We’re delighted to announce that Fred Atkins’ book, Exodus: Maidstone United 1988-2012 is now available.
The book tells the story of Maidstone United’s incredible history from the mid-1980s, when the team was known as ‘the Manchester United of non-league football’, through the dizzy highs of winning the Conference and reaching the Division Four play-offs, to the depths of the Woodcut Farm Stadium saga, the doomed takeover bids and the painfully slow rebirth in Kent County League.
Exodus is not a conventional football story: it reads more like a thriller than a history book, with political intrigue, treachery, pyramid schemes and even attempted murder, before the triumphant return to the County Town in 2012.
Written by a lifelong Stones fan – the author and journalist Fred Atkins – the book contains archive photos, quotes and interviews with a host of players, managers and directors past and present and represents a warts and all account of the most turbulent quarter of a century in Maidstone United’s history.
The first copy was purchased by Stones Chief Executive Bill Williams, who said: “This is not as good as my book, which is still available by the way. Joking aside it’s an exceptional read and I say that as someone who’s lived and breathed many of the moments that Fred describes in such vivid detail.
“It’s a must for every Stones fan but it will also appeal to anyone with an interest in football. If this was a drama script they’d say it was far-fetched but this really is the story of Maidstone United in those 24 years away from the town.”
The cost is £10 and profits after production costs will go to the Stand up for the Stones fund. Please note that to maximise revenue for the fund, this book will only be available through the club.
Fans who pre-ordered will be able to collect their copies when the club shop opens tomorrow (9 November) between 17:00 and 19:00 or at a future home game.
Online orders are being packaged up and will be posted in the next couple of days.
Customers ordering from abroad – please call the club on 01622 753817 to purchase a copy.