Blue plaque unveiled at Maidenhead United's York Road

Blue plaque unveiled at Maidenhead United's York Road

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Justin Burns

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Blue plaque unveiled at Maidenhead United's York Road

A commemorative blue plaque was unveiled at Maidenhead United FC to mark the FA confirming the ground as the oldest continuously used by the same club in the country.

Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead Cllr Colin Rayner did the honours before the game with Weston-Super-Mare on Saturday.

The FA says the Magpies' first game at York Road on February 16, 1871, is the oldest of any present club at a ground in their association and believe it is the oldest worldwide.

Club director Graham Alfred, who led the initiative, said club officials are now seeking confirmation from UEFA and FIFA over whether it is the 'world's oldest'.

Chairman Peter Griffin said the plaque was all about raising the profile of Maidenhead United FC and getting more people through the turnstiles.

The club is embarking on a two-year project to raise £200-250,000 for a new 500-seater stand, which it needs if it wants to take part in the Blue Square South play-offs.

Mayor Cllr Colin Rayner praised the town centre club and the chairman at the unveiling and urged more people to turn out to support the team.

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