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Eastbourne Borough fans celebrate - August Bank Holiday Monday 2003                                Photograph by Sam Hicks

Maldon Town FC

Wallace Binder Ground, Park Drive, Maldon, Essex CM9 5XX
Telephone: 01621 853762
Nickname: Town
Isthmian League

Note Maldon Town FC was formed in 1946, along with many other clubs after WW2, and for the first two years of their existance Town played their homes games at Sadd's Ground on the causeway, before moving to a newly acquired ground in Fambridge Road, joining the Essex and Suffolk Border League the same season, and later becoming members of the Eastern Counties League in 1966. After six years in this league they joined the Essex Senior League, picking up the league title in 1984/85. Maldon were on the move again in 1994, to a new ground in Park Drive and crossed the pyramid structure to return to the Eastern Counties League. In recent years the club has proved itself one of the most progressive in the country. In 2004/05 Maldon joined the Eastern Division of the Southern League after finishing as runners-up in the ECL, finishing third in their first season; and moved across to the Isthmian Premier as play-off winners.

The clubhouse and function room facilities at the ground are first class, and are set back behind the near touchline. Players enter on to the pitch beneath a smart gabled roof painted in the club colours, with the dugouts on either side, built into a plain brick frontage capped by a pitched roof - very smart. Indeed, smart sums up the Wallace Binder Ground quite nicely, although it is a rather exposed location and Im not sure that I would relish a game there on a cold December night! A grass bank runs behind one goal and along the far touchline, where a small stand also stands on the half-way line. This seats about 250 on blue and white seats spelling out MTFC and with a neat fascia board overhead. There is a further area of cover behind the goal at the car park end. DB