Our summer study of next term's opponents continues and today's instalment takes us to Berkshire.
Nickname: The Magpies
Colours: Black & White Stripes/Black/White
Who’s in charge?
West Ham United legend Alan Devonshire is in to his second spell as boss of Maidenhead United after being reappointed at York Road in May 2015.
With vast experience of non-league management, Devonshire took his first post with Maidenhead in 1996 and went on to spend seven years at the helm before moving on to Hampton & Richmond in the summer of 2003.
His next stop was a four-year spell in charge of Braintree Town in 2011 following their promotion to the top tier of non-league football before he returned to York Road two years ago.
As a player, he spent 14 years at West Ham after securing a £5,000 transfer from Southall in 1976 – a move which was later described as The Hammers’ best ever buy as the midfielder made over 400 appearances, won the 1980 FA Cup and played eight times for England.
How did they get on last season?
After finishing an encouraging seventh in National League South in 2015/16, Maidenhead United set off with a new confidence last term to storm to the top of the table.
The Magpies won 12 of their first 15 games to set the tone for their campaign and nine straight victories at the end of the season saw them in pole position with two games to go.
A surprise 2-1 home defeat to second-placed Ebbsfleet United piled pressure on their last day trip to Margate but Alan Devonshire’s men held their nerve to win 3-0 and secure the title by two points.
When did we last meet?
The Magpies are among the teams in the National League who Pools have never before played so the 2017/18 will represent a first on that front.
Where do they play?
Maidenhead United have been playing their home games at York Road since 1871 – a fact which means it is the oldest, continuously-used senior football stadium in the world. It currently has a capacity of 4,000.
When do we play them?
We make the trip to Maidenhead United in the second week of the season on Saturday 12th August in a game that will be televised live on BT Sport at 12.30pm.
The Magpies will then make their first-ever visit to Victoria Park on Saturday 23rd December.
Mark Carruthers of NonLeagueDaily.com delivers his verdict on how Maidenhead United can expect to fare in 2017/18…
Last year’s National League South champions will make a welcome addition to the National League.
“Managed by former West Ham United winger Alan Devonshire, the Magpies have a number of talented players in their squad and some that could make a serious impact in non-league’s top tier this season.
“Not least striker Dave Tarpey, who became a bit of an internet sensation last season with some goals that wouldn’t look out of place at the highest level.
“The former Hampton and Richmond Borough striker finished last season with an incredible 44 goals in all competitions and will be a threat to even the toughest of National League defences this season.
“That’s not to say that it is a one-man show at Maidenhead, they have a great team spirit and in Devonshire, a manager that knows how the National League works.
“There have been four new faces added to the Magpies squad so far this summer and more could follow.
“But few could argue if Devonshire sticks with the squad that won the National League South so impressively last season.
“I think they could just about have enough to survive in the National League.”
How Do You Get There?
Postcode: SL6 1SF
By Road: Leave the M4 at Junction 8 and take the A404 (M). At the end of A404 (M) and take the A4 towards Maidenhead. Once you reach the town centre you will come to a large
roundabout. Take the 2nd exit continuing on the A4. Go straight across the first roundabout and at the second turn right onto Forlease Road and then the second right onto York Road. The entrance to the ground is on the left.
By Train: It is a five minute walk from the train station.