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Additional Fixture

Wednesday 29 August 2012 - 06:52 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Following the FA Cup results last Saturday, the league has released fixtures for the 8th September.

We will be away at Hatfield Town, kick off 3.00pm.

Luke will update the fixture list on his return from holiday


United Well Beaten

Saturday 25 August 2012 - 5:08 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Aylesbury came up against Southern League Northwood in the FA Cup Preliminary Round and their visitors made the league difference count as they left Bell Close with a 5-2 win.

The Ducks worked hard throughout, but were facing quality opposition whose bottom placing in the Southern League Central Division is a false position - Northwood finishing just outside the playoffs last season.

They took the lead after 13 minutes through Jack Hutchinson, and Romaine Walker added another just before the half hour mark.

After the break it was more of the same as the same two men added another goal each, before captain Reece Yorke also hit the target in the 67th minute to make it 5-0.

Aylesbury kept fighting until the end though and they had their reward when Marcus Sawyer curled home a consolation, before Warren Garcia added a late second.

It was a final score which reflected the different levels of the two clubs, and Aylesbury need to pick themselves up quickly with a massive league game against Dunstable Town next on the horizon.

Full match report now available


Additional September Fixture

Thursday 23 August 2012 - 3:02 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

The Spartan South Midlands League have announced additional fixtures for 11th/12th September.

Aylesbury United will entertain Colney Heath at Bell Close on Wednesday 12th September, kick-off at 7.45pm.


Dramatic Night Ends With Aylesbury Win

Tuesday 21 August 2012 - 09:12 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

A dramatic and, at times, unbelievable night at Holmer Green eventually ended with a 4-3 win for Aylesbury.

A poor first half saw the Ducks treailing to former United defender Tom Alabaster's headed goal from a free-kick.

The home side had chances to extend their lead with Aylesbury struggling, but their fortunes were to change when Alabaster went from hero to zero and was dismissed for dissent early in the second period.

Aylesbury's gifts weren't to end there, as first the ball fell kindly for Stacey Field to fire home from close range and level.

Then, the Ducks won a penalty when Cooper was felled in the box - Cooper picking himself up to score before Field added another to make it 3-1.

But then came the drama as the lights went out at Watchet Lane in a spectacular floodlight failure, leaving the ground in pitch black for nearly twenty minutes.

Thankfully the game eventually restarted and Aylesbury were looking for a calm close to the game.

Sadly they weren't able to get it, and two goals from another former United man - Andy Shed - in two minutes meant the match was level yet again at 3-3.

There was still another twist to follow, and Holmer once again giftwrapped a goal to United when Hatch was blatantly tripped in the box, Cooper scoring again from the spot.

This time there was to be no comeback and after a rollercoaster, breathless 90 minutes, it was Aylesbury who claimed an important three points - though they needed many helping hands to do so.

Full match report now available.


Premier Division Review - 18th August 2012

Saturday 18 August 2012 - 8:39 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Four comments |

At the top of the table Dunstable Town extended their 100% record to three games with a 4-1 home win over Hadley. Jonathan Cooper handed the Blues an early lead in the 4th minute, though it was level at the interval after Dan Quattromini scored ten minutes later, but Dunstable proved too strong after the break with further goals from new signing Tony Burnett and a brace from Nathan Frater.

Big scorers of the day were Colney Heath who thrashed Holmer Green 7-3 at home, where former Aylesbury player Paul Armstrong hit a treble, Aaron Clarke, Kevin Ashwood, Jamie Eames and Josh Humbert also scored. Colney were 7-0 ahead before Holmer finally sparked into life, Dean Allen scoring twice and Andy Shed also finding the net in the last twenty minutes.

Another ex-Duck, Tyrone Taylor, was on the scoresheet for newly promoted Ampthill Town – scoring in the second half to salvage a 1-1 draw at Haringey Borough whose Roland Namquita had scored after 31 minutes.

A third former Aylesbury man also scored for Berkhamsted, who came from 3-1 down at the break to take a point at Hertford Town in a 3-3 thriller. Malachi Brissett and Billey Healey (2) for Hertford and Berkhamsted’s Connor Calcutt were the first half scores, before Calcutt scored again in the second half and Lewis Pritchard, Ducks youth team product, scored six minutes from time to rescue the Comrades.

Harefield United secured a 3-0 win at Stotfold with three new imports from Uxbridge getting the goals – Jake Girt from the spot in the first half, and Rhys Rabess and Mohamed Hashi after the interval.

There was something of a surprise at the Grass Roots Stadium, where Tring Athletic went down to a 4-1 home defeat to Hanwell Town. Tom Duffy gave the visitors a lead, cancelled out by Sam Mitchell, but the visitors scored twice in a minute after the break through Tom Jansons and Terry Smith, before Duffy added another ten minutes later.

AFC Dunstable also hit four away from home – going 4-0 ahead at London Tigers before two late goals gave the score more credibility for Tigers – in front of just 10 spectators.

St. Margaretsbury and Hatfield Town also both won away, Ollie Sharman’s 39th minute goal enough for the Saints to win 1-0 at Oxhey Jets, and Hatfield 2-1 winners at Leverstock Green.

Finally, the other promoted side, London Colney, are in 3rd place thanks to a 1-0 win over Biggleswade United. Matt Newman hit the winner in the 75th minute.


Honours Even at Hillingdon

Saturday 18 August 2012 - 6:16 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury came back from Hillingdon Borough with a 1-1 draw and after a gruelling 90 minutes will be happy with their point after being under the cosh for most of the match.

The Ducks got off to a flying start when Steve Hatch's cross was turned into his own net by Karl Bull for a 6th minute lead.

But the remainder of the half belonged to the home side, and Aylesbury had Jack Sillitoe to thank for a number of impressive saves keeping his side ahead at the break.

The second half saw more of the same as Borough seemed more adept in the sweltering conditions than Aylesbury.

The equaliser duly arrived, though it didn't come until the 72nd minute and from the penalty spot after handball.

Both sides had chances after that but it finished all level.

Match report is now available: Hillingdon vs Ducks


Management Update

Friday 17 August 2012 - 1:41 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Manager Tony Joyce provides his thoughts following the first two games of the season:

"Two games into the season and a great start with 2 wins 6 goals for and 0 against, hopefully we can continue this form away at Hillingdon tomorrow.

I am very pleased with the way new signings Lee Bircham, Steve Hatch, Ian Cooper and Zac Reynolds have settled into the team and strengthened our squad .

Marc Bircham has signed but unfortunately due to his commitments at QPR he will not be available at present. Greg Willams joined two days before the season and came off the bench to score a fantastic goal against Enfield and will give more experience to the squad.

Sam Slatter and Russell Clark suffered injuries in pre season and are out, we wish them a speedy recovery. Michal Korpala is still awaiting International clearance from the Polish FA.

We have a very talented squad and players that have the ability to play in a number of positions. This was a factor in releasing Joe Donaldson to Winslow, without a reserve team he needs games and Winslow needed a centre back so Joe will get some games and much needed match play and he may well be back with us later in the season.

The players worked very hard in pre season and it has showed in the opening games. We will continue to work hard and aim to achieve success together.

Once again the support from the stands has been magnificent as always - myself and the players really appreciate it."

Tony Joyce (The Gaffer)


Joe Goes

Thursday 16 August 2012 - 4:55 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Young defender Joe Donaldson's registration at Aylesbury United has been cancelled this afternoon to allow him to join Winslow United.

Joe signed for the Ducks midway through last season from New Bradwell St Peter and made 19 appearances for the club in total.

We wish him all the best at Winslow.


21CD Committee Meeting Report

Thursday 16 August 2012 - 12:42 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

A 21st Century Ducks Committee Meeting was held on 2nd August.

Matters discussed included:

- Presentation Dinner

- Playing Budget

- Aylesbury College development

- Quiz night

The minutes are available for download by clicking the below link.

View the minutes


Golden Garcia Gets Ducks Going

Wednesday 15 August 2012 - 08:31 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

A Warren Garcia strike seven minutes from the end finally broke down stubborn Stotfold's resistance and handed Aylesbury three points from their league opener.

After that, Ian Cooper found the net in stoppage time to make it 2-0 and add some gloss to to the scoreline.

Aylesbury had struggled to get through a very strong visiting defence and had looked set to be held to a frustrating 0-0.

United kept their heads and plugged away, and were eventually rewarded with the win.

Match report from last night is now available: Ducks vs Stotfold


Premier Division Review - 14th August 2012

Tuesday 14 August 2012 - 10:22 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Dunstable Town maintained their early lead with a second win from two games following tonight’s Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division fixtures.

The Blues followed up on Saturday’s 3-0 win at London Tigers with another away win, this time a 3-2 victory at newly promoted Ampthill Town, where they came from behind to eventually win having trailed 2-1 at the break – Lee Roache netting twice in the second half.

In second place are Oxhey Jets, who scored three goals in each half to thump Hatfield Town 6-1 at the Gosling Sports Park. Hatfield had lead the match, but only for the solitary minute, and will now be hoping it won’t be another miserable season having finished the last one bottom and only reprieved from relegation on the eve of the new campaign.

Another side blazing the goal trail are Hadley who hit another of last season’s strugglers Holmer Green with a 5-1 defeat on their own turf. Nick Chrysanthou, Dan Quattromoni and Dom Petrucci were all regular scorers at the back end of last season and found the target for Hadley again, along with new signing Josh Noyes who hit a brace.

The other of last season’s promoted sides, London Colney, secured a win with a 1-0 result at another of the relegation-reprieved sides, Hanwell Town. Matt Newman, London Colney’s top scorer last time out, struck the only goal of the game in the 26th minute.

Also winning away from home were Leverstock Green, much changed after managerial departure and a mass exodus of players, but they won their opener 3-1 at Colney Heath courtesy of two late goals. One of the few remaining players from last season, Adam Hallissey, had given Green a 51st minute lead, before an own goal leveller 20 minutes later. But up stepped Ben Gill and returning midfielder Jon Davies with efforts in the last 2 minutes of the game to take all three points.

Biggest crowd of the night – 120 - could be found at Harefield United where another side who have undergone massive personnel changes over the summer hosted Tring Athletic, and were only denied a win by a stoppage time Tony Fields goal. New signing Joe Hatcher hit the Hares’ opener.

Finally, Haringey Borough, dumped out of the FA Cup by AFC Kempston Rovers on the Saturday, bounced back to inflict a second league defeat in two games on London Tigers. Veteran Darrell Cox and Roland Namquita put Borough two up before an injury time ‘consolation’ from the visitors’ Kye Hendrix.


Rampant Ducks Off To A Flyer

Saturday 11 August 2012 - 3:57 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Ten comments |

Aylesbury got their season off to a flying start with a 4-0 FA Cup win over Enfield 1893.

A dominant first half saw United out of sight with a three-goal cushion after just 28 minutes.

Paul Edgeworth curled home a free-kick after just four minutes for an early first, before Stacey Field added the second ten minutes later after being set up by Ian Cooper.

Debutant Cooper scored the third with a sublime lob over the keeper and Aylesbury were home and dry before the interval.

The second half never hit the heights of the first, as Enfield improved and Aylesbury took their foot of the gas - but the Ducks' win was never seriously in doubt.

Substitute and returning Greg Williams crowned the win with an outrageous long shot into the top corner having nicked the ball back from the sleeping goalkeeper to crown an impressive opening day win for Aylesbury.


Williams Returns to Ducks

Friday 10 August 2012 - 2:42 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

Aylesbury have added another experienced head to their squad by capturing former player Greg Williams after his departure from Aylesbury FC.

'The Leader' has he was known made over 200 appearances for the Ducks between 2001 and 2005 before going on to play Oxford City and Banbury United.

At Aylesbury FC he made over 100 appearances and had a brief spell as joint manager last season with Steve Smith.


Ducks Squad Boosted With 3 More

Friday 10 August 2012 - 09:21 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | No comments |

Aylesbury United's squad has been boosted ahead of Saturday's FA Cup match with Enfield 1893 by the signing of an additional three players.

Joe Donaldson and Marcus Sawyer have both re-signed having joined the Ducks midway through last season, from New Bradwell St Peter and Cockfosteres respectively.

Arriving to the club is Zac Reynolds, a young defender who was released by Crawley Town earlier this month.

Zac made a very good impression in his first Aylesbury game in midweek, and we welcome him to the club, and welcome Marcus and Joe back.


21CD Renewal Time

Thursday 09 August 2012 - 07:34 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

As the new season starts, it is time for all members of 21CD who pay their membership annually rather than by monthly Direct Debit to renew for the new season. If you aren't already a member, now is a good time to join!

21CD are the Aylesbury United Supporters Trust. The Trust own shares in the club and are therefore able to represent the fans views in any decisions made by the club. By being a 21CD Member you are not only helping provide much needed funds to support the club’s growth and development but, through 21CD, your voice can be heard with regard to how the club operates. Membership is a minimum of £10 per year, although many members choose to donate more than this. Renewal forms can be found on the Aylesbury United Message board - - or by going to the Ducks Shop -

If you need anymore information about joining 21CD, renewing your membership, or require a paper copy of the renewal form, please contact Ian Pluck, email or by post 24, Kingsland Rd, Aylesbury, HP21 9SL. Every penny that 21CD generates goes towards helping the club in the short term as it strives for promotion, and in the longer term as we aim to achieve our aim of getting the Ducks back to Aylesbury. Any support you can give to your team is greatly appreciated.


Ducks Ease Past New Bradwell

Wednesday 08 August 2012 - 07:54 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury's pre-season preparations ended on a high note with a convincing 5-1 win at Division One side New Bradwell St. Peter last night.

A hat-trick from Stacey Field along with goals from Jack Wood and Ian Cooper saw Aylesbury finish on a high ahead of their crucial FA Cup opener with Enfield 1893.

Former Crawley Town academy player Zac Reynolds was included in the team and excelled at left-back in the first half, then right-back in the second, and there were also first run outs of the campaign for Marcus Sawyer and Matt Timberlake.

It took just 12 minutes for United to register when Jack Wood hooked the ball home following a corner kick which caused havoc in the home defence.

Cooper made it two when he tapped home Acheampong's breakaway and square pass, before Field headed in Reynolds' cross at the near post on the stroke of half-time.

The first half had been more evenly contested than the scoreline showed, but after the break United controlled proceedings and added two further goals - both from Field.

His second came from a left-wing cross by Sawyer, the next almost identical but coming in from Korpala on the right to complete the treble.

New Bradwell did manage to pull a goal back late on when a fine strike from distance beat the experienced Timberlake all ends up, but it wasn't to curb United's enthusiasm as Tony Joyce even found time to enter the fray as a striker for the closing stages.

Aylesbury now have four days to prepare for a big test against Enfield and their first true examination of how they will fare in the season ahead.


Subs (all used): Marcus SAWYER, Mih PATEL, John MULHOLLAND, Michael KORPALA, Joe DONALDSON, Russell CLARK, Matt TIMBERLAKE, Tony JOYCE


Former QPR Favourite Signs for Ducks

Saturday 04 August 2012 - 11:12 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Former Queens Park Rangers favourite Marc Bircham, brother of Ducks player Lee, has signed for Aylesbury United.

Midfielder Marc is a full Canadian internation of 17 caps (1 goal) who made over 150 appearances for Rs having joined from Millwall.

His last professional club was Yeovil Town before being forced to retire from the game at the end of the 2008/09 season after a series of ankle injuries.

Marc currently works as a coach with QPR and will feature for United as and when available, although he is expected to be involved in the season's opener next Saturday.

Last season he made a one-off appearance for brother Lee's former club Leverstock Green.

Meanwhile, leaving Aylesbury before a ball has even been kicked is defender Craig Preston, to join Berkhamsted.

Preston only joined the Ducks earlier this pre-season, but has decided to link up with his local club where, at the age of 36, he will be guaranteed a starting place.

We wish Craig well and thank him for his efforts during his short spell at the club.


Ducks Laid Out By Landlords

Saturday 04 August 2012 - 07:53 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Four comments |

Despite taking an early lead through Steve Hatch, Aylesbury were defeated 2-1 at landlords Leighton Town in their penultimate pre-season friendly.

Hatch converted from Michael Korpala's corner kick with just four minutes on the lead and United had their eyes on a second friendly win over Leighton in two years.

But Town, under the management of Craig Wells for his first full season, were far the superior team.

After a number of chances had gone to waste, Aylesbury held their lead to the interval, but not for much longer as on 52 minutes the ball was poked in for a leveller.

Leighton featured a number of former Ducks players in their line-up, and it was one - Enzo Silvestri - who popped up with the winner when he turned home from close range midway through the second half.

After the break the match had become a niggly affair due to substitutions and many changes, and frustrations threatened to boil over on a few occasions as United had two players booked.

Aylesbury's best chance of an equaliser fell to Joey Acheampong, but he was unable to beat the goalkeeper in a one-on-one and the Reds held on for a deserved win.

United's next go to New Bradwell St. Peter on Tuesday night for their final pre-seaosn match looking for a confidence boosting result before the season starts for real.


Season Ticket Prices Unchanged for 2012

Friday 03 August 2012 - 09:44 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United Season Ticket prices have remained unchanged for the 2012/13 season, as have standard matchday admission charges.

Standard admission prices for the season are as follows:

Adults: £7
Concessions: £4

All under 16s are free with a paying adult

Season ticket prices will be:

Adults: £125
Concessions: £70

Again, an adult season ticket will allow for FREE entry for a child.

To order your 2012/13 season ticket, visit the Ducks shop here and fill in the online order form.


Ladies Team Seeking Coach

Friday 03 August 2012 - 09:32 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United Ladies Football team are actively seeking a qualified Football Coach.

The Ladies currently train at Bierton Sports Centre, Burcott Lane from 1930 - every Wednesday. From September training moves to Haddenham Community School where we make use of a floodlit astroturf pitch, 1930-2130.

If you are interested in this position please contact Andy Foster 07840 441855 / Bethan Harris 07799 633543 for further information.

We are also always on the lookout for new players to join the club, please also contact Andy or Bethan to express an interest.


Ducks Drawn at Berko in Challenge Trophy

Thursday 02 August 2012 - 3:00 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Three comments |

Aylesbury United will face neighbours and fellow Premier Division rivals Berkhamsted in the first round of the Challenge Trophy it was revealed today.

The tie has been scheduled for Saturday 22nd September, and will be the second time in three weeks United face Berko - with an identical league fixture pencilled in for Saturday 1st September.

With the league publishing the month's fixtures today, Aylesbury will be away for the duration of September - with matches against AFC Dunstable and Hadley also on the agenda.

The fixtures page has been updated with the latest additions.


Sandhurst In County Trophy

Wednesday 01 August 2012 - 1:17 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

Aylesbury United will face Sandhurst Town away in the 1st Round of this season's Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy.

The tie must be played before week ending 16th November, with the exact date to be confirmed by Sandhurst in due course.


New Ducks Kit Unveiled

Wednesday 01 August 2012 - 08:12 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | One comment |

Aylesbury United's new home kit for the 2012/13 season was unveiled before last night's fixture with Queens Park Rangers.

The players and management posed for their squad pictures before the game.

Also present at the unveiling was Aylesbury College's Steve Kind, who has been instrumental in building on the successful partnership - both commercial and sporting - between Aylesbury College and Aylesbury United.

Replica shirts are available now, priced at £30 through the Ducks Shop.

(click image to view/download full size version)

Back row (left to right): Steve Baker (Secretary), Vicky Baker (Physiotherapist), Gary Hawksworth (Assistant Manager), Craig Preston, Sam Slatter, Joey Acheampong, Joe Donaldson, Steve Hatch, Jack Sillitoe, John Mulholland, Ben Baines, Michael Kilpa, Stacey Field, Ron Schmidt (Kit Man), Graham Read (Chairman)

Front row: Russell Clark, Ian Cooper, Paul Edgeworth, Craig Townsend, Tony Joyce (Manager), Jack Wood, Warren Garcia, Lee Bircham, Tom Barnett

Back row (left to right): Vicky Baker (Physiotherapist), Tony Joyce (Manager), Craig Preston, Sam Slatter, Joey Acheampong, Joe Donaldson, Steve Hatch, Jack Sillitoe, John Mulholland, Ben Baines, Michael Kilpa, Stacey Field, Ron Schmidt (Kit Man), Gary Hawksworth (Assistant Manager)

Front row: Russell Clark, Ian Cooper, Paul Edgeworth, Craig Townsend, Steve Kind (Aylesbury College), Jack Wood, Warren Garcia, Lee Bircham, Tom Barnett