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Anniversary celebrations with Maidenhead United supporters placed on hold

With the country entering a third national lockdown it’s looking unlikely Maidenhead United will be able to hold a big commemoration of their 150th anniversary with fans this season.

However, CEO Jon Adams said the club was planning to organise something virtually to mark the occasion next month.

He’s also hopeful a larger celebration can take place next season when he anticipates supporters will be able to return to York Road.

“I think in reality it’s looking less likely that we’ll be able to put anything on of any real substance,” he said.

“Certainly, in a match day environment that relates to celebrating the 150th anniversary. It’s impossible to predict whether we’ll be likely to welcome fans back this season.

“We were very hopeful before Christmas but clearly with the escalation of COVID and the challenges posed by the new variant to the country nationally, it’s certainly something that’s more transmissible.

“The likelihood therefore of having fans in the ground is less likely. I think we must accept that there’s a chance we won’t be able to do anything of any great significance this season, involving our fans at a match as a celebration.

“But it doesn’t mean we’ll be ignoring the anniversary.

“We do have a game on our 150th anniversary in mid-February.

“We’ll certainly look to do something virtually to mark and celebrate that event, and we will plan to hold fan engagement and involvement sessions next season where I think I can feel more confident in saying we’ll have fans back in the ground.”

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Maidenhead United’s CEO Jon Adams says he’s excited by the prospect of sharing the club’s plans for a new stadium at Braywick Park with the public.

Last month the council confirmed it was willing to sell the club a plot of land at Braywick Park, should they receive the relevant planning permission.

However, Adams says that a couple more things ‘need to be ironed out’ before those plans are submitted and put out for public consultation.

He said: “The council made their decision in terms of confirming the availability of the site to us (subject to planning permission) relatively late last year.

“There’s not really any new news. We’re still pushing forward with the project on the same sort of timescale we’ve talked about before.

“There’s a few things that need to be ironed out and finalised and then I expect within the next few months we’ll be able to talk more about the timetable of making a planning application and, linked to that, the important phase of community engagement and consultation.

“We’re really excited about sharing our proposals with the public and having the opportunity to engage with them and get their feedback on what we’re trying to achieve.”

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