By Matt Bishop
Maidenhead manager Alan Devonshire is preparing himself for a huge milestone tonight, with the 61-year-old set to become the club’s longest serving manager.
The former West Ham player will take charge of his 472nd match as Magpies boss when National League strugglers Eastleigh visit York Road this evening (Tuesday), which will see him overtake previous record-holder Len Townsend.
Devonshire has enjoyed two separate spells at Maidenhead, beginning his first spell in sole charge of the club in 1997 – and winning the Isthmian League Full Members Cup soon afterwards – before stepping down in 2003.
Eight years at Hampton & Richmond Borough then followed, and then four years at Braintree, before Devonshire returned to Maidenhead in 2015.
The last two years have been two of the greatest in Magpies history, with Devonshire overseeing surely the greatest triumph of his career last term as he led the club to the National League.
The experienced boss became the first ever person to lead Maidenhead into Non-League’s top-tier, and with the club comfortably in mid-table, he could well be the first person to keep them there.