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Campaign T-Shirts Available From Wednesday

Tuesday 31 July 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury United 'Bring The Ducks Home' t-shirts will be available at Wednesday's pre-season friendly at Buckingham Town, and for order from this website after that.

Featuring the campaign logo, we need as many people as possible to wear the shirt and promote the club's cause.

A donation of £10 or more to the fighting fund which will get you a t-shirt in the size of your choice (S, M, L, XL, and XXL).

Bring The Ducks Home T-Shirt


Management Team Update

Monday 30 July 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Assistant manager Mark Eaton has provided an update from the management team following Saturday's game at Waltham Forest.

Follow the link to read his detailed report.


Buckingham Game Now 7pm

Monday 30 July 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Seven comments |

Wednesday night's pre-season friendly at Buckingham Town has been brought forward to a 7pm kick-off.

Buckingham are still managed by ex-Duck Tony Joyce and may feature a number of former Aylesbury players amongst their ranks.

Following Saturday's 1-1 draw at Waltham Forest manager Tony Thompson will be hoping to get his first win since taking charge of United.


Leach Commits To Ducks

Sunday 29 July 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Club captain Nick Leach has committed himself to Aylesbury United following yesterday's game at Waltham Forest.

Leach's future had been in doubt after speculation linking the central defender with a move to the Ducks' rivals Chesham United.

It is another boost to Tony Thompson ahead of the new season, as he looks to build a settled squad before the season kicks off for real on the 18th August.


Waltham Forest 1 Aylesbury 1

Sunday 29 July 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Eleven comments |

Aylesbury kicked off their pre-season schedule with a competitive 1-1 draw at Waltham Forest.

After an even first half ex-Duck Darren Grieves opened the scoring for the Stags after 75 minutes with a looping header from inside the area.

But United fought back and after Craig Henney hit the bar with a sublime lob, the eventually equalised when Carl Kavanagh turned the ball home following a brief scramble with ten minutes remaining.

The match was a good workout for the players, who now head to Buckingham Town on Wednesday evening - a match which now kicks off at 7.00pm

Aylesbury team: Tom Vincent, Nathan Liburd, Kevin Mealor, Nick Leach, Carl Kavanagh, Matt Butler, Ben Stevens, Liam Smyth, Chris Francis, Craig Henney, Daniel Jones. Subs used: Sam Swonnel, Jamie O'Grady, Justin Gordon, Luke Melisi, Julian Old


Ducks Gear Up For First Friendly

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

Aylesbury United are all set for their first pre-season friendly of 2007, a trip to Waltham Forest on Saturday.

Waltham are managed by former United defender Danny Honeyball, and have ex-Duck Darren Grieves in their squad as well as our former assistant manager Terry Back as Chairman.

Aylesbury manager Tony Thompson has today confirmed his squad for the game, and other pre-season matches as follows:

Matt Butler, Chris Francis, Justin Gordon, Craig Henney, Danny Jones, Carl Kavanagh, Nathan Liburd, Ruben Max-Grant, Kevin Mealor, Luke Melisi, Jamie O'Grady, Julian Old, Jack Sillitoe, Andy Shed, Liam Smyth, Ben Stevens, Sam Swonnel, Ross Taylor, Tom Vincent

Thompson also disclosed that he is in discussion with three further players.

Directions to Waltham's Wadham Lodge ground can be found on the next match page.


Aylesbury United Christmas Auction

Wednesday 25 July 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

As part of this years fundraising effort by the Youth Team we are holding a Christmas Auction throughout December. The funds raised from this will help the team through an extremely expensive season.

We are currently looking for lots that we can include for auction. If anyone has something they wish to donate, please contact me through the club email address.

Prizes already secured include:

- A round of golf for two at the professionally designed Oxfordshire Golf Course

- Manchester United tickets

- An MP3 Player

- Function room hire at a local venue

- A tour for two at Chelsea FC

- A football birthday party for 12 youngsters at Aylesbury United.

All other donations are gratefully received and sponsors can expect acknowledgements in the AUFC matchday programme and a link on the club website through the Youth Sponsors Page. So if you have something that would make a great Christmas present for somebody, please get in touch.

Chris Penny

Youth Team Manager

PLEASE NOTE this is not ebay!! New/unwanted items only. We are not looking for second hand/used items thank you.


Bring The Ducks Home Support Grows

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

Clarke-Rendall Business Furniture Ltd, have become the latest company to get behind the 'Bring The Ducks Home' campaign.

Managing Director Martin Clarke has agreed to purchase the campaign T-Shirts on behalf of the Club.

Martin is no stranger to the Club and regularly attends games, his father Alan 'Nobby' was a lifetime fan of the Ducks, and was a steward and gateman at the Club for many years, until his untimely death in April this year.

The T-Shirts will available shortly, and fans can donate any amount to the fighting fund which will be used to publicise and highlight our current plight, but for £10 or more you will receive a T-Shirt in the size of your choice (S, M, L, XL, and XXL).

All payments should be made payable to Aylesbury United Supporters Trust (21CD) Ltd.


Thatcham Friendly In Doubt

Monday 23 July 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Aylesbury's pre-season trip to Thatcham Town on August 8th is in some doubt due to the recent weather.

Our hosts Waterside Park ground is unfortunately living up to its name, and is currently flooded out following torrential rain.

News on any cancellation will be posted as soon as it becomes available.


Two Fixture Dates Changed

Monday 23 July 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United's fixtures against Rushall Olympic have both been moved from midweek to Saturday matches.

Aylesbury United vs Rushall Olympic will now be played on Saturday 23rd February 2008.

The return fixture of Rushall Olympic vs Aylesbury United will now take place on Saturday 8th March 2008.


Your Support Please

Monday 23 July 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Beachcroft LLP is a law firm that has supported Chesham United through being their Youth Team's shirt sponsor. Caroline Cherry is one of their top staff and has asked them to see if they can help her raise some cash for a worthwhile charity, which is based in her home town … Aylesbury! She says:

"Last year I did the Bristol Half Marathon for Cancer Research UK and raised just over £1,000. This year I have tripled my challenge.....

"I plan to run 3 races, in 3 months, to raise £3,000. My challenge starts on 12 August in Australia, when I will take to the streets of Sydney and run from the City to Bondi beach (approximately 14km) in the annual City2Surf fun run.

"On Sunday 9 September I will then return to the streets of Bristol and take part in this years Half Marathon, with the aim of knocking at least 5 minutes off last year's time.

"My final challenge will be my first Cardiff Half Marathon on 14 October 2007 where I am hoping to push myself to the limit and complete the course in under 1hr 45 mins.

"And why am I doing this? Well, my chosen charity is the Lymphoma Association, which is a charity that is very close to my family's heart. They are based in Aylesbury, a town very close to where I grew up, and provide support and care to those suffering from Lymphatic cancer.

"So, if anyone would like to sponsor me for my madness, then it would be much appreciated. I will take the time to create some sponsorship forms in the next few weeks, but for the time being I have a page set up at the following link:

"Many thanks to you all… "

Chesham United have put a link on their web site and we are happy to help out too in support of both an Aylesbury girl supporting a locally based charity and in recognition of the help that we've received from our hosts. And the money's going nowhere near the law firm but to a truly worthwhile cause!

Thank you for your support


Cook In At The Cottage

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

Former Aylesbury United youngster Lee Cook has today signed for Premiership side Fulham, for an undisclosed fee rumoured to be in the region of £2.5m.

Having come through United's Youth ranks 'Cookie' broke into the first team in 1999 and after a string of impressive performances earned himself a trial with Watford.

A permanent transfer followed, from where he joined his boyhood club Queen's Park Rangers in the summer of 2004.

His excellent form on the wing earned him Young Player of the Year award in his first season at QPR, followed by both the Supporters' Player and Players' Player of the Year awards.

Transfer rumours have surrounded the winger since last summer, and QPR chairman Gianni Paladini had slapped a £10m asking price on Cook's head in January, when Fulham first expressed an interest.


Ducks Kick-Off At Home to Sutton Coldfield

Wednesday 18 July 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury United will kick-off their new league season with a home match against Sutton Coldfield Town on August 18th, after the fixtures were released today.

That game will be swiftly followed by a trip to former landlords Leighton Town on Tuesday 21st.

In something of a surprise, United will face Leighton at home on Boxing Day, as opposed to their traditional rivals and current hosts Chesham United, whilst Dunstable Town provide New Years Day opposition.

Aylesbury United's full list of fixtures is now available on this website.


More Sponsors On Board

Tuesday 17 July 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

The Club are pleased to announce that the 'Horse and Jockey' and 'Premier Travel Inn', have joined the growing band of companies sponsoring Aylesbury United Football Club this season.

Their Buckingham Road facilities are to become the home pub/hotel for Ducks fans, with coaches for all away games starting and finishing there, giving fans the opportunity to meet up and have a drink before and after games.

The pub is also be used as a base to launch the campaign to 'bring the ducks home' as the Club continue it’s search for a new ground in Aylesbury.

The Ducks start their friendlies with a game away to Waltham Forest on Saturday 28th July, with the coach leaving station way at midday and the Horse and Jockey at 12.15. This trip includes a night at Walthamstow Dogs. Contact Wendy Brandon as usual for bookings on 07729119442.


Matchday Stewards Required

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

Aylesbury United are looking to appoint additional Matchday Stewards ahead of the new season.

We are looking for people to join our existing team, lead by Ron Knock, in stewarding home games. No experience necessary but you should be calm whilst authorative and capable of dealing with a wide variety of situations which might occur.

Whilst the post would be voluntary we offer several 'perks' such as free admission and a free programme at home games.

For further details please contact the club by e-mailing


Pre-Season Trials On Saturday

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

The first Reserve and Youth Team Trials take place this Saturday 14th July 10am to 12pm at Meadowcroft Playing Fields.

Alternatively, should you not be able to make this Saturday, the second session takes place a week later on the 21st July.

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.


Further Friendlies Added

Wednesday 11 July 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Aylesbury United have confirmed two additional pre-season friendlies have been added to the existing list.

The Ducks will travel to Buckingham Town, where former United full-back Tony Joyce is currently manager, on Wednesday 1st August, kick-off at 7.45pm.

To add extra interest to the match Buckingham also list ex-Ducks Aston Goss, Jamie O'Grady and Kai Ridley amongst their squad.

Aylesbury have also scheduled a trip to Thatcham Town on Wednesday 8th August, kick-off at 7.45pm.

Thatcham were promoted from the Wessex League in 2006 and went on to finish 6th in their very first season in the Southern League Division One South & West last time out.


Slimbridge Resign From League

Wednesday 11 July 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Sport Italia Hellenic League Premier Division champions Slimbridge have resigned from the British Gas Business Southern League Division One Midlands – before kicking a ball in it.

In a statement released by the club, secretary David Phillips stated: "It is with the utmost regret that that Slimbridge AFC announce their resignation from the BGB Business Football League Division One Midlands with immediate effect.

The decision was reached at a club committee meeting on Monday evening. In his statement the club chairman John Mack, cited a serious lack of loyalty, integrity and commitment from some members of the club and he truly felt let down by that.

This unfolding situation has cast severe doubts as to the ability of the club to compete seriously at Step 4 level. It is the reason behind the decision to withdraw.

It was confirmed that the club will continue its membership of the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League.

The club apologises to all supporters for the huge disappointment they must be feeling. For all those who have already applied for a season ticket, appropriate refunds will be made within the next seven days.

All the planned pre-season games will be cancelled.

John Mack has stated that he will remain as chairman for the foreseeable future but, will unfortunately, lose the services of Dave Phillips as secretary within the next few days.

Phillips himself adds that he fully supports the stance taken by Mack. "It is incredible how the euphoria of the club`s most successful season in their 105-year history can turn into this nightmare in two months.

"The club must now re-group and move forward. I have had a wonderful five years at the club but now I feel that it is the right time to step aside. I wish Slimbridge AFC all the best for the future."

The resignation now leaves Aylesbury's league short of a team, with 21 remaining competitors and it is though unlikely that a replacement will be drafted in at this late stage.


Bring The Ducks Home

Tuesday 10 July 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Eight comments |

As Aylesbury United Football Club approach their 110th season, the Club have launched a campaign to 'Bring The Ducks Home' and highlight their current homeless plight.

Bring The Ducks Home

The Ducks currently play their 'home' games at Chesham United's ground, but need to return to Aylesbury as soon as possible to be financially viable and easily accessible to its current fans and for a future generation of supporters.

The Club also needs a base to support its Youth development, Reserves and Ladies section.

The intention is to obtain as much exposure as possible through the many media outlets to place pressure on the local authorities to help find a new home for the Ducks.

Over the next few weeks T-Shirts will be available to purchase from the Club, bearing the campaign slogan.

The Club will also be teaming up with their new shirt sponsors, New Era Cap Co, to have various sports personalities, photographed wearing the new shirt. This will hopefully help provide national recognition of our campaign.

On the eve of the British Grand Prix the Club helped organise a football match between the Red Bull racing team and their Italian team Toro Rosso. Pictured wearing (last season's) AUFC shirt is driver Vitantonio Liuzzi, also pictured driver Scott Speed and the Red Bull PR girls. Mark Webber (pictured below with AUFC Commercial Director Richard Shepherd) was also present at the game played by pit crews and technicians.

F1 Driver Vitantonio Liuzzi Wearing Last Season's Aylesbury United Shirt

F! Driver Scott Speed With The Red Bull PR Girls

F1 Driver Mark Webber with Aylesbury United Commercial Director Richard Shepherd


FA Youth Cup Drawn

Wednesday 04 July 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United have learnt their opponent in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup, which was drawn earlier this week.

The Ducks will face Chalfont St. Peter, at home (venue to be confirmed) on 26th September.

Should the team progress they will face Newport Pagnell Town or Bracknell Town away on 10th October.

Meanwhile the club are pleased to announce that New Era will also be Youth Team shirt sponsors, meaning that the club's youngsters will wear the same kit as the First Team throughout the season.


New Look Website Launched

Tuesday 03 July 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Aylesbury United's new look Official Website has been launched this evening, ahead of the new season.

The website still has all your favourite features, but sports a redesigned layout which brings it back up to date and back amongst the best of non-league websites.

We hope you enjoy using the new website, and if you have any comments or queries please use the feedback page to get in touch with us.


Club Bonding Day

Tuesday 03 July 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Aylesbury United are organising a 'Club Bonding Day' to coincide with their first pre-season friendly on the 28th July.

After the game against Waltham Forest, supporters are invited to join us on a trip to Walthamstow Dogs in the evening.

A price of £20 will get travel to and from East London, entry to the dogs, two bottles of beer or two glasses of wine and a £1 bet (entry to Waltham Forest FC not included).

For more information and to book your place please contact Wendy Brandon on 01296 436468.


Errea Cup Drawn

Tuesday 03 July 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

Aylesbury United have drawn their landlords Chesham United in the First Round of the Errea Cup.

The tie will be played during the week commencing 24th September 2007, exact date will be confirmed in due course.

The full draw is as follows:

AFC Hayes v Slough Town

Aylesbury United v Chesham United

Barton Rovers v Uxbridge

Berkhamsted Town v Woodford United

Bishops Cleeve v Cinderford Town

Bridgwater Town v Slimbridge

Chasetown v Bedworth United

Didcot Town v Andover

Dunstable Town v Leighton Town

Farnborough v Abingdon United

Godalming Town v Thatcham Town

Hillingdon v Bracknell Town

Marlow v Burnham

Oxford City v Fleet Town

Paulton Rovers v Gosport Borough

Romulus v Rushall Olympic

Rothwell Town v Leamington

Stourbridge v Malvern Town

Stourport Swifts v Evesham United

Taunton Town v Newport IOW

Willenhall Town v Sutton Coldfield Town

Windsor & Eton v Winchester City


FA Competitions Drawn

Monday 02 July 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

The early stages of the FA Cup and FA Trophy have been drawn, with Aylesbury United being handed testing opposition in both.

The FA Cup Preliminary Round sees the Ducks entertain Newport (Isle of Wight) at the Meadow on 1st September.

Newport play at the same level as United, in the South & West Division of the Southern League, and last season finished 19th.

Then in the FA Trophy Preliminary Round Aylesbury will travel to Ryman League side Enfield Town on the 6th October.