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New Maidstone owners vow to get club new stadium

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align=justify>Ryman Premier League side Maidstone United FC has announced new owners who have already vowed to take the club back to playing in the town.

The club has not played in a stadium of their own in the town for over 20 years.

Shareholder Oliver Ash and local businessman Terry Casey have taken full control of the club from outgoing chairman Paul Bowden-Brown. They will own the club 50-50 and direct it as a trio together with Bill Williams, who becomes chief executive.

Mr Ash, who originally bought a 25% stake in the club in February 2008 and invested £120,000, said: "It is an honour for me to take charge at Maidstone United and in particular to do so together with Terry Casey and Bill Williams. We all share the same ambition, which is to get the club playing (and winning) at our own ground as soon as possible.

"At the same time I cannot forget that we are taking over from Paul Bowden-Brown, who has been totally dedicated to the club over many years. He has been synonymous with Maidstone United.

"He ensured its survival when needed and then took it forward with passion. Now however it's up to us to try and rebuild again."
Lifelong supporter Terry Casey emphaised the importance of a new ground if the club is to move forward.

"I believe strongly that the only way for the club to survive and prosper is to return to play at our new ground in Maidstone as quickly as possible,” he said.

"To achieve that target the club will, in addition to our own financial contributions, need to attract new investment. We are confident we can attract good people to join us as partners to help make that ambition a reality."

The club is set to name its managing committee is the coming week.

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