Published: 08:00, 04 February 2011
Maidstone United will run out in Kent Messenger-sponsored shirts for the rest of this season.
The club and newspaper are sharing the dream of bringing the Stones back home to the County Town and, to kick-off the partnership, it’s family day at Homelands on Saturday when Maidstone host Wealdstone in the Ryman League Premier Division.
The newspaper is encouraging as many people as possible to come and back the Stones – and they've even got a voucher inside this week’s paper to allow all under-16s to watch the game at Homelands for free.
The Kent Messenger has always been behind the club’s plans to bring the team back home after years in exile at Dartford, Sittingbourne and now Ashford.
And they are looking forward to following them every step of the way on their ambitious £1.6million redevelopment of Whatman Way and a community-led home for their 32 teams covering all spectrums of our society.
Kent Messenger editor Bob Bounds (pictured left) said: "We are delighted to be fully backing the Stones in their bid to come back to Maidstone.
"We share the dream of watching our home team play where they belong – in Maidstone. That dream is now a tantalising reality if the whole community gets behind the club to make it happen."
Maidstone co-owner Oliver Ash said: "The backing of the KM Group is a great endorsement for our plans to bring Maidstone United back home.
"The Kent Messenger has been a loyal supporter over the years and we are pleased to have such a strong partnership in place at this exciting time for the club."
The KM Group will be promoting the Stones across its multi-media outlets, including this website and its kmfm radio station.
Terry Casey, Maidstone co-owner (pictured right), added: "The club’s homecoming is great news for the whole community. Through our partnership with the Kent Messenger, we have a fantastic opportunity to tell thousands of readers and listeners about our plans.
"Maidstone has been without a club for more than a generation so what better way to spread the word and get as many as we can involved in this moment of the town’s history."