Solihull Moors welcome Maidenhead United to the Automated Technology Group Stadium tomorrow evening (7,45 pm kick-off) in the Vanarama National League. Here’s your full pre-match preview…
The “Magpies" went down 1 -3 on the opening game of the season to a resurgent Gateshead”. They finished last season (their first in the National League) in 12th position on 64 points.
In The Opposite Dugout
The man in charge of tomorrow’s opponents is Alan Devonshire who Londoners, such as the writer, will remember as a youngster who made the West Ham first team at the tender age of 20. He was a much-loved midfielder at the “hammers” making over 350 appearances for them. Alan was appointed joint manager of Maidenhead United in the summer of 1996 alongside Martyn Busby, taking sole charge in March 1997.
He is in his second spell at the club, in between times taking Hampton & Richmond Borough from the Isthmian League to the brink of the National League, then defying the odds to not only consolidate Braintree Town’s place in the National League but also to mount a push towards the play offs
Opposition Key Man
Striker, Ryan Bird, who last season was Dover’s top scorer, - he notched their first goal in our 3 – 2 win over them last season. The 6 foot 4-inch-tall 30-year-old has had spells at Portsmouth, Cambridge United, Yeovil Town, Eastleigh and Newport County as well.
A quote from Tim Flowers
“We always say if you get something on the road then try and follow it up at home.
“Maidenhead, however, will have a big say in that! ` They are a quality side with a very, very experienced manager so they’re going to be just as tough as last Saturday, and we’ve got to regroup, look at the opposition and make our plans to go again.
“Maidenhead will be coming to try and turn us over and we have to make sure we are ready”
The Last Time the Two Sides Met
On Boxing day last year we came away with nothing from York Road - Disaster struck on the hour mark when we succumbed to a set piece – it was the one and only time in the game that we were distracted but Smith met a corner and O’Leary had no chance
We lost by that single strike but got our own back on New Year’s day when we triumphed 3 – 1 courtesy of goals from Carts and Dapo (2).
Did You Know?
Maidenhead have played at York Road since 1871, making it the "oldest senior football ground continuously used by the same club.
The history of Maidenhead started from the 100 A.D when it was populated with Romans. A Roman Villa in Cox Green, near Maidenhead was discovered in the 1950s through aerial photography and excavated in 1959. It is one of the most highly advanced and oldest villas of its times ever built in the world
Tickets TERRACE OR STANDS (Home and Away Supporters)
Adult: (18+ years of age): £15.00
Concession: (65+ years, Serving Military Personnel with a valid 'Forces ID' card, Students with a valid NUS card, and Young Adults 16-17 years of age): £10.00
Adult season ticket holders for local Premier League/EFL clubs; Aston Villa, Birmingham City, West Brom, Wolves, Walsall and Coventry City, will be eligible for £10.00 entry to Vanarama National League games ONLY upon presentation of their valid season ticket at the turnstiles.
Junior: (12 to 15 years of age inclusive): £10.00
Under 12's: FREE (when accompanied by a paying adult)
Disabled Visitors: Price as applicable above plus one 'carer' admitted FREE (we have a limited number of disabled car parking spaces on site which we advise should be booked in advance by contacting the club directly by telephone; 0121 705 6770 or by email; firstname.lastname@example.org)