FA Youth Cup 3rd Qualifying Round – Maidenhead United v Cray Wanderers – Monday 21st October, 7.30pm

Cray Wanderers U18s continue their FA Youth Cup adventure this evening in the 3rd and Final Qualifying Round with a trip to Maidenehead United. Kick off at York Road is 7.30pm and the match is played to a finish. The match was re-arranged from last Monday due to a waterlogged pitch. The winners of the tie will be at home to Kingstonian in the 1st Round Proper of the competition.

Lee Amis’s exciting young side in their first year playing at this level have advanced through three tough rounds beating VCD Athletic and Ashford United at Hayes Lane and then a gutsy 2-1 win at Faversham Town on 1st October with goals from Palace Francis and James Przelawski. The Wands haven’t played a game since then but will be well prepared for what will be a great challenge playing at a National League ground.

This will be a hard game against a club who play in the Conference National and the Maidenhead U18s will be a great challenge for Cray’s ambitions to reach the 1st Round Proper for the second season in a row.


Maidenhead United FC
York Road

Admission costs: £5.00 adults, £3.00 concs, £1.00 U16s

Leave the M4 at Junction 8 and take the A404(M). At the end of the A404(M) take the A4 (Bath Road) towards Maidenhead.
On reaching the town centre you will come to a large roundabout. Bear left (the 2nd exit) continuing on the A4. Go straight across the first roundabout and at the second turn right into Forlease Road and then second right into York Road.

The entrance to the ground is down on the left. There is no car parking at the ground itself, but there are plenty of pay and display car parks dotted around the nearby town centre, including a multi-storey at Nicholsons Shopping Centre (£4.10 for 4 hours) on Broadway. There is a small car park located across the road from the ground but this has a maximum stay of just two hours.

Maidenhead Railway Station is located less than half a mile away from the York Road Ground and is only a five minute walk to the Bell Street turnstiles or ten minutes to the main entrance. The station is served by trains from London Paddington, Oxford and Reading.

As you come out of the station entrance turn right and walk up to the main road at the end of the car park. Turn left along this road and cross over to the other side using the nearby pedestrian crossing. Keeping the Bell pub on your right, turn right into Queen Street and then the next right hand turn into York Road. The entrance to the ground is further down on the right. There is apparently a short cut to the station by using the exit behind the Bell Street End. This leads into Bell Street and then directly onto the Railway station.

A trip to Maidenhead United is a must for any football ground enthusiast. As the York Road football ground is officially acknowledged as the oldest continually used football ground in the world, having first seen the game played there in 1871. Bramall Lane is Sheffield is an older ground (1862) but has not been continually used by one Club, as Maidenhead’s has.