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Ollie Stanbridge's return to Aylesbury United was today confirmed as one of two further players to sign Southern League forms for the forthcoming campaign.
The vastly experiend playmaker first joined the Ducks back in 1999 by Gary Phillips, making more than 100 appearances over three seasons - either side of a short spell with Bugbrook St Michaels - that culminated in the club's 2002 promotion back to the Ryman Premier Division.
Since his departure, Ollie went on to play over 500 games for Banbury United, appearing 40 times in Division One South & West of the Southern League last season despite having started the season with Ardley United. He has also featured for Brackley Town.
Also putting pen to paper was the ever-improving Ricky Brown. Initially joining the reserve team from local football last season, the right-back became a valuable member of the first team squad and will be looking to further establish himself this time around, although will miss the start of the season with injury.
Another four players have now signed Southern League forms as Aylesbury United players.
- Zaki Oualah - Goalkeeper who was in fine form having signed for the second half of last season.
- Tijeanne Bartley - A new face to the club this summer, the 21-year old featured against Mursley United
- Jack Beech - Young forward/winger who was bedded into the first team at the tail end of last campaign and showed great promise
- Alex Little - Another of the under-18 side who has been rewarded for some fine displays in 2015/16
In order to mark ten years of Aylesbury United FC playing outside Aylesbury and to help raise awareness of this, 21CD are organising a sponsored walk from our old ground on Buckingham Road to the ASM Stadium, Thame. This will take place on 6th August before the opening game of the coming season.
A route has been scoped using public footpaths and will be approximately 12 miles in total. The walk is relatively flat and other than distance should not be too strenuous. Although the event is open to all supporters of the club aged 16 and above there is a limit to the number of people who can take part to keep it manageable.
All sponsorship money raised will be given to Pancreatic Cancer UK in honour of former club secretary and stalwart Tony Graham.
If you would like to take part in the walk and gain sponsorship please register here. Further details including sponsorship information will be provided by email to those who register.
Aylesbury won their opening preseason friendly 5-1 away at Spartan South Midlands League side Mursley United.
The biggest pre-match talking point was the appearance of veteran midfielder Ollie Stanbridge, who last played for the club some fourteen years ago.
It was he who rolled back the years with a classy display in the centre of the park, and scored the opening goal after six minutes when he sprayed the ball out wide before continuing his run to head home the resulting cross.
Little more excitement followed in a pedestrian first half before Alex Collard sent a looping back header over the helpless Jack Sillitoe for an unfortunate own goal to level proceedings at the break.
There was a better pace to the game after the break, and substitute Reece Cameron made a key impact.
After just seven minutes he played a fine raking through ball into the path of another substitute, Connor Hewitt-Coleman, who produced a clinical finish past the keeper.
Chris Crook met a near post corner kick with a deft flick to make it 3-1, before Cameron added the fourth with a rasping effort.
There was still time for yet another substitute to find the net when Shiraz Hussain's shot from a tight angle found somehow found the net to make the final score 5-1.
Very early days for a mixed looking Aylesbury team, but wins breed confidence at this stage with manager Glyn Creaser able to take a look at several of his new faces.
Ducks starting lineup:
1. Jack SILLITOE
2. Jack SEATON
3. Jake BEWLEY
4. Jack WOOD
5. Alex COLLARD
7. Dan POUNDS
14. Shiblu MIAH
15. Gino TOSOLARI
16. TJ BARTLEY
20. Ollie STANBRIDGE
21. Chris CROOK
With the first preseason friendly of the 2016/17 season just around the corner, the first fifteen players have signed Southern League forms for the forthcoming campaign.
Obviously there are several key names missing from the list below, and further updates will follow over the coming weeks.
Returning to the club from last season's squad are:
- Jake Bewley
- Reece Cameron
- Alex Collard
- Chris Crook
- Ollie Hogg
- Shiblu Miah
- Alvin Rajaram
- Jack Sillitoe
- Jack Wood
Progressing from the under-18s side:
- Alex Chilcott
- Marcus Horwood
- Dan Pounds
New to the club:
- Ryan Pearce
- Jack Seaton - 22 year old central defender previously with Tring Athletic and Aylesbury FC
- Gino Tosolari - A striker last on the books of Maritzburg United in South Africa