Barnes opts to move to Maidstone United

Sunday 13th August 2006

Maidstone United Football Club have confirmed that newly appointed Crystal Palace manager Peter Taylor and Tonbridge Angels midfielder Nick Barnes have signed up for the club.



Taylor has agreed to be the main guest speaker at the Ryman League Division One South club’s Sportsman’s Evening in November. 

“Peter Taylor is no stranger to the supporters of Maidstone United as of course he was a former player,” said a club statement today.

“He is also one of the most popular present day Championship managers and is part of Steve McClaren’s current England management team.

“He will be joined on the evening by the popular comedian, Adger Brown and together they will provide an evening of conversation, entertainment and comedy.”

Tables of 10 are just £450+VAT and tickets are now on sale.

The occasion takes place at the Ramada Hotel, Hollingbourne, Maidstone on Thursday 9th November and kick’s off at 7:30pm.

For further information please contact Steve Fuller, who is Maidstone United’s commercial manager, on 07727 054 701 or by email 

Please mention when contacting Steve.

Meanwhile, the Stones will be unveiling their new sponsor at a press conference on Tuesday lunchtime.

The Kent League champions will be providing updates on plans for their first season in the Ryman League and of their new stadium in the county town at James Whatman Way.

Midfielder Nick Barnes, whose played for Maidstone United, Tonbridge Angels and Ramsgate during this pre-season has formally put pen to paper for Maidstone United following yesterday’s 2-1 friendly win at Aveley.

Barnes, who helped Tonbridge Angels secure promotion to the Ryman Premier League last season, joins Slovakian goalkeeper Mickal Czanner as Stones’ second signing of the weekend.

But Barnes will not be available for Maidstone United's opening two games of the new season as he's still serving a two match ban.

The former Fisher Athletic midfielder was forced to sit out the Angels' play-off final victory over Dover Athletic in May due to suspension.

Czanner, whose played for Grays Athletic, Tonbridge Angels and Tunbridge Wells, is expected to make his debut on the opening day of the Ryman League season at Hastings United on Saturday.

And there was more good news for the club this weekend as four youth team players are appearing in trials for the Kent under-18 side.

Dale Knott, Rupon Anand, Steve Elliott and first team player Kane Rice, whose signed from Cambridge United, will be attending the trials at Faversham Town on 30th August.

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