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Pick Our Kit for 2010/11

Tuesday 27 April 2010 - 10:25 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Four comments |

Aylesbury United are giving supporters the unique opportunity to vote for our 2010/11 home kit.

The committee have selected four candidates which are display below.

We are now asking supporters to cast their vote, with the kit gaining the most number of votes to be worn by the Ducks next season.


Option 1: All Green

Option 2: Green and White Quarters

Option 3: Green Hoops

Option 4: Vertical Interchangeable Green and White

Please note the designs above are an indicative only and not an exact representation of the final shirt.

Voting closes at midnight on Sunday 2nd May.


Ladies End Season With Big Win

Sunday 25 April 2010 - 6:26 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | Three comments |

Aylesbury Ladies kept up their push for promotion by winning 8-0 for the second week running, this time at Newbury Reserves.

A hat-trick from Suzie Cole, a Laura Warmbier penalty and a Leigh Reed strike gave them a convincing 5-0 half-time lead.

The tally was further added to after the break through Suzie Cole's fourth, Lucy Ilic and an own goal rounding things off.

It means the Ducks finish the season on top of the league table without knowing where they will end up.

With the top two teams in the division confirmed promotion, Aylesbury have secured third place with their win today but now must wait patiently for the teams around them to complete their fixtures and determine the final positions.


End of Season Awards Roundup

Saturday 24 April 2010 - 10:37 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Nine comments |

The Aylesbury United End of Season Awards were made following today's game with Barton Rovers.

Presentations were made for the following:

Supporter's Player of the Season: Jack Sillitoe

Player's Player of the Season: Ashleigh James

The Alan Griffiths Memorial Trophy Awarded for Most Improved Player of the Year: Ashleigh James

Clubman of the Year: Luke Brown

Vice Chairman Ken Turnbull was also given a special award recognising his 28 years service with the club, whilst manager Tony Joyce also gave special presentations to physio Lucy Burn, secretary Steve Baker and kitman Ron Schmidt for their sterling efforts over the course of the season.

Pictures of the ceremony have been added in the Photo Gallery.


From The Boardroom

Saturday 24 April 2010 - 10:36 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Four comments |

To survive was a result, relegation was just a disappointment!

Well, another season draws to a close, and to survive it, was a result, relegation was just a disappointment! But we must, and can still hold our heads up high.

Your following and understanding this season has been superb - I just can?t thank-you all enough for your support.

It?s been a long and difficult one, probably one of the most challenging to date. The exodus of the players and management, the attempted destruction of our club, moving back to Leighton, managers that thought they could, along with one (Byron) that we will be ever grateful to, and of course our continued battle to return home and ultimately back playing in Aylesbury.

Financially it?s been a struggle, but we got there thanks to a couple of very generous donations from two very loyal supporters. Next year we need to find more sponsorship and programme advertisers, so if you know any body or company that would be willing to do something with us, let me know.

There are many special people I wish to thank personally for their support, commitment and dedication to Aylesbury United. ? From Tony and his management team, Lucy our Sports Therapist, and all of our players. Kit man Ron. Stewards, Ron Knock, Wiggy, Ken Males and Ken Sergeant, and our ?PA Man? Dave Gammage.

Then there?s Wendy Brandon, Luke Brown, Martyn Shaw, Brian Metcalfe, Chris Penny, and Ron Syratt, and not forgetting Steve B our Secretary who has really been put through the mill this season, working tirelessly to get ?quite a few? players registered / transferred, along with all those other horrible jobs that come with being club Secretary.

There are many others, Andy Foster and his work with the ladies team. Ian Lowe who assists with coordinating our meetings at, and with the college management team.

A special mention must go to Muriel & KenTurnball. Muriel the unsung tea ?maker! And Ken our Vice Chairman who has now completed over 28 years service with the club. I congratulate him, and thank him for his loyalty over the years?.. And for keeping me sane!

During the close season we will push forward with our ideas to site a ?Sports stadium? in the grounds of Aylesbury College. This is still subject to many conditions, and many hurdles still have to be cleared ? hence the delay in ?making our plans public?. (Please bear with us on this one).

Next season? Tony has committed to stay on, and will now have plenty of time to secure a settled side for the 2010/2011 season. Will we be playing at Bell Close again next season? Probably yes, but this will depend on the few minor details. (We still need to thrash out some issues). But I see no reason why we shouldn?t be there.

League? More than likely the South Midlands, but we do need to discuss this first, not forgetting that we still may be saved, but don?t hold your breath, finishing bottom as almost certainly condemned us to relegation. So it?s the South Midlands or Hellenic league next season.

Finally congratulations to our award winning players ?Supporters player of year? Jack Sillitoe. The ?Managers player of the year?, Jon Montgomery. The ?player?s player of the year? Ashleigh James, who also won the Alan Griffiths Memorial Trophy for being the most improved player of the year and ?Clubman of the year? Luke Brown.

Well done to you all, and not forgetting our friends at the Vale, who won promotion today ? Congratulations must go to them too.

Have a good break during the close season, and enjoy the world cup. We?ve certainly enjoyed seeing you all and appreciating your support, and hope to see you all again next season!

Remain positive. Be Strong. Support us as you do, when you can, and in return we will endeavour to deliver the best we can for you, YOUR club...

With best wishes

Graham Read

Chairman - Aylesbury United Football Club

p.s If you would like to help with the running of your club in whatever capacity, or join the committee, please let me know ? we can always do with an extra pair of hands!


Final Day Defeat for Ducks

Saturday 24 April 2010 - 5:04 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury's season ended with a 1-0 defeat at home to Barton Rovers.

In a typical end of season low quality match Sam Spencer's second half strike proved decisive.

Aylesbury's best chances came towards the end of the match when they mounted a late charge, with a couple of good openings spurned late on.

United also had a second half penalty appeal denied but in the end the game got away from them rather like the season as a whole.


End of Season Presentations

Tuesday 20 April 2010 - 09:41 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

This year's Aylesbury United end of season presentations will take place after Saturday's final game of the campaign.

Considering the difficult nature of the season the decision was taken to have a small presentation of the trophies after the match.

That is with the exception of Supporters Player of the Year, which will be presented at half time of the game.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible to show your support to the players who have worked their socks off in the name of Aylesbury United over what has been a difficult year.


Ducks Easily Gunned Down by Slough

Saturday 17 April 2010 - 5:05 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury went down to their second 5-1 defeat of the week with a loss at playoff hopefuls Slough Town.

In the glorious sunshine the Ducks made no hay and were behind to former player Paul Edgeworth's goal just five minutes in.

Slough doubled the score when Tyrone Taylor headed into his own net, but United dragged themselves back into proceedings with a bundled Kevin Ayodele goal.

Just like at Soham on Tuesday Aylesbury then had a decent spell in the game but shot themselves in the foot by conceding again before the break - Simon Martin heading home.

A second half brace from Mo Sharif sealed the result and Aylesbury will be looking for a response against Barton to ensure they go out of the Southern League with more than a whimper (if that is indeed their end of season fate)

Team: Sillitoe, James, Mealor, Toms, Bartley, O'Grady (Moore), Montgomery, Ayodele (Nicholls), Harewood, Taylor, Clarke


'Relegation' Confirmed With Soham Defeat

Tuesday 13 April 2010 - 9:53 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury's bottom two finish was confirmed by a heavy 5-1 defeat at Soham Town Rangers.

United conceded their obligatory early goal when Deakan Napier netted after seven minutes.

But they fought back and Robert Bartley's header equalised for Aylesbury who then went on to have their best spell but couldn't find a second.

Instead, the home side added two of their own through Simpson and Ogbonna as hopes of a comeback rapidly began to fade.

Further efforts from Liberatadore and Simpson were in keeping with a dismal second half from the Ducks.

It all spelt Aylesbury being condemned to a relegation zone finish, but whether that will actually lead to relegation is unlikely to be known for some time.

Team: Sillitoe, James, Ayodele (O'Grady), Mealor, Bartley, McBride, Montgomery, Harewood, Pringle (Nicholls), Taylor, Clarke


Management Update

Monday 12 April 2010 - 8:33 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Seven comments |

Hello to all Ducks fans. I would like to give you an update from the dressing room as we go into our final three games of the season.

After our mini revival with wins at Sutton and Arlesey and the draw away at Atherstone confidence in the camp was good and still is even though we have suffered three losses by a one goal difference.

The Chesham game was a good performance and we deserved at least a point however luck wasn't with us again with their 90th minute winner.

The Leighton game was a poor game of football as both teams looked jaded, but yet again I think we did enough to gain a point unfortunately on this occasion it was a uncharacteristic mistake from Jack who has been in outstanding form recently gave them maximum points.

The Marlow game was a blip on recent form and one the players were very disappointed in themselves and the way they performed. MOVING ON... Hitchin wow what a game for the neutral spectator (which I am not). Going 1 down early on we fought back with great energy and character and at 3-1 up Gary and myself thought we still needed one more as we know Hitchin finish games strong and score a lot of late goals

Losing Mark Toms to injury was the turning point as him and Kev Mealor were both playing very well again and with Robert suspended and Nashy not fully fit we had to reshuffle and it disrupted us.

As I said to the players if we can play like that going forward in the remaining 3 games we will get the points we need and deserve, obviously we will have to defend as a team better but not all teams in the league have as much quality in their ranks as Hitchin in attack.

Player news: Robert has completed his 3 game suspension and will return to the squad on Tuesday, Shiblu has had his ankle in a cast, but hopefully he will be fit to play some part in the last two games. Leon Gutzmore is a player and friend of mine who I have played with and admired through his career and he signed but due to work and family commitments has not been available as he or I would have liked, but there is still time to see him in the green and white shirt if the situation suits both parties in the last few games.

Joel McCormack has returned back to Buckingham Town as he needs regular 1st team football and we could not give him that.

Going into the next three games I can assure you the players are focused and committed to the cause and whatever eleven I put out onto the field they will always play with passion and enthusiasm to the final minute when wearing the Green & White shirt.

Thank you all for your continued support, it has been fantastic over the last few weeks. Myself and the players truly appreciate it.

Tony Joyce


Hitchin Fight Back In Seven Goal Thriller

Saturday 10 April 2010 - 5:50 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

High flying Hitchin left Bell Close with all three points after an epic comeback in a seven-goal thriller, and a throwback to early-season Aylesbury games.

The visitors raced into an early lead through Jeff Hammond, but United fought their way back into proceedings and by half-time were 2-1 ahead courtesy of Tyrone Taylor and Lewis McBride on the stroke of half-time.

It then became Ducks dreamland when the advantage was extended to 3-1, United's top scorer Ashley Harewood making a goalscoring return to the starting line-up.

But things quickly began to go wrong for Aylesbury, and contributory factors of United losing defender Mark Toms, two key Hitchin substitutions and a quick goal helped fire the Canaries into life.

Within five minutes they had a goal back and from that point there was no stopping them - Carl Williams netted twice and Jamie Arlick added the other as the dramatic comeback was completed.

The result leaves Aylesbury teetering on the brink of 'relegation' and anything other than a win at Soham on Tuesday is likely to confirm a bottom two finish.


Hatch At The Double As Leighton Do The Double Over Ducks

Monday 05 April 2010 - 5:22 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury's landlords Leighton Town completed the double over the Ducks by inflicting a 2-1 defeat at Bell Close this afternoon.

The game was as uninspiring as matches against Leighton typically are, and was particularly frustrating for United's lack of attacking threat as the game wore on.

Leighton took the lead through James Hatch early on after he got in behind the defence and finished well.

The Greens responded and levelled with a well taken goal from Lewis McBride and it looked to be game on as they were generally the better side for what remained of the first half.

But Aylesbury shot themselves in the foot by conceding a woefully cheap second goal almost as soon as the second period got underway, Hatch profiting from Sillitoe's blunder for the second time this season.

From that point on Aylesbury looked devoid of ideas against a home side happy to shut up shop, and the ball spent very little time in Leighton's penalty area as they ended triumphant.


Ducks Beaten By Another Late Goal

Saturday 03 April 2010 - 5:19 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Not for the first time this season, Aylesbury were hit by the killer blow of a goal in the last five minutes to deny them a share of the spoils as Chesham left with a 1-0 win.

Over the course of the game the visitors had most of the pressure, so justifiably could feel their win was deserved.

But Aylesbury had defended with their dogged determination which has been on show recently (Marlow excluded).

It looked like the Ducks were to be rewarded with a point, but the visitors had other ideas and it was none other than former Aylesbury captain Nick Leach who headed them to victory.

The goal came too late for any kind of response and meant more disappointment for the greens who had looked set to extend their points advantage over Barton whose match was postponed.