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Ducks Lose Penalty Battle

Tuesday 30 October 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Aylesbury United went out of the Errea Cup this evening 5-4 on penalties to Berkhamsted Town after 120 minutes of football couldn't seperate the sides.

The Ducks team showed 6 changes from the win over Malvern as fringe players were handed their chance to impress, whilst James Faulkner came in to make his debut.

After a lacklustre first half the home side took the lead, but it was quickly cancelled out when Nick Leach prodded home from close range.

No further scoring followed, and a blank extra time period came and went before penalties.

Kevin Mealor was the unfortunate man in the shootout as his penalty, the 5th spot kick, rebounded off the bar and the Ducks went down 4-5.

Our full report is now available.

 

Davids The Latest Hero

Tuesday 30 October 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Dutch star and former Tottenham and Juventus midfielder Edgar Davids has become the latest celebrity to endorse the 'Bring The Ducks Home' campaign.

Pictured wearing a campaign cap, his picture can now be found in the Heroes Gallery.

The Ducks have also received a plug on the BBC's Non-League 'Fan Tube' website, which can be seen here.

 

United Complete Faulkner Signing

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

Aylesbury United last night completed the signing of former Wycombe Wanderers striker James Faulkner.

Faulkner was released by the Chairboys in the summer and has been with Oxford City since, where he has been a regular and scored two goals.

The signing of the Aylesbury-born player was completed in time for him to be included in the squad for tonight's game at Berkhamsted Town where he may make his debut.

 

Ladies Progress in League Cup

Tuesday 30 October 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Six comments |

United Ladies cruised to victory on Sunday to progress to the second round of the Thames Valley League Cup.

Goals from Lynn Pacey and Hannah Franklin gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead inside 25 minutes, and Franklin added a third after the break to complete the win.

A full report is available via the Ladies Team fixtures page.

 

Ducks Away At Berko On Tuesday

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

To clear up any confusion, Aylesbury United are AWAY to Berkhamsted Town this week on TUESDAY.

Other sources have been displaying alternative fixtures for the Ducks, but United will be taking on their local rivals in the Errea Cup 2nd Round on Tuesday night at Broadwater.

 

Malvern Town 0-2 Aylesbury

Saturday 27 October 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury beat lowly Malvern 2-0 this afternoon without ever really moving out of second gear.

Once again Nathan Graham was the hero, bagging another brace in the second half to bring his tally for the season up to 12 already this season.

Malvern rarely posed a threat, despite trying to play good football at times, and in truth the Ducks could have added to their scoreline but strolled through a comfortable second half instead.

Full report to follow.

Meanwhile, United's second string went down 4-2 at Englefield Green in the Chairman's Reserve Challenge Cup.

 

Ducks Stars Put Pen to Paper

Friday 26 October 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Nine comments |

Seven of Aylesbury United's squad have committed themselves to signing contracts with the club this week.

Manager Tony Thompson explains: "We are pleased that we have secured the services of Nick Leach, Nathan

Graham, Sam Swonnel, Ben Stevens, Carl Kavanaugh and Craig Henney by way of contract. This is just the start, we want to build for the future and this means having a strong base of young players who represent the club with desire and commitment. Hopefully other players will be offered similar arrangements as the season progresses.

Ducks Stars Sign Contracts

Having players on contract means the club is not hostage to any other clubs being able to take our best players without the compensation of a fair transfer fee which we have had happen in the case of Richard Pringle last year. This season we have also had some approaches for our players, who despite the promise of more money have stayed due to their belief that that the club is going places.

It also means there is a financial risk to the club should those players sustain injury or loss of form meaning they do not play. It is a testimony to the work that goes on behind the scenes particularly from Graham and John that the club is prepared to take that risk and show how committed everyone is to building long term success for Aylesbury United Football Club."

 

Youth Team Beat Abingdon

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

The Youth Team got their first three points of the season with a straightforward 3-1 win over Abingdon United on Thursday night.

Despite being forced to field a much weakend side, three goals in the first twenty minutes were enough to wrap up the game.

A full report is available via the Youth Team fixtures page.

 

Weakened Youth Team Take on Abingdon

Wednesday 24 October 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Thirteen comments |

Aylesbury U18's are down to the bare bones of their squad for tomorrow nights Allied Counties League North Division game v Abingdon Town at Amersham FC (Kick off 7.45pm)

Definitely missing are the suspended duo of James Bowyer and Elliott Johnson, the injured Craig Smith and Aaron Rogers, who has left the club following his debut last week. There are also availabilty doubts surrounding Lewis Creser, DJ Jones and Louis Cordice.

On a positive note Sam Jones returns to the squad, having missed last weeks game and new signing Adam Wilkie will definately feature. Aylesbury are also hoping for the registration on another new signing Nico Aquino, will be through in time to allow him to play.

Aylesbury from: Lee Biswell, Joe Pascal, Jason Logan, Callum Trewavas, Chris Aslett, Yunas Ilyas, Troy Bailey-Goss, Alex Sullivan, Matt Logan, Louis Cordice, Paul Jeffrey, Sam Jones, Nico Aquino, Adam Wilkie, Lewis Creser, DJ Jones, Jack Sillitoe

 

Margate 3-1 Aylesbury

Tuesday 23 October 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Fourteen comments |

A resurgent display from Margate was enough to send the Ducks out of the FA Trophy this evening.

The home side shaded possession in an even first half hour, but they had made the better chances early on and had a strong case for a penalty turned down.

Some strong pressure paid dividends though, as after Tom Vincent had made a great save moments earlier Charley Side gave Margate the lead on 34 minutes.

And just two minutes later the score was doubled when a mistake in the Aylesbury defence was punished by Jimmy Jackson who scored having come in from the left.

An uphill struggle was put beyond doubt 8 minutes after the restart when Side scored his second, this time from the penalty spot, and it was game over.

Justin Gordon scored a late goal for the Ducks, but it was scant consolation after such a long journey ended in a disappointing defeat.

 

Aylesbury Ladies 3-3 Hillingdon Abbotts

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

Two late goals took the gloss off an otherwise good afternoon's work for the Ladies team at the weekend.

The Ducks had raced into a three goal lead before half time, but their opponents hit back after the break and came back to level.

A full report is available via the Ladies Team fixtures page.

 

Youth Bow Out of FA Cup

Tuesday 23 October 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Aylesbury U18's interest in this seasons FA Youth Cup came to a frustrating end at Bracknell Town on Wednesday night.

Bracknell took an early lead on 7 minutes, and the Ducks couldn't force a way back into the match, not aided by a poor refereeing display.

A full report is available via the Youth Team Fixtures page.

The Youth team are next in action this Thursday when we entertain Abingdon Town at Amersham Town FC, Kick off 7.45pm

 

Aylesbury 0 Margate 0

Sunday 21 October 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury drew 0-0 with Ryman Premier side Margate in the FA Trophy this afternoon.

This was a game that truly had '0-0' written all over it from the start as neither side could get into any attacking groove.

Ben Gallant had the best chance of the game when his shot was saved by the keeper's legs in the second half, whilst Nick Leach made a good block to keep Margate out before the interval.

 

Romulus 1 Aylesbury 4

Tuesday 16 October 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

For the second time in three days Aylesbury played their opponents off the pitch and romped to a comprehensive win.

Tonight's victims were Romulus, who were undone by a superb Nathan Graham hat-trick and then a late penalty from Craig Henney to round things off after the home side had pulled a goal back.

Romulus had been reduced to ten-men in the first half but that shouldn't detract from the quality of United's win - the Ducks clearly a team full of confidence as they played some wonderful passing football despite the atrocious conditions.

Full report to follow.

 

Romulus Tomorrow

Monday 15 October 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

A note for any supporters travelling to Romulus tomorrow that kick-off is at 7.30pm.
 

New Home On The Horizon!

Sunday 14 October 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

Aylesbury United are to end their exile from the town with the news that the club is to be part of a sports village development in Aylesbury.

The club are to be part of the Disney style 'sports village' that a multi-millionaire property entrepreneur wants to build in Aylesbury.

Following on from the statement by Neil Axe last week, that a local businessman intends to build a 10,000 seated indoor arena to accommodate a National martial arts centre, which would include an anti bullying centre funded by the government.

The football Club would also be accommodated within the 'village' with a new ground, which would include a club house, training pitches etc, and allow the Club to end its exile away from the town.

The move to a new home back in Aylesbury is vital for the Club’s survival, the constant financial pressure of playing all 'away' games, the cost of hiring grounds/pitches for all the teams that represent AUFC.

Just to have a base, where equipment could be stored, and a meeting place for our management teams, committee members etc would be a luxury at the moment.

The proposed £100 million pound project, would really put the town of Aylesbury on the map, and provide fabulous facilities for everyone in Aylesbury to feel proud of.

Before I first visited the local businessman at his London headquarters at the beginning of summer, I was not sure if a venture of this magnitude could really be achieved in Aylesbury. When I left his office I felt sure it could be done, with the various corporate bodies and organisations prepared to be part of the project, which when complete will also generate huge employment opportunities.

I have met Neil Axe several times, and share with him an enthusiasm to push for improving the sports facilities in Aylesbury, what he has achieved to date and his proposed anti-bullying and victims of crime institute is to be commended.

A town the size of Aylesbury should have more sporting facilities, especially with the amount of residential properties currently being built around the town and the proposed growth, it also should be able to support a football league club, and that's where Aylesbury United want to be in the near future.

The Club is owned and run by Aylesbury people, the management teams, and nowadays many of the players are local lads. We are all ambitious, and want to succeed at the highest level, this can only be achieved by having our own ground incorporating training facilities, and we want all of Aylesbury to be proud of its football team.

With the football club based at the heart of the 'sports village' this would allow us to become a community club again, and reintroduce our junior development this would of course provide these youngsters with a platform to fulfil their ambition of playing football at the highest level.

We have a loyal band of supporters that follows the team everywhere, some of the older ones, often ask me, 'will we have a new ground in my lifetime?' I always say I hope so, and also for the next generation of supporters.

The football club is celebrating its 110th year, which includes so much history, we need to maintain that history, and we need to build on it, I for one am grateful that someone wants to invest £100 million in Aylesbury, I do hope everyone else is, lets seize the opportunity with both hands.

Bring The Ducks Home!

John Newman

Vice Chairman - Aylesbury United Football Club

 

No Return to Buckingham Road: Final Verdict

Sunday 14 October 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | 64 comments |

After talks with the new owners of the Buckingham Road stadium, speculation of a return to Buckingham Road for the Ducks has finally been quashed once and for all says the Ducks Chairman Graham Read.

'I've met with the chairman of the company that now owns Buckingham Road, Mr Martin Lerner. He invited me down, along with our 'Builder/Surveyor' to look at the current state of our old ground. I was amazed to find it in such a state of dis-repair.

The Buckingham Suite ceiling was missing! The roof was leaking, the dance floor disintegrated through the leaks from the pipework. The kitchens striped bare, the water supply cut off the to the bar areas.

That was just the beginning. There were major problems with the toilets and sewage; the electrics had also been severed in many crucial places. Don’t even mention the old 'Kickers Bar' that has sustained a lot of water damage again via burst pipes.

The changing rooms would need completely re-tiling and new water supply laid.

The pitch resembled an abandoned field, with moles and holes all over the place. The stand seats were coming away from their fixing points, No PA System. Weeds all around the terracing. No goalposts, and floodlights with no power.

After consulting another builder (That would do the job at cost!) it soon became quite clear that it was not financially viable to do the repairs and return to Buckingham Road for a period shorter less than 5 years.

Mr Lerner was very accommodating and sympathetic to our cause. He was more than understanding with our plight, and once told of our 'History and Happenings' that lead to our demise, was even more willing to help.

His company are Developers, and to be honest if I was in his shoes, with no allegiance to Aylesbury I would also press ahead with planning and the redevelopment of the entire site as opposed to developing the site around us.

To the best of my knowledge we are not entitled to any compensation.

Mr Leaner did also offer us the chance to return to Buckingham Road for a short period to be agreed (Possibly up to 3 or 4 years). Having taken into account our current groundshare agreement with Chesham, it would only give us 2 years to recuperate the capital required to bring the old ground up to league standards.

Unfortunately, it was a no brainer. Therefore I decided that it was impossible to return, both from a financial point of view and our future plans for a larger, purpose built sports stadium that is required to take the club to the next level.

John Newman has worked extremely hard focusing on the 'Bring the Ducks Home' campaign – which will happen, but unfortunately it won’t be Buckingham Road.

Mr Lerner has been invited to one of our home games, and maybe some time in the future could provide a sponsorship package, who knows? But he has given us permission to remove anything from the old ground that may help us, including the Floodlights and Stands!'

Graham Read

Chairman - Aylesbury United Football Club

 

Leon Barnett Joins Campaign

Sunday 14 October 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Six comments |

Former Aylesbury United loan star Leon Barnett came over a few days ago to lend his support to the Bring the Ducks Home campaign, posing in t-shirts and caps as well as signing a campaign postcard.

Barnett played for the Ducks on loan from Luton in 2004/05, and remarked how it really 'strengthened him up and helped him prepare for the rigours of Championship football'

He joined West Brom for £2.5m in the summer and has been in fine form so far this season.

Leon is fully supportive of our campaign, and disappointed with our plight having enjoyed his time at Buckingham Road. He also remains good friends with Danny Mead.

Leon's pictures have been added to the Heroes Gallery.

 

Aylesbury 5-0 Willenhall Town

Saturday 13 October 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury racked up a big win over Willenhall Town this afternoon at the Meadow.

A quiet first half ended with Ross Taylor heading the Ducks into the lead, before the home side ran riot after the break.

The visitors simply had no answer as Mealor and Swonnel scored fine goals, and then substitute Craig Henney added a fourth.

A convincing win was rounded off when debutant Phillip Nugent scored from close range late on, to leave Willenhall truly humbled.

 

Liam Smyth's Injury: Worse Than Expected

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

Aylesbury United are devastated to learn that midfielder Liam Smyth will be out for the entire season after full diagnosis on his knee injury was received.

An exploratory cartilage operation performed by a consultant has revealed that he has a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament - almost identical to the injury sustained by Matt Butler.

Assistant Manager Mark Eaton summed up the loss of one of United's key players:

"It is pretty much the same as Matty Butler. It would have been a lot easier to take if this had been diagnosed in the first place but for the lad to be thinking about playing within weeks to being out for the best part of a year is very tough.

Naturally we are all devastated at the club and will be doing everything we can to assist with their recovery.

To have our two central midfield players who made the most appearances last year and a crucial part of our plans this year injured in this way is bad luck beyond belief.

Matty’s operation is Tuesday we are hoping Liam will be able to get in as soon as possible and then begin his rehab. The only positive is at least they will be able to do this together."

 

Margate Confirmed as Sunday & Other Fixture Changes

Tuesday 09 October 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Five comments |

Aylesbury United's FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round fixture with Margate will take place on Sunday 21st October it has been confirmed.

The switch has occurred because Aylesbury's landlords Chesham United have also been drawn at home and take precedence for the Saturday.

Additionally, a number of other games have been arranged and moved around to accommodate cup fixtures, as follows (old fixtures are shown with a line through):

Monday 29th October - Woodford United (h) - League

Tuesday 30th October - Berkhamsted Town (A) - Errea Cup 2nd Round

Monday 5th November - Malvern Town (h) - League

Monday 5th November - Marlow (h) - Berks and Bucks Senior Cup 2nd Round

Monday 19th November - Woodford United (h) - League

Monday 10th December - Malvern Town (h) - League

All kick-off times are 7.45pm.

The fixtures page is fully updated to reflect the changes.

 

Youth Team Match Postponed

Tuesday 09 October 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

Tonight's Youth Team match at Bracknell Town has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The tie has been re-arranged for next Wednesday 17th October, kick-off at 7.45pm.

 

Enfield Town 1-2 Aylesbury

Saturday 06 October 2007 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

A very late penalty gave Aylesbury a 2-1 win over Enfield Town in the FA Trophy Preliminary Round this afternoon.

After an even first half that finished goal-less, Nathan Graham opened the scoring on the hour mark with an almost carbon copy effort to his first against Banbury in the FA Cup.

Enfield equalised with a superb strike by substitute Georgiou, but late drama ensued when the Ducks were awarded a penalty at the death and Craig Henney calmly converted.

The Ducks will now face Margate in the 1st Qualifying Round. The tie is expected to be played on Sunday 21st October due to Chesham United also earning a home tie in the next round which takes priority.

 

This Is Your Captain Calling

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

Aylesbury United captain Nick Leach has written his first article for the website.

Leachy shares his despair at the Ducks' elimination from the FA Cup, and his feelings about the team's start to the season.

His article can be found on the From the Management page.

 

Youth Team Lose League Opener

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

The Youth Team got their league campaign underway with a disappointing 3-1 defeat at 'home' to Didcot Town.

James Bowyer had given the Ducks the lead, but two late goals proved to be their undoing in the defeat.

A full report is available via the Youth Team fixtures page.

 

Youth Team Require Coach

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

Aylesbury United Youth FC are seeking to appoint a Football Coach to assist with the successful U18 team and to carry out other coaching initiatives for the club.

Ideally candidates would be qualified to FA Level 2 standard (Football Coaching Certificate), with a view to completing the Level 3 qualification and/ or have previous experience in a good level of football.

The ability to be able to communicate with teenagers is a must. This is a voluntary position within the youth set up.

Please email contact details and a coaching CV to info@aylesburyunited.co.uk

 

Youth Team Forthcoming Action

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

It promises to be a busy few days for the U18 with a game either side of the weekend.

Firstly on Thursday (4th) we entertain Didcot Town FC in the Allied Counties North Division at our new home of Amersham Town FC k/o 7.45pm (All Welcome!)

Manager Chris Penny will continue with last seasons goalkeeper rotation policy that will see both Lee Biswell and Jack Sillitoe feature in a game each as the Ducks look to continue their unbeaten start to the season. Elliott Johnson will miss both games due to suspension following a sending off for the reserves.

Tuesday 9th sees Aylesbury in FA Youth Cup action with a trip to Bracknell Town FC in the Second Qualifying Round. Kick off 7.45pm

Aylesbury from: Jack Sillitoe, Lee Biswell, Paul Jeffrey, Joe Pascal, Alex Sullivan, Yunas Ilyas, Chris Aslett, Troy Bailey-Goss, Lewis Creser, James Bowyer, Matt Logan, DJ Jones, Lewis Cordice, Jason Logan, Callum Trewavas

Stand-by for Bracknell Town: Sam Jones, Aaron Rogers

 

Bromley 4 Aylesbury 2 (After Extra Time)

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

Aylesbury were desperately unlucky not to cause an FA Cup upset after twice taking the lead against Blue Square South side Bromley in their 2nd Qualifying Round Replay.

The Ducks dominated much of the first half and gained a deserved lead when Ben Stevens scored, but they had the chances to double their advantage which ultimately they were made to rue.

The home side eventually got their act together and equalised through McCleary, but their United kept going and scored again late on through Ross Taylor and what appeared to be the winner.

But one dubious penalty decision just two minutes later brought about a second equaliser and forced extra time - a step too far for the Ducks who ran out of steam and Bromley finally put the tie to bed with two goals to make it a flattering 4-2 at full time.

At the end of the game both sets of supporters saluted Tony Thompson's side who had come incredibly close to gaining a remarkable win against the odds.

Instead, Aylesbury now turn their attentions to another knock out competition with Enfield Town awaiting in the FA Trophy on Saturday.