Stones successful play-off appeal

Ryman League

Maidstone United will be able to compete in the Ryman Premier Division play-offs if they qualify at the end of the season.

A Football Association appeal panel unanimously agreed that the club should be able to take part in the knockout competition for promotion to Conference South.

The Ryman League told the club in February they would not be eligible for the play-offs because of the Football Conference rule against artificial pitches but the FA panel has given the green light for Maidstone to challenge for promotion.

Club co-owner Oliver Ash said: “The Football Association has continued its stance of embracing artificial football turf with its decision today.

“Whatever happens with our promotion push in the next few weeks, this decision is another important one for English football as a whole.”

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  1. Mark says:

    What can I say, the board have done us proud yet again.
    Congratulations for our forward thinking Board.


  2. Andy Padgham says:

    Great news – sadly it looks like the injuries are going to have the final say in this matter. Nice to know the FA backs the club though should the miracle happen. Keep the faith and coys!!!

  3. Robert Amey says:

    This is fantastic news.

    With something to aim for anf Mr Watts back fit and if Mr Phillips can play a part I believe the whole squad will be lifted by this news COME ON YOU STONES – BELIEVE

  4. Jeff from Sussex says:

    Great news and well done Oliver Ash.Final victory for 3G not far off now!!!!

  5. F.Livermore says:

    The F.A have taken Football in general a giant step forward with thier decision to allow 3G and Maidstone F.C. in particular to continue to seek promotion
    without further hinderance.
    Pity about the comment from the Gillingham owner Paul Scully in regard to Maidstones cause, guess he wishes
    he ran a forward looking Club like the Stones, who appear to be more popular then the Gills these Days!!.


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