Aylesbury United News

Goal-Den Goal Reminder

Thursday 30 July 2009 - 8:49 pm | Added by: luke to Club, First Team | Two comments |

Tickets are still available for the new Goal-Den Goal competition, and there is now the option to pay in half-season instalments (2x£10.50) rather than £21 up front.

Remember that this breaks down to only 50p per home and away league game and gives you 42 chances to win! For more information on the competition follow this link and to enter the competition and be in with a good chance of one (or more!) cash prizes throughout the season please download the form here.

Thank you for your support!


Ducks Unfortunate to Draw at Hillingdon

Tuesday 28 July 2009 - 10:59 pm | Added by: luke to Club, First Team | One comment |

Goals from Scott Orphaney and Otis Williams were not enough for the Ducks to come away from the Middlesex Stadium with a second consecutive pre-season victory.

Despite largely impressing and dominating much of the game, United found themselves unable to hang on despite twice taking the lead.

With chances aplenty at either end throughout the game it was only a matter of time before one side scored, and the Ducks netted the opener after 28 minutes. The Hillingdon defence failed to clear a United corner kick effectively and a left-footed drive from Troy Battleman fell kindly for Scott Orphaney who tucked the ball away with the home defence static and hoping for an offside flag which was never to come.

Within 60 seconds however a miscued clearance from Jack Sillitoe resulted in the young Ducks keeper being skillfully lobbed from at least 30 yards for a swift equaliser.

An entertaining game continued into the second half, as with both sides having limited options on their respective subs benches there were fewer unwelcome interruptions for mass substitutions than is usual at this time of year.

With just six minutes remaining the Ducks retook the lead as an Orphaney chip struck the crossbar and fell into the path of Otis Williams who made no mistake from six yards.

With just seconds of injury time remaining Aylesbury were denied victory as a low cross from the Hillingdon right was converted from close range for a late, late leveller for the hosts.


Powles Nets Late Winner at Binfield

Saturday 25 July 2009 - 5:13 pm | Added by: luke to Club, First Team | Four comments |

Aylesbury grabbed their first win of pre-season with a 1-0 win at Binfield.

The match had looked set to finish goalless after a disjointed second half as the Ducks repeatedly shuffled their pack.

But Dean Powles rose to head home a controversially awarded free kick five minutes from to secure the win.

United had shown plenty of signs of promise in the first half and indeed had an early Otis Williams effort ruled out for offside.

As it was the game petered to a close but manager Martin Stone will be glad to get a first win under his belt.

Aylesbury team:
Jean-Pierre JAMIL

Subs (All used):



New Look Aylesbury Lose Out to Hayes & Yeading

Wednesday 22 July 2009 - 9:31 pm | Added by: luke to Club, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury's new look side lost 3-0 to Hayes & Yeading in their first pre-season friendly of 2009/10.

The visitors took the lead inside the first quarter of an hour when a low shot from out wide crept in despite Jack Sillitoe getting fingertips to it, and a second minutes after the half-time break killed the match as a contest.

But the healthy 60+ crowd at Tring Corinthians won't have gone home at all displeased Aylesbury's showing.

For a completely rebuilt squad, featuring players who have never played together, there were a number of positives for Martin Stone to take from the match.

A few individual performances stood out, whilst the Ducks created a hatful of chances in the second period - Dean Powles coming closest with a rifled effort which struck the post.

As it was, Hayes grabbed a late third as they showed a clinicism in front of goal which Aylesbury will find in time.

Aylesbury team line-ups were as follows:

First Half:

Jean-Pierre JAMIL

Second half:

Daniel MEAD


From Our New Physiotherapist

Sunday 19 July 2009 - 09:51 am | Added by: luke to Club, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United's new physio/sports therapist Stephen Jarrett has written a piece exclusively for the club website.

"My name is Stephen Jarrett and I am the new physio and sports therapist at AUFC and it is my pleasure to be a part of this exciting time at Aylesbury United. I am a long time friend and colleague of Martin Stone and bring with me over 25 years experience in treating sports injuries, my previous clubs are Chalfont Wasps with Martin Stone, Northwood FC, Marlow and Chalfont St Peter and my biggest club was Slough Town when they were in the Conference league.

I have a current first aid certificate and I am qualified in the FA levels 1-4 in the treatment and management of sports injuries and I have a diploma in physiotherapy, my last piece of training was done at Wycombe Wanderers FC just two weeks ago and before that two years ago at Oxford University and I have been in continuous development over the last 20 years or so.

At work, I am a life coach and management consultant specialising in psychology and strategy planning for businesses, helping them to increase turnover, profits and keep staff happy. I use a lot of this knowledge when treating players, because, like Martin, I believe that everyone needs to be treated differently.

I am looking forward to a good season and hope we can hold our art this level with the players we have, but I trust Martin and if he says we can - we will!

I also hope that the initiative to 'Bring the Ducks Home' works sooner rather later has its problems but we should try and turn this our advantage and use this as a lever to create a better team spirit and put pressure on the better off teams with large budgets!

I saw how passionate you were at the meeting and if the players become as passionate as you we will win more games than we lose! But the club needs every supporter at every game if possible, it can be worth a goal a game!

I am hoping to be based at Aylesbury College or at RAF Halton as the club are trying to find a home for all my equipment which I am bringing with me; a full treatment centre, where we can treat our injured players twice a week or more and I will also attend every match helping to prepare the players before the games, helping them when injured during matches and off course afterwards until they are fit to play again.

I can also refer any badly injured players onto private treatment centers if they need it.

We can also offer our treatment service; time permitting, to our ladies team, juniors and any members. Perhaps we could even make a small charge to non-first team players - which could then go back into the club? We will see.

Anyway here is to a successful and enjoyable time at Aylesbury United."

Stephen Jarrett


First Friendly Venue Finalised

Saturday 18 July 2009 - 09:54 am | Added by: luke to Club, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United kick off their pre-season friendly schedule on Wednesday with a match against Conference side Hayes & Yeading FC.

The match will be played at Tring Corinthians FC, at their ground in Icknield Way, Tring.

Please note the early kick-off time of 7pm.


Further Reaction from College Meeting

Friday 17 July 2009 - 3:52 pm | Added by: luke to Club, First Team | Three comments |

Manager Martin Stone has a further brief update following the meeting at Aylesbury College.

Martin would like to make clear that he in no way meant any disrespect towards last season's playing squad, and that his words that none of this year's team will be playing for financial motivation were misconstrued.

Particularly Nathan Graham who made his feelings well known at the meeting, Martin would like to reiterate that he would be more than welcome to return to the club at any time.

Meanwhile, pre-season training continues to go well. Last night a former England Semi-Pro International signed forms for the season, and the squad is now very close to full strength.

Martin commented "We are looking in far better shape and further forward than we should be with all the changes in the summer which is pleasing and encouraging. Rest assured we will be ready to go once the season kicks off."

A full list of players signed by the Ducks will be on the website early next week.

Footage from Wednesday's event, courtesy of Bucks TV, can now be found at http://www.buckstv.co.uk.


Further Friendly Arranged

Thursday 16 July 2009 - 12:00 pm | Added by: luke to First Team, Club | No comments |

Aylesbury United have arranged an additional friendly before the start of the Zamaretto League season.

The Ducks will now travel to Winslow United on Thursday 6th August, kick-off at 7.45pm


Ducks Announce String of Positive News

Wednesday 15 July 2009 - 10:31 pm | Added by: luke to Club, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United used their meeting at Aylesbury College to announce a string of positive news ahead of the new season.

In front of a packed Harding Suite (see picture), the following items were discussed:

Aylesbury College Linkup

Championed by Ian Lowe, Aylesbury College and Aylesbury United are to forge a new mutually beneficial partnership.

Aylesbury College will run a competitive side wearing a kit with both the College and Aylesbury United's logo on it.

The college will receive use of Aylesbury United's coaching setup as well as a future progression path for promising youngsters.

The football club will gain a base back in the town, usage of the College's excellent sports and gym facilities.

In the longer term Aylesbury College and Aylesbury United will now be able to work together in conjunction with the council to secure a new sporting facility for the town to be proud of.

Ian Lowe, of Aylesbury College and Aylesbury United committee, with the new Aylesbury College shirt

Florence Nightingale Hospice

Aylesbury United are delighted to announce that for the 2009/10 season, the club will be donating their shirt sponsor position to the Florence Nightingale Hospice.

Based at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, the aim of the Hospice is to provide a first class specialist palliative care service which is accessible and free of charge to those with a life-limiting illness.

The club are more than too happy to be involved with such a worthwhile cause, and were pleased that Head of Fundraising Lindsey Fealey attended the evening and gave a short talk.

In addition to the logo appearing on the shirt, Aylesbury United will also be holding a charity fundraising match later in the season, as well as a number of bucket collections at games.

Lindsey Fealey of Florence Nightingale Hospice and Aylesbury United's Vice Chairman Ken Turnbull pictured with the 2009/10 AUFC shirt

Aylesbury United Is Now A Fan Owned Club

One of the biggest pieces of club news came from the fact that Aylesbury United is now a fan owned entity.

Chairman Graham Read has agreed to surrender a large number of his shares and transfer them into the name of 21st Century Ducks (The Aylesbury United Supporters Trust).

This means that the trust now own a majority of shares and that any future movements regarding club ownership will be controlled by the supporters.

21CD's Brian Metcalfe (left) receives the share ownership certificate from Graham Read

After a short break there were further additions from the various sections of the club.

New first team manager Martin Stone gave an introduction and a brief talk about his aspirations for the season, and his straight approach seemed to go down well with supporters.

Youth Team Manager Chris Penny and Ladies Team Manager Andy Foster also gave brief thoughts about their roles within the club and community.

Finally, chairman Graham Read said a few words to reiterate a positive evening for Aylesbury United FC.


Meeting At College Tonight

Wednesday 15 July 2009 - 2:00 pm | Added by: luke to Club, First Team | One comment |

A reminder that the Aylesbury College/Aylesbury United event takes place tonight in the Harding's Restaurant at Aylesbury College.

Aylesbury College, in partnership with Aylesbury United Football Club, present an evening to showcase a number of exciting AUFC developments.

A number of presentations will be made, followed by the opportunity to meet the club's new first team manager Martin Stone, as well as question the club committee.

The event is open to all members of public, and a number of key figures within the local community and media will also be in attendance.

So come along to Harding's Restaurant at Aylesbury College on Wednesday 15th July. The evening begins at 7.30pm and a fully licensed bar is available.

We look forward to seeing as many people there tonight.


Zamaretto League Fixtures Released

Wednesday 15 July 2009 - 1:57 pm | Added by: luke to Club, First Team | Two comments |

Fixtures for the 2009/10 Zamaretto League have been released.

Aylesbury will kick off their season with a trip to Division One Midlands newcomers Biggleswade Town, before a home game at our new Bell Close home four days later when Rothwell Town are the visitors.

The rightful Boxing Day derby with Chesham United has returned, and Leighton Town provide the other local opponents for New Years Day.

All the league fixtures are now available on the Aylesbury United website.


Aylesbury United Ladies Back in Training

Tuesday 14 July 2009 - 11:20 am | Added by: luke to Club, First Team | Four comments |

Aylesbury Utd Ladies resume training this coming Sunday (19th July) 10-12am at Meadowcroft playing fields.

New players are very welcome.

For more information please call Andy on 07840 441855 or Bethan on 07799 633543.


Additional Friendly Announced

Monday 13 July 2009 - 2:46 pm | Added by: luke to First Team, Club | No comments |

Aylesbury United announce an additional friendly to their pre-season schedule.

The Ducks will travel to Chalfont St. Peter on Saturday 1st August, kick-off at 3pm.


Update From Martin Stone

Sunday 12 July 2009 - 3:01 pm | Added by: luke to Club, First Team | Two comments |

New Aylesbury United manager Martin Stone provides fans with an update now that pre-season training is underway:

The football season is finally now underway with pre-season having commenced and going well. This is my first opportunity to introduce myself and to inform our fans of the changes made during the summer months and to hopefully clarify to all our way forward.

May I first start by saying I am delighted and honoured to be the new Aylesbury United Manager. The club has a huge history and from my time as a player I remember AUFC as a big club with great players and at one point probably the best pitch/ground for miles around. But more than this I remember the fans who were many in numbers, loud, passionate and fully behind their club.

The club today finds itself probably at the lowest point of its esteemed history. This is what it is, and now is the time for positivity and to look forward not behind us. The committee are doing a sterling job and should be applauded for striving to keep this once huge non league club in existence and moving forward. Myself and our staff look forward to working closely with the committee and our new secretary Steve Baker to keep the momentum going and to build for the future.

Of course with our lack of finance the going is tough and will continue to be so but this must be used as an inspiration and not as an excuse. This is our aim for this and hopefully the next few seasons ahead.

I am joined at the club by our new Assistant Manager, Byron Walton, whom I have known since U14 football many, many years ago. Christian Williams will join us soon once he completes his prior commitments and will be our First Team Coach alongside Dave Butler. Steve Jarratt joins as our Physio, whom I have known for more than 20 years all of which time he has been a fully qualified Physio and is highly skilled.

We all have one intention, to maintain our status, to push as high as is practically possible and to rebuild our club and guarantee that our players take pride in playing for the green and white of The Ducks.

All of last season’s squad have been contacted and invited back this season. The majority will not be returning for reasons relating to last season and I for one refuse to look back and wish them well in their football careers wherever they end up playing. They of course all remain welcome at any stage.

Training is at RAF Naphill for pre-season and then reverts to RAF Halton in the winter months. Our squad is taking shape and I will keep you updated as to new arrivals in the next week or so but things are looking good, training has been bright with good attendance as we begin the rebuild. Of course we will have players stepping up from the level below as well as players who have played at our level and above so I have no doubts at our ability to compete. To rebuild a side gradually is tough let alone when one is starting from scratch but with the backing of our fans and our Committee I believe pride will be restored in being a member of Aylesbury United.

This season we are joined in the division by the likes of Slough Town, Beaconsfield Sycob and Burnham FC which alongside the likes of Chesham Utd, Hitchin, Marlow FC, Barton and of course our landlords Leighton Town ensures we have many local derbies to play which I know is relished by players and supporters alike.

I look forward to meeting with as many of you as I can , please feel free to approach either myself or any member of our staff/squad at anytime we will be delighted to talk to you.



Summer Football with Aylesbury United

Thursday 09 July 2009 - 7:00 pm | Added by: luke to Club, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United are delighted to be able to announce a series of one-day football fun days over the forthcoming school summer holidays.

Our days are open to all keen footballers of any ability, who are aged between 5-12 years of age. Each day runs from 10am-2.30pm and cost just £10 per child.

The days we have running are


Players can expect to take part in fun games, competitions, skills and small sided matches. Each player will also receive an exclusive AUFC player prize at the end of the day.

To enrol your child onto one of the courses, please click here and complete the form below and return to the address printed. PLEASE quote course reference number when completing. If you have any queries about our courses please do not hesitate to contact me.

Chris Penny
Aylesbury United Football in the Community


Football In The Community News

Tuesday 07 July 2009 - 2:32 pm | Added by: luke to First Team, Club | No comments |

Aylesbury United's Football in the Community team have been out raising money for schools and local junior clubs via their Football Target Net over the last few weeks.

May Bank Holiday Monday saw Ducks goalkeeper Jack Sillitoe run a stall at the Whitchurch Village Fun Day. Despite the weather, the event was well supported.

The following weekend saw United's coaches and management run stalls at John Hampden School, Wendover and spend 2 days at the Chinnor Youth 6-a-side competition.

Sunday 17th May, saw United attend the St Josephs Infant School in Aylesbury and the events came to an end last Saturday at the popular Ashmead Combined School summer fete.

Thanks go to Martyn Shaw, Richard Searl, Ellis Shaw and Ron Schmidt for their help with these.

Aylesbury United Youth Team are looking for talented local players to play in their Allied Counties League team for the forthcoming season. Training starts on Thursday 23rd July, at Aylesbury College, 7.45-9pm. For more details please contact Chris Penny on 07545093308.


FA Competition Draws Announced

Wednesday 01 July 2009 - 08:48 am | Added by: luke to Club, First Team | Two comments |

Aylesbury's opponents in the FA Cup, FA Youth Cup and FA Trophy are now known after draws were announced by the Football Association today.

In the FA Cup the Ducks will face a home tie against either Tiptree United (Eastern Counties Premier) or Colney Heath (South Midlands Premier) in the Preliminary Round, depending on who is victorious in the Extra Preliminary Round.

The tie will be played on Sunday 30th August due to Leighton Town also being drawn at home. Ironically, it could be the town's other team - Aylesbury (formerly Vale) FC who are at Bell Close that day, as should they overcome Langford they will then face Leighton away.

If United progress they will meet Potters Bar Town, North Greenford United or Cockfosters at home.

Although all currently up in the air as to who the Ducks will face, Aylesbury don't have any history with any of their potential cup opponents in 112 years of football.

Meanwhile Chris Penny's youth team face a tough ask with a meeting away at Farnborough, whose senior team now play in the Southern League Premier.

Finally, in the FA Trophy, as leaked yesterday, United will travel to fellow Midlands Division outfit Beaconsfield SYCOB in the Preliminary Round.

The winners of that match will then face Bashley at home in the First Qualifying Round.