Premier Sports Network spoke to Maidenhead United FC as they celebrate the 150th anniversary of York Road, the oldest continuously used senior association football ground in the world by the same club.
We spoke to media manager and programme editor Grace Scott, alongside chairman Peter Griffin about the importance of shining a light on community clubs during these difficult times.
"This milestone is so unique and special,” they started. “We are a community-based National League club that wants our loyal supporters and the wider community to come together to celebrate with us, even if it is from home for the moment.”
Prior to the pandemic, Maidenhead hoped to be able to celebrate on a much larger scale, involving their fans in-person.
"Obviously, we were hoping to do great things this year, with lots of commemorative events and there was going to be full stadiums, former players, golf days, loads of stuff going on at the ground, loads of memorabilia too."
Despite the change in circumstances, Maidenhead continued to overcome the hurdles and bring the best for their community. They have adapted and set up various initiatives to support the community, such as the Magpies 150 Challenge, raising £150,000 for 15 local charities during its anniversary year, and the Magpies Community Care programme where DBS volunteers lent a helping hand to those in need.
Today, Maidenhead is also aiming to break their highest attendance figure (virtually) via a match stream. Their current record attendance stands at 7,920, set for an FA Amateur Cup Quarter-final against Southall on the March 7, 1936.
“We are live streaming our fixture with Stockport County on February 16, which is due to take place 150 years to the day that the first-ever fixture was played at our York Road Stadium. In addition to this, we have a limited-edition commemorative match programme featuring personal stories from our community and supporters and other merchandise such as pin badges and club ties to honour the occasion.”
The record attendance attempt will be for tonight’s fixture against one of the biggest clubs in the National League Stockport County FC at York Road, with kick off at 7.45pm GMT.
Author: Bethany Moss