Tag: Maidstone United

The Hamlet & The Stones: The Ryman League Warms Up For One Of Its Matches Of The Season

They’ll be working very in South-East London today to try and get tomorrow’s big match on in the Ryman League Division One South, between Dulwich Hamlet and Maidstone United. Here’s Damon Threadgold from The Real FA Cup with a look at Hamlet’s season so far. For the last couple of years, South London’s most nostalgic, if not most successful, non league side have been enjoying a purple patch. Ultimately, that has only resulted in a familiarisation with the Cardiff City oeuvre of play off defeats and a lost cup final. But, under the guidance of Gavin Rose and assistant Junior Kadi, Dulwich Hamlet are now attaining a justified reputation for melding an aesthetes outlook with a degree of end product.In 2011 the pink and blue got to the play offs with a late surge and lost in the final to Leatherhead. ┬áLast season, having been top of the Ryman Division One (South) for a good chunk of it, they slipped away in the last few weeks, missed out on automatic promotion and then lost narrowly to Bognor Regis Town in the play off final. It’s worth noting that the two clubs that snatched promotion last year are currently first and fourth in the league above. This season, with ex-league club Maidstone back in their home town, at a large bespoke ground and with the locals throwing themselves back through...

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

It was, as you will no doubt be aware by now, the twentieth anniversary of the start of the Premier League next month, but what will likely be forgotten in the slew of retrospectives is the fact that just three days after the behemoth which has come to eat English football in that intervening two decades the Football League saw its last – to date – resignation during the season. Furthermore, just a few weeks later, a non-league stalwart club whose fortunes had become irrevocably tied up in that clubs fortunes was also forced to resign from the league in which it was competing. Those two clubs were Maidstone United and Dartford FC, and their decline and fall in the space of such a short period of time were both allied to a man who had otherwise achieved something unique and positive for non-league football as a whole: Jim Thompson. At the time of the collapse of these two clubs, Thompson was largely considered to be one of The Great & The Good of non-league football. He had served his professional life in advertising before ending up as the managing director of the Kent Messenger Group of newspapers whilst also acting as the chief executive of the Maidstone Chamber of Commerce, but it was in the frequently clandestine world of non-league football that he came to make his name....

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 20-11-2011

We have five matches for you this week as our non-league videos of the week. First up is the match from the Blue Square Premier between Ebbsfleet United and a club that has been having renewed difficulties off the pitch again, Darlington. Next up are the goals from the Blue Square North match between Altrincham and Gloucester City. We then have highlights from the Blue Square South match between Salisbury City and another club that has recently been said to be having financial difficulties, Farnborough FC. We then have another round-up of goals, from the Evostik Southern League Premier Division match between Weymouth and Redditch United, and finally we’re off to Division One South of the Ryman League for the match between Maidstone United and Merstham. Our thanks, as ever, go to those that have taken the time to record, edit and upload these matches.           You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: The FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round

This week’s Non-League Videos Of The Week see us return to the FA Cup, which reached the First Qualifying Round – the third round of matches in this year’s competition. This round sees the first appearance of the clubs of the Premier Divisions of the Isthmian, Southern and Northern Premier Leagues, so there are some familiar faces taking their first bow in this competition in this round. We have five matches for you this evening. Our two matches are both from East Anglia – the matches between Bury Town and Gorleston, and Cambridge City and Maldon & Tiptree United. Next up are Maidstone United, who scored nine goals in the last round of the competition, away to Banstead Athletic. Following this is a match between two sides from the Northern League, Spennymoor Town and Dunston UTS, and finally we have the goals from the match between Harrow Borough and Marlow. Our most heartfelt thanks go, as ever, to those that go to the trouble to record, edit and upload these matches for our delectation. Bury Town vs Gorleston   Cambridge City vs Maldon & Tiptree United   Banstead Athletic vs Maidstone United   Spennymoor Town vs Dunston UTS   Harrow Borough vs Marlow   You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 20/08/2011

Well, all of the leagues have finally started. The Isthmian League caught up with the rest and started its competitive season this weekend, meaning that everyone has now started for the new season, and this evening two of our four matches come from this league. First up, though, we’re off to Surrey for Chertsey Town’s first match in Division One Central of the Southern League. Chertsey were promoted after finishing in second place in the Combined Counties League last season, after the champions, Guildford City, were unable to take up their promotion place because of ground issues. Slough Town, meanwhile, missed out in the semi-finals of the play-offs last season and will be hoping to go one better this season.   Our second match is from the Division One South of the Isthmian League. Maidstone United were relegated from the Premier Division of the League last season, and their first match of the new season was at “home” – their current temporary home is at Sittingbourne – against Whitehawk, the Brighton-based club that only missed out on promotion at the end of last season after losing the play-off final in this division against Leatherhead.   The third match is from Division One North of the Isthmian League, and is between Ilford and Enfield Town. Enfield, as regular readers of this site will already aware, will be moving to their...

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