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Club To Make Statement Next Week

Thursday 31 May 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

In light of Jon Franklin's resignation, the Club will make a full statement next week following a board meeting by the directors.

Until that time we would ask supporters to be patient, and understand that we are working hard to ensure the best possible solution as we look to take Aylesbury United forward.


Full Statement From Jon Franklin

Thursday 31 May 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

It saddens me to find myself in the position today where I have tendered my resignation. This has not been an easy decision for me as football is my life outside of my family. This has, I believe, been reluctantly accepted by the club, however I feel it is in the best interest of the club for financial reasons.

When I was appointed I brought in a management team who I believed over the course of a few seasons we would achieve promotion and a cup or two, and certainly we were not far away from that in our first attempt considering the upheaval the club had been through, this was not only credit to us four but also the players and the committee.

I have worked tirelessly this season week in week out acknowledging how difficult it has been for the club and in financial terms I have personally put a lot into it.

I knew my assistant wanted to manage at this level and above, however I did not expect it to be after one season, throwing all this previous campaign into disarray.

We had talked about a role reversal and after a lot of thought I decided I could not do that and either had to stay as manager or go.

In staying as manager I knew I would lose Tony, Ken and possibly Mark, more importantly the club would lose financial input as well, therefore the decision was made for me to go and in doing so securing an element of this coming season financially providing Tony, Ken and Mark stay.

Obviously my disappointment is that we could not come to a solution between us, which would not have been for the want of trying on my behalf, however it was not to be on some of the other parties' behalf.

I wish to make it clear that this is nothing to do with budget, club or committee and I thank the committee for all the support they have given me throughout the season and I sincerely wish you all the best for the coming campaign and beyond.

The supporters have been fantastic under the circumstances and I hope you stand by whatever decision is made by the committee.

The funny thing is I thought the wife would be happy but strangely enough she is not!!

I will watch the future of the club with interest.

Jon Franklin


Franklin Leaves Post

Wednesday 30 May 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

Aylesbury United Football Club today announces that they have regretfully accepted the resignation of manager Jon Franklin.

At this moment the club have nothing further to say, but a full statement will be issued either later tonight or tomorrow.


End Of Season Awards

Saturday 26 May 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Daniel Mead was crowned Supporters' Player of the Year at last night's presentation evening for the second time.

Mead also took Manager's Player of the Year, with Liam Smyth winning both Player's Player and Young Player of the Year. Tom Vincent was awarded AFS Internet Player of the Year.

A special award was also made to this season's Clubman Of The Year, well done to Wendy Brandon for her excellent work throughout the season.

The full set of awards for all teams is as follows:

First Team

Supporters Player of the Year

1st (23%) - Daniel Mead

2nd (17%) - Liam Smyth

3rd (16%) - Richard Pringle

AFS Internet Player of the Year

Tom Vincent

Players Player of the Year

Liam Smyth

Manager's Player of the Year

Daniel Mead

Young Player of the Year

Liam Smyth

Youth Team

Most Improved Player: Yunas Ilyas

Manager's Player of the Year: Daniel Jones

Player's Player of the Year: Lewis Creser

Ladies First Team

Top Goalscorer: Nicola Hunt (23 goals)

Most Improved Player: Laura Andrews

Player's Player of the Year: Gemma Franklin

Manager's Player of the Year: Gemma Franklin

Ladies Reserve Team

Top Goalscorer: Michelle Banham

Player's Player of the Year: Eileen Gaffney

Manager's Player of the Year: Laura Andrews

Ladies Under-16s

Top Goalscorer: Nicola Hunt (11 goals)

Player of the Year: Megs Franklin

Congratulations to everyone that won awards, and well done to everyone involved for staging another entertaining evening.


Presentation Evening Tonight

Friday 25 May 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Four comments |

A reminder that the Aylesbury United end of season Presentation Evening takes place tonight at Rivets Sports & Social Club.

Events get underway at 7pm, and include all the awards for First Team, Youth and Ladies.

Tickets can be purchased on the night priced at £6 which includes a buffet.

The event will also be a 'Fun Night' with a range of competitions taking place including Prize Darts, Pool, Table Football and much more!


First Pre-Season Friendlies Confirmed

Thursday 24 May 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United have confirmed that three pre-season friendlies have already been scheduled.

They are as follows:

Saturday 28th July - Waltham Forest (A)

Saturday 4th August - Northampton Spencer (A)

Saturday 11th August - Bracknell Town (A)

For the Waltham Forest game the club are looking at arranging a full day out including a Dog Racing evening, more details to follow.

Forest is also the current club of former Ducks assistant Terry Back, where he is Chairman, and defender Danny Honeyball who is manager.

Both Northampton Spencer and Bracknell Town have been Cup opponents to United in recent years, and will provide a useful test ahead of the new season.


Youth Team Secure 3rd

Saturday 19 May 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

The Youth Team secured 3rd place in the league by winning their final match of the season against Burnham 1-0.

Aylesbury started the brighter, and scored what turned out to be the game's only goal after 8 minutes through DJ Jones.

United could have extended their lead before the break with several chances, before the match became a scrappy affair in the second half.

The win made sure the Ducks finished 3rd in the league, and with the best defensive record of the competition.


Re. Reserve Team

Friday 18 May 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Aylesbury United would like to apologise to Tring Athletic following an inaccurately reported potential agreement for next season.

No groundshare deal for the Ducks' reserve team has been agreed with Tring, or even discussed.

Aylesbury United would therefore like to apologise for any misunderstanding caused by the article's publication.


Youth Team Dramatically Win 4-3

Sunday 13 May 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United Youth won their penultimate game 4-3 to deny hosts Henley Town the league Championship, the winning goal coming deep in stoppage time on Thursday night.

After going two goals down, United scorers were Chris Aslett, Justin Gordon and Lewis Creser, as the game swung one way and then the other, before Tom Burton hit the late winning strike.

A full report is now available.

The U18s complete their season next Thursday (17th) when they host Burnham at their third 'home' ground of the season, HENLEY TOWN FC, kick off 7.45.

A win or draw would see Aylesbury clinch 3rd place in the table with defeat leaving them in 5th. They also have the best defensive record in the league, having conceded 18 goals in the 15 games to date.


End of Season Directors Statement

Tuesday 08 May 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

Vice-Chairman John Newman has issued the following director's statement:

Firstly congratulations to the management team and the players, because to finish 5 minutes and 1 point away from the playoffs was a huge achievement in view of our homeless existence. If we had been successful in reaching the playoffs, surely we would have started as favourites for promotion, as the team was playing with a swagger and was full of confidence, we had a fantastic record over the last few weeks that was second to none.

A big thank you to the hardcore of supporters who have been fantastic this season, not only at home, but travelling all over the country, where their vocal support has provided that 12th man. If only we could get a few more to come and support us next season at our home games.

Many thanks also to the Club’s hard working committee, the many volunteers who help out on match days, and the companies and individuals who have sponsored the Club this season, your commitment to the cause is much appreciated.

Next season we will again play our home games at Chesham, and as you all now know, despite many rumours the management team have confirmed their commitment to Aylesbury United for the foreseeable future, and hopefully the majority of the players will do the same. This is great news as we stride for a brighter future for the Club, and also helps to bring stability on the pitch.

Congratulations also to both the Ladies and Youth section who like the first team have to work through a nomadic existence, Andy Foster and Chris Penny along with their respective team of coaches and talented players have performed admirably.

The most important issue we have to resolve is getting the Club back playing football in Aylesbury, this is proving to be harder than we first envisaged, but we are committed to pursuing each and every option available, but it is painstaking slow and frustrating, but we battle on until we achieve our goal.

With the local elections now out of the way, maybe our councillors should stand up and be counted, do they want Aylesbury United Football Club back in Aylesbury, or are they happy to see us die. Maybe the electorate, many who are our supporters could start to exert some pressure, by asking pertinent questions of their councillors. The Football Club provides a service to the community, but this is very difficult when we are homeless, although it’s not the responsibility of the District Council to provide us with a home, they are in a stronger position than anyone to help with our plight.

The Club’s presentation evening is on Friday 25th May at Rivet Sports and Social Club, with 1st team, Ladies and Youth team represented, the evening starts at 7 pm, tickets are available at £6. Look forward to seeing many of you there.

Up The Ducks!

John Newman


Bromsgrove Promoted After Playoff Win

Saturday 05 May 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

Congratulations to Bromsgrove Rovers, who beat Willenhall Town this afternoon to win promotion in the Division One Midlands Playoff Final.

In a tense and closely fought game, Rovers trailed 1-0 at the interval after Craig Gregg headed home for Willenhall on 16 minutes.

But the home side hit back to equalise just after the break, and that's how it stayed with the game going into extra-time, before Jermaine Clarke scored ten minutes before the end.

The result means Bromsgrove will take their place in the Premier Division next season alongside Champions Brackley Town.


Exclusive: Franklin Commits To Ducks

Saturday 05 May 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury United manager Jon Franklin has commited his future to the club after recent speculation.

The following is a statement issued by him this afternoon:

"Whilst it has been publicised I have been linked with a vacant job at another club I can confirm that myself and my management team will be staying with Aylesbury United for the forthcoming season 07/08.

I am very happy with the plans for the coming season and the discussion Graham and I have had, however discussions will continue between me, Graham and John on Graham's return from holiday on issues other than the budget - just to secure a positive start to the season.

I will be putting a final report on the web site in the next week on my reflections over the past season and how we hope to take the coming campaign forward.