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Watling Street was a football ground in Dartford, England. Located adjacent to Watling Street, it was the home ground of Dartford F.C. from 1921 until 1992, and was also used by Maidstone United during their time in the Football League.
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.
Dartford is the principal town in the Borough of Dartford, Kent, England. It is located 18 miles south-east of Central London, and is situated adjacent to the London Borough of Bexley to its west. To its north, across the Thames estuary, is Thurrock in Essex, which can be reached via the Dartford Crossing.
Watling Street is a route in England that began as an ancient trackway first used by the Britons, mainly between the areas of modern Canterbury and St Albans using a natural ford near Westminster. The Romans later paved the route, which then connected the Kentish ports of Dubris (Dover), Rutupiae (Richborough), Lemanis (Lympne), and Regulbium (Reculver) to their bridge over the Thames at Londinium (London). The route continued northwest past Verulamium (St Albans) on its way to Viroconium (Wroxeter). The Romans considered the continuation on to Blatobulgium (Birrens) beyond Hadrian's Wall to be part of the same route, leading some scholars to call this Watling Street as well, although others restrict it to the southern leg.
Dartford F.C. purchased the five acre site of Watling Street in 1921 for £1,000.A seated stand on the western touchline was built for £3,000, with banking installed around the rest of the pitch. In 1926 the stand burnt down and a 1,000-seat stand was built in its place, with a covered enclosure added on the eastern touchline in 1930. Terracing was installed behind the southern goal in 1947, and later in front of the western stand.
In 1988 Maidstone United moved to Watling Street after selling their Athletic Ground to MFI. They won the Football Conference in 1988–89 and were promoted to the Fourth Division of the Football League. The first Football League match played at Watling Street on 26 August 1989 saw Maidstone beat Scarborough 4–1 in front of 3,372 spectators.
MFI Group Limited was a British furniture retailer, operating under the MFI brand. The company was one of the largest suppliers of kitchens and bedroom furniture in the United Kingdom, and operated mainly in retail parks in out of town locations. Anecdotally, it was said at one stage that one in three Sunday lunches in the United Kingdom were cooked in a kitchen from MFI, and 60% of British children were conceived in a bedroom from MFI.
The Football Conference season of 1988–89 was the tenth season of the Football Conference.
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Due to financial problems, the club folded at the start of the 1992–93 season. The last Football League match had been played at the ground on 25 April 1992, with just 1,602 watching a 0–0 draw with Mansfield Town. Maidstone's demise also led to Dartford folding. The ground improvements made by Maidstone were sold to Dartford for around £500,000, which pushed the club's debt too far.Watling Street was sold to pay off creditors, and immediately demolished, with the site used for housing. The site is now Cugley Road, Burman Close and Horsfield Close (which are named after Dartford players), and The Terraces.
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