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Aylesbury Utd 3 Hemel Hempstead Town 2

Monday 30 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Six comments |

Aylesbury United beat near neighbours Hemel Hempstead 3-2, but the match should really have been far more conclusive than it was.

The first half-hour saw the Ducks play superbly, but, as on Saturday, they wasted chance after chance. Dean Cracknell did score with a great strike, but Hemel soon equalised, despite rarely threatening in the first half.

The second half never reached the same level, and it needed a Leon Gutzmore penalty to drag United into the lead. This was soon cancelled out by another a Hemel penalty kick.

With time running out former Aylesbury goalkeeper David Lovell conceded a penalty, and Gutzmore tucked away his second of the game to send the three points to the Ducks.

Three welcome points yes, convincing performance no. Aylesbury United will have to be much better against Tiverton Town on Saturday, a fact Paul Curtis will no doubt be well aware of.

Full report to follow.

Aylesbury 1 Stamford 2

Saturday 28 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

Aylesbury's unbeaten home start to the season was brought to an end by visiting Stamford AFC at Buckingham Road this afternoon.

Despite having much of the play, and the lions share of chances in the first half, it was Stamford who grabbed the opener in the 38th minute.

United struggled in the second period, and fell further behind after Jack Rashid brought down a forward in the area, and Stamford converted the penalty.

Leon Gutzmore hauled the Ducks back into the match with fifteen minutes to go, but there was to be no recovery and it finished 2-1 to Stamford.

Ducks Face Stamford This Afternoon

Saturday 28 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United will be looking to continue their excellent start to the Southern League campaign, as they take on Stamford AFC at Buckingham Road this afternoon. Kick-off is at 3pm.

The Ducks will be without the unavailable trio of Paul Edgeworth, Jay Gould and Dean Powles, but Paul Curtis is likely to field an otherwise unchanged line-up, injuries permitting.

Stamford, known as 'the Daniels' meanwhile are without a win from their opening four matches, so will be keen to get off the mark this afternoon.

We hope to see as many faces as possible at the Stadium today - the Ducks are playing entertaining and attractive football at the moment so there's no reason not to come and support the team!

Paul Curtis Interviews

Thursday 26 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Alistair MacLaren has as ever been busy chatting to Aylesbury manager Paul Curtis. Firstly after Saturday's win over Solihull Borough:

What were your views on Saturdays game against Solihull Borough?

I thought that in the first half we played very well, passing the ball well and were very dominant. However it was very different in the second half as Solihull played much better, for the first 15-20 minuets after half time, and they were more dominant than us during that period, but we got better again as the game went on. I thought that we gave a very professional performance, and of course we did keep a clean sheet.

I thought that Hitchin played better against us, on Tuesday evening, than Solihull Borough did, what were your thoughts?

I agree that Hitchin looked a better team than Solihull. From what I have seen so far it is likely that the former Ryman League teams will play the better football, while the Southern League teams in our league will tend to be more direct..

I noticed that Dean Powles was not even on the bench for Saturday?s game against Solihull, was that because of the elbow that he got in the face against Hitchin last Tuesday?

No, Dean was on a Coaching Course with Jay Gould, it also means that he will miss Tuesday?s game.

I also noticed that you only had four subs on the bench on Saturday, why was that?

As already discussed Dean Powles and Jay Gould were on a Coaching Course, in addition I had a telephone call from John Winter who said that he was not feeling too well.

Were there any injuries from Saturdays game?

Not that I am aware of, injuries are always less obvious when you have won a match, and are more noticeable when you have lost the game. And after Tuesday's win at Rugby:

What were your thoughts on the game at Rugby on Tuesday evening?

I did not think that we played very well, our passing was not very good, but we did work very hard and had some luck, it is often the case that if you work hard you do have luck.

How did the team shape up in all areas?

The defending right through the team was very good, did not do very well in the areas of attack from midfield and the strikers.

I did not go to Tuesday?s game at Rugby so I have had to look at the report on the web site to see what happened on the night. I noticed that you only had four substitutes on the bench again, why was this?

That was not the case, we had five substitutes on the bench, they were as follows, Meshach Cole, Stuart Smeathers, Ryan Wiffin, John Winter and Peter Smith.

The last time we spoke you said that Dean Powles and Jay Gould were doing a coaching course, will they be available to play on Saturday?

I don?t think so, I will contact them to see if the course will finish in time.

Are there any injury worries following Tuesdays game?

Not really, Mat Hayward has very sore toes after kicking the sole of one of the Rugby players boots, hopefully he will be fit for Saturday.

Are there any likely changes in the squad, either new signings or players leaving?

I have no new players set to join at present as it is pointless to bring players in to sit on the bench, and as far as I know no players are about leave the club.

Rugby United 1 Aylesbury United 2

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

Aylesbury United continued their excellent start to the season with a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Rugby United this evening, scoring their first points away from Buckingham Road of 2004/05.

After an evenly contested and goalless first half, the Ducks took the lead early in the secon period, Matt Hayward netting for the 18th time in his Aylesbury career. The hosts were soon level though, and begun to dominate proceedings.

Pleasingly the away side stood firm though, and battled well with their opponents, before themselves coming back stronger towards the end of the game. The late pressure eventually paid off, as Daniel Mead's 86th minute cross was turned into his own net by Rugby's Andy Commander.

The match ended with a massively satisfying win, and the Ducks can once again take confidence from a well fought win.

Full report is now online for your reading enjoyment.

Click here: Rugby Report

Ducks Travel to Rugby Tonight

Tuesday 24 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Seven comments |

Aylesbury United are in action again tonight, as they travel to Butlin Road, home of Rugby United. The Ducks currently sit 10th in the league, having won two of the opening three matches, but will be keen to get off the mark away from home.

As ever, the team would be glad of your support. Places are still available on the supporters coach - see the new Away Travel page for more details. Tonight's coach leaves at 5.30pm and costs ?11 if you're a 21CD member. Call Wendy Brandon on 01296 436468 to book a place.

New Away Travel Section

Monday 23 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

A new section to the website has been created, entailing a list of forthcoming coaches to away matches. Eventually the page will feature details for all the season's coach trips.

There will also be the opportunity to book a coach place online in the not too distant future, all with the intention of getting as many supporters to away games as possible.

the 'Away Travel' section can be found in the Fans menu, or by clicking the link below.

Click here: Away Travel

Aylesbury Ladies 7 Launton 0

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

The Ladies Team thrashed last year's promotion winning side Launton 7-0 in their final pre-season friendly before next week's FA Cup tie.

On the scoresheet were Sally Green with a hat-trick, Rosie Fitch, Sarah Davis and Kellie Evans with a penalty.

As mentioned, the Ducks next take on Abbey Rangers in the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round. The match will be played at Buckingham Road with a 4pm kick-off and the Ladies would love your support, so lets see as many as possible at the stadium next Sunday the 5th September.

You can read a small report of the match by clicking the link below.

Click here: Launton Report

Aylesbury 1 Solihull Borough 0

Saturday 21 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

The Ducks won two consecutive matches for the first time since April 2003 with a 1-0 victory over Solihull Borough this afternoon, in the first ever meeting between the two sides.

At a bright and sunny Buckingham Road Aylesbury managed to grind out the result, after Matt Hayward nodded them into a 34th minute lead. The second half saw United forced to show their workman side, as the match turned into a scrappy affair, with neither side able to take the initiative.

It finished 1-0 and the Ducks can take further confidence into Tuesday's trip to Rugby United.

Full report now online.

Click here: Solihull Report

Paul Curtis On The First Two Games

Thursday 19 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

Alistair MacLaren has been chatting to Paul Curtis following the Ducks' opening two games at Halesowen and against Hitchin:

Q/ I understand that Danny Gray has left the club, what are his future prospects with the club should he wish to return?

A/ Danny has gone to Haywood United, the reason for his departure is that I could not guarantee him a regular place in the first team. I did want him to be part of the set up, and suggested that he might like to train with our team one night a week while playing for Haywood United, he did not want to do that. Should he wish to return to the club in the future the door will always be open as far as I am concerned.

Q/ Although a goal down after 10 minutes, at Halesowen on Saturday, I understand that the team played very well in the first half.

A/ Yes that is a fair assumption. We did not get going in the second half.

Q/ The second half was not a good performance, as already said, the third goal scored by Halesowen was as a result of Jack Rashid dropping the ball, was that as a result of a foul?

A/ Possibly, but it would not have changed the result as we were not going to win anyway, and did not deserve to.

Q/ What was your opinion of the game on Saturday, in the different areas of the pitch?

A/ The defence played quite poorly, the midfield was not competitive enough, as a result the front two were isolated.

Q/ Were Halesowen a good side?

A/ Yes, they were a well rehearsed decent team, and powerful.

Q/ Do you think that our team will improve as they play more matches together?

A/ Yes absolutely, it does take time for the players to gell with each other.

Q/ I watched Tuesdays game against Hitchin, at times I thought that we really looked good. The result and performance must make you feel really good.

A/ Yes, and for about 70 minutes we looked very good, although in the last 20 minuets the defence was too deep.

Q/ What was your overview of the game?

A/ For 70 minutes a good performance, the last 20 minuets seemed to last a lifetime.

Q/ How did you rate your teams performance in the different categories?

A/ The defence were good for about 70 minutes, performance rating 7/10. The midfield were good for 90 minutes, performance rating 8/10. And the attack were also good for 90 minuets, performance rating 9/10.

Q/ What players would you consider worth a mention for their individual performance against Hitchin?

A/ None, as I consider it a good team performance.

Q/ As a number of the players had knocks on Tuesday evening, Dean Powles got an elbow in the face, are there likely to be any injury problems for Saturdays game?

A/ Daniel Mead, Greg Williams and Leon Gutzmore are all carrying minor injuries but should be fit for Saturday?s game. Yes Dean Powles did get an elbow in the face, but the referee seemed not to see the incident, but he seems not to have any serious injury as a result, however it is quite possible that he could have a black eye when we meet for training tonight.

Q/ It has been suggested that Stuart Smeathers did not keep to his role in defence on Saturday, is that why he was on the bench on Tuesday?

A/ No that is not the case, he was paired with Mat Hayward against Leighton Town and Halesowen, but the way that they played together indicated that a change was needed, either could have been left out.

Q/ As you have lost Danny Gray are you likely to add more players to your squad, or do you consider that more players are needed?

A/ Yes I am talking to some players at present, however I do not want to sign anyone now as I consider that we have quite a decent squad and I do not want to bring in new players when I cannot guarantee a first team place, and the money available is another factor. In the event of injuries occurring as the season goes on I may well have to sign new players.

Cockney Night

Wednesday 18 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Five comments |

The club are holding a 'Cockney Night' in the Buckinghamshire Suite this coming Friday night, the 20th August. The night is sure to provide fun and lauhgter for all. Tickets are just £4 and food can be pre-ordered in advance (pie & mash, bangers & mash, jellied eels etc.)

Aylesbury 4 Hitchin Town 3

Tuesday 17 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

After eight traumatic months, Paul Curtis finally recorded a win in charge of Aylesbury United, as they beat Hitchin Town 4-3. The match couldn't have been more dramatic though, as the Ducks were left clinging to the death.

Hitchin had originally taken an early lead, but that was wiped out through Paul Lamb, and turned around by Paul Edgeworth. The second half got even better, as the home side raced into a 4-1 lead thanks to Champelovier and Gutzmore.

However, this is a Jekyll and Hyde Aylesbury team, and for all their attacking guile, poor defending once more reared it's ugly head, as the Canaries pulled back two quick goals, to make it 4-3.

The final drama was still to come though, as Aylesbury goalkeeper Jack Rashid conceded a late penalty. He redeeemed himself in spectacular fashion with a save from Maynard's spot-kick to give United all three points.

Full report is now online.

Click here: Hitchin Report

Ducks Face Hitchin

Tuesday 17 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury United face a tough test in the first Southern League match at Buckingham Road for 16 years, as they face local rivals Hitchin Town.

Hitchin impressively beat Solihull Borough 2-1 on Saturday, so will come into the game full of confidence. However, the Ducks can be expected to be desperate to get off to a good start as they seek their first points of the season.

To add spice to the contest Hitchin are likely to name former Aylesbury players Paul Covington, Stuart Maynard and Josh Sozzo in their line-up.

The match kicks-off at 7.45pm.

Reserves and Youth Team Recent Results

Tuesday 17 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

The Reserves opened their campaign with a good 2-1 win at Harrow Borough last night. Goals from Steve Ingram and Ian Brumwell secured the victory.

Results from the opening Youth Team pre-season friendlies have also been added to their Fixtures page.

Berks & Bucks Cup Draws

Tuesday 17 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

The draws for both the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup and the Women's Cup have been made - with Aylesbury coincidentally being drawn away at Bracknell Town in both!

The Senior Cup Quarter Final tie will be played before the 8th February, whereas the Women's Cup Round Two will be played on Sunday 21st November.

Ladies Win Opening Friendly

Monday 16 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

The Ladies team kicked off pre-season with a 5-3 win against MK Wanderers, despite going three goals down. Goals from Lucy Ilic, Rosie Fitch (2), Twiggy Davis and Sally Green completed an excellent comeback.

Read the report by clicking the link below:

Click here: Ladies Report

Reserves Kick-Off Tonight

Monday 16 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

The Reserve Team get their new season in the Capital League Western Division underway tonight. The team will travel to our old Ryman League rivals Harrow Borough.

A Chat With Gareth Risbridger

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

Alistair MacLaren continues his interviews with former players, as he catches up with popular ex-Aylesbury midfielder Gareth Risbridger. We find out how he's coping with another injury setback, and what attracted him to make the move to Staines Town. You can read the full interview by clicking the link below.

Click here: Gareth Risbridger interview

Halesowen 3 Aylesbury 1

Saturday 14 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Seven comments |

Aylesbury returned to League action with a poor 3-1 defeat at Halesowen Town this afternoon. A slow start by the Ducks allowed their hosts to open the scoring after just ten minutes, and it was always going to be hard to recover.

However, at half-time at least it appeared that a draw was within Aylesbury's reach, as they competed well with Halesowen, just lacking the killer instinct up front to get a goal.

Sadly though, the home side had other ideas, and scored two further goals as United's defence collapsed entirely.

The Ducks did get some joy from an otherwise miserable afternoon, as Paul Edgeworth waltzed through the defence to fire home and make it 3-1 in the 91st minute.

Full report is now available.

Click here: Match Report

Ducks Kick-off At Halesowen

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

So the waiting is over, pre-season has come to an end, and the big-kick takes place later today, as Aylesbury United make their first ever trip to Halesowen. Paul Curtis has named his squad (see last news item), and the team is likely to be similar to the one which faced Leighton Town last week.

As ever, it's crucial that you get to the match and support the team. Coach places are still available - priced ?14 for 21CD members, and ?17 for non-members, and leaving at 11.15am or 12.15pm whether you choose to use Players or Supporters coach.

For those who would prefer to drive to the match, directions are as follows:

-Take the A41 to Bicester and from there follow the signs to the M40. Get on the M40 Northbound and exit onto the M42 Westbound (heading towards the M5) at its conclusion. At the end of the M42, exit onto the M5 Northbound and leave this at Junction 3, taking the A456 towards Kidderminster. At the first roundabout, turn RIGHT onto the A459 towards Dudley, then at the next roundabout turn left again onto the A458 towards Stourbridge. At the first roundabout here, take the third exit into Old Hawne Lane, and the ground is 400 yards on the left.

Above all, enjoy today's game - give the team plenty of encouragement, make a whole load of noise, and have a great time!

A Quick Chat With Paul Curtis

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

Aylesbury United manager Paul Curtis, just back from a short holiday, gave a brief interview to Alistair MacLaren earlier today:

Q/ Just a brief comment on the pre-season friendly matches played since we last spoke.

A/ V Wycombe Wanderers 11. Good performance.
V Watford 11. The team that we played were just too good for us on the day.
V Abingdon United. Decent performance.
V Leighton Town. First half not too good but much better in the second half. In fact we played pretty well for about 40 mins, decent for about 15 mins, and awful for about 30 mins.

Q/ Following the pre season games have you any injury worries ahead of tomorrows opening match at Halesowen?

A/ Greg Williams has a knee problem.
John Winter has a back problem.
Jay Gould has a hamstring problem.

Hopefully none of the injuries are too serious. Jack Rashid is back from his holiday and appears to be fit following his shoulder injury.

Q/ What is your squad for the new season?

A/ As follows:

Tom Alabaster, Neil Champelovier, Meshach Cole, Dean Cracknell, Paul Edgeworth, Jay Gould, Danny Gray, Leon Gutzmore, Matt Hayward, Paul Lamb, Daniel Mead, Dean Powles, Jack Rashid, Stuart Smeathers, Ryan Wiffin, Greg Williams, John Winter, Jason Burnham, Kai Ridley.

In addition to those named Peter Smith is also in the squad as our second choice goalkeeper, Andy Partlow is also signed as the third choice goalkeeper. In addition some more reserve players will be added to the squad.

Danny Gray has had a bit of a problem with a groin injury so has not had as much of a work out in the pre season as needed. Because of this he may be playing for Haywoods United tomorrow on loan, he is currently on a non contract basis. Jason Burnham is away for the game tomorrow.

21CD Subscriptions Due

Wednesday 11 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

21CD annual subscriptions are now due for renewal. With the AGM fast approaching you'll need to have renewed your membership to vote on any motions. Membership also entitles you to discounted coach travel, and discounts on club shop merchandise.

A new 21st Century Ducks website is currently in development to remind you why the work of the Trust is so important. Financially the 21CD have donated over ?15,000 since it's conception nearly five years ago, but there are a huge number of way the Trust help out.

Without members renewing their subscriptions though, none of this will be possible. There are several membership options available to cater for all budgets, and all requirements. You can download a membership form from by clicking here, or collect one from the 21CD shop or one of the on-hand 21CD helpers over the next few home matches.

Coach Travel to Halesowen

Wednesday 11 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

There is a choice of two options for travelling to Halesowen this Saturday. The club will be running a player's coach, on which they have 25 spaces available to supporters. 21CD meanwhile are also running a coach, with the whole bus available for supporters.

The difference between the two is leaving times, hence the advantages. As the players coach leaves earlier, extra socialising time is available at the ground both before and after the game. The 21CD coach leaves later, and arrives home earlier, for the prompt traveller.

Cost of a place on a coach is ?14 for 21CD members, or ?17 for non-members. The 21CD coach leaves at 12.15pm, whilst the players coach leaves at 11.15am.

To book a place on the coach call Wendy Brandon on 01296 436468, where you'll be asked to specify which coach you'd like to travel on.

Ladies Team Fixtures

Tuesday 10 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Hot off the press the Ladies First Team Fixtures are now available on the website. The Ladies face a tough looking league this season, with the addition of Luton Town and AFC Bournmouth Ladies Team's, as well as the continued presence of last season's runaway leaders Reading Royals Reserves.

Ian Austin's charges will start their campaign in the FA Cup though, with a match at Buckingham Road against Abbey United on the 5th September. The league season then starts as the Ducks take on newly promoted AFC Bournemouth away on the 12th.

Aylesbury United Ladies' mini-site can be found at:

Pictures From Watford Game

Tuesday 10 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Courtesy of Peter Remnant we have nearly 60 superb quality pictures from the Watford pre-season friendly at Buckingham Road. They are all well worth a look, so click the link below to see.

Click here: Watford Pictures

Keith Evans - AUFC Supporter

Monday 09 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Eight comments |

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Keith Evans, a loyal Aylesbury United fan.

Keith was a keen supporter of Aylesbury United for some years and always a willing volunteer at the Ground Force days. He also recently took several days off work from the Post Office to help us here at the ground, painting fences and pruning shrubs and trees - in very hot weather conditions - to make ready for the new season. By way of a thank you for his hard work he was our guest of honour at the Luton Town friendly game, an occasion I know he appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed.

Keith will be sadly missed by his fellow fans and the staff at Aylesbury United and the Club will be holding a minutes silence at our next home game on Tuesday 17th August in his memory.

Keith?s funeral is being held on Friday, 13th August, 11 am at Milton Keynes Crematorium and afterwards at the Club from 12 noon. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Leighton Town 4 Aylesbury United 3

Saturday 07 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

The Ducks finished their pre-season preparations with a disappointing, but entertaining, 3-4 defeat at Eastern Division side Leighton Town.

The home side raced into a 3-0 lead inside half an hour, with United's defence all at sea. It was always going to be hard to recover, but Aylesbury fought back spiritidly.

By half time they had pulled two goals back - through a Paul Lamb penalty and a Matt Hayward strike. Despite some neat play in the second half they just couldn't find another goal, and it was Leighton who scored again to make it 4-2, the goal coming from ex-Duck Enzo Silvestri.

Aylesbury rallied in the closing stages, and Dean Cracknell fired home, but it was too little, too late and it finished 4-3.

Paul Curtis can find plenty to reflect on - as Aylesbury played some nice football in spells, but sadly the defence looked woeful in equal measures.

A mini-report of this match is now online.

Click here: Leighton Report

Reserves Take on Aston Clinton

Saturday 07 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

The Reserve Team will take on Aston Clinton away this Thursday, the 12th August. Kick-off will be at 6.30pm

From The Boardroom

Saturday 07 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Twelve comments |

Boardroom response to Bucks Herald article published 4th August 2004.

The Board of Directors wish to clear up any confusion with the report in this weeks Bucks Herald highlighting plans for Aylesbury United to install an all weather pitch.

We currently have no plans, let alone funds, to even think about replacing our pitch with an all weather surface.

With reference to Bill Carroll's position at the club - although he remains the major shareholder (owner) he has resigned as Chairman & Director of the Football Club, and has no control or influence in the day to day running of the club.

Currently all Club matters are being dealt with by the board, albeit two of us! (Graham Read and John Newman). We are looking to attract a new Chairman/new Board members.

Can we suggest that we move forward together and draw a line in the sand. We can't keep dwelling on the past - what's done is done. As one body we are looking to establish a working part/committee which will include Board members. The Board, 21CD and Supporters all need to pull together in one direction and put this club back where it should be!

Ducks Travel to Leighton Later

Saturday 07 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

In five hours time, pre-season will be over for Paul Curtis and his team, the referee blows full-time at Leighton Town, where Aylesbury United travel this afternoon.

It's likely to be Aylesbury's first choice line-up on show today, as we make the short journey to Leighton Buzzard. For directions to the club, see the Next Fixture page.

The match is also notable as Leighton are likely to feature popular ex-Duck Enzo Silvestri. Enzo joined Leighton this summer after a return to former club Thame United.

Paul Curtis on Maidenhead

Thursday 05 August 2004 - 1:00 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments | Used tags: , , , , , , ,

Alistair MacLaren once more caught up with Paul Curtis after last Saturday's final match at Maidenhead United. Here's what he had to say:

"In the first half we didn't play very well, especially in defence. For the second half changes were made to sacrifice defence to try and boost the attack, and as a result of injuries.

We weren't too lucky in the game on that front. Danny Gordon has suffered a knee and ankle injury in making a sensational defensive block. Danny is one of those players who puts in that extra bit of effort, which unfortunately can sometimes lead to injury problems. The injuries will keep him out for 6 to 8 weeks, so he should be back in time for pre-season.

Donovan Reed was withdrawan at half-time after sustaining a knock, but his substitution was a tactical decision as well. Danny Gray is still returning to full fitness, and didn't last the whole game, and Jay Gould also took a knock in the game.

Two young players made their debuts for the club, Erkan Okay and Leigh Meddows. Both played their parts and had decent games. Erkan was unfortunately involved in Maidenhead's goal, whereas Leigh played a part in our first goal.

In wouldn't be right to forget Alvin Bubb's sensational goal - beating three players and slotting the ball home. A goal he's been thretening to score for a while now."

A more in depth chat with Paul is planned in a couple of weeks time. If you have any questions you would like answered, please e-mail me and we'll put them to him.


Youth Team Pre-Season Friendlies

Wednesday 04 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

The Aylesbury United Youth Team have arranged a number of pre-season friendlies, the first of which is tomorrow night. They are as follows:

5th August - 2 matches - Haywood United (a) - kick-off 6.30pm and Berkhamsted Town (behind closed doors)

8th August - Wealdstone (at Broadfield Sports Ground, Headstone Lane Harrow) - kick-off 11am

9th August - Luton Town (h) - kick-off 7.45pm

16th August - Tring Athletic (at Cow Lane Ground, Tring) - kick-off 6.30pm

18th August - Harpenden Town (a) - kick-off 7.45pm

22nd August - Bucks CC (at Buckss CC) - kick-off 10.30am

Other games with dates to be confirmed: Barton Rovers, Thame United and Elmhurst Youth.

Clearly the pick of the bunch there is the only home friendly, against Luton Town. This match will be played at Buckingham Road, so get down and support the future Ducks stars!

Worgan Signs For Rushden

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

Following on from our interview with former Aylesbury goalkeeper Lee Worgan, the youngster has signed a 12-month contract with Rushden & Diamonds. Lee impressed Rushden manager Ernie Tippett during pre-season to earn himself the move, which has the option of a further spell after that.

Lee would also like to wish everyone at Aylesbury well, and for hopes we have a good season.

Abingdon United 0 Aylesbury 4

Tuesday 03 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

The Ducks came away with a fairly straightforward win against Abingdon United, although they had to work hard, especially in the opening 20 minutes.

All the goals came in the second half - the first from substitute Dean Cracknell, then a superb brace from Dean Powles, before Paul Edgeworth rounded off a good night's work for Aylesbury.

A mini-report of this match is available by clicking the link below, or checking the fixtures page.

Click here: Abingdon Report

Ducks Travel to Abingdon Tonight

Tuesday 03 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Tonight sees Aylesbury United take on Abingdon United at Northcourt Road in the penultimate pre-season friendly of 2004/05. Paul Curtis is likely to field a team as close as possible to his starting XI that will face Halesowen in 10 days time, as the squad look to build up their fitness in time for the big kick-off.

For directions to the match, see the 'Next Match' page from the menu, or use the below link.

Click here: Next Match

Reserve Fixtures Available

Monday 02 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

The Reserve Team fixtures for 2004/05 are now available for viewing online. The team, lead by new manager Kevin England and assisted by Simon Lacey, will compete in the Capital League South Western Division this season.

Matches will be played on a Wednesday night, with the team starting at Harrow Borough on the 18th August, before returning to Buckingham Road for an encounter with Windsor & Eton on the 25th.

Click here: Reserve Team Fixtures

Forthcoming Friendlies

Monday 02 August 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

There seems to be some confusion regarding the dates of the last two pre-season friendlies. The actual dates are outlined below:

Abingdon United - 3rd August, 7.45pm - Away
Leighton Town - 7th August, 3pm - Away.

Additionally, the Reserve Team will be taking on Risborough Rangers, also away, on the 4th August. Kick-off for this match will be 6.30pm, as Risborough have no floodlights.