After a few weeks away from home, Solihull Moors return to the ARMCO Arena for some Vanarama National League action as we entertain Maidenhead United in the 3 O'Clock kick-off!
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Everything you need to know about our opponents
Maidenhead United was established in 1870 and was one of the 15 clubs to play in the inaugural FA Cup in the 1871/1872 season.
Maidenhead were founder members of the Southern League in 1894, joining Division Two. However, would finish bottom of the league three times in the opening six seasons, before they left in 1902.
As a result, the club would drop into the West Berkshire League, winning it in their first season and finishing as runners-up in 1904. However, they would join the Great Western Suburban League in the same year.
In their new league, the club won the title in the 1919/20 season but would join Division One of the Spartan League in 1922. They won the Division One title in 1927, before being placed in Division One West in 1928 amidst league reorganisation. The club were Division One West runners-up in 1929 before being placed in the Premier Division the following season.
The success continued as Maidenhead was Premier Division runners-up in the 1930/31 season, and went on to win the league the following season. After a bottom-half finish the year after, they would reply with another title win.
After the Second World War, the club would join the Corinthian League until it’s merger with the Athenian League in 1963, with Maidenhead becoming members of the Premier Division.
In 1973, the club joined Division Two of the Isthmian League but would struggle in the new league as they got relegated in to Division Two South at the end of the 1986/87 season, where they remained until finishing as runners-up in 1990/91 with 92 points.
The Magpies enjoyed nine seasons in the division before finishing third in the 1999/00 season and gaining promotion via the playoffs. In the Premier Division, they remained until finishing 12th in the 2003/04 season meaning that they earned a place in the Conference South.
However, after finishing bottom of the division in the 2005/06 season, the club were relegated to the Premier Division of the Southern League. Maidenhead would earn promotion at the first time of asking and stay in the Conference South until they won the title in the 2016/17 campaign.
In the National League, the club has had mixed results with a highest finish of 12th in their first season in the league.
In the 2019/20 season, the league was curtailed with the table decided on a points per game basis, with Maidenhead finishing in 21st place, narrowly surviving.
So far this season
After a good start to the 2023/24 campaign, Maidenhead failed to win in September as they slipped down the table.
In their recent fixtures in the National League, the Magpies have won each of their last two games after beating Eastleigh 3-2 and FC Halifax Town 1-0 at York Road.
Ahead of their trip to the ARMCO, Maidenhead will be in 20th place in the National League.
Key player to watch
One player who will try to cause the Moors defence problems is 21 year-old attacker Chanka Zimba, as he comes into this game as the Magpies top goal-scorer with four goals in 13 National League games.
Beginning his youth career with Blackburn Rovers, he scored 13 goals in 39 games for the under-18 team but was released in the summer of 2020 and was subsequently signed by fellow Championship side Cardiff City.
He was called up to the first-team for the first time in December 2020 due to injuries to other strikers, but made his debut for the Bluebirds in November 2021.
Zimba was loaned out to Northampton Town in January 2022, scoring one league goal in 12 appearances before he was sent out to Newport ahead of the 2022/23 season.
However, the striker would only score two goals in the fourth tier and would be called back to his parent club before the end of the year.
However, in the fifth tier, is finding form with three goals in his last four games for the club, including a double in their defeat to Aldershot Town.
Familiar face for both
One player that both sets of fans will know is Josh Kelly, after the Moors paid an undisclosed fee from the Magpies.
Kelly began his career at youth level with Ascot United and Windsor before joining Maidenhead United’s under-18 team in the summer of 2015.
He then made his debut for the Magpies in October 2016, but would go out on loan to Chalfont St Peter later in the season.
In the 2017/18 season, Kelly was loaned out to Walton Casuals in the eighth tier where he scored 28 goals in 40 appearances and started to play in the Maidenhead side the following season.
In total for Maidenhead, Kelly played 129 times and scored 27 goals, which included him scoring 15 goals in the 2021/22 season. That year, he finished as the club’s top scorer before joining Solihull Moors in July 2022.
For the Moors, Kelly scored 11 goals in his opening league campaign and finished as the club’s top scorer (alongside Andrew Dallas).
So far, Kelly has eight goals in the National League this season and look on course to beat his previous best in the Moors shirt.
In the opposition dugout
Alan Devonshire returned to Maidenhead United in May 2015 for the second time in his managerial career, and led the side to the National League South title in 2017.
In his first season in the National League with the club, he led them to a top half finish and has managed to keep them in the league ever since.
Devonshire’s first stint at the Magpies was in 1996, as he won the Isthmian League Full Members Cup in his first season and earned a historic promotion to the Isthmian League Premier Division after a third-place finish in the 1999/00 season.
At the end of the 2002/03 season, Devonshire became manager of Hampton & Richmond Borough and guided them to fifth place in the Isthmian Division One South in his first season. This saw them promoted to the Isthmian League Premier Division, where they finished sixth in their first season at that level, missing out on the playoffs on goal difference.
However, Devonshire did get the club promoted in the 2006/07 season where he won the title. In the Conference South, he would guide his team to a third place finish and into the playoffs, but would lose in the playoffs.
On 23 May 2011, Devonshire became manager of the newly promoted Conference National club Braintree Town. During his four-season spell at the club, Devonshire led them to finishes of 12th, 9th, 6th, and 14th before leaving for the Magpies.
During his playing career, Devonshire made over 400 appearances for West Ham United between 1976-1990 and was part of the side that won the 1980 FA Cup final.
He played briefly for Watford after leaving the Hammers, and also won eight England caps before retiring in 1992.
Last time out
Solihull’s last game against Maidenhead was back at the start of April where they shared the points in a 1-1 draw at the ARMCO Arena.
The Moors took the lead after ten minutes through Justin Donawa scoring his final goal for the club, but the away side would leave it to the final minute of normal play to equalise through Kane Ferdinand.
Solihull’s last win was in their previous visit to York Road, as the Moors won 0-2 thanks to goals by Alex Gudger and Josh Kelly from the spot.
A similar result would make it three wins in a row for Solihull, as Andy Whing’s side continues to push higher in the playoff positions.