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Swonnell Re-Signs

Thursday 28 June 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury United have completed the re-signing of former Watford midfielder Sam Swonnell.

Swonnell, who can play either in the centre or on the left of midfield, had a short spell at the club at the start of last season cut short due to work commitments.

First Team coach Mark Eaton confirmed the signing and described Swonnell as an "exceptional signing".

He goes on: "To date virtually all of last year's squad have now re-signed. We have two or three new targets as well but overall are very happy with the way the squad is coming together."

Pre-season training for the team starts on 5th July at RAF Halton.


New Era To Be Shirt Sponsors

Thursday 28 June 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United are delighted to announce that cap company New Era will be the club's new shirt sponsors.

New Era are the biggest cap company in the world, manufacturing merchandise for all the major baseball, basketball and american football names in the USA.

More recently they moved into football in the UK and supply the FA in addition to most of the Premier League clubs.

For more information about New Era, see their website.


Reserve/Youth Friendlies

Tuesday 26 June 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

The Reserve and Youth Teams have a number of pre-season friendlies confirmed, as follows:

Reserve Team

7th August - Buckingham Athletic (A) 7.45pm

18th August - Bierton (A) 3pm

Youth Team

8th August - Thame United (A)

15th August - Risborough Rangers (A)

22nd August - Oxford City (H - Venue TBC)

29th August - Colney Heath (A)


Thompson Signs Two

Tuesday 19 June 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Tony Thompson has made his first two signings as Aylesbury United manager with the capture of Dean Buss and Ross Taylor.

Tall centre back Buss joins after a year with Dunstable Town where he became an integral part of their team having previously played for Hemel Hempstead Town.

Ross Taylor has signed from Aylesbury Vale having mostly played local football in his career. A versatile player he is a midfielder firstly but can also play in defence.

Welcome to the club to both new players.


Former United Boss Dies

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

John Harding, who had a short spell as manager of Aylesbury United in 1999, has died at the age of just 54.

Harding, who was working as First Team coach at Barnet, died on Sunday after failing to recover from a heart attack suffered last week.

Aylesbury United would like to offer their condolences to John's family and friends.

Although only with the club for a short period of time he was a dedicated professional and gave his utmost to the job. He will be sadly missed by the footballing community.


Reserve/Youth Pre-Season Trials

Monday 18 June 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Reserve and Youth Team Trials will take place on Saturday 14th and Saturday 21st July 10am to 12pm at Meadowcroft Playing Fields.

The sessions are open to any new players interested in playing for either side for the forthcoming season. Players must be 16 or over, and would ideally need to attend both sessions.

For more information please contact Eddie (reserves) on 07842 113256 or Chris (youth) on 07961 512744.


Thompson Speaks Of His Plans

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

Well as Graham [Read] said in the club statement issued last week, the roller coaster ride that is Aylesbury United football Club has taken another twist and turn.

I am personally very proud and feel privileged to be sitting in the front seat of the ride and intend enjoying every minute of it.

My job is simple, it is to reduce the amount of twists and turns and produce a smooth straight ride on the pitch.

Last year I was heavily involved in aspects of the club so I am not coming into the job cold.

I know all the players, how they play, what they need to improve on and so I will be striving to ensure that we hit the ground running.

As the players enjoy their close season break Ken, Mark and I have been busy.

We have managed to secure a quality training surface at RAF Halton and Ken has drawn

up a pre-season schedule that will ensure a fit,strong, healthy squad as the first game of the season arrives.

We have met all last seasons players collectively and on a one to one basis.

From their responses I am confident that each and every one of them will sign for the forthcoming season.

I need to strengthen the depth of the squad and to this end I am currently holding meetings with a handful of quality players that I would like to sign (watch this space)

One of the most pleasing aspects for me is the fact that 10 of the squad of 15 either live in Aylesbury or within a 15 mile radius.

They all want to learn and play for their local team.

Behind the scenes everyone is working extremely hard to ensure that we return to play in Aylesbury at the earliest opportunity.

My management team, players and I will be striving to do our utmost on the pitch.

I am also convinced that as with last year our loyal hardcore supporters who support us magnificently well, will be back throwing their full weight and vocal support behind the team.


Many Thanks for your support

Tony Thompson


Ladies Seeking New Head Coach

Tuesday 12 June 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Aylesbury United Ladies are looking for a new head coach to oversee the development of the squad and junior coaches.

Candidate should preferably at least Level 2 qualified looking to achieve Level 3.

The club are also recruiting new players for next season as follows:

- Under 16 - must be school years 10 or 11

- Ladies - must have turned 16 years old

All enquiries please contact Andy Foster on 07840 441855 or email


Thompson Confirmed as Ducks Boss

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

After further talks with the Directors today, Tony Thompson has committed himself to AUFC for next season as first team manager. He will be assisted by coaches Mark Eaton and Ken Hollis.

The players have all been advised of his appointment, and he will be meeting them later this week to discuss next season.


Club Statement

Tuesday 05 June 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

This statement is issued on behalf of Aylesbury United Football Club's Board of Directors and Club Committee, as we all feel that there is no benefit to anyone or their families to have a public

slanging match and need to move on as a club.

Aylesbury United Football Club want to state categorically that Jon Franklin’s resignation is not attributed to any pressure being placed on him by any other member of the playing management team, club committee or the Board of Directors, neither is it as a result of any financial pressures being placed on the club.

Everyone at the club has been extremely impressed by the work Tony Thompson, Ken Hollis and Mark Eaton have done this year both on the playing / coaching side, and the way they have represented AUFC this season (last). They have all supported Jon Franklin to the maximum and strived to do the best for the team.

Tony made it quite clear at the time, when asked to join the club, that he could only consider it if he could bring in Ken and Mark who had been with him for a number of years at other clubs. They would prove to be valuable assets in any set up.

He (Tony) also stated clearly that, although he would give his unreserved support, it was his intention to manage at this level when an opportunity arose.

This opportunity presented itself when Chesham United FC advertised its managerial vacancy. Tony was bitterly disappointed, as were the AUFC committee, when without consultation Jon applied for

the post, not just on his own behalf, but on behalf of the entire management team.

During this period Graham Read had spoken with Tony, and asked him if he would 'caretake' manage AUFC should Jon be appointed manager of CUFC. Tony spoke to Jon and suggested that this was an opportunity for them both to manage a club at this level.

Jon however was insistent that he wanted to stay together, even if that meant Tony and Jon swapping roles. This was mutually agreed.

This agreement meant that Tony did not apply for any other posts as and when they were advertised, and therefore they could all give maximum efforts to ensure the team pushed for a playoff place.

Following the end of the season and close season holidays, Jon did not mention a word about the agreement to 'Reverse roles'. It was only at the pre season management meeting (one that flu precluded Tony from attending). Jon announced that he had in fact changed his mind, and decided to stay on as Manager. That was that. As far as all concerned (Mark & Ken) including Tony, would all have to re-consider their positions.

Tony was somewhat surprised therefore, that the very next day Jon called him to say that he had changed his mind again. He was to resign presumably following conversations with Mark and Ken canvassing for support.

When Jon mentioned in his statement about 'Financial reasons'. These are simply that the company Mark Eaton works for has agreed to be one of a number of sponsors for the club next year. This was never taken into consideration by the club to use as a lever to force its manager out, or retain the services of Mark Eaton.

The club will not be held to ransom or threats over finances. If Mark should leave and take any pending sponsorship deals away from the club, it is an amount that the club could easily regenerate through one of the many sponsors it is currently in negotiation with.

We honestly believe that Jon probably feels that he has made a number of regrettable decisions starting with the application to Chesham United, and that he has simply lost the trust and support of those around him to continue.

The other three members of the management team have behaved in an honest and open manner and have done nothing for them to be criticized over.

On Monday the Directors had 'In-depth' discussions with Tony, Mark, and Ken to resolve many issues pending.

The committee are hopeful that Tony will be able to 'Pick the mantle' and move forward next season with the minimal amount of fuss. Tony has the backing of the players, and hopefully many will re-sign for next season. On-going negotiations between Tony and the Directors will take place later this week for the vacancy of First Team Manager.

We would like to place on record our thanks to Jon Franklin for all his efforts this year and wish him well in the future.

Therefore it's the normal Aylesbury United 'Roller Coaster' ride during the close season, just another 'hurdle' cleared in taking the club forward. No doubt, we will have more in our search for the new ground / home in Aylesbury.

Aylesbury United Board of Directors

Monday June 4th 2007