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Maidstone - United in Football

See museum exhibition before it becomes history

The highly acclaimed football exhibition: Maidstone: United in Football is in its final days at the town’s museum.

Exhibits not only tell the remarkable history of football in the county town, they also paint a vivid picture of how the game has been bringing people of diverse backgrounds together for more than a century.

The story of Maidstone football is special and you’ve only got until next Saturday (18 January) to see it for yourself.

The town has had a pioneering role in several different aspects of the game. And its football club, as we all know, famously plummeted further than any in history after being ejected from the Football League, yet has since embarked on an extraordinary renaissance.

The exhibition has exclusive access to a collection of memorabilia compiled by Maidstone United’s former chairman Jim Thompson: a collection that, including its many trophies, mementoes, photographs and cuttings, runs to several thousand items.

Many other exhibits of exceptional historical interest have been secured on loan, the highlight perhaps being the Manchester United strip worn by Kent-born David Sadler at the 1968 European Cup final.

The exhibition is sponsored by Golding Homes, Gullands Solicitors, iMUSC and Gordon Wallis. Admission is free of charge.

Located on St Faith’s Street, the museum is just a few minutes from the Gallagher Stadium – accessed from Brenchley Gardens, Fremlin Walk or Week Street. It is open Tuesday to Saturday between 10:00 and 17:00.

Read all about it

A book to accompany the exhibition is available from the club shop.

A comprehensive history of Maidstone football, it runs to 256-pages in full colour and is packed with hundreds of stories and photographs.

Like the exhibition, the book breaks into several themes such as Origins, Innovators and Occasions.

Each topic they cover is brought to life in a few paragraphs of fact-filled text and supported with pictures – many of them completely new to today’s fans – of players, artefacts, contemporary press cuttings, and so on.

There is also a Facts & Stats section that will fascinate any Stones fan.