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Aylesbury 1 Watford XI 5

Saturday 31 July 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury were unfortunately outclassed by a visiting Watford XI side in the searing heat at Buckingham Road today, as they fell to a 5-1 defeat.

The opening goal after 33 minutes was reminiscent of Luton's opener against the Ducks a couple of weeks ago, as a shot took a heavy deflection off Stuart Smeathers before finding the back of the net. This was followed quickly by two more goals in the next six minutes, the second a powerful drive from 25 yards, to make it 3-0 to Watford at half time.

Despite United's players working hard they simply could not obtain enough possession to make an impact and the second half was little more successful for the home side. A headed goal shortly before the hour mark was followed seven minutes later by goal number five.

Paul Edgeworth forced the visiting goalkeeper into a good stop with a stinging drive after 89 minutes, before a penalty awarded to the Ducks for handball against a Hornets defender in injury time was converted well by Paul Lamb. The goal was scant consolation however and Aylesbury will have been disappointed to have been beaten so comfortably after the success of the previous seven days, although there was no doubting the quality of the opposition.

Aylesbury team: Andy Partlow, Greg Williams, Daniel Mead, Paul Lamb, Matt Hayward, Stuart Smeathers, Neil Champelovier, Dean Cracknell, Meshach Cole, Leon Gutzmore, Paul Edgeworth. Used Subs: Jason Burnham, Kai Ridley, Ryan Wiffin, Dean Powles.

RAF Halton 1 Aylesbury Reserves 4

Thursday 29 July 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

The Ducks Second String took on RAF Halton last night, and came away with a 4-1 win despite conceding early on.

The Aylesbury side featured First Teamers Kai Ridley, John Winter, Ryan Wiffin and Danny Gray. Goals came from Gray, Leigh Tomlinson, Wiffin and Iggy.

For the full report, see the Reserve Team fixtures page.

Commercial Update

Wednesday 28 July 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury United are delighted to announce that a main sponsor for the season has been secured. will sponsor the club for the 2004/05 season, and will appear on the club's home shirts. Operated by APS Mortgages, the website is a gateway to the excellent financial services the company offer.

Additionally, the main stand is to be sponsored by Bed World, in another excellent commercial development for the club.

The new first team kit for this season has now been ordered, and should be available in time to debut in the first match at Halesowen.

Meanwhile the Ladies Team kits have also been ordered, following the conclusion of their sponsorship deals. Thanks go to Look-in TV for continuing their excellent support of the team, as well as the Pride Pub in Wycombe, who will be sponsoring the Ladies kit.

But the work still continues - the club are still seeking sponsors for the First Team away kit, as well as a sponsor for the Reserve Team. If you are interested, please see the Commercial section from the menu on the left.

Ticket Prices Reduced for Watford Game

Wednesday 28 July 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Ticket prices for the forthcoming match against Watford - this Saturday 31st July - have been reduced - and are now ?5 for adults and ?3 for concessions. The change is in recognition of the fact that Watford will be sending a Reserve Team for the match.

The Watford squad will however include local lad and England under-20 goalkeeper Richard Lee, as well as recent signing from Newcastle United, Andy Ferrell.

Aylesbury 2 Wycombe 0

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

Paul Curtis' Aylesbury side served up their best display in months to comfortably beat Wyccombe Wanderers Youth Team at Buckingham Road this evening.

Two goals from hotshot Leon Gutzmore settled the tie, and the striker must alreadsy be odds-on for top scorer this season. Gutzmore's first was a header, after Matt Hayward had flicked on a corner. His second showed great strength, running through onto a ball over the defence, beating the offside trap and slotting calmly home.

The entire team were excellent tonight, and there is cause for optimism as the first game at Halesowen draws ever closer.

Team line-ups:

Aylesbury: Andy Partlow, Greg Williams, Daniel Mead, Paul Lamb, Matt Hayward, Stuart Smeathers, Neil Champelovier, Dean Cracknell, Dean Powles, Leon Gutzmore, Paul Edgeworth.
Used subs: Jason Burnham, Danny Gray, Kai Ridley.

Wycombe: Steve Williams, Andy Reilly, Sonny Ball, Kieran Cadwell, Tom Cadmore, Steven Gregory, Ketchi Anya, Andy Savage, Shaz Ahmed.
Used subs: Liam Grier, Steven Flower, Devane Davidson.

Paul Curtis on Pre-Season So Far

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

Alistair MacLaren has been chatting to Paul Curtis to find out how pre-season has been going so far:

Q. Matt Hayward was injured in the Luton game, from where I was standing I saw that the Luton player?s studs made contact with Matt?s knee, was it a serious injury?

A. Not too bad, Matt was probably fit enough to play on Saturday but I thought that it was best to leave him out until the Wycombe game on Tuesday evening. The boots worn by the Luton player had blades, not studs, and were dragged down the back of Mat?s leg which meant a worse injury than would have been caused by studs.

Q. Matt Brandish played for Luton against us, have Luton signed him?

A. He has been on trial with Luton for about 4 or 5 weeks, so far no offer has been made. Mat has negative feelings about the chances of being signed.

Q. Have you signed, or brought in any new players since the Luton game?

A. Yes Jason Burnham and Kai Ridley, both played against Haywood United on Saturday. Jason who wore number 6, played as a central defender in the first half, he played at left back in the second half, which is his more natural position. Kai, who wore number 5, played as a central defender for the whole game.

Q. Have any of the players that played against Luton moved on?

A. Yes, Alvin Bubb has not been in contact with me since the game, and I have telephoned Rory Hunter twice and left messages, so far no reply.

Q. The last time we spoke you were still hoping to make extra signings from four players, have you had any luck since?

A. No, I think if all the players with the club at present sign we will be on the limit of the Budget, I was trying to sign a central defender but no luck. We also need another left sided midfielder to replace Alvin Bubb, although we are giving the opportunity to Danny Mead in that area, if Jason Burnham signs he is likely to play at left back.

Q. What were your thoughts about Saturdays game?

A. I was a little bit disappointed, we created a number of goal scoring opportunities but missed too many chances. In the first half we were much quicker, as in the Luton game.

Q. When Ryan Wiffin came on as a sub he played as a central defender, how do you think that he performed?

A. He showed some promise, he did win some headers, but needs to work in some other areas.

Q. Were there any injuries from Saturdays game?

A. Meshach Cole had a calf muscle injury, hopefully not too serious so that he can play against Wycombe on Tuesday evening.

Q. We had a new goalkeeper on Saturday, I thought that he looked the part although not really tested on the day, will he be a new addition to your squad for this season? Also why did Jack Rashid not play?

A. No, he is actually on the books of another club and only played because Jack Rashid was not available, he will also play against Wycombe on Tuesday evening. Jack Rashid did not play as he is still carrying a shoulder injury from last season, after the Wycombe game he will then be on holiday, I am hoping that having a rest from playing will help the problem to clear up.

Q. I have heard a rumour that Tony Adams is intending to play against us as he is trying to maintain his fitness, what do you think of that?

A. It will be great if that is the case, he will give our two strikers a good test.

Q. Did you watch Ajax training on the Aylesbury United pitch, if so did you see anything that you would want to add to your own methods?

A. Yes, I did see them training. What they did in their training sessions was quite similar to what we do, but there was a difference in the quality and pace.

Aylesbury 2 Haywood 0

Saturday 24 July 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

You wait nearly six months for one, and two come along in the space of five minutes...Yes we're talking goals here, as Aylesbury United recorded a 2-0 win at home to Haywood United at Buckingham Road this afternoon.

Paul Curtis' first win came thanks to goals in the last five minutes of the first half, from Meshach Cole and Leon Gutzmore - Cole's effort a turn in the box, and Gutzmore scoring after beating Haywood keeper Tony Masella to a header.

The result is Aylesbury manager Paul Curtis' first win in charge of the Ducks, and the first home goals scored since the end of January.

Team line-ups:

Aylesbury: Andy Partlow, Greg Williams, Daniel Mead, Neil Champelovier, Kai Ridley, Jason Burnham, Dean Powles, Dean Cracknell, Meshach Cole, Leon Gutzmore, Paul Edgeworth
Used subs: Ryan Wiffin, Stuart Smeathers, Jay Gould, Danny Gray, John Winter.

Haywood: Tony Masella, Ben Stevens, Alex Bateman, Trevor Hercules, Mark Lambert, Stuart Corbould, Matt Butler, Gareth Linnard, Gary Wray, Paul Talbot, Danny Jones
Used subs: Neil Roberts, Ben Williams, Danny Bowden, Stefan Wilson, Glenn Hawkins, Grant Wilson


3 Hours to Haywood

Saturday 24 July 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

In just three hours time, Aylesbury United will be playing their second pre-season match of 2004/05, as they take on neighbours Haywood United at Buckingham Road.

The much publicised match will be the first senior meeting between the two sides, although the Ladies team's met last season. Ducks fans will have another chance to see Paul Curtis' new signings in action, as well as ex-Aylesbury players Gareth Linnard and Stuart Corbould.

The game kicks-off at 3pm, admission is ?8 for adults and ?4 for concessions.

Various News

Wednesday 21 July 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Ajax are continuing their use of the Buckingham Road facilities, with the sessions going well so far. Central Television were filming at today's session, which will be broadcast tomorrow evening during Central News at 6pm.

A signed Dutch flag will be raffled over a number of matches by the club at the beginning of the season. The raffle will raise funds for Aylesbury United, and will give supporters the chance to get their hands on a flag signed by the Ajax team

You can see some pictures of the training sessions, and Peter Ash's immaculate pitch at the Official Ajax Website. You'll have to view the Dutch version though. Click here.

-Contrary to what was printed in today's Bucks Herald, next week's friendly against Wycombe Wanderers is on Tuesday 27th July and NOT Wednesday.

Ladies Team Kit Sponsorship

Tuesday 20 July 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

In addition to sponsoring the First Team, the Aylesbury United Ladies Team are also in need of sponsors for their kit for the forthcoming season. The concept is the same as for the men's team. See the Kit Sponsorship page at the link below for more details.

Click here: Kit Sponsorship

Ajax Training Tonight

Tuesday 20 July 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Five comments |

The first Ajax FC training session is tonight at 6pm. The sessions will be held at Aylesbury's Buckingham Road Stadium, and admission will be allowed to the general public.

The other sessions are planned as follows:

Wednesday 21st July - 10.30am to 11.30am
Thursday 22nd July - 10.30am to 11.30am and 5.30pm to 7.00pm
Friday 23rd July - 10.30am to 12.00pm.

Youth Team Trials

Monday 19 July 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

The club are holding trials for Youth Team players for the forthcoming season. If you are aged between 15 to 17 and would like to repreent Aylesbury United's Midweek or Sunday Youth Teams then the club would love to hear from you!

E-mail or call Jerry Dimond on 07799 142406

From The Boardroom

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

Graham Read comments on the renewal of the lease with Verada:

It is disappointing that we have been unable to secure ownership of the site. However, we have to be thankful that the landlord has agreed not to take possession of the site, as he was entitled to. As reported by Bill Carroll he and I have advanced the funds to the Club to bring rental payments completely up to date.

We now have to get on with the new season knowing that at least the lease is secure. John Newman and I are confident that we are turning the corner in producing new forms of income to the Club and, although the current season will still be tight financially, we believe that the work being done now will produce a substantial increase in income by next season.

It may be that we can try again next summer to purchase the club site but we also need to consider finding a site on which to build a new Stadium. We have to admit that the present site has severe constraints and the Club could operate more efficiently with a different layout and with more training facilities on site. We will begin to discuss this option with AVDC to explore what might be done on the many new development sites planned for the Vale.

In the meantime, we continue to appeal for support for the new 500 Club, our new sponsorship programmes and for fans to guarantee that we hit a minimum of 600 through the gates at each home game. Only by this help can we begin to climb up the league structure again.

Although Bill Carroll will no longer be a Director he will be continuing to work on our junior development programmes with our long awaited PASE scheme now scheduled for next season and, under Jerry Dimond?s direction, Bill will be consolidating and expanding the link with Aylesbury Town FC.

The club will have three under 18 teams playing in leagues this season so that all youngsters in the Vale will now have the opportunity to play under structured coaching and playing systems providing the opportunity to graduate to the senior Aylesbury United teams.

Bill?s resignation does leave us short of active Directors and we continue to look for new blood willing and able to contribute to the Club?s efforts.

Graham Read
16th July 2004

Bill Carroll Resigns As Director

Thursday 15 July 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Bill Carroll has today announced he is to stand down as a director of the club. The full press release reads as follows:

Last summer I gave notice that family and business reasons would prevent me from spending much time on Club business in the forthcoming season and from continuing to subsidise the annual operating budget.

I appealed for help from supporters and others interested in the future of the Club, however, in the event things went badly wrong in the latter part of 2003 with no one really managing the Club. As a consequence the Club would have folded last February had Graham Read not stepped forward to spend real time at the Club managing its affairs and had Paul Curtis not agreed to take on an impossible situation with the then state of the First Team.

I became involved again to a degree to support the work being done by Graham and also by John Newman, whom Graham later persuaded to also pitch-in and spend much time and effort on the Club's behalf. Against my previous indications I advanced further sums to ensure that the Club saw out the season.

At Graham's instigation we negotiated an agreement with the Stadium's landlord to give the Club and the community, an opportunity to acquire ownership of the Stadium. I thought that it would be difficult to raise the funds but I really believed that we would get closer than we have! The response has been most disappointing and we have had to notify Verada Properties Ltd that we will not be able to proceed.

However, Graham and I have now arranged to pay all outstanding rents and Verada has agreed not to exercise its legal right to re-possess the property. Accordingly, Aylesbury United will continue in business and continue to play at the Stadium.

I have to applaud the efforts that Graham and John are making and they are very optimistic that, over the next 12-18 months they will significantly improve the Club's financial well being with a number of new initiatives. I sincerely hope that supporters and businesses will really begin to support their efforts in a big way.

I have been advertising the Club for sale together with the opportunity to acquire the stadium but nothing worthwhile has resulted. However as we have managed to avoid losing our lease to the Stadium, as my situation has not changed and as I believe the Club to be now in good hands, I judge this an opportune time to resign as a Director of the Club, although I will remain available for consultation if required. I believe this will assist Graham, John and any other directors that they may bring on board, in clarifying who is running the Club and I believe that the ones doing the work should be able to make the decisions.

Finally, I hope that fans will appreciate that a first team cannot be successful without a reasonable playing budget and they and others have to do their bit to support the team and the Directors and to assist in producing funds.

W.J. Carroll

15th July 2004


Fixtures Released

Thursday 15 July 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

The Southern League fixtures have now been released. Aylesbury United will face a trip to Halesowen Town on the opening day of the season, the 14th August 2004. Other notable fixtures are as follows:

First Game - Halesowen Town (a) - 14/8/04
Xmas Derby - Chesham Utd (h) - 27/12/04
New Years Day - Bedford Town (a) - 1/1/04
New Years Day Bank Holiday - Dunstable Town (h) - 3/1/04
Last Game - Bath City (a) - 30/4/04.

The Fixtures page has now been completely updated, so take a look there for the complete fixture list.

Aylesbury 0 Luton 3

Wednesday 14 July 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

The first pre-season match of the friendly went firmly to status, as the Hatters outclassed the Ducks at Buckingham Road this evening. However, the United team appeared in much better shape than last season, and showed plenty of reason for optimism.

Particurlarly pleasing were the performances of Paul Edgeworth, Daniel Mead, Leon Gutzmore and Stuart Smeathers, but nobody disgraced themselves.

Luton took the lead early in the match, after a shot took a wicked deflection off Paul Edgeworth and looped into the back of the net. Steve Howard powered Luton into a 2-0 lead, and Dean Sinclair added the third in the second half. The nearest Aylesbury came to scoring was from a dipping header from Edgeworth, which dropped onto the top of the net.

Team line-ups:
Aylesbury: Jack Rashid, Greg Williams, Daniel Mead, Paul Lamb (c), Matt Hayward, Stuart Smeathers, Neil Champelovier, Dean Cracknell, Meshach Cole, Leon Gutzmore, Paul Edgeworth.
Used subs: Alvin Bubb, Danny Gray, Rory Hunter, Dran Powles, Donovan Reed, Kai Ridley, John Winter, Ryan Wiffin

Luton: Dean Brill, Keith Keane, Paul Underwood, Steve Robinson, Curtis Davies, Chris Coyne, Dean Sinclair, Kevin Nicholls, Steve Howard, Avon Jephcott, Lee Mansell.
Used subs: Matt Brandish (yes that Brandish), Calvin Andrews, David Deeney, Leon Berrett, Richard Mansell, Lou Fazarckarly, Ian Hillier.

Luton In Town Tonight

Wednesday 14 July 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Five comments |

Tonight marks the start of the 2004/05 season for Aylesbury United, as Luton Town make the trip to Buckingham Road for a friendly match. The game will provide a first look at new signings Champelovier, Cole, Cracknell, Gutzmore, Lamb and Smithers.

Admission prices for tonight's match will be £8 for adults and £4 for concessions, with transfer to the main stand £2 extra. Supporters are advised that the Corner Bar is currently closed for refurbishment, but the Buckingham Suite will be available for socialising before and after the match.


21CD Text Alert Service

Tuesday 13 July 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

After it's success of last season, the 21st Century Ducks text alert service is back for 2004/04.

In case you're unfamiliar with the concept, you sign up to receive text messages of every goal and the result of Aylesbury United matches.

The service is ideal for Ducks in exile, for those who can't get to away games, or just in case you want to keep track of the score whilst watching a match!

There are three price plans available - ?35 for ALL matches. ?20 for AWAY matches only, or new for this year, you can pay ?3.50 for a selected four matches, useful if you're going to miss a particular set of matches.

To register for 21CD text alerts, please download and print the application form using the link below.

Click here: Text Alerts Application Form

News From The Ladies Team

Tuesday 13 July 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Next season the Aylesbury United Ladies Team will be running a Reserve side, who will be playing in Division 2 of the Thames Counties League.

Training starts this Sunday (18th July) on the grass at Meadowcroft 11am-1pm and then continues on Thursdays 7-9pm and Sundays.

The club are always looking to recruit new players. Players of any ability, aged 14 and above, will be welcomed to the squad, and are asked to contact manager Ian Austin at

Danny Gordon Signs For Staines

Monday 12 July 2004 - 12:00 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments | Used tags: , , , ,

Danny Gordon has left the club to sign for Staines Town, where former Ducks boss Steve Cordery is leading a transformation.

We wish Danny all the best for the future, and hope one day we might see him in an Aylesbury shirt again.

Danny progressed through the club's youth team set-up, and made his first team debut back in 1999. He went on to make Since that time he has made 175 appearances, scoring two goals. During that time he made massive improvements in his game, and developed into a first team regular. He had his best season in 2002/03, under Cordery, forcing his way into the team and holding onto his place with some excellent displays.


Paul Curtis on Pre-Season

Monday 12 July 2004 - 12:00 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Seven comments | Used tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Alistair MacLaren has been in touch with manager Paul Curtis, discussing player comings and goings and his thoughts on pre-season.

Q. Is there any truth in the rumour that Danny Gordon is going to sign for Staines Town for the new season.

A. Yes, although Danny did commit himself to Aylesbury United after the end of last season, he was not named to play in the forthcoming friendly matches because of the injury suffered at the end of last season. However I recently received a phone call from Danny to say that he would not be playing for us after all, and has gone to Staines. If players agree to sign then it is expected that they will honour that agreement.

Q. We have seen the list of players likely to be involved in the pre-season frienndlies. Can you confirm who have already signed contracts with us?

A. None have signed at present as we do not have the League Papers, it is likely to be the end of next week before we receive those papers. Agreements have been struck with some players.

Q.The next few questions are about some of the players listed above, those that most of us do not know about. Who did Meshach Cole play for, and what is his role.

A. Buckingham Town as a striker.

Q. What team did Neil Champelovier play for and what is his position.

A. Northampton Town, he is a midfielder.

Q. What does Paul Lamb have to provide for us.

A. He has played in the Ryman League as a midfielder.

Q. Another player that is currently involved with the club is Dean Cracknell, what is his background.

A. He has been on the books of Northampton, and for a spell last season Stevenage Borough.

Q. Stuart Smithers is a player that I have not heard of, what background does he have, and who has he played for.

A. He has played for Raunds, and would be classed as a utility player.

Q. It has been rumoured that Leon Gutzmore has been training with Dunstable Town, is that correct?

A. Not as far as I know, he has attended three out of four of our training sessions so far, and has agreed to sign. It has to be said at this time of year many players will miss training sessions due to other events, i.e. weddings and holidays.

Q. A player that is not listed above is Lewis Pilgrim, there have been rumours that he might be signing elsewhere, what is the situation involving him?

A. I have had no discussions with Lewis Pilgrim about signing for Aylesbury United, although I do know him. I am puzzled why he is thought to have been one of our potential signings.

Q. Are you negotiating with any other players that have not been mentioned yet, with a view to signing?

A. Yes I am in discussion with 4 other players who I would like to sign, one in particular, although the budget will not stretch to signing all of them, although I can't give any names at this stage.

Q. When did training start for the new season, and how has gone so far?

A. Last Saturday, 3rd July, and has gone very well so far.

Q. Some of the players that were with the club last season have not been mentioned so far, I am wondering what the situation is as far as they are concerned?

A. I have heard nothing from Nadim Akhtar, so I assume he is back in Romania. Matt Brandish will not be signing, although he probably would if we could offer more money. Kevin Davies is currently training with Crawley. If things don't work out for him there he may be interested in re-joining us. Although we aren't really in a position to have two quality goalkeepers on the books. It is possible that Leigh Meddows may yet sign for us, but Erkan Okay and Jamie Moss have definitely left the club.

Q. The Budget that you have has often been referred to since your early days, is it any better for this season?

A. Yes it is significantly better. When I took the job last season I had instructions to continue using the players that were already involved, and not to bring in any players if it involved additional expenditure.

Q. One player not discussed so far is Ryan Wiffin.

It is intended the Ryan Wiffin will play as a central defender in some of the pre season friendly matches to see how he performs, although in the first game he will probably play as a striker.


DCUK 1897 Logo Unveiled

Monday 12 July 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

The logo which will accompany Aylesbury United's kit has been unveiled. DCUK (Ducks Clothing UK) 1897 will be the manufacturer of next season's kit, and the logo, featuring the traditional Aylesbury Duck, can be seen here.

As well as the playing kit, DCUK 1897 will also be manufacturing a range of leisurewear items which will be available from the club shop soon.

New Look Website Launched

Sunday 11 July 2004 - 12:00 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment | Used tags:

Welcome to the new look Aylesbury United website. The site has been undergoing an overhaul for several months now, and this is the result.

Although it appears rather different, the major changes won't be apparent immediately. Obviously the design has changed, but the layout of content will still be familiar. It's behind the scenes that real progress has been made, and which will provide long-term benefits for the website.

Look out for more new features planned for the future - including members only content, the ability to add to the growing historical and fans sections, and much more!


Aylesbury Host Ajax

Sunday 11 July 2004 - 12:00 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment | Used tags: , ,

The club are delighted to announce that Buckingham Road will be playing host to Ajax FC later this month. The Dutch side will be on a three-day visit to the UK, playing QPR and Luton Town in the process.

Whilst on their tour they will be using the stadium for their training sessions, on the 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd July. This is another massive event for the club, and further recognition of the excellent facilities on offer at the stadium, following last year's similar hosting of the full England team.

Ajax are the current Dutch champions, having beaten PSV to the title last season, and have a talented squad managed by Ronald Koeman. Players who could well be gracing the Buckingham Road turf include Euro 2004 regulars Tomas Galasek (Czech Rebublic), Jonny Heitinga (Holland) and Zlaten Ibrahimovic (Sweden).

Exact times of the training sessions, and whether public access to Ajax's training will be permitted will be confirmed at a later date.


Curtis Confirms Squad

Saturday 10 July 2004 - 12:00 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments | Used tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Paul Curtis has confirmed his squad for the opening pre-season friendly, against Luton Town this Wednesday. Amongst the squad are seven new players - Neil Champelovier, Dean Cracknell, Meshach Cole, the returning Paul Edgeworth, Leon Gutzmore, Paul Lamb and Stuart Smithers.

You can view the entire current squad by clicking the link below, which will take you to the Squad page.

Click here: Current Squad


Final Groundforce Day This Sunday

Thursday 08 July 2004 - 12:00 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

The final groundforce day of the summer will be taking place at the club this Sunday, the 11th July. There are still a number of jobs which need doing, so the club are appealing for as many people as possible to donate whatever time they have on the day.

The club are also urging people to arrive early, as filming of a television programme will be taking place on Sunday afternoon. There is the possibility that extras may be used, but you have to come to groundforce day first!


Ticket Prices for 2004/05

Tuesday 06 July 2004 - 12:00 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment | Used tags:

The club has announced admission prices for the 2004/05 season. Having been stable for the last two seasons, there has been a small increase in the standard admission charge, although all other prices remain the unchanged. Season prices have also been held from last season, making them even better value than previously.

Season Ticket Prices
Seating: Adults £160, Concessions £105.
Standing: Adults £130, Concessions: £75.

Admission Prices:
Adults: £8
Concessions: £4
Transfer to Main Stand: £2

The above prices also apply to the four home pre-season matches.

To get your season call into the club during office hours, or phone 01296 586316.


Another Friendly Arranged

Tuesday 06 July 2004 - 12:00 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments | Used tags: , , ,

Another friendly has been added to the pre-season schedule. Aylesbury United will take on Luton Town next Wednesday 14th July at Buckingham Road, kick-off at 7.45

The game means that the start of the new season is just over a week away. For the full pre-season schedule, visit the fixtures page.

Click here: Fixtures


Player Kit Sponsorship Returns

Sunday 04 July 2004 - 12:00 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment | Used tags: , ,

We are pleased to announce that the massively popular Player Kit Sponsorship scheme that ran last season, will be in place again for 2004/05. Player kits can be sponsored by individuals, or by companies or organisations, making this an excellent, and cheap, promotion method.

Kits are available for sponsorship from today, but they are likely to sell fast, so make sure you don't miss your favourite player by applying today! If the player you wanted has already gone, you can still get involved. By entering our draw you will be randomnly assigned a player after the start of the season, once we know the final squad.

The player kit sponsorship scheme, as already mentioned, was a huge success last season. Raising more than ?600 for the club is a big achievement, and we hope to build on that, and raise even more this season! So get involved now.


FA Cup & Trophy Draws

Friday 02 July 2004 - 12:00 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment | Used tags: , ,

The draw for the early rounds of the FA Cup has been announced today. Aylesbury United will start their campaign in the 1st Qualifying Round, with an Away match at Eton Manor or Cornard United.

The opponent will be decided, when the two clash in the Preliminary Round, on 4th September and the 1st Qualifying Round will be played on Saturday 18th September 2004.

For the entire early rounds FA Cup draw, see the website of the Football Association, by clicking the link below.

Meanwhile, the FA Trophy draw has also been made. Aylesbury United will start their campaign in the First Round with a Home match against Solihull Borough.

The Trophy game will be played on the 6th November. You can view the full FA Trophy 1st Round Draw by clicking the link below.

Finally, in the FA Youth Cup Aylesbury United have been drawn away to Clacton Town, with the tie to be played on the 13th September.


News From The Club

Thursday 01 July 2004 - 12:00 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments | Used tags: , , , , , ,

-An additional pre-season friendly has been arranged, and is billed as 'The Battle of Aylesbury.' The match sees the first ever meeting, at senior mens level, of Aylesbury United and Haywood United. The match will be played on 24th July at Buckingham Road.

-Which means that the kick-off for the new pre-season is just 3 weeks away tomorrow! The full pre-season schedule is shown below:

24th July Home v. Haywood United

28th July Home v. Wycombe Wanderers First team

31st July Home v. Watford XI (Including first teamers)

7th August Away v. Leighton Town

-Pre-Season training for the First Team begins tomorrow (3rd July), and will see a number of new faces arrive to get ready for the Ducks' return to the Southern League.

-A main sponsor for the club is still being searched for. The chosen company will have their logo feature on the club's shirt for the season, as well as other excellent publicity. Interested? Contact the club on 01296 436350.

-Next season the Ducks could well be wearing shirts by their own clothing brand! DCUK (Ducks Clothing UK) is currently being piloted by the Reserve and Youth Teams, and if successful, could be used by the First Team.