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Ducks raise £2,255 for Cancer Care & Haematology Fund

Sunday 05 June 2022 - 08:34 am | Added by: Paul Snell to Club | | Used tags:

A charity partnership between the the Cancer Care & Haematology Fund (CCHF) and Aylesbury United has realised more than £2,255.

The partnership – the first of its kind for CCHF – ran throughout the 2021-22 season and saw the club's fans organising fundraising events, including bucket collections at home games and a 25 kilometre sponsored walk from Aylesbury to Dunstable ahead of an important away match.

CCHF provides financial support to the NHS cancer and haematology treatment centres at Stoke Mandeville and High Wycombe hospitals, helping to improve the experience for both patients and staff.

Chair of CCHF's Trustees, Dr Ann Watson, explained: “We were approached by Aylesbury United early last summer and asked whether we would like to be their charity partner for the season. Obviously we were thrilled to be invited and have enjoyed our relationship.

“We are grateful for both the cash that has been raised, but also for the awareness of our work that has been generated among their supporters and more widely across Buckinghamshire as a result.”

AUFC's Charity Partner initiative is managed by 21st Century Ducks (21CD), the club's supporters' trust. Each season a different local charity is chosen via a poll of fans.

Andy Martin, chair of 21CD, commented: “Aylesbury United is a club rooted in Aylesbury, with our team representing toddlers, juniors of every age, women and girls, pan-disability and walking footballers – as well as the successful semiprofessional first team.

“However, as the Club approaches its 125th anniversary next season, our fans feel strongly that we should also contribute to the community in other ways, including supporting important local charities. We are delighted to have been able to support CCHF so meaningfully in the season just gone”.

Director of AUFC, Alan Sherwell, formally presented a cheque to the charity at an event held in the garden of the Cancer Care & Haematology Unit at Stoke Mandeville hospital.

A major refurbishment of the garden – where both patients and staff can relax – was undertaken in 2021 and was funded by CCHF. Representatives of AUFC, 21CD, CCHF Trustees, senior staff from the unit and volunteer gardeners, were present for the cheque handover.

The space needed to continue to deliver high quality care to cancer and haematology patients in the surroundings that have made these departments so special is increasingly under pressure. The practices which were needed to give safe care throughout the coronavirus pandemic – many of which are still ongoing – required changes in how some things were done. CCHF is supporting the hospital financially as plans are developed to continue to deliver the best clinical care possible for local people, in pleasant and comfortable surroundings and with good supportive care – the things for which everyone has long been so proud.

CCHF has always been grateful for the support received from local people and businesses so we can together help the hospitals provide best care for all those that need it, on their doorstep.

The charity is run by local people who, through personal or professional experience, understand the good it can do. CCHF is small and has no paid employees. All the trustees give their time for free to ensure that almost every penny raised goes directly to improving cancer and haematology treatment facilities in Buckinghamshire, and the minimum goes on the management of the charity itself.

 

Save 25% on your season ticket with our Early Duck offer

Monday 30 May 2022 - 6:23 pm | Added by: Paul Snell to Club | | Used tags:

With the confirmation we’ll be playing in Pitching In Southern League Division One Central once more next season, season tickets for 2022-23 are now on sale.

Buy your ticket before Friday 1 July 2022, and SAVE 25% on the cost of an adult ticket with our Early Duck ticket offer.

As the cost of living continues to rise, the club has decided to once again freeze our season ticket prices at The Meadow next season. Even though the club’s own operating costs have risen significantly, we want you to be able to continue to follow the Ducks in person, as your support is so valuable both to the team and the club.

With an Adult season ticket at our Early Duck price, you can attend every league game at The Meadow for just over £6 a game.

Early Duck ticket prices

• Adult £120 SAVE £40 (£160 after 1 July)
• Concession £80 SAVE £20 (£100 after 1 July)
• Children (5-16) £10

You must buy your ticket before 1 July to take advantage of this offer.

Please send your applications, including a stamped addressed envelope with email/mobile contact, to:

Aylesbury United FC
c/o 39 Patrick Way
Aylesbury
Bucks
HP21 9XH

 

Additional benefits added to Gold Club membership

Monday 30 May 2022 - 6:07 pm | Added by: Paul Snell to Club | | Used tags:

Following feedback from members, we’ve added extra rewards to membership of the Aylesbury United Gold Club.

Subscribing to our super season ticket will now give you access to the boardroom pre-match and at half-time, with free tea and coffee. Members will also be able to invite a guest along for to three league games each season for free.

This is in addition to the existing benefits, which include:

• Free entry to all home 2022-23 League and League Cup matches
• Membership card can be used by a friend in your absence
NEW FOR 2022-23 Free entry for one guest at three league games per season
NEW FOR 2022-23 Access to the boardroom, pre-match and at half-time, with free tea and coffee
• 3 pre-match meals, with Q&A with the manager, for you and a guest
• New polo shirt celebrating the club’s 125th anniversary
• Your name included in the matchday programme
• Free matchday programme advert for business members.

You receive all these perks for just £25/month, payable by standing order. Every penny contributed by the Gold Club goes directly into the playing budget, and has been vital to maintaining our competitiveness at this level.

To join the Gold Club and reap these benefits, please complete this form and post it to:

Aylesbury United Gold Club
c/o 39 Patrick Way
Aylesbury
Bucks
HP21 9XH

 

Mark Riddick named Player of the Year, as Jack Wood wins his 17th end-of-season trophy

Sunday 29 May 2022 - 10:15 am | Added by: Paul Snell to Club | | Used tags:

Mark Riddick received recognition from his teammates when he was named Players’ Player of the Year at Aylesbury United’s end-of-season presentation evening.

He received the Alan Griffiths memorial trophy from manager Ben Williams at the club’s end-of-season presentation ceremony at Rivets Sports and Social Club in Aylesbury on Friday night. In his first complete season for the club, he made 40 appearances, scoring twice.

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Jack Wood picked up his sixth 21CD Supporters’ Player of the Season award – an astonishing 17th award in his 12 years at the club – in the season he made his 500th appearance for the Ducks, and moved into second place in the club’s all-time appearance list.

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Archie Davis won his second consecutive Manager’s Player of the Year award for his performances in goal this season.

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Pierce McNamara was awarded the Gary Hawksworth Memorial Trophy for Most Improved Player – his second prize in as many weeks, having already scooped the Academy Player of the Year award for Academy23.

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Ben Seaton was presented with the club’s inaugural Goal of the Season award for his astonishing strike against Kempston Rovers in April.

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Jamie Rudd was handed his prize for the April 21CD Player of the Month award, as voted for by fans.

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The Club Person of the Year trophy was given to Paul Snell for his work on the programme, website, social media and behind the video camera.

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A full gallery of photos from the evening, taken by Mike Snell, can be found in our Flickr gallery here.

 

Management trio commit to upcoming season

Monday 16 May 2022 - 10:04 am | Added by: Paul Snell to Club | |

The club is delighted to confirm that our management team of Ben Williams, Mike Hogg and Paul Batchelor has agreed to continue to lead the Ducks in 2022-23.

Williams is now the club’s third longest-serving manager in terms of games managed, having been in charge 167 times since taking over as permanent boss in January 2018.

Chairman Graham Read said: “We’re very pleased that Ben, Mike and Paul have decided to carry on in charge of the first team. Their attitude and approach toward our team’s football, how we play, and their expectations of the players, are aligned with the philosophy that extends throughout the club.”

Manager Ben Williams said: “We’ve got a really good group of players, and our preparations for next season are already underway. The three of us are hungry to kick on after some strong performances at the end of the season, and we’d like to thank all the Ducks fans who supported us and the team during the tough period earlier this year.”

 

Ducks to remain in Division One Central next season

Thursday 12 May 2022 - 4:50 pm | Added by: Paul Snell to Club | | Used tags:

Aylesbury United will play in the Pitching In Southern League Division One Central in 2022-23, following the publication of next season’s league allocation.

It will be the Ducks’ ninth season in the division.

There will be five new opponents for us next season – Biggleswade Town (relegated from the Southern League Premier Central), Cirencester Town and Highworth Town (both transferred from Southern League Division One South), Hadley (promoted from the Spartan Premier League), and Walthamstow (promoted from the Essex Senior League).

Leaving the division alongside the promoted and relegated clubs are St Neots Town, who have been moved to the Northern Premier League Midlands.

The allocations are currently subject to appeal before final ratification by the FA Council.

Pitching In Southern League Division One Central 2022-23

AFC Dunstable
Aylesbury United
Barton Rovers
Berkhamsted
Biggleswade FC
Biggleswade Town
Cirencester Town
Didcot Town
FC Romania
Hadley
Harlow Town
Hertford Town
Highworth Town
Kempston Rovers
Kidlington
Thame United
Walthamstow
Ware
Welwyn Garden City

 

Watch the top 5 goals of the season

Wednesday 04 May 2022 - 3:52 pm | Added by: Paul Snell to Club | | Used tags: ,

You can now take a look back at the best goals scored by the Ducks this season – with a top five selected by cameraman Paul Snell – in the video below.

 

Eagles Soar At The Eyrie

Sunday 24 April 2022 - 08:44 am | Added by: Ian Pluck to First Team, Club | | Used tags: , ,

An early goal from Jamie Rudd threatened to take the gloss off Bedford Town's title presentation celebrations and spoil their 22 match unbeaten run.  However, two goals from League top scorer Rene Howe before half time took the home side into the break with a lead.

Despite holding their own and matching their hosts in the second period, the Ducks were unable to find an equaliser, in what was an entertaining encounter given that it was a match with nothing really at stake.

Despite defeat, there was plenty to be pleased about from the display and the manner in which the Ducks have ended the season, with a sense of confidence looking ahead to next season.

» Match Report

 

Q&A replay now available

Wednesday 20 April 2022 - 4:03 pm | Added by: Paul Snell to Club | |

The replay of this month's Meet the Directors online session is now available to watch again below.

Topics discussed included:

• Training facilities for the first team
• What the club can do for Aylesbury, and building our brand
• Pathway from the junior teams to the first team
• Improving communication from the board
• Volunteering opportunities and supporter engagement
• Vision for the club's future and growth.

We’ll shortly have details of the next session in May, and hope you can join us for it.

 

Denied At The Death

Monday 18 April 2022 - 5:56 pm | Added by: luke to First Team, Club | | Used tags: , ,

Aylesbury's last home game of the season saw them denied a share of the spoils as a 90th minute goal gave Berkhamsted a 1-0 win at The Meadow.

The Ducks had matched their 2nd placed hosts for much of the game and maybe even shaded the first half with Jamie Rudd's brilliant effort hitting the crossbar.

Berko upped their game in the second period but even so the match had looked destined for a goalless draw, until a last minute corner was headed against the post and came back to Ryan Neufville to scramble in his first ever Berkhamsted goal and take the points.

Full report to follow...

 

Fans urged to book tickets online for Bedford Town away game

Monday 18 April 2022 - 5:06 pm | Added by: Paul Snell to Club | | Used tags: ,

Having been crowned league champions on Saturday, Bedford Town are understandably expecting a large crowd for next Saturday’s final game of the season at The Eyrie against the Ducks.

The Eagles are strongly advising all supporters to book their tickets in advance online, to ensure their place and save time when they arrive at the ground.

Anyone unable to buy their ticket online can contact Bedford Town directly to order their ticket in advance.

Please click here to buy your tickets.

 

Honours Even At Barton

Sunday 17 April 2022 - 08:48 am | Added by: Ian Pluck to First Team, Club | |

Manager Ben Williams chose to rotate his squad for the game at Sharpenhoe Rd, giving squad players the opportunity to start ahead of a tough test at home to Berkhamsted on Easter Monday.  On a hot day, both teams took some time to get into their stride, but the Ducks slowly began to take a grip of the match and were rewarded when Tyrone Lewthwaite scored his 4th goal in 5 games to give the Ducks the lead in the 21st minute.  After chasing a lost cause and stealing the ball from the Barton goalkeeper and a defender, he slid the ball into an open net, before celebrating with the visiting fans behind the goal.

Holding the lead until half time, they conceded an equaliser in the first minute of the second period, with Charlie Smith wrongfooting Archie Davis with a superb left foot free kick from 20 yards.  Both sides had ample opportunities to add to their tallies as the second half progressed, but a combination of good defending and poor finishing saw the scoreline remain the same, both sides taking a point from this end of season encounter.

Full report to follow

 

Programme for Berkhamsted Game

Friday 15 April 2022 - 6:16 pm | Added by: luke to Club, First Team | | Used tags: , , ,

The matchday programme for the Easter Monday game against Berkhamsted has been added online now.

Supporters are able to access the programme through one of two methods:

As a PDF download from the club's website, use the address: www.aylesburyunitedfc.co.uk/programme to access the latest edition.

Access via Issuu on desktop or mobile app

Either go to https://issuu.com/aylesburyunited and click on the programme you want to read.

Or you can also download the Issuu app from the App or Google Play stores. Download the app, set up an account, and search for Aylesbury United under publishers.

By clicking on the programme you want, you can download it to your mobile ahead of the match.

 

Tickets now on sale for Berkhamsted match

Wednesday 13 April 2022 - 4:35 pm | Added by: Paul Snell to Club | | Used tags: ,

Following a successful trial at Saturday's game against Kempston Rovers, we're pleased to run another for our Easter Monday game at The Meadow against title-chasing Berkhamsted on 18 April.

The ticket price is the same – £9 for Adults, £6 for Concessions, and £1 for under 16s accompanied by an adult – although there is a small administration charge which allows us to use the platform. 50% of the adman fee goes to our charity partner this season, the Cancer Care & Haematology Fund.

Please click the link to purchase your tickets for the game.

 

Order your food for the end-of-season presentation evening

Wednesday 13 April 2022 - 4:11 pm | Added by: Paul Snell to Club | | Used tags: ,

Please note the date in your diary for our first awards night since before the coronavirus pandemic! 7.30 pm at the Rivets Sports and Social Club, Whitehead Way, Mandeville Road, Aylesbury, HP21 8AD.

The cost of the evening including food is £17, payable by cash or cheque directly to Mike Snell or Andy Martin at an upcoming game – or via PayPal to mike_snell@msn.com if possible. Mike and Paul Snell will be present at the next
three Ducks' games (Barton Rovers away, Berkhamsted home and Bedford Town away) to take your payments in person.

All food choices and payment must be received by Mike before the end of Monday, 23 May 2022.

To book your place, there are two simple steps:

• Complete the form below
• Make your payment in person or via PayPal

Your food choices are:

• Fish (cod) and chips;
• Jumbo sausage and chips;
• Beef and onion pie and chips;
• Veggie burger and chips.

Please advise if you have any food allergies or intolerances.

 

Save the date: End-of-season presentation evening Friday 27 May

Monday 11 April 2022 - 4:06 pm | Added by: Paul Snell to Club | | Used tags: ,

The annual club end-of-season presentation evening will take place on Friday 27 May at Rivets Sports and Social Club in Aylesbury.

As traditional, the evening – organised by our supporters' trust 21CD – will consist of a fish and chip supper, followed by a presentation of the men's first team awards.

The cost, which includes the dinner, will be £17.

There will be further details on how to buy your ticket, menu choices, how to order your food for the evening, and how to vote in the upcoming Supporters’ Player of the Year ballot shortly, so make sure you hold the date in your diary.

 

Ducks Crack the Walnut Boys

Saturday 09 April 2022 - 8:40 pm | Added by: Ian Pluck to First Team, Club | |

Stunned by an early goal from the visitors, the Ducks worked hard to gain control of the match.  A contender for goal of the season by Ben Seaton after 18 minutes drew the Ducks level, leading to them dominating proceedings for the remainder of the first half.

Into the second half, further goals by Tyrone Lewthwaite and Harry Jones gave the scoreline the appearance that the performance warranted, removing any lingering worries of a relegation fight that may have remained. 

» Match Report

 

Programme for Kempston Rovers Game

Friday 08 April 2022 - 07:02 am | Added by: luke to Club, First Team | | Used tags: , , ,

The matchday programme for the game against Kempston Rovers has been added online now.

Supporters are able to access the programme through one of two methods:

As a PDF download from the club's website, use the address: www.aylesburyunitedfc.co.uk/programme to access the latest edition.

Access via Issuu on desktop or mobile app

Either go to https://issuu.com/aylesburyunited and click on the programme you want to read.

Or you can also download the Issuu app from the App or Google Play stores. Download the app, set up an account, and search for Aylesbury United under publishers.

By clicking on the programme you want, you can download it to your mobile ahead of the match.

 

Online ticket trial launched for Kempston Rovers game

Tuesday 05 April 2022 - 4:22 pm | Added by: Paul Snell to Club | | Used tags:

You can now buy tickets for Saturday’s league game against Kempston Rovers online, as we trial online payments with the hope of a full launch for the 2022-23 season.

The club has teamed up with ticketing platform Ticketpass to offer another route to buy your tickets for matches. You can still use cash or card on the gate if you prefer, and we do not intend to change this.

Click the link to buy your tickets for Saturday’s game against Kempston Rovers

The ticket price is the same – £9 for Adults, £6 for Concessions, and free for U16s this weekend – although there is a small administration charge which allows us to use the platform.

One of our reasons for selecting TicketPass as our provider is that 50% of the admin fee is donated to a charity of your choice when you purchase the ticket. If the trial is a success, we hope this will be another way for fans to contribute to our Charity Partner in future.

 

Rudd Rouses the Ducks

Saturday 02 April 2022 - 8:43 pm | Added by: Ian Pluck to Club, First Team | | Used tags: , ,

After a goalless first half which saw both sides rattle the woodwork, the introduction of Jamie Rudd proved to be the turning point in a tight game.  He scored two well taken goals in a four minute spell to give the Ducks a comfortable lead midway through the second period.  The visitors were held at bay by a combination of good defending, some important saves by Archie Davis and the woodwork, as the Ducks worked hard for the victory.

The icing was applied to the cake with two late goals from Sonny French and Tyrone Lewthwaite to put a gloss on the scoreline that was perhaps a little flattering; nonetheless it was a welcome win and further reinforces the recent upturn in fortunes.

» Match Report