Maidstone United - Gallagher Stadium
HISTORY/FACTS ABOUT THE STONES:
- Maidstone United were formed in 1992 after the old Maidstone United were forced out of the League due to bankruptcy. They were originally known as Maidstone Invicta when a new club was formed.
- Born a youth club, a lack of a suitable ground meant the club was relegated 7 divisions to the basement of the Footballing pyramid and joined the 4th Division of the Kent County League for the 1993-94 season. The club's home games took place on the old Maidstone United's reserve and training pitch next to their old ground, London Road.
- Despite winning the League in the 1993-94 season, they formed too late to join for the 1992-93 season. They also managed to win the West Kent Challenge Shield and the Tunbridge Wells Charity Cup.
- As the years went by with promotions, in the 2002-03 season, Maidstone entered the FA Cup for the 1st time since reforming, including a win against rivals Tonbridge Angels.
- For years, the club have been without a permanent home in Maidstone, with groundsharing at clubs such as Ashford United and Sittingbourne, before permanently moving back to the town of Maidstone in 2012, moving to The Gallagher Stadium.
- The Stones gained promotion to the Vanarama National League for the 1st time in 2016, a penalty shoot-out with Kent rivals Ebbsfleet United at Stonebridge Road, winning 4-3 on penalties.
- The Stones reached the 2nd round of the FA Cup by beating League Two Stevenage 2-1, with Frannie Collin getting the winner for the Stones in 2014. They went on to lose in the 2nd round to Wrexham.