The home of the Stones will continue to be known as the Gallagher Stadium until at least 2032.
On the opening day of the new season, the Gallagher Group has extended its naming rights deal by another ten years – taking the partnership into a twentieth year.
It’s a massive boost for the club as it kicks off in National League South and something the long-term sponsors were keen to do, as chairman Pat Gallagher explains: “I am delighted to once again extend our association with Maidstone United until 2032.
“We are extremely proud of everything the club have achieved since returning to the town in 2012. The stadium has been mentioned to me all over the world and that is testament to the success of everyone involved. The club has put the town of Maidstone on the map.”
The Gallagher Group were the main contractors for the stadium build and the naming rights deal was first announced in January 2012, seven months before the inaugural game against Brighton and Hove Albion.
One of the county town’s most popular venues, the stadium quickly became a community hub; home to not only the first team but the club’s many youth, disability and women’s sides. As well as all of that it hosts six-a-side leagues, numerous charity matches and more than 50 county, district and school cup finals.
That has given the next generation of the Gallagher family the chance to play there. Director Stephen Gallagher adds: “As part of the generation that grew up without a football team in our home town, I am extremely grateful to Terry Casey and Oliver Ash for bringing the club home.
“I, like many others, lost out on the opportunity to support our local team in their own town but it gives me great pleasure to see my son now playing regularly at the stadium as part of the Under 8s team, along with the many other youth and disabled teams which play for the club. The diverse and inclusive nature of the club is a credit to everyone involved.
“The ground is a fantastic community asset. Our pride in being associated with the stadium goes far beyond some signs and naming rights, it comes from the way in which the local community have embraced and supported the club.
“The reason why we have decided to extend our naming rights at this time is to reinforce our support for the club and the two owners. We have faced many challenges in business over the years so understand the range of emotions everyone connected with the club is going through but it is important that everyone sticks together and supports this club now more than ever.
“I am certain the club will enjoy success again in the next couple of years. It is built on solid and sustainable foundations, so there will be no return to the uncertain days of the past.”
Extending the deal to 2032 was warmly welcomed by club chief executive Bill Williams. He said: “To have the continued backing of the Gallagher Group is massive for this club.
“They believe in and support our aim to get this club back to where it belongs and to do so in a way that allows us to push on and achieve the longer-term targets.
“From the time Terry and Oliver got involved, the Gallagher family have been right behind us and we look forward to moving forward with their ongoing support.”
Over the last 45 years the Gallagher Group have built an unrivalled reputation as one of the south east's premier building, civil engineering, quarrying and property development businesses.
Current projects include the groundworks for Leicester City’s new world-class football training centre, through to the construction of Maidstone’s brand new Marks & Spencer store at Eclipse Park, just off junction seven of the M20.
Head Office address:
Gallagher Group, Leitrim House, Little Preston
Aylesford, Kent ME20 7NS
Gallagher Aggregates Ltd., Hermitage Quarry
Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, Kent ME16 9NT