As we continue to look at the teams that will make up the National League next season, Jay Saunders will hope his Maidstone side can improve in last terms 19th placed finish.
Maidstone United FC was founded in 1897 and reformed in 1992 after the demise of the Football League side. They began life again as Maidstone Invicta and were led by the Chairman at the time, Paul Bowden-Brown.
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Maidstone’s first game at their current home, the Gallagher Stadium, came on Saturday 14th July 2012 where 2,226 people turned out to witness the Stones take on Brighton & Hove Albion.
Orient’s last away game of 2017 saw them travel to face Maidstone at the Gallagher Stadium on December 23rd. Goals in each half from Bondz N’Gala and Macauley Bonne sealed a 2-0 victory for the O’s that day.
Stones’ boss Jay Saunders was appointed in March 2011. He led the club to promotion from the National League South through the play-offs in 2016, before extending his contract in February 2017.
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Former O Blair Turgott joined Madistone from Boreham Wood during last season, the winger scored three goals and provided two assists in his 14 games for Maidstone United.
After leaving Orient in 2016, Turgott joined Bromley where he managed 12 goals and seven assists in the National League 2016/17 season.
The Gallagher Stadium, cost £2.6 million and was completed at the end of the 2011/12 season. It has a capacity of 4,200 of which 750 are seated and has an artificial 3G playing surface.