100 Owners: Number 90 – Jim Thompson (Maidstone United & Dartford)


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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7 Responses

  1. Keith Last says:

    A very interesting piece, it does make rather sorry reading along with a word of warning to every football club in the county..be careful what you wish for !

    The only thing I could find fault with was the statement that the old London Road ground was in a “state of disrepair”. As a regular at the time at Maidstone Utd and worked at the ground in 1985 on Work Experience from school I remember it being in a pretty good state, well looked after and in no worse condition than I’d expect the majority of ground’s around the country at that time.

  2. An excellent article so it seems a shame to correct a vital point. Maidstone did actually play IN Maidstone for about 17 years in the Kent County League on the ex-club’s former training pitch. This was owned by the Morman Church and not up to Kent League standard – hence the move to Sittingbourne. This week marks the first return to a stadium the club has owned in the town.

  3. Jeff Hewett says:

    No mention of the Dartford Sell out to Thompson.They had a say you know.In a perverted way though if Dartford had not hosted Maidstone way back then,Watling Street would still be the home ground of the Darts.Good chance though it would be Ryman South or Kent League this season for DFC.

  4. PHIL PAPWORTH says:

    Good article, but I don`t think the Darts would have been at Watling Street now, the ground would not have lasted this long without a lot of money needed to bring it up to standard.

  5. Dave Eden says:

    Jim Thompson gained a controlling interest and became Chairman of both clubs, something that is not allowed now. I went to the DFC share holders meeting which he called in Bond St London. He turned up wearing a Dartford tie with his solicitor and announced that as the future of both club had become entwined the only way they could survive and move forward was for the consitution of DFC to be changed so should the club fold any assets would belong to the shareholders, he said this was the only way to attract new investment. Needless to say he had become the major shareholder of both clubs.
    When Maidstone folded Mr Thompson had no interest in keeping Dartford FC going, Watling St had been sold,and suprise suprise the amount raised from the sale was the exact debt of DFC there was not a penny over.
    It took along time but both clubs have their own grounds now.

  6. John Sterne says:

    It’s mad how the football league were so anti (rightly) to the merger and move to Newcastle yet were only too happy for Wimbledon to be moved to MK and swallowed up.

    I never had the pleasure of visiting London Road but enjoyed my one visit to Watling Street as a Charlton supporter for a PSF against Maidstone in August 1990.

  7. Nick Brown says:

    There are two factual inaccuracies:

    1. London Road was up to Football League standards and had been approved when applying for league membership in 1983 and 1984.

    2. Despite what Jim Thompson said, no application was ever made for planning permission for a stadium in Maidstone. The club had no money to pay for a stadium – the money from the sale of London Road (which was sold surprisingly cheaply) was used to bankroll a team that could not be sustained by the income. When the club folded in 1992, all the money was gone.

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