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1950’sMaidstone Football Club was formed officially in 1880/81, though there is no doubt rugby was played in and around Maidstone as far back as 1868.

The club’s first ground was owned by Dr Moncton, close to the centre of the town and he allowed them to play there for many years. The club prospered and from 1886 onwards played against clubs including Middlesex Wanderers, Harlequins, Richmond, Eton House, London Scottish and Old Merchant Taylors.

Another surge forward was the decision of Old Maidstonians, the former pupils of Maidstone Grammar School, to join Maidstone. Over the next 100 years there were many ups and downs, and a number of ground changes until the club finally moved to The Mote, as tenants of the trustees of Mote CC in the early 1950’s. By the 1970’s and 80’s Maidstone had risen to become one of the leading clubs in Kent and, though they had little success in the County Cup in earlier years, the club was in the final for successive years from 1974-1980, winning twice and again in 1987.

lost 6-0 to London ScottishIn the 1970’s, Maidstone reached the finals of the Middlesex Sevens at Twickenham three times in four years and in 1980 were the only junior club to be invited to play in the London Senior Clubs Rugby Festival at Twickenham. Alongside Scottish Club Heriot’s FP, Lansdowne from Ireland and French Champions Bagneres, the club reached the semi-finals where we lost 6-0 to London Scottish.

At the formation of the leagues in 1987, Maidstone were unanimously voted by the seven counties of the London Divison to go straight into National League Three, along with the Metropolitan Police.

After six seasons in the national leagues until 1993, the club suffered four relegations in four seasons until we arrived in London 3 South East in 1996. At this point the committee took the decision to appoint a Director of Rugby and with his experience and an improved management and coaching structure, the slump was stopped. Promotion was achieved within three seasons and in 2000, the final of the Kent Cup was lost in the dying moments to National League side Westcombe Park.

By quirk of geographical placing, we were relegated from London 2 in 2003, but after two seasons we were promoted back up to London 2 as unbeaten champions in 2005.

Following a poor run that saw the club drop to London 3(SE) a period of consolidation was required; under the direction of Chairman Andy Golding and  Head Coach Andy Foley and their team, plus new Club Captain Ben Williams, the club began to rebuild. This process saw an improvement in training infrastructure with new floodlights and an ongoing project to develop facilities for our youngest age groups. On the pitch the club's 1st XV are beginning to see an improvement in both performance and results and whilst promotion was missed in the 2011/12 season, a good run in the RFU Senior Vase saw them take the London & SE divisional title and reach the national semi-final.  The 2012/13 season saw the side continue to improve as champions in London 3(SE), with an unbeaten campaign and successfully defend their Divisional Senior Vase title.  Momentum was checked slightly the following season, where despite finishing as runner up in London 2(SE), the side missed out on a second successive promotion with a narrow defeat in the promotion playoff.  Under a new coaching team headed by Paul Hathaway the 2014/2015 season was extremely successful as the side completed the season as London Division 2(SE) league champions with a second unbeaten league campaign in three years.  In the cup competitions the club also claimed the London & SE Division Intermediate Cup title en route to crowning the season with a scintillating performance at Twickenham to take the RFU Intermediate Cup.

 

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2017-18 London Division 1 South 
 

  Team Pl Pts
1 Brighton    
2 Chichester    
3 Chobham    
4 Cobham    
5 CS Rugby    
6 Gravesend    
7 Havant    
8 Ldn Cornish    
9 Maidstone    
10 Medway    
11 O Colfeians    
12 Sevenoaks    
13 Thurrock    
14 Tottonians    

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