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Ducks Clinch Impressive Win

Saturday 29 November 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Ducks 3-0 Chasetown With one of their best league results so far this season, Aylesbury saw off Chasetown at The Meadow.

Given United's decimated squad and shaky recent form, this was an outcome few people expected.

But The Ducks took the game to the pre-season promotion favourites from the off, and went ahead through Danny Mead on fourteen minutes.

The visitors were soon reduced to ten men when Harry Harris was sent off for a ridiculous piece of violent conduct.

That helped Aylesbury's cause, but, as expected, Chasetown were looking a strong outfit and were beginning to take control until the Ducks struck a killer second goal just before the interval through Glen Hawkins.

After the break the visitors continued to pose a threat, before eventually running out of steam, and Chris Marsh rounded off proceedings nicely with a third goal.

Our full report is now available via the fixtures page.


Nick Leach

Wednesday 26 November 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Former Aylesbury United captain Nick Leach has agreed terms on a contract with Chesham United over the weekend.

Leach had been virtually ever present for the Ducks since signing from Beaconsfield SYCOB in September 2007, falling four games short of 100 for Aylesbury.

Suffice to say we wish Nick all the best in his 'not so new' surroundings, just not when he lines up against us around Christmas time!


Extra Time Defeat for Ducks

Wednesday 26 November 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Six comments |

Ducks 1-2 Windsor & Eton (After Extra Time) Aylesbury's interest in the Southern League Cup was ended for another season by a narrow extra-time defeat to Windsor & Eton.

Things started brightly for temporary caretaker manager Mark Jones when Matt Butler's screamer gave his side a 12th minute lead.

But they couldn't build on their advantage and the visitors gradually came back into the game, equalising in the through Ben Porter just before the break.

The sides were evenly matched in a game of limited chances, and extra-time looked on the cards long before the 90 minutes were up.

Aylesbury hit the bar and had a shot cleared off the line early in the added period, but Windsor scored a well taken goal on the counter to book their place in the third round.

Full report to follow.


Response to the Councillor John Cartwright

Wednesday 26 November 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Fifteen comments |

The leader of AVDC John Cartwright states that the council should not be supporting Aylesbury United Football Club financially because we are a business, but if we were a purely amateur club, then it would be different. These comments make me despair, and I feel like following our recently departed manager out the exit door, but of course we do not have an exit door, or any other kind of door, pitch, stadium, clubhouse etc, that we can call home, and through no fault of our own.

But, we few brave souls (the committee) battle on regardless, in our own time and at our own expense, which of course makes us volunteers, as Mr Cartwright correctly states we are a limited company, but in name only, to maintain our entity and membership of the football association.

We could change that entity and become purely amateurs; this course of action would result in the club dropping down 2 runs of the football pyramid. Maybe that is the answer, this would relieve the huge pressure on the Club both financially and the burden of trying to find a new ground. Finding somewhere to play football at a lower level would be far easier with fewer demands on the ground criteria, I’m not sure the supporters want to see 'their' Club dropping even further down the leagues though.

I’m confronted by fans on a regular basis telling me about Semi and Professional Clubs that are receiving support from local councils all over the country, and asking why can’t AUFC get any help from AVDC.

Milton Keynes Borough Council helped one such Club relocate 60 miles away from its own supporters, and look how successful they have become, and yet again AUFC have suffered with some of our fans now following them. I’m told these fans would return when the club is back in Aylesbury, maybe we will never know.

The Club cannot sustain its current status much longer, we are fighting for survival, our very existence, and we need to return to Aylesbury at all costs ASAP, we need a firm plan for relocation, without which there is no future. If the council don’t care and won’t help, then maybe they get their way, and the Club reverts to amateur status, and then we can go knocking on their door, with cap in hand.

John Newman

Vice-Chairman, AUFC


Aylesbury United Statement

Tuesday 25 November 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Four comments |

The club directors and committee release a statement now the dust has settled a bit following the departure of Tony Thompson:

Following the departure of Tony Thompson and the unavailability of Mark Eaton next week, we have placed Mark Jones in temporary charge of the team.

Tommo resigned after a brief discussion with John and Graham after Saturday’s defeat.

Mark Eaton made his decision to stay on as 'Caretaker Manager' today (Monday).

He was informed he would not be the 'Automatic choice' to take over as manager.

Tony and Mark did not personally contribute towards the playing budget, Tommo's departure will not have an impact on the club's financial position. The company that Mark works for (our main sponsor) contributes a large sum towards the running of the club. We are currently unsure if Mark should go, they will continue their support.

We would like to put on record that all the Directors and Committee thank Tommo for what he has achieved over the past two seasons. He had the backing of the board at all times during the sad incident with Nick Leach and in particular over the past couple of weeks.

We must move on. The council will not support us, We only have an handful of loyal supporters of which we sincerely appreciate, along with hundreds of 'Result supporters' all over the country, but unfortunately looking for our results on a Saturday evening doesn't pay the bills.

The small minority of supporters, guests and other morons that continually 'slag and knock' the running of AUFC, the players and management via the messageboard may have finally won the day, but not at the expense of Aylesbury United Football Clubs future.

All we ask now is for your support. The directors and committee work their socks of week in week out to provide a team Aylesbury should be proud of. Let's not lose it!

The search for a new manager will now get underway.

Thank you all once again.

The Board and Committee of Aylesbury United Football Club


Tony Thompson Statement

Monday 24 November 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Eleven comments |

Former manager Tommo releases his resignation statement following his departure from the club on Saturday night.

"It is with a touch of sadness that I am resigning as manager with immediate effect.

The club needs to move on to having a fresh face at the helm.

The new person will inherit a really good squad.

When Sam, Liam, Stuart, Carl and Craig return from injury in 1-3 weeks time the squad will easily be capable of a top 8 position in the league.

We have made great strides in the last two years.

When all the players were fit we made a great start to the season culminating in our FA Cup win at Bath.

The club will also continue in its quest to relocate back to Aylesbury.

I would say that this has changed in emphasis now from being vital for progression into being vital for survival.

I really hope it happens, as I am an Aylesbury lad and would go to support as another fan.

There are some really good people at Aylesbury, Wendy and Colin Brandon, Ronnie the kit man and Chris Dann the secretary to name a few but there does appear to be a few faceless characters who seem hell bent on bringing the club to its knees.

I am unsure as to whether this is intentional or just misguided but they have certainly been successful in getting me to pen this letter.

I don’t want to work in an environment where I feel people will take all the good things but will be waiting for an opportunity to heavily criticise me.

When the mutual respect has gone it is time for both parties to move on.

Over the course of the years I have had enough complimentary things said about me from people within football circles to convince me that I generally do and say the right things to get the best out of players.

As for the future this has certainly not put me off the idea of football management. I will however ensure that the next team I manage, at whatever level, has an infrastructure and desire to move through the football pyramid.

Good luck to all at Aylesbury United and I look forward to seeing you progress over the years.

Tony Thompson"


Thompson Departs Aylesbury

Sunday 23 November 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Manager Tony Thompson has departed from his position at Aylesbury United following yesterday's result at Arlesey Town.

Mark Jones will be placed in charge on a caretaker basis, and overseeing proceedings for Wednesday and Saturday's games.

A full statement will be released very shortly.


Struggles Continue With Defeat At Arlesey

Saturday 22 November 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Arlesey Town 2-0 Ducks Aylesbury returned with another defeat on their travels, this time at Arlesey Town.

On the face of it this ranks as a dismal result; against a side from the lower echelons of the league who were on a four game losing run and without a goal in their last three.

Aylesbury's performance wasn't all that bad though, and they were by far the better side in the first half - recognition given by the fact that Arlesey's goalkeeper was awarded man of the match. The Ducks just couldn't put the ball in the net, again.

Giving a sloppy goal away minutes from the restart didn't help the cause, and when a controversial second, Danny Mead lying stricken with a head injury near the goal-line, hit the net it was game over.

Even with twenty minutes to go Aylesbury's goalscoring woes continued, and the full-time whistle prompted a disgruntled response and drew boos from certain sections of the large travelling contingent.

Full report from a disappointing day is now available via the fixtures page.


Windsor Game Now Wednesday

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

Aylesbury's GX Soccer (Southern League Cup) 2nd Round tie against Windsor & Eton will now take place on Wednesday evening, the 26th November.

This is due to Windsor having an FA Trophy tie scheduled for the Sunday, therefore unable to play on Aylesbury's usual midweek home night of Monday.

Kick off at the Meadow will be at 7.45pm.


Ducks Will Face Windsor - Updated

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

Aylesbury United will face Windsor & Eton in the GX Soccer (Southern League) Cup 2nd Round.

Windsor overcame the challenge of Bracknell Town 1-0 yesterday evening to set up their tie at The Meadow.

The tie was due to take place this Monday, but Windsor are scheduled to play a game on Sunday 23rd so the tie will be arranged for a date to be announced.

Aylesbury have already beaten Windsor this season, an easy 2-0 win in the FA Cup back in September, but since that date the Royalists have gone top of their league and it will prove a stiff test for United.


Another Aylesbury Away Defeat

Tuesday 18 November 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Nuneaton Town 3-0 Ducks Aylesbury's losing away run continued as they came unstuck at Nuneaton Town.

The Ducks kept plugging away, but rarely troubled the home defence having gone a goal down before the interval.

As they probed for a way back into the match, United were undone by two breakaway goals in two minutes, substitute Murphy's first involvements in the game.

Nuneaton had been wasteful in front of goal, but they had taken the chances that mattered, whereas Aylesbury looked out of ideas going forwards and repeatedly looked like they were trying to walk the ball into the net.

That said, they did still call upon the keeper to make a number of saves, and on another night could have nicked something from the game.

Full report from the game to follow.


Marlow Game Rearranged

Tuesday 18 November 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

The previously postponed home game against Marlow has now been rearranged for a new date.

The fixture will now take place on Monday 8th December, kick-off at 7.45pm.


New Management Update

Monday 17 November 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Manager Tony Thompson has provided a new management column, containing news of his squad rebuilding plans as well as an injury update.

Click here: From The Management


Late, Late Goal Gives Ducks All Three Points

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

Ducks 1-0 Woodford United A Nathan Graham goal in the second minute of stoppage time grabbed a win for the Ducks against stubborn Woodford.

The winner came as a massive relief after the league's bottom side had frustrated United for the entire game, and in truth looked a far better team than their lowly position implied.

A few chances came and went throughout the match, most notably Glen Hawkins hitting the post against his former side, but it looked destined to finish goalless.

That was until Graham popped up to slot home Roni Joe's flick, and scenes of jubilation, borne mostly out of relief, followed.

Our full report is now available via the fixtures page.


Three New Faces for Woodford Game

Friday 14 November 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United return to action tomorrow with three new faces in their squad.

After their midweek game with Marlow was rained off, the Ducks take on struggling Woodford United at the Meadow, kick-off at 3pm.

The squad has been boosted with the signings of three new players: James Saulsbury, Mark Boyce and Steve Smith.

Saulsbury lined up against Aylesbury last month for Oxford City where he was club captain. He is an experienced defender and has also played for Thame and Brackley.

Mark Boyce is a right-sided player who joins from Wealdstone, and is another with great experience having been with a variety of clubs including Enfield, Maidenhead and Chesham to name three.

Finally, goalkeeper Steve Smith makes the move from Burnham to cover for the loss of both our goalkeepers. Tom Vincent is suspended, whilst Jack Sillitoe is out injured, so former Oxford City keeper Smith will line up between the sticks.

We welcome all three new additions to the club.


Marlow Game Postponed

Monday 10 November 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Four comments |

Tonight's game against Marlow has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at The Meadow.

The match will now be rescheduled for a later date to be announced.

Aylesbury will now look to return to action on Saturday, with another home fixture against Woodford United.


Away Blues Continue for Greens

Saturday 08 November 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Sutton Coldfield Town 4-2 Ducks For the second season in a row the Ducks conceded four at Sutton Coldfield, as their poor away form continues.

Since the Bath game Aylesbury are without a win on their travels, and in another bad day at the office, that never looked like changing.

A stop-start and scrappy game somehow yielded six goals, and both sides had reasons to be unhappy with all of them.

Three goals in four first half minutes saw Sutton take the lead, Aylesbury hitting back straight away through Ross Taylor, but the joy was shortlived when they let their hosts re-establish their advantage.

A third followed after the break as United's defence went to sleep, before Danny Mead gave some hope when he curled home a free-kick twenty minutes from time.

But it was to prove false hope as Sutton wrapped up the game with another goal, and with Matt Butler shown a second yellow, there was never to be a comeback from Aylesbury.

Full report from a disappointing afternoon is now available via the fixtures page.


Ducks On Top In First Meeting With Vale

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

Ducks Youth 4-2 Aylesbury Vale United grabbed the bragging rights in the first ever competitive meeting between Aylesbury's two sides.

A Shayne Almond hat-trick set United on their way, two of his goals coming in the first half after Vale had taken the lead against the run of play.

The visitors equalised after the break, but another Almond goal and one from his strike partner Sam Ward put the game out of reach.

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


Ducks Back On Track With Season's Best

Monday 03 November 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Ducks 4-0 Dunstable Town Aylesbury recovered from their defeat at Bromsgrove with another convincing Monday night win at The Meadow.

Things didn't quite go United's way though, and they had Tom Vincent to thank for saving a penalty on the half hour mark.

From that wake up call on the Ducks were on top though, and went into the break two goals ahead through a peach of a Mead free-kick and Glen Hawkins' first of the evening.

A goalkeeping howler let Hawkins grab a second, and Chris Marsh scored against his former side to round off a good evening's work after the break, with the visitors offering little resistance.

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


New Youth Team Appointment

Monday 03 November 2008 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Aylesbury United Youth today confirmed an appointment to their Youth Team Management line up.

Former Thame United boss Richard Searl has agreed to become assistant to current manager Chris Penny, with the pair having worked together in both the Southern Football League, and the Hellenic Premier League whilst with Thame.

Searl was watching from the stands as United recorded a fine 2-1 win over Beaconsfield and was impressed by what he saw. Eddie Wright also remains within the management structure.

The next Aylesbury Youth game is a local derby with near neighbours Aylesbury Vale on Thursday 6th November at Amersham Town, kick off 7.30pm. Come along and support the lads who are looking to build on that good Beaconsfield performance.