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2021/22 NATIONAL LEAGUE OPPOSITION PREVIEW

A look Maidenhead United, Notts County & Solihull Moors

14 July 2021

In the build-up to the 2021/22 campaign, we will profile all teams in the Vanarama National League.

As Euro 2020 has reached its conclusion, attentions are slowly starting to turn towards the start of the 21/22 season, and for Blues, their first in the National League.

We continue our opposition previews, this time focusing on Maidenhead United, Notts County and Solihull Moors.

Maidenhead United

Founded

1870

Manager

Alan Devonshire – Come August, Devonshire will be entering his seventh season in charge of Maidenhead during his second stint at the club. The former West Ham midfielder managed the Magpies from 1996 to 2003 and re-joined the club in 2015. The 65-year-old oversaw Maidenhead’s promotion from the National League South in 2017.

Stadium

York Road – 4,000 (550 seated)

Previous meetings

Southend United and Maidenhead United have never played against one another.

Their last three finishes

2020/21 – 13th in Vanarama National League.

2019/20 – 21st in Vanarama National League.

2018/19 – 19th in Vanarama National League.

Three facts about them

- Emile Acquah and Kane Ferdinand have both signed for the Magpies this summer. The former Southend striker and midfielder will be lining up alongside fellow ex-blue Sam Barratt next season. Barratt scored 15 times for Maidenhead last season.

- Defender Max Kilman featured 34 times for Maidenhead between 2017 and 2018. The 24-year-old now plies his trade in the Premier League with Wolverhampton Wanderers. Kilman made 18 appearances in the top-flight last season.

- In the 2020/21 campaign, Magpies striker Danilo Orsi-Dadomo was particularly impressive, netting 19 times in 39 appearances for Devonshire’s side. His impressive goal tally earned him a summer move to League Two side Harrogate Town.

Distance from Roots Hall

81 miles

Highest league finish

12th in Vanarama National League – 2017/18

Notts County

Founded

1862

Manager

Ian Burchnall – Burchnall joined County just four months ago and led an upturn of form which saw his side finish fifth in the National League. This is the 38-year-old’s first managerial job in England, he previously took charge at Norweigan club Viking, and Swedish club Östersunds FK. Burchnall was also assistant manager at Sarpsborg 08.

Stadium

20,229

Previous meetings

Southend United 0-0 Notts County – Saturday 15th January 2005 – League Two

Notts County 1-2 Southend United – Saturday 18th September 2004– League Two

Notts County 2-2 Southend United – Saturday 11th February 1995 - Championship

Their last three finishes

2020/21 – 5th in Vanarama National League

2019/20 – 3rd in Vanarama National League

2018/19 – 23rd in League Two

Three facts about them

- Before their relegation to the National League in 2019, County were the oldest professional Football League club. They were formed three years before their bitter rivals, Nottingham Forest.

- Hugely popular English international Jack Grealish spent a season on loan at Meadow Lane in the 2013/14 campaign. The 25-year-old scored five goals in 37 appearances for County. Grealish appeared in all but two of England’s Euro 2020 matches.

- In 1890/91, County finished third in the top-flight of English football. This is the highest ever finish of any current National League clubs.

Distance from Roots Hall

156 miles

Highest league finish

3rd in Football League 1890/91

Solihull Moors

Founded

2007

Manager

Neal Ardley – Ardley was appointed by the Moors ahead of the 2021/22 campaign and he comes with plenty of experience. The 48-year-old has taken charge of over 400 matches, with most of them in the AFC Wimbledon dugout. His most recent role saw him at Notts County, where he took charge of 108 games.

Stadium

SportNation.bet Stadium – 5,500 (2,131 seated)

Previous meetings

Southend United and Solihull Moors have never played against one another.

Their last three finishes

2020/21 – 11th in Vanarama National League

2019/20 – 9th in Vanarama National League

2018/19 – 2nd in Vanarama National League

Three facts about them

- Solihull Moors were formed in 2007 by the merger of Moor Green and Solihull Borough. Despite coming close in 2019, the Moors have not escaped the non-league scene since.

- Moors striker Kyle Hudlin is the tallest outfield professional player in Britain. The forward, who stands at six feet and nine inches tall, burst onto the scene last season and scored nine goals in 35 matches for his side.

- Richard Money had a managerial stint at the Moors which lasted just 26 days. Money oversaw six games for Solihull, achieving two victories in his time there. The 65-year-old resigned as his side were rooted to the bottom of the National League table.

Distance from Roots Hall

145 miles

Highest league finish

2nd in Vanarama National League – 2018/19

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