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Bognor Match OFF

Friday 30 January 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

The away match at Bognor Regis Town, scheduled for this Tuesday, has been cancelled due to the Sussex side having to play a County Cup game that night. A new date will be arranged, and will be posted here as soon as it is available.

Kingstonian Match ON

Friday 30 January 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Following a pitch inspection earlier this morning, today's game against Kingstonian will be going ahead as planned. Kick-off is at 3pm.

Aylesbury 0 Kingstonian 0

Friday 30 January 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury battled to a valuable point, in their second 0-0 draw of the season against Kingstonian, although United might be disappointed not to have claimed all three as they dominated the second half.

It was the swirling wind inside Buckingham Road which proved to be a crucial factor, as the Ducks made it work to their advantage in both halves. In the first aerial balls sat up nicely for them. The second half turned into a comical affair, as every and any ball came swirling straight back, and headed for the Kingstonian goal, causing chaos time and time again.

Despite their dominance, Aylesbury just couldn't score, and neither keeper were tested all that often. Lewis Pritchard went closest for the Ducks, right at the death, with an excellent snapshot which almost everyone in the stadium though was in the back of the net.

Still, a well earned point, and another improved performance all bodes well for Paul Curtis' young side.

New Managing Director Appointed

Tuesday 27 January 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

With effect of 20th January a local businessman, Graham Read, has been appointed as Managing Director of the Club with full executive powers.

Bill Carroll comments: 'Graham has made himself available to help steer the Club out of its present difficulties and to set about securing its long term future. I am delighted that we now have someone with the knowledge, ability and local contacts to take day-to-day control of the Club's affairs'.

Graham has been around the local football scene for over 30 years, playing for a number of clubs in the South Midlands League, the ADL & ASFC. He has also been a Club Secretary for over 25 years and only hung up his boots two years ago. He is the proprietor of Central Trailers based in Aylesbury, and holds a directorship at Lynton Trailers -The UK's leading Exhibition & Hospitality Trailer Manufactures - based in Manchester.

"It's time to connect with the people of Aylesbury, unite the club and move forward as one body. The club is now being run for local people, by local people." - The words of Graham Read at the end of the first Board meeting since the club's turmoil in mid December.

Read takes control and has full responsibilities for the day-to-day running of the club, but not the team. He said 'I'll work with Paul Curtis, but it will be his call with regards to team matters. He has a budget, and it's up to him how it spends it, I will not interfere with the team, but will be available should he need me'.

He went on to say, I have two main concerns that need urgently dealing with:

-Firstly 'Housekeeping'. Until the end of the season I will need to enforce strict financial controls, improve communications, unite all the vital activities and fund raising events of individual supporters and groups, and move the club forward as one body whilst endeavouring to 'trade out' of the current financial situation.

-Secondly the ground. We need to secure the long-term future of the Stadium, the home of the Ducks.

Having worked behind the scenes for the past few weeks, I can report we are now trying to negotiate with the landlords to secure a new lease or, preferably, to purchase the ground.

Meanwhile, Bill Carroll remains Chairman but will now take a back seat. Read commented ?His heart is still with Aylesbury, he is very enthusiastic about the game, the Club and Club's Youth policy'. Bill will still be around and will attend as many of the remaining home matches as possible ?However, he really has to spend as much time as possible with his family for the next few months'.

Finally, Read said ?I would like to take this opportunity in thanking all the loyal supporters, sponsors and local business that have supported the Ducks over the past years and look forward to it continuing.

Aylesbury 2 Windsor & Eton 4

Monday 26 January 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

The Ducks went out of the Berks & Bucks Cup with a 4-2 defeat in conditions more suitable for an Icelandic League match! An early Lewis Pritchard goal cancelled out an even earlier opener from Windsor's Craig O'Connor.

The match wasn't level for long though, as Windsor's strong attacking play exposed the home defence time and time again, and raced into a 4-1 lead before half-time. O'Connor completed his hat-trick and Jermaine Lowe also netted.

The second half was a more even affair, as Windsor sat back, and Aylesbury started to come back into the game. They eventually got their reward late in the game, with Rory Hunter getting his first of the season, albeit with a huge deflection.

Carshalton 3 Aylesbury 0

Friday 23 January 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury returned from South London with the result most people expected, but the performance of the youngsters was pleasing. The Ducks matched their hosts for twenty minutes, and even after that it took one-fluky mis-hit effort and a momentary defensive errror to cause their downfall.

Alvin Bubb returned from his self-imposed exile, replacing the injured Danny Gray in the first half, but couldn't have much effect on the game, as he clearly showed a lack of match fitness. Daniel Mead also returned to the club, and was named as one of today's substitutes.

Meanwhile, the Reserve Team lost 2-0 at home to Ashford Town. The other remaining 'striker' Greg Williams played in the game in a bid to recover some fitness, and was said to have done well.

Squad Threadbare For Carshalton Trip

Thursday 22 January 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

As if a trip to high-flying Carshalton Athletic wasn't a daunting enough prospect for new Ducks manager Paul Curtis in his first match, he faces the journey with one departure and two key injuries.

Popular midfielder Nadim (known as George) Akhtar has left the club to seek a professional career in Romania - a move that had been lined up since Christmas. Akhtar will stop in Portugal, where he has a trial, beforehand. We wish Nadim all the best - his goal against St Albans will be remembered fondly as one of this season's highlights.

Meanwhile two defensive injuries will give the new boss cause for concern. Dean Powles and Danny Gordon are both ruled out of Saturday's game - although Powles is expected back in time for the Kingstonian game. Sadly, Danny Gordon will be ruled out for about a month.

Reserves and Ladies Update

Monday 19 January 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

The Reserve and Ladies Teams were both in action over the weekend, and had mixed results. The Reserves travelled to Ashford Town with an extremely young team, and despite a good performance were beaten 1-3.

Meanwhile the Ladies had a tough time against a physical Southampton WFC side, and came home with a 2-2 draw. 'Twiggy' Davis scored both of United's goals.

Aylesbury 1 Hitchin 4

Friday 16 January 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

The youthful Ducks side, with new manager Paul Curtis watching on, came unstuck against a Hithin side inspired by ex-Duck Josh Sozzo. Playing up front, he scored two and set up one - and looked ten-times the player he did when wearing Green and White.

In a poor affair, Aylesbury rarely threatened another ex-Duck, Richard Wilmot, in the Hitchin goal. The visitors took the lead after twenty minutes, after Sozzo crossed for Mark Bridge. Sozzo then scored himself before half-time.

There was more of the same in the second half, as Hitchin added another two. United did pull a goal back, in stoppage time, as Jamie Moss netted his first Aylesbury goal. This summed the game up, as it was Aylesbury's first effort on target.

New Football Development Director

Wednesday 14 January 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

The club are pleased to announce that Jerry Dimond has been appointed as Football Development Director.

Jerry, a UEFA 'B' level 2 coach (working towards level 3), is well known around the club for his instrumental work in forming and developing the Club's Youth Teams.

Jerry will be responsible for the direction and the development of all coaching and Team Managers except for the First Team.

Jerry will also take forward the merger with Aylesbury Town FC and the future of coaching courses for those junior sides.

Meanwhile, Ian Austin has been appointed as Reserve Team Manager. We are pleased that Simon Lacey will continue as Assistant Manager and will be working towards his coaching qualifications, we need a few more to follow Simon's example.

Ian has successfully launched and managed the Club's senior Ladies Team and is a very experienced football coach with a UEFA "B" level 2 certificate.

There are more developments taking place in association with Wright Football Limited which will further enhance our development programmes. As soon as these are finalised more details will be made available - but the programme is firmly back on track and in very good hands.

New Manager

Monday 12 January 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Aylesbury United have unveiled their new manager - Paul Curtis. Paul is 40-years old, and a UEFA 'A' Qualified coach. Last season he was assistant manager at Northampton Town, where he was also involved as Youth Team/Reserve Team manager and Director of Youth Development between 1992 and 1995.

His playing career reads as follows:

Charlton Athletic FC 1981 - 1985
Northampton FC 1985 - 1986
Corby Town
Kettering FC
Northampton FC 1992 - 93

Paul will officially take charge from the 15th January, but has requested caretakers Pete and Simon take charge of training on Thursday, and the match against Hitchin on Saturday.

It goes without saying that we extend a big welcome to Paul, and wish him the best of luck.

Hornchurch 2 Aylesbury 0

Friday 09 January 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

The Ducks run in the FA Trophy is over for another year, after the youngsters went down to a 2-0 defeat at Hornchurch. A goal in each half proved decisive, as the Essex side controlled much of the play, and will perhaps be disappointed with their own lack of clinicism in the final third.

That said however, nothing can be taken away from another battling performance from the Aylesbury side, who had their own chances, and were undone by a debatable penalty for the first goal, which was always going to make things difficult.

Fixtures Arranged

Monday 05 January 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Two fixtures without dates have now been arranged. The Berks & Bucks Quarter Final match at home to Windsor & Eton will now take place later this month, on Tuesday 27th January, kick-off at 7.45pm. Admission charges will be reduced for this game, to ?5 for adults and ?2 for concessions.

Also re-arranged is the away trip to Bognor Regis, which has now been scheduled for Tuesday 3rd February, kick-off again at 7.45pm.

Weekend Round-up

Sunday 04 January 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

After watching his charges in action with the first team. Simon Lacey turned his attentions to the Suburban League, as he lead the Reserve Team. Sadly, they went down to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Metropolitan Police at Buckingham Road.

There was better news for the Ladies, as they completed the double over local rivals Wycombe Wanderes. Following the 2-1 win back in October, they secured another 2-1 win with a late fightback, thanks to goals from Anna Stevens and Sara Davis in the last five minutes, after Wycombe had scored from a first-half corner.