In August 2010 three Maidenhead United fans were banned from attending home games, by a kangaroo court, for crimes they didn't commit.
These men promptly encountered a jobsworth security blockade, and so escaped to the non-league underground.
Today, still stigmatised by the MUFC Ltd hierarchy, they survive as supporters of fancy.
If you enjoy a train away day - and if you can find them - then maybe you can share a drink with ... the K-team!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Ground Hopper Inadvertently Unmasked?

A previous post on here, back in May 2012, explained my theory re the comedy genius behind Drax’s parody twitter account (perhaps PG is now also lampooning himself – clever – using the @chairmangriff handle?)

High time for another unveiling!

This one concerns the true identity of Ground Hopper, author of a weekly column in the Advertiser sports section that often features Maidenhead United (and, last October, labelled me a litter bug, despite the fact that the bin I openly admitted dropping over the York Road pitch surrounds – in a deliberate act of protest – was empty!)

Anyway, Ground Hopper is Mark Steward AKA Rasher and I claim my five pounds!

Mark Steward; sometime Director of Football (self-styled?), long-time (well, at least since he stopped following Chelsea) fluorescent-jacketed jobsworth, son of legendary York Road turnstile operator Brian (well-respected by most people, incidentally, and a volunteer in the true sense).

How have I reached this conclusion? Well, check out the recent article for irrefutable proof –


‘To be in the same company as Brian Pitts, Mick Chatterton and Tom Cook’

Tom Cook? Tom Cook??

He still can’t get his name right!

The story goes, you see, that Rasher once referred to Tim Cook – that’s 350+ games and 11 years at Maidenhead United, Tim Cook – as ‘Corkie’!

I also had to explain to former Chairman Roger Coombs and his wife Jean – guests at a Hall of Fame induction – who Rasher was, because they had little or no idea … despite the implication that he was born on the Bell End and been a York Road stalwart since forever!

Whilst on the subject of the Hall of Fame – and as I mentioned on twitter the other week – only three of the updated all-time top ten appearance makers aren’t in. Mark Nisbet (he scored at King’s Lynn, don’t ya know?) is still playing and so currently ineligible. Dave Woolley was earmarked for induction in 2011 – as part of an additional group of six, taking us to a final 32 – but this didn’t happen, in the end, because of you-know-what.

Then there’s Obinna Ulasi.

Ground Hopper/Rasher’s ‘favourite modern day player’.

What, above Louis Wells??

OK, now I’m not so sure!

PS. The Hall of Fame – even if I do say so myself – looked really smart, when up in Stripes, and I’m always filled with a sense of pride when fans (including away supporters, such as Sutton United on the opening day) read it and take photos (the one below, so I’ve been told, is from the recent programme at Whitehawk). I think it’s a shame, therefore, that (a) it wasn’t completed, as intended, and (b) is in a state of disarray. Perhaps I’ll post a retrospective (or series of) on here. Misty-eyed nostalgia is, lest we forget, all the rage these days.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Clarkson is a Magpie

  • Timmy Mallett (see here for Twitter proof)
  • Toby Anstis (Head Boy at Desborough School, incidentally, the year before I started)
  • Matthew Cottle (Martin the 'ginger tosser' from Game On; remember when that phrase - in this context - was censored on the old MUFC forum?)

Well, an article in yesterday's Metro newspaper would seemingly indicate that we can now add another name to this illustrious list - 


Tim Vine can name-drop Sutton United, on that rather rubbish BT Sport show presented by Ian Stone, all he likes; no non-league club can match Maidenhead United in the 'celebrity fan' stakes.

Can they?