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Exodus

Book banks £1,300 for stand fund

The Stand up for the Stones campaign has been boosted by £1,300 thanks to sales of Fred Atkins’ book: Exodus: Maidstone United 1988-2012.

The initial print run sold out within days and there are just 35 copies of the second edition remaining, although a reprint will be ordered if there is sufficient demand.

Described as being more like a thriller than a conventional football book, Exodus 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.

Club chief executive Bill Williams said: “We’re delighted that sales have gone so well. This is a book that every Maidstone United fan should read, but it’s also a book that will appeal to a far wider audience and by buying a copy you’re actively helping to fund the new stand.”

The book is only available from the club. You can order it online or buy a copy from the shop at the Torquay match.

Fred is a lifelong Stones fan, who has worked for the Associated Press and is a former sports editor of the Kent Messenger. His author page can be found here.

  • To make a donation to the Stand up for the Stones fund, click here.

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