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Perfect Start in the FA Cup

Sunday 31 August 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Ducks 2-0 Windsor & Eton Aylesbury got off to a flying start in this season's FA Cup with a good win over Windsor & Eton.

Things could have been very different had Windsor not missed a 2nd minute penalty, but apart from the opening twenty minutes, the visitors rarely troubled United.

Stuart Maynard scored his third goal in five games to open the scoring on 19 minutes when he swept in Ben Stevens' low cross.

Things were pretty comfortable for the Ducks from that point, and the win was secured midway through the second half when, for the second game in a row, a poor keeper clearance presented Aylesbury with a scoring opportunity - this time Glen Hawkins the lucky man.

The win sets up another home tie, on the 13th September, at home to Almondsbury Town - who knocked out Kidlington yesterday.

Our full report from The Meadow is now available via the fixtures page.

 

Youth Set For Final Friendly

Wednesday 27 August 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury Youth play their last pre-season friendly before the Allied Counties League campaign begins with a 'home' game v Thame United at Fairford Leys on Thursday. Kick off 6.00pm

Having been let down by opponents for 2 weeks running, the Ducks are keen for some match practice, despite missing 8 players through injury and unavailabilty.

This year will see Aylesbury field an inexperienced side with just a handful of last seasons team eligible for this season.

Squad v Thame United:

Rhys Coker, Lewis Stevens, Jack Gerraty, Shazeb Khan, James White, Bradie Natale, Alex Sullivan, James Lyons, Jason Logan, Marcus Brown, Aaron Grant, Lewis Plummer, Sam Ward, Lewis Roots. More tba

 

Hobble On The Cobbles

Wednesday 27 August 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Hobble On The Cobbles 2008 was held on Sunday, and was another great success for the town of Aylesbury.

Pictured below is Loz Jones opening the show with his performance of 'Bring The Ducks Home', complete with Aylesbury Duck mascot.

You can also download a short video clip of the song, including our very own vice-chairman on backing vocals!

Bring The Ducks Home

Click here: Bring The Ducks Home at Hobble On The Cobbles Video Clip

 

First Win Comes at Generals Expense

Monday 25 August 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Five comments |

Ducks 2-1 Chesham United Aylesbury got their first win of the season at the expense of their landlords Chesham.

The Ducks were gifted two goals by Generals' goalkeeper Bobby Smith in the first half, and produced a resolute display from that point - hassling Chesham and not allowing them to find their stride at any point.

The league's early pacesetters looked out of sorts and were struggling to get a foothold in the game, until Aylesbury were reduced to ten-men when Carl Kavanagh was given a second yellow card.

They still had to rely on a penalty to get back into things, Danny Burnell scoring from the spot with ten minutes to go.

With all but the kitchen sink being hurled at them, the ten-men defended superbly in the closing stages to record an excellent three points.

Our full report from The Meadow is now available via the fixtures page.

 

Ducks Take Point From Fiery Oval

Sunday 24 August 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Bedworth 1-1 Ducks Aylesbury came back from Bedworth with a point in a hotly contested 1-1 draw.

In a game persistently broken up by fouls, and at times threatening to spill out of control, the two sides struggled to find any kind of rhythm.

The home side were far better in the opening third, and took the lead on 8 minutes, and had the ball in the net again two minutes later but it was ruled out for offside - to the Ducks' relief.

Aylesbury began to come into the match more, and equalised from the penalty spot through Nathan Graham midway through the first half.

The rest of the match was pretty even, and both sides had chances to claim a winner in the second period - but neither had the killer instinct in front of goal to deserve all three points.

Our full report from Bedworth is now available via the fixtures page.

 

Graham Read Audio Interview

Friday 22 August 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

An interview with Ducks Chairman Graham Read talking about the Berks & Bucks Cup expulsion is available as part of the Non-League Paper's Podcast.

The interview makes for good listening, as the United supremo airs his frustrations at the situation.

Listen to the Podcast by going to the Non-League Paper's website, and choosing 'Podcast Player' on the right of the website.

Click here: The Non-League Paper

 

Hobble on the Cobbles

Thursday 21 August 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Aylesbury will feature at this years Hobble on the Cobbles in Aylesbury's Market Square on Sunday.

The all day event starts at 12-30pm with various interviews with Mix 96 and Bucks TV, concluding with comments from Club Chairman Graham Read and Manager Tony Thompson.

The music commences on the main stage at 12-45pm with Loz Jones performing 'Bring the Ducks Home' assisted by the AUFC 'Duck' mascot and members of the playing staff.

Headlining the event will be Eddie and the Hot Rods.

Last years event was attended by a crowd of over 5000 so come along and join in the fun.

 

Ducks Expelled From Berks & Bucks Senior Cup

Thursday 21 August 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United regret to inform supporters that the Berks & Bucks Football Association have deemed it fit to expel the club from the Senior Cup competition for a period of five years.

In a rather blunt letter the Ducks were not given a specific reason for the ban, but informed that "This decision was taken under Rule 2 - Control of the Competition."

 

First Point In The Bag

Tuesday 19 August 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

AFC Sudbury 2-2 Ducks Aylesbury got their points tally off the mark with a well earned draw at AFC Sudbury.

In an up and down game both sides controlled parts of the game, and a draw was the right result for two evenly matched teams.

After United were unable to make a good start pay, they went in at the break trailing to a very controversial 'offside' goal from Sudbury's Rowe.

With the introduction of Craig Henney at the break, the Ducks came out a different team and two goals in two minutes - from Graham and Maynard - swung the match in their favour.

Sadly, their long journey wasn't to yield the ultimate reward when a sloppy penalty was conceded midway through the second half, which Rowe converted to give his side a share of the spoils.

Our full report from Kings Marsh Stadium is now available via the fixtures page.

Elsewhere in the league the first four figure crowd has already been recorded, Leamington attracting 1051 for their local derby with Nuneaton Town. An early scoring record was also set, Romulus thrashing relegation favourites Malvern Town 7-0 this evening.

 

Ladies Continue Pre-Season Campaign

Monday 18 August 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Chinnor Ladies 5-3 Aylesbury Ladies The Ladies Team continued their pre-season schedule with defeat at near neighbours Chinnor.

It was another promising performance though, against a team a level higher than Aylesbury in the pyramid.

The result follows on from last week's defeat at Reading Ladies, who relied on a late goal to win 2-1.

Full reports from both games are available via the Ladies Team fixtures page.

Next week the Ducks travel to Oxford to play Headington Athletic.

 

Replica Shirt Orders Now Being Taken

Monday 18 August 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Aylesbury United are now taking orders for the new orange away strip, in addition to the standard home shirt.

The away strip, pictured below, will have its first outing at Bedworth United on Saturday.

Aylesbury United 2008/09 Away Strip

Both shirts retail at £30 and are available in a range of sizes.

Email the club at info@aylesburyunited.co.uk for more details or to order your shirt.

 

Ducks Edged Out In Frustrating Defeat

Saturday 16 August 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Ducks 1-2 Leamington Old problems returned to haunt Aylesbury this afternoon as they were edged out by title-favourites Leamington.

A goal four minutes from time meant the visitors returned with all three points, the Ducks conceding from a free kick that evaded Tom Vincent.

United had started well and the returning Stuart Maynard gave them a 12th minute lead with an exquisite lob.

That lead lasted just five minutes, and Leamington were right back into things when Jai Stanley spooted Vincent off his line and crashed home a fine effort from a full 30-yards.

Things were fairly even after the break, and it had looked to be heading for a point apiece until Leamington's late show.

Manager Tony Thompson, whilst no doubt being frustrated with the end result, can take many positives from the game. United rarely looked second best against a team expected to be challengers this season, whilst Matt Butler, Liam Smyth and Glen Hawkins all came through the game unscathed after their long injury layoffs.

 

Season Underway for United Tomorrow

Friday 15 August 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Aylesbury United's campaign gets underway tomorrow with a tough opener against last season's runners-up Leamington.

The Brakes are sure to bring a large number of supporters to The Meadow, making for a decent opening day atmosphere.

Aylesbury will look to hit the ground running having failed to win their first league game in each of the last four season's, but against such a strong team it will be a massive test.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

 

Quartet Confirmed as Ducks

Wednesday 13 August 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

A quartet of players committed themselves to Aylesbury this week by signing Southern League registration forms.

The four are: Aaron Flood, Anthony Kew, Danny Mead and Steve Miles.

Flood has been with Dunstable for the past three years, although he spent a brief time with Barton Rovers last season. Capable of scoring and creating goals, he looked sharp in Saturday's friendly.

Anthony Kew has shown impressive form for the youth team over recent seasons, and also appeared for the reserves last season. He made a first team debut in 2006 and has now graduated to permanent first team status.

Danny Mead needs no introduction to the Aylesbury faithful having played well over 150 games for the club. He returns having spent the latter part of last season with Barton Rovers, for what will now be his fourth spell with the Ducks.

Finally, Steve Miles returns this season having provided a dependable service whenever called upon last year.

 

Youth Team Pre-Season Underway

Monday 11 August 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Kidlington 5-1 Ducks Youth Aylesbury Youth team opened up their pre season campaign with a 5-1 defeat against Kidlington on Wednesday evening.

A new look Ducks team saw them field 10 new players, 9 of them Under 16, in their 15 man squad, and despite the scoreline, there were plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the forthcoming season.

Shazeb Khan scored Aylesbury's goal to equalise for the Ducks before half-time.

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

 

Top Field Trip Yields Big Win in Final Friendly

Saturday 09 August 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Hitchin Town 0-4 Ducks The Ducks secured a comprehensive win over ten-man Hitchin Town in their final friendly.

Hitchin, fielding a team containing a number of triallists, were forced to play the final third with ten men after injuries meant they had used all their subs, the same situation the Ducks found themselves in two weeks ago.

Nick Leach opened the scoring after 18 minutes when a cross fell his way and he stroked home a low shot from the edge of the area.

Long term absentees Matt Butler, Glen Hawkins and Liam Smyth all came on to play a part in the latter stage of the game - and it was Hawkins who netted the second with his first touch when he struck a high shot into the net.

New signing Aaron Flood was the third man on the scoresheet, Stuart Maynard picking up a loose ball before squaring for ex-Dunstable man Flood who couldn't miss.

Smyth rounded off the scoring with a last minute penalty, to hopefully put an end to his injury agony.

Aylesbury can now look forward to the season's start for real against Leamington next Saturday in high spirits.

 

New Squad Photo/Pen Pics Now Available

Friday 08 August 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

Aylesbury United's 2008/09 Squad Photo was taken last night, as well as all individual pen pics.

The squad page has been fully updated ahead of the new season, as the excitement builds before the big kick-off at home to Leamington on 16th August.

Click here: Aylesbury United squad

Bucks TV were also covering the evening, and their video footage is well worth watching by clicking here.

 

New Management Update

Thursday 07 August 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Mark Eaton has provided a management team update ahead of the Ducks' final pre-season friendly on Saturday.

Click here: From The Management

 

Aylesbury United Statement

Thursday 07 August 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

In light of the recent publicity surrounding the Clubs availability of Players and their commitment to the club, the Directors have issued the following statement:

On behalf of the Directors, Committee and everyone else connected with Aylesbury United Football club, we have sent our sincere apologies to Easington Sports for the debacle that occurred on Saturday August 2nd.

We have NO excuses! This should not have happened and we deeply regret the inconvenience caused to the members and supporters of Easington Sports.

No excuses, but a brief explanation:-.

Firstly, Matt Day our reserve team Secretary resigned during the middle of July. Eddie Wright, who hastily re -arranged a cancelled Chinnor fixture with Easington Sports, did this unknowingly to any of the Committee or Directors at Aylesbury United. This fixture was not endorsed or confirmed with authority.

Eddie Wright resigned as our reserve team manager on Monday July 28th . Our reserves were scheduled to play ‘Aylesbury Prison’ on Saturday the 2nd. This game was cancelled by the opposition, via telephone to Eddie/Matt.

Knowing Eddie has I do, I can imagine what’s happened. Chinnor cancel the game with Easington, Eddie steps in to help out – Arranges our reserve team to take the place of Chinnor, already aware that the Aylesbury reserve game had been cancelled. (Bearing in mind when he contacted the players they were unaware of his registration).

Then at the eleventh hour, realises that he was unable to field a team, as some of the players had been notified by the club there was NO game this week, and only a handful players turned up.

With regards to his comments of the ‘Players have gone shopping’ was a complete and utter flippant, throw away remark that should not have been said.

Out of respect and courtesy we again apologised to Easington. I know this does not put ‘Right the wrongs’, but feel sure that they will understand how the situation arose.

We run a proper and professional club at Aylesbury and I must reiterate this fixture was not arranged, endorsed or confirmed by any official of the club.

It is with regret that through the lack of Reserve Team ‘Management’, as well as a ground to play on, we will be withdrawing from the Hellenic League with immediate effect.

With regards to the First team, I have asked Tommo and Mark Eaton to provide an update for the official website.

We thank-you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you sometime, if not every other week! during the coming season.

Graham Read

Chairman Aylesbury United Football Club