Maidenhead United’s dismal 1986/87 took a turn for the worse in the early hours of 16th December 1986 when the club’s 500-seat grandstand – built in 1922 – was burned down following an arson attack.
The changing rooms and the club office were also destroyed in the blaze but with the help of club sponsors Queensgate Developments, the new year’s day home fixture with Bracknell Town was still able to go ahead with two portakabins installed for use as changing rooms. The bullish attitude was summed up by commercial manager Brian Knights who declared: “this cub has survived for over 100 years and it will survive for another 100 years.”
Seats were added to the covered structure on the Railway side of the ground and this ‘temporary’ arrangement remained in place until 2014. Supporters rallied with fundraising endeavours including a friendly against First Division side Charlton Athletic held on 21st April 1987.