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News - January 2007

30th January 2007. 12.00pm

Stones head to Godalming tonight hoping to make up for the disappointment of Saturday's defeat at Tooting. Alan Walker speaking today said there would be changes as he looks to re-create the form that saw the Stones put together a 10 match unbeaten run which will include the return of Lynden Rowland to the side after serving his one match ban on Saturday.

"I think we'll also be giving a chance to the subs who came on during Saturday's game as there were some very disappointing performances by some players and although they were also present for our unbeaten run, players must realise that if they don't perform there are others more than capable of taking their place." said Walker.

"As for Godalming, we know they don't have the best of pitches so it could be a night for the battlers in our side and we'll reflect that in our starting line up. But we know from our game at Corinthian-Casuals last week, sides down the bottom end of the table will not roll over and die, they are battling to stay up and we have to match that battling spirit."

In other news, Mario McNish's yellow card at Tooting means he will now be suspended for our trip to Dover.

23rd January 2007. 12.30pm

Work on Maidstone United Football Club's new stadium has started today!

Chairman Paul Bowden-Brown (below) watched as preparatory works got under way at the site off James Whatman Way.

Subject to signing a mortgage agreement tomorrow, he will start the process of organising the power to the site, getting the soil tested for the pitch and assessing the drainage and foundations.

Once that work is completed the first phase of the development will start with the construction of a new clubhouse and infrastructure for the car park.

Discussions are still ongoing with an investor who has asked for more time to complete their feasibility study of the potential business income that could be generated over the medium to long term.

Bowden-Brown said: "We have had very positive discussions with the potential new investor, who is happy to proceed once they get the go-ahead from their advisors.

"My problem is that our club cannot wait any longer, so I have made the decision to proceed alone for now. If the investor, or any other interested parties wants to get involved, they do in the knowledge that work has begun and that we are bringing football home to Kent's county town."

WORK IN PROGRESS!

Other news and Corinthian-Casuals have confirmed that the pitch is playable and the game is not in doubt tonight.

22nd January 2007. 2.00pm

Following on from Saturday's hard earnt three points against Godalming Town, The Stones are now preparing for Tuesday evening's visit to Tolworth in Surrey when they play Corinthian-Casuals. Manager Alan Walker has two minor injury worries ahead of this game against the Division's bottom team.

"Both Simon Austin and Lynden Rowland suffered minor knocks on Saturday which is why the both went off in that game. I'm just waiting on reports from them both to see how their injuries have responded in the last day or so." Austin (thigh) and Rowland (knee) are however, both likely to feature.

"Lynden has been working nights recently and I think that has shown a little in his performances recently (Cray and Godalming) but he's back to day shifts now, so hopefully we'll have his spark back with us on Tuesday" Walker said. "I'm just keeping an eye on the weather on the moment and hoping that the game goes ahead because we're in really good form at the moment."

The only addition to the squad on Tuesday night is that of Lee Shearer who has now completed his three match suspension following his Boxing Day sending off against Sittingbourne.

Maidstone United's exciting Ireland U-18 international Kane Rice this week was loaned out to Kent League Thamesmead Town. In recent weeks Kane has been an unused substitute as Maidstone United continue to climb up the Ryman League Division 1 South table.

Manager Lloyd Hume has been mindful of the fact that a long period of non-activity would not be of any benefit to Kane and rather than place him in the club's reserve side, he felt that it was better for Kane if he was involved in the physically more demanding Kent League Premier Division.

"Our squad is very strong at the moment and I have not been able to get Kane the amount of playing time with us that I would have liked. To bring Kane in if we had an injury would not be fair on him at the moment because he just isn't playing enough football. We need him to be match fit when we call on him and by playing for Thamesmead Town this will help both him and us" said Hume.

"As ever, we can call on him at any time as we have the first claim on him and with so many midweek games coming up, I am sure that we will see Kane involved at some point."

Kane's new side romped to a 5-0 win at Bayliss Avenue over 3rd placed Croydon on Saturday afternoon, thus ending their 9 match unbeaten run in the process. Former Stone Rikki Cable netted two of Mead's goals.

Responding to queries about Stephane Mamadou Alan continued "Stephane's had a long time without any football since leaving his club in France and because of that we've decided to get him match fit by playing him in our reserves. We get regular reports on his (and other players) progress and with all of the games coming up in the next month or so I'm sure we'll him involved in the first team soon."


18th January 2007. 1.00pm

Stones youth team player Sam Morrison, who has recently had trials for England for their schoolboy international side sadly received his letter yesterday confirming he had not made the final 16 squad. He was obviously disappointed with the news but the club are immensley proud of his achievements of making the final 32. In a letter to the club Sam's father wrote;" Please convey my thanks to everyone at MUFC for their support for him, especially Mike Cogger who has taken the time to send Sam a couple of very complimentary letters".

Club Captain Peter Overton has signed registration forms allowing him to turn out for Kent League side Lordswood. Co-manager Alan Walker felt that both the club and the player would benefit from a move such as this as Peter has been out of the game so long with his injuries.

"Ovey is a good mate of Lordswood manager Paul Piggott and by playing in the Kent League on Saturday's for Lordswood, he'll be able to sharpen up his fitness. He will still be available to us for midweek matches and as we have a lot of these coming up in the next month or so this is going to definitely help us out."


The recently postponed fixtures against Chatham Town and Croydon Athletic have now been re-arranged. There will be an opportunity to spoil your wives, girlfriends and various significant others on Valentines Day (February 14th to all of you non-romantics!) as we will host Chatham Town on that night at Bourne Park. Croydon Athletic will now visit us on Wednesday 14th March. Both games kick off at 7-45pm.

16th January 2007. 1.00pm

There is only one piece of team news ahead of tonights trip to Cray, with Sam Tydeman returning to the squad after serving his one match ban. A win tonight could put the Stones back into the play-off positions should other results go our way tonight as the Stones try to recover some of the lost ground caused by the recent match postponements. With regards to the match going ahead tonight, we understand that we should get a decision from Cray around 4pm.

10th January 2007. 1.00pm

Reports from Sittingbourne suggest that tonights game should go ahead providing there is no further rain this afternoon.

The club have arranged a pitch inspection at 4pm and reports after last nights game say the pitch has held up pretty well and greened up after the recent postponements for both clubs. We'll give you an update as soon as we hear anything.

As for team news, the suspensions from the weekend have been carried forward so both Lee Shearer and Sam Tydeman will not be available. Meanwhile new signing Mo Takaoloo should come straight into the squad providing the paperwork is filled in on time today. Also returning will be Michal Czanner and Stéphane Mamadou.

9th January 2007. 10.00pm

Mo TakalooMo Takalobighashi, Maidstone United’s leading goalscorer during their double-winning season, has returned to the club.

The Kent League Golden Boot winner left last September and rejoined former club Ramsgate. "I’m back and I’ve got a point to prove," he said. "A lot of things were said when I left, much of which was taken out of context. I want to reassure everyone at Maidstone United that I’m 100% committed and that any ill-feeling or comments made against the club or its supporters was unfounded.

"The fans are going to see a different Mo Takaloo. I'm injury-free now and chomping at the bit to get back playing for the Stones. I'm going to be working so hard to give something back to the whole club and get Maidstone United as high up the league as possible."

Maidstone United joint manager Alan Walker said: "We are delighted to welcome Mo back to the club. By his own admission his departure was a knee-jerk reaction and one he's regretted. He knows what Lloyd and myself want and we know a fit Mo Takaloo is absolutely brilliant for Maidstone United. It will give the squad a massive boost, especially as we face two games a week for the rest of the season."

Takaloo was also named The FA Carlsberg Vase’s Top Goalscorer for last season. The 26-year-old scored ten goals in Vase competitions to help take the Stones to the third round. He clocked up 44 goals overall, which helped the club secure promotion to the Ryman League.

Club chairman Paul Bowden-Brown added: "I had a heart-to-heart with Mo and was reassured by what he said and his commitment to the club and its plans. I want him back here and hope everyone will give him all the encouragement now and in the future."

 

5th January 2007. 1.00pm

Following on from the article in the Kent Messenger today, Chairman Paul Bowden-Brown confirmed that he has sought advice from the league with regards to his concerns about the situation at Bourne Park and the worries over the increasing fixture backlog.

"Whilst Andy Spice has done a magnificent job in trying to get the pitch playable, with more bad weather forecast and the pitch remaining in continuous use by both teams I have sought advice from the league over the options available to me in order to get our games played." said Bowden-Brown.

This could mean looking into the possibility of using another club's facilities but Bowden-Brown went on to say; "Quite simply this is placing considerable financial burden on myself as we do not have any income from gate receipts at the moment and I can't continue to subsidise the team indefinitely. The players are paid every week and there is mounting financial pressure on me and my family, so this really does need to be sorted out soon."

Meanwhile the chairman wanted to briefly update fans on the ground and confirmed that he is still aiming to get works started in the third week of January. He also said that he still remained in contact with a potential third party interested in helping with the development of the ground and said; "I have now sent them the terms on which I would be prepared to bring them on board to help the club move forward, and I expect a response from them in the next 10 days."

2nd January 2007. 11.15am

Maidstone United defender Nathan Paul has received a massive New Year boost with the news that he has been invited to represent the nation of St Lucia. Although he was born in London, Nathan Paul's mother was born in Castries, the capital of St Lucia and because of this, he is able to represent the Caribbean nation due to dual nationality eligibility rules.

Nathan was invited to join up with the St Lucia Under-23 squad by national coach Dennis Leukens. Initially, Nathan will travel to St Lucia late in January to participate in a training camp that will prepare the St Lucia squad for their pre-qualifying games for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Then in February, the team will play the first round of qualification matches in an as yet unnamed CONCACAF location. (CONCACAF is the Central American and Caribbean version of UEFA). The nations that progress through this qualification process will then go to China and play at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Nathan Paul is very proud of his St Lucian heritage and is eager to take the first steps on the ladder to full international football. He said "I'm proud to play for my country. My Mum was born in St Lucia and I've been there too. My Uncle has played for the national team in the past."

Alan Walker was also delighted for the 21 year old contracted Stones full back. "This is great news for Nathan and a big thing for Maidstone United. To play for your country is the ultimate honour for a player and Nathan is now going to get the chance to do that."

General Manager Bill Williams was also positive in his assessment of Nathan Paul's selection. "Not only is this a big opportunity for the player but this is extremely prestigious for Maidstone United. Nathan as we all know is a talented player with a promising future."

Everybody connected with Maidstone United sends their congratulations to Nathan Paul on his fine achievement and hopes that he enjoys every success with St Lucia.

1st January 2007. 12.00pm

New Year Message from the Chairman

"I would like to take this time to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.

"For all those special supporters who have accompanied me on my travels since 1992, and those that rejoined us during the latter years, be assured that the only wish I want for the year 2007 is to be able to start work on the new stadium.

"So can I ask that when you make your own wishes add one in for me to ensure that our beloved Stones start their comeback to the County Town of Kent - their rightful home.

"So a Happy New Year and thank you for your continued support." - PBB

 

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