York Road (Maidenhead)

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York Road
York Road (Maidenhead)
Location Maidenhead, England
Public transit National Rail logo.svg Maidenhead
Owner Maidenhead United
Capacity 4,500 (550 seated)
SurfaceGrass
Opened1871
Tenants
Maidenhead United (1871–present)
Hayes & Yeading United (2014–2016)
The entrance MaidenheadUtd.jpg
The entrance

York Road is a football stadium in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. The home ground of Maidenhead United, it is acknowledged by The Football Association and FIFA to be the oldest continuously-used senior association football ground in the world by the same club, having been home to the club since 1871. [1] A blue plaque commemorating this is placed just inside the home turnstiles on the York Road side of the ground. [2]

History

The ground was initially the home of Maidenhead Cricket Club and it was with their permission that, shortly after their foundation in 1870, the football club played their first match at York Road on 16 February 1871 against Marlow. The Magpies have continued to play home matches here, without a break, to the present day.

The current capacity of the ground is 4,500 (550 seated) and holds an "A" grading. The club's record attendance is 7,989 for the 1936 FA Amateur Cup quarter-final against Southall. A further 2,000 spectators are estimated to have watched the match from the adjacent railway embankment. The ground record attendance was set on Easter Monday 1947 when 8,277 people paid total receipts of £494 to watch the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup Final between Slough Town and Wycombe Wanderers.

The ground facilitates fans in a mixture of covered all-seater stands, covered and uncovered traditional terraces and flat concrete by the side of the pitch. As well as the normal facilities for lower-league football, the ground hosts Stripes Bar which can be hired out for functions. The ground is located just a few minutes walk away from the town centre and from Maidenhead railway station.

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References

  1. "Ground record for Maidenhead". BBC Sport. 15 March 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  2. "Ground record for Maidenhead". BBC Sport. 15 March 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2011.

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