Country's 'oldest' football ground in Maidenhead gets plaque

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Image caption, York Road was also one of the FA Cups first venues back in November 1871

A Berkshire football ground - thought to be the oldest in England - is being marked with a blue plaque.

Maidenhead Football Ground at York Road is believed to be the oldest senior football ground continuously used by the same club in the country.

Maidenhead United played its first game at the ground on 16 February 1871 against Marlow.

The plaque, on the boundary wall of the main standing area, will be unveiled by the town's mayor at 14:30 BST.

First FA Cup

It reads: "York Road is believed by the FA to be the oldest senior football ground continuously used by the same club.

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Image caption, The plaque has been put up by Windsor and Maidenhead Council

"Maidenhead FC played their first game on this ground on 16th February 1871."

Councillor Colin Rayner, mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, said: "Other clubs have come and gone but Maidenhead has enjoyed strong support from a dedicated band of supporters down through the years.

"It has a long and rich history and I am sure the plaque will be viewed with pride by players, officials and supporters for generations to come."

The unveiling takes place ahead of Maidenhead FC's Blue Square South league match against Weston-Super-Mare.

Club director Graham Alfred, who put forward the plaque proposal to the council, said he was "delighted".

He added: "As well as the 'oldest football ground' record, the club also holds the distinction of being one of the original 15 entrants to the first ever FA Cup competition in 1871-72."

On 11 November 1871, the ground hosted one of the first four fixtures ever played in the FA Cup when Maidenhead took on Marlow.

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