Stadium?
Despite a couple of people trying to gently guide us to the away end due to my strong Northern accent, we held firm and were soon in the ground, paying £3 extra each to sit in the Main Stand. Prior to the game, we went into the clubhouse for a drink, which was very busy but easy to get served.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Once we’d demolished an excellent portion of pie, chips and gravy, the game began and it was Harrogate who enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 win to continue their excellent start to the season Both sets of fans contributed to a good atmosphere and I found the whole set up very friendly and professional.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
We were also staying in St Albans on Saturday night and got back there after a two-hour slog around the M25, to travel only 65 miles.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Another great weekend away and now looking forward to two more long trips (Braintree and Dover) to get another league ticked off!

Maidstone United v Heybridge Swifts
FA Trophy 2nd Round
Saturday 13th January 2018, 3pm
Andy Wilkins (Neutral/Slanting towards Heybridge Swifts)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Gallagher Stadium?
I was originally meant to be revisiting Leatherhead but the plan to visit this new ground came to me 24 hours before kick off when I was approached to take photos for Heybridge. I then quickly researched the ground and town to make sure I was going with knowledge of the surrounding area. I also got told by a few friends that the Gallagher Stadium is good to visit.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
I spent 3 hours on the train down to Maidstone East from Southend, Essex but apparently, Maidstone Barracks Station is close to the ground as well. Minus waiting 30 minutes for a train from London Victoria, it was a good journey down for me.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
I walked into the town centre from the station where I popped into a McDonalds to get lunch from. I spent 20 minutes there before heading to the ground. There was plenty of locals wearing Maidstone shirts and they seemed to be friendly people. I followed a large majority of them down to the ground.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Gallagher Stadium?
I thought the Gallagher Stadium was going to be a lot bigger but that's my personal opinion given I hear how the club has a massive fan base where they regularly get over 2000 people at games.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The atmosphere felt a bit plastic to me like the pitch. The stewards were very lovely people and were there to help guide people to any part of the ground. I was in the Heybridge end which happened to be segregated to help reduce any confrontation and upon arrival of the turnstiles, I was met with a very kind welcome from a steward which was nice for me. I paid £5 to get in and then £3 for a programme with a team sheet. I did think the programme was a tad too expensive given I normally pay £2 but I remember the standard of football is higher than my normal viewing which is probably the reason why it was that amount. I didn't have any food inside the ground.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
It was very easy to get away. Due to having to wait 20 minutes for a train, I decided to walk back into the town centre and get a few snacks from the Tesco Express which seemed to be well stocked. The train journey back home was a good little journey and I was home by 10pm.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A good day out at a very professional ground. Although Heybridge lost 2-1, I would love to come back soon as its officially my first ever National League ground that I've now ticked off and it will have a special place in me.

Maidstone United v Ebbsfleet United
National League
Tuesday 9th January 2018, 7.45pm
Nick (Ebbsfleet United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Gallagher Stadium?
This was my first visit to the Gallagher Stadium, and the first time I had seen Maidstone in their home abode since the old Stones club were playing at Dartford, which at the time turned out not to be a good move for either club. This was a derby match and one in which Ebbsfleet were looking to complete a double over the self-proclaimed giants of Non League football. For Fleet fans, Dartford will always be the true derby with the Stones harking back to the short period in the Football League with derbies against Gillingham. Not that The Gillingham fanbase take any more than a passing and warmly interest. A rivalry of a one-way nature is very frustrating as Fulham fans could no doubt vouch. Even so this fixture is important to both sets of fans for local bragging rights.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
The Gallagher Stadium is centrally located and within easy reach of all transport links. Being an evening match there was plenty of on-street parking near the ground. For daytime, kick offs there are a multitude of fee paying car parks nearby.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
There are plenty of decent pubs in Maidstone catering for everyone from the lager-buffoon to the geek CAMRA anorak. Fill your boots! The clubs have a nice little rivalry bubbling away as they are near to each other have been at a similar level for a while on and off. A bit of daft banter and then everybody mingled happily as the stadium emptied. Just as it should be.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Gallagher Stadium?
The Gallagher Stadium is a very tidy affair. A tad lop-sided but that's to be expected as Maidstone United are building their stadium from scratch with limited and sensible funding. The Main Stand looks very nice with good views apparent. The new North Stand is in effect a very nice decent sized metal terrace. The club have given their fans what they wanted, a standing area with good views and cover and they should be applauded. The two remaining sides are virtually non-existent and the stadium will improve if they can be developed. If the Stones repeat what they have done with two sides of the ground it will be an impressive stadium fit for Football League ambitions situated in a Town Centre laden with watering holes. Perfect.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
I am not a huge fan of artificial pitches although I cannot blame lower league clubs from wanting the extra income that they generate. The plastic affected game itself produced a good battling away performance from Fleet against a subdued Stones, Fleet edging it in a narrow but deserved 2-1 triumph. Being a derby match with 450 away fans the atmosphere in the shared North Stand was electric with the roof adding to the acoustics. The stewards were friendly enough even saying goodbye as we left.. The North Stand was split between home and away fans with a large rubber carpet laid upon the crush barriers putting a little space between the rival supporters. A determined hooligan could have crawled under the carpet a la The Great Escape but both clubs passionate fans are a cut above the Football League silly stuff. The food hut looked and smelt very decent too.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
The gates opened after the match and the Stones hordes headed for them with greater urgency than the Fleet fans whom stayed put to applaud their hero's whom in turned milked their adulation. Typical football crowd milling away from the ground. Yellow clad hunched shoulders and gripes about managers, substitutions, and defending contrasting with red laden chests stuck out proudly and broad smiles and bare-faced fibbing and ribbing. In five minutes I was on the M20 listening to Talk Sport, filled with talk of nothing but crass Premier League millionaires. Did they not know what history had been created in the almighty Kent clash of the Titans?
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Enjoyable but derby wins always are - especially if away. Maidstone United are a decent club and only a hard-hearted soul would begrudge them their new lease of life at their shiny new stadium. Maidstone may dream of rivalry's with Gillingham but for now they will have to settle for Fleet. And good fun it will be too.

Maidstone United v Dover Athletic
National League
Sunday 1st January 2017, 6pm
Rory (Dover Athletic fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Gallagher Stadium?

It was going to be my first visit to the Gallagher Stadium and with it being a Kent local derby I anticipated a good game with a good atmosphere.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I drove to Maidstone. It was a really easy journey from Dover and didn't take long at all.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

After parking up in Maidstone I went to see what was near the Stadium, due to the Gallagher being near the centre of the town there was a variety of places to eat and there was various pubs etc... I found a chippy and me and my friend ate there before making our way to the ground.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impress ions of away end then other sides of the Gallagher Stadium?

Due the North end of the ground being under development there was temporary segregation in place at the Gallagher Stadium. This meant that all the Dover fans were sat in the Main Stand.  The ground is very modern and once the new stand is in place then Maidstone will have a very nice stadium.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Maidstone started the game the better team with the better chances however we went 1-0 before half time. Second half Maidstone kept up the pressure but we managed to hit them on the counter several times. The final score was 4-1 Dover. Maidstone fans in the South stand or the Town end as they call it make a racket and with the aid of a drummer and in some parts of the game they were very loud.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was pretty easy, although it felt that there might be a bit of bother between fans, outside the ground, but nothing happened. 

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall I thoroughly enjoyable day out and I'm looking forward to returning to the Gallagher Stadium when the new stand is finished.

Maidstone Uuited v Rochdale
FA Cup First Round
Saturday 6th November 2016, 2pm
Mark Rigby (Rochdale fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Gallagher Stadium?

I had never been before to the Gallagher Stadium nor, Maidstone before. This was the first ever meeting between the two sides and a chance for an interesting awayday with the romance of the Cup.

How easy was your journey/finding th e ground/car parking?

I travelled down by train. The Gallagher Stadium was just a ten minute walk from Maidstone East Railway Station.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I walked to the ground with a Maidstone fan who had travelled from Macclesfield. All the fans I met were friendly and sociable.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Gallagher Stadium?

Met at the entrance to the ground by security staff who were friendly and helpful. The away fans were housed in the North Stand at one end, which was pretty basic but under cover. A Maidstone fan on the way to the ground informed me that after today's match the away end is being re-developed with a new 1500 seater stand which will hopefully be completed by March 2017. The home fans in the opposite South Stand created a good atmosphere. A modern all seater stand on the East side and a narrow standing area on the West side completed the stadium. A segregated area of the North Stand housed some home fans which led to some friendly banter.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game on the whole was pretty disappointing from a Rochdale perspective, with the home side taking the lead with a first half penalty. Rochdale left it late to earn a reply with a 94th minute equaliser. There was some good humoured, funny banter from both sets of fans! The stewards were helpful and informative and patrolled the stand litter picking and chatting to the fans. A kiosk selling pies, chips, sausage rolls and a selection of drinks was situated between the North Stand and the toilet block. The chicken and bacon pie was the best pie I have ever tasted, not just at a football match, but ever! Absolutely delicious! I was so impressed I told the lady in the kiosk who gave me their address and informed me that they do home delivery! There were plenty of toilet and washing facilities in a portacabin. The only negative comment is that there were a couple of flights of steps from the turnstiles down into the stadium which could cause a problem for less mobile fans.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was easy. No problems experienced.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good day out! The Gallagher Stadium is a cracking little ground with friendly fans and stewards.

Maidstone United v Sutton United
National League South
Tuesday 5th April 2016, 7.45pm
Sam Bennett (Sutton United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Gallagher Stadium?

This game was a stand out from Christmas time, the game had to keep being rescheduled due to our run in the FA Trophy. The game ended up being played at the beginning of April, it was a title decider. I was particularly reluctant to go at first as I heard that could be some trouble there.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We set off for our journey on the train at midday as we wanted to go and have a few drinks before the game. It took us about 1 hour and 45 minutes. A fairly easy journey and the station is about a five minute walk to the Gallagher Stadium.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We had a few drinks at the pub Hare & Hounds we found by the station. A very nice pub welcoming staff and a fairly nice atmosphere. We hung our flags up outside the pub and were happily drinking. It was about one hour before the game when  a group of teenage Maidstone fans walked passed us shouting abusive chants towards us and our team Sutton in general, it was a bit intimidating.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Gallagher Stadium?

The Gallagher Stadium doesn't look great from the outside however when I got in I was fairly impressed. Nice facilities and a great looking Main Stand. The game was not segregated which was a bit of a worry in some fans eyes, especially after we had a few problems earlier at the pub.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was a cracker. Two early goals for Sutton snatched the game early on for us we won the match 2-1. The atmosphere was good in our end however there were no acoustics so we could not hear Maidstone and I doubt they heard us. The stewards were friendly no problems inside the ground.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We left the ground in the best mood possible knowing we were a few games away from winning the league. However again a group of about 15 teenagers were hurling abusive and were clearly looking for a fight outside the ground. Everything was alright luckily as the Police quickly moved them on.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:  

Overall this away day was a my favourite of the season a cracking result and an unforgettable atmosphere.

Maidstone United v Oxford City
Conference South League
Saturday 15th August 2015, 3pm
Paul Willott (Neutral fan)

I had been promising myself a visit to the Gallagher stadium since its inception so todays jolly was long overdue. Fans of a certain generation will recall the roller coaster ride of Maidstone United as they became one of the early beneficiaries of the automatic promotion to the football league from the Conference, a brief flirtation with promotion play-offs until several seasons later it all collapsed in a funeral pyre of bankruptcy and the demise of the club following the resignation from the league.

There was then a nomadic existence based in towns such as Sittingbourne and Ashford as I recall from my perusings of the “non-league paper” over the years until the happy news of their projected homecoming was followed up by the opening of the new stadium. So I was eager to get a visit chalked up and today was the perfect opportunity to do so following the completion of “operation catch-up on sleep” after a very hectic week.

The Now Extended Main Stand

Main Stand Maidstone United

Maidstone’s new ground has one thing in common with Rotherham; it’s a new stadium located close to the town centre unlike the usual fayre of the more modern grounds some 5km from the nearest train station, bus stop, or pub! As the guide says, the ground is not too easy to spot, being located below the nearest main road (A229) nestling on the banks of the Medway, and if it wasn’t for returning home via Maidstone due to a full closure of the M20 on an evening after a match had concluded and observed the crowds emerging up the hill and the floodlights, I wouldn’t have known it was there. However, don’t fear because as the guide says, the big white office building is a perfect landmark , and if you follow the suggestion of turning left at said major roundabout instead of right and then following the signs for the BR station at Maidstone East where you can park for £3:50, you won’t go far wrong. However, once you’ve turned left off the A229, if you come back on yourself at the very next roundabout, there is a charity car park for £3 which I’ll use from now on for future visits.

The Leafy West Side

West Side

After a short walk in a downhill direction, crossing the A229 in the process, one soon comes across the modern  Gallagher stadium, and if first impressions count, then Maidstone scores highly. An imposing entrance gate, tidy turnstiles, and a set of security staff and stewards who are to a man welcoming and friendly, made for a very good start. 

I paid £12 for the entrance, and was given a ticket that was probably the smallest I’ve ever received ; more in keeping with the ticket you may expect at a model railway show perhaps !!  The early impressions of a clean, well maintained and cared for stadium is upheld as you enter that actual stadium.

Once inside I had a little nosey round and was impressed with the selection of food and drink outlets to choose from on the spacious concourse behind the South Terrace/Loucas End , some of which were built in a “conservatory” style in keeping with the major shirt sponsors “Britelite”, and the club shop was in a similar ‘conservatory’ style, where the replica shirts and scarves were being knocked out for £39 and £10 respectively. The other striking aspect was the “jumbo-isation” of the main stand that had only just been completed prior to the start of the season, and a very fine looking job they’ve done on that too. The ground also possesses 4 modern looking floodlight pylons.

The Club Shop

Maidstone United Club Shop

It became clear that a good crowd was going to be in evidence as the build up to kick-off continued; the matchday programme, which is ok for £2, gave the attendance as 2,363 for the midweek encounter with Ebbsfleet, and I’d garner a guess that todays crowd was slightly larger. A large proportion of the fans were happily decked out in replica amber tops and scarves too, which added to the atmosphere and spectacle of a townsfolk solidly behind their local team. Many a club in the top level of the non-league can only dream of such support.

The match got underway and the first 45 minutes were an exemplary model of a game that never settled down ; neither side seemed comfortable in possession, many a good build-up was let down by a poor cross or mis-placed pass, and communication was lacking evidently as many a brilliant pass was made to a player that had long stopped running for the ball. The one thing that couldn’t be faulted though was the effort and endeavour as all 22 players were putting a shift in.
As the second half progressed , the home side seemed to grow in confidence, and chances started to present themselves with abundance and sooner or later I was convinced one would be tucked away………but Maidstone found out what life will be like in the higher division if you don’t take your chances as punishment was duly meted out as Oxford City scored against the run of play. The old cliché of “goals change games” was ably demonstrated as it knocked all the momentum and rhythm out of the home side, and the game petered out and even long before the final whistle there was an air of inevitability about Oxford City holding on to their 1-0 win doggedly for the 3 points. 

The Club Are Well Supported

Gallagher Stadium Maidstone

Despite a late flurry of chances in the last few minutes, Maidstone lacked the composure or confidence to tuck one away, and although overall it was a close match, I would have to say the visitors deserved to take the three points. That said, Maidstone should take encouragement in their first season at this level and look to build on their early performances to consolidate at this level. They have a ground and a fan base more than adequate for this league and I’m sure in seasons to come can aspire to climb the pyramid even further.

I thoroughly enjoyed the match and the occasion and hope to be back for more !  An added personal bonus for me on my first visit to the Gallagher stadium was to learn that a certain Mr Paul Gallagher had scored the only goal in a game near Bletchley at Stadium:MK for my beloved Preston North End...

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