Yesterday’s match between second and third in Vanarama National League South saw a new record attendance at the Gallagher Stadium.
A capacity crowd of 3,030 saw the Stones beaten 2-1 by Sutton United – a win which saw the visitors leapfrog Maidstone in the table. The attendance was the highest in non-league football last night, as well as higher than two matches in League Two and a game in League One.
Club chief executive Bill Williams: “I’d like to pay tribute to both sets of supporters who made for a fantastic atmosphere last night.
“From the calls and emails we’d had I was expecting a good crowd but to reach capacity on a midweek night is really impressive. It just goes to show the appetite there is for the game in and around the Maidstone area.
“In a relatively short space of the time, the stadium has become one of the town’s main attractions and that’s brought benefits to ourselves, as well as nearby pubs, restaurants and shops. Long may it continue.”
This is the third time this season that the league attendance record has been broken. The previous two occasions were Ebbsfleet (11 August) when 2,363 were at the Gallagher for the first Kent derby of the season, and just shy of 2,700 saw the festive fixture against Eastbourne Borough (28 December).
A new FA Cup attendance record was posted last November when 2,811 saw the first round defeat by Yeovil Town.
Attendances for the first season in National League South are averaging 2,170 – up more than 15% on the Ryman Premier championship campaign.