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More Players Registered

Thursday 31 July 2014 - 08:52 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | |

Following last night's friendly win against Oxford United under-18s, a further six players have been confirmed as registered with the club.

Two new midfielders in Shaun Owens and Lewis Osborne are joined by returning players Paul Edgeworth, Joey Acheampong, Jason Blackett and Steve Hatch in putting pen to paper.

22-year old Lewis Osborne is a former Dunstable Town midfielder, where he was formerly a teammate of Shane Wood. He scored in the opening preseason friendly at Olney Town.

Shaun Owens (20) joins from Beaconsfield SYCOB and also had a spell on dual registration terms with Holmer Green last season. He came through the ranks at Kings Langley, making over 50 appearances before joining Beaconsfield in October last year.

The returning faces need little introduction, although Jason Blackett is still working his way back to fitness from his recurring knee injury.

We welcome all the players - new and old - to the club.


Aylesbury Breeze Past Oxford Youngsters

Wednesday 30 July 2014 - 9:59 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags: , ,

Aylesbury United kept up their good pre-season form with a second 6-1 win in two weeks, as they confidently saw off Oxford United's under-18 side.

Midfielder Shaun Owens gave the Ducks the lead after just five minutes - arriving late to tap home a low Jake Bewley cross - before Steve Hatch curled a deliciously shaped shot home on twenty seven minutes, giving the keeper no chance, to double his side's lead.

Owens went close again when he hit the bar almost immediately, but it wasn't until the second period when the scoring was extended.

After half time substitute Paul Edgeworth had gone close with a shot just over the bar, it was fellow replacement Zack Reynolds who found the net - bursting onto a central through ball before rounding the keeper and slotting into the empty net.

With Edgeworth and Greg Williams literally double the age of most of their opponents, the experience of Aylesbury was making lightwork of the young visitors, and number four came courtesy of the former who smashed home an excellent free kick following a foul on Joey Acheampong.

Acheampong, Liam Smyth, Edgeworth and Shane Wood all had efforts saved, but as momentum shifted and Oxford had a sustained spell of pressure for the first time, they found the net with a low shot that crept past goalkeeper Alex Tokarczyk.

Aylesbury upped their game again for the closing stages, and although Tokarczyk was in action with a late double save, the Ducks added two further goals to their tally - a superb Smth pass releasing Acheampong to score, and then Acheampong feeding Williams who produced a great finish to make the final score 6-1 to Aylesbury.

Aylesbury team:

1. Jack Sillitoe
2. Lee Grace
3. Jake Bewley
4. Shane Wood
5. Bill Morgan
6. Lea Coulter
7. Steve Hatch
8. Shaun Owens
9. Ben Baines
10. Stacey Field
11. Jesse Waites

Substitutes (all used):

12. Greg Williams
13. Alex Tokarczyk
14. Joey Acheampong
15. Paul Edgeworth
16. Liam Smyth
17. Zack Reynolds
18. Anthony Ottaway 
19. Daniel Higby


The First World War: 100 Years On

Tuesday 29 July 2014 - 09:48 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | | Used tags:

The Royal British Legion is launching its greatest ever act of Remembrance for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Every Man Remembered has brought together well known faces from the world of entertainment, business and the arts to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefields of the First World War.

The Every Man Remembered campaign is asking the British public to pay tribute to each and every one of the 1,117,077 men and women from the Commonwealth who died in the First World War.

It's a sobering thought that whole football clubs – first and reserve team players, boardroom and staff members, and even supporters – enlisted together during WW1. I wanted to take part in Every Man Remembered to remember Sgt Major Frank Cannon who played for West Ham and ended up making the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefields of WW1. I'd encourage everyone to help the Legion’s campaign to honour each of the 1,117,077 people who fell 100 years ago and support those who Serve today said Karren Brady West, Ham United's Managing Director

''We will remember them'', and hopefully you can join us in remembering our colleagues that gave their life for our freedom...

World War Memorial

Aylesbury United Football Club
To the honoured memory of those of this
club who gave their lives in the two wars


Team Photo

Of the players mentioned in the article, Herbert Cooke, Dennis Arthur Horne, Charles Perkins and Joseph Saunders lost their lives in the Great War.

(Photo by Peter Underwood; Newspaper photo: Bucks Herald)

Communities across the UK are being invited to take part in this national moment by switching off their lights between 10.00pm and 11.00pm on 4 August, the date Britain entered the war 100 years ago, and illuminating their homes with a single candle or light. Members of The Royal British Legion have already planned 130 events nationwide for the public to participate in, with more to be announced.

To support LIGHTS OUT and as part of a special partnership with Marks & Spencer, limited edition Centenary candles are available to purchase in stores and online. Profits will be donated to the Legion to support the charity's vital work with the current and ex-members of the Armed Forces, and their families.


Another Preseason Win For United

Saturday 26 July 2014 - 4:48 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | | Used tags: , ,

Jesse Waites's second half header was enough to secure Aylesbury another preseason win as they beat AFC Kempston Rovers 1-0.

In sweltering conditions once again, this was far from an exciting contest and was always going to be a game settled by minimal goals as the Ducks, missing a number of players, struggled to find their fluidity.

Kempston's attack was lead by a familiar face in Ben Gallant, and it was his side who had the better of the openings with Jack Sillitoe making a number of good saves throughout the course of the match to keep the hosts at bay.

Aylesbury improved as the match wore on, and chances came for Joey Acheampong who fired over from close range and also saw a decent curling effort turned wide.

The winner came on 70 minutes, the lively Acheampong involved again, as he exchanged passes with Daniel Jones before the latter provided a pinpoint cross for Jesse Waites to place a header into the far corner beyond the keeper.

Aylesbury lineup:

1. Jack Sillitoe
2. Lee Grace
3. Jake Bewley
4. Steve Hatch
5. Bill Morgan
6. Lea Coulter
7. Shaun Owens
8. Greg Williams
9. Jesse Waites
10. Stacey Field
11. Paul Edgeworth

Substitutes (all used):

12. Ben Baines
14. Joey Acheampong
15. Daniel Jones
17. Liam Murphy
18. Daniel Higby


21CD Membership

Wednesday 23 July 2014 - 10:01 pm | Added by: Ian Pluck to 21cd, First Team, Club News | | Used tags:

As the new season approaches, it is time to renew our membership of the 21CD, or if you aren't already a member, join the Supporter's Trust of your club

For those of you who have a Standing Order for your payments, you need to do nothing unless you wish to change the size of your contribution.

For those who pay an annual fee by cheque please complete the enclosed application form and send your form and payment to the address shown on the form.

Can you please annotate on the form, or email me whether you wish to have your new membership card sent to you by post, or whether you are happy to collect it at the gate at a home match at the beginning of the season.

As we saw last season, we have a squad that is more than capable of holding their own in the Southern League.  If we want to do that little bit better and aim to improve on last season's finish, every penny we can raise will help the club and will enable more money being made available to strengthen the playing budget.  

On behalf of 21CD, and AUFC, I thank you for your continued valuable support.

21CD Membership Form 21CD Membership Form


Kempston Rovers Game

Wednesday 23 July 2014 - 09:02 am | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags: , ,

Please be aware that Saturday's preseason visit to AFC Kempston Rovers kicks off at the earlier time of 2pm


Evergreen Edgeworth Leads Rout

Wednesday 23 July 2014 - 08:59 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | | Used tags: , ,

Paul Edgeworth scored four second half goals as Aylesbury recorded their first win of the preseason campaign, in some style with a 6-1 win at Amersham Town.

The Magpies had reason to be confident following a 3-0 win at Mill Ends Sports three days earlier, and despite a well taken Stacey Field goal in the first minute proceedings were fairly even for the opening quarter as the hosts drew level at a corner kick.

That all changed when, with United in the ascendency, Steve Hatch capitalised from a free header at a 25th minute Shaun Owens corner kick to give the Ducks a 2-1 half time advantage, and the second half was a comfortable affair as Edgeworth came off the bench to give a finishing masterclass.

Hatch turned provider for his first after a broken down corner kick on 52 minutes, before Edgeworth fired home a free-kick midway through the half, then completing his hat-trick from Lewis Osbourne's pull back eight minutes from time before a fantastic solo run from Ben Baines earned a 90th minute penalty that than man Edgeworth was on hand to rattle home.

Earlier other notable chances in a good all round performance from Aylesbury saw Hatch place another free header over the bar, Jesse Waites forced a decent near post save from the home keeper, whilst Lee Grace clipped the bar with a header - all in the first half.

Amongst the second half chances Daniel Jones blazed a great opening over, Joey Acheampong saw a header cleared off the line and Lewis Hallford forced the second half home keeper into a fine save to keep the score down.

Aylesbury lineup:

1. Jack Sillitoe
2. Steve Hatch
3. Jake Bewley
4. Shane Wood
5. Bill Morgan
6. Lea Coulter
7. Shaun Owens
8. Greg Williams
9. Lee Grace
10. Stacey Field
11. Jesse Waites

Substitutes (all used):

12. Daniel Jones
14. Daniel Higby
15. Paul Edgeworth
17. Lewis Osbourne 
16. Ben Baines
18. Joey Acheampong
19. Lewis Hallford


Goal-den Goal: Back for a Fifth Season

Monday 21 July 2014 - 08:56 am | Added by: Admin to Club News | | Used tags: ,

Aylesbury United are pleased to announce a revamp of the successful Goal-den Goal competition for the forthcoming season.

To add to the interest generated by this fundraising competition, during the 2014/15 season – the fifth season Goal-den Goal has run – the winning time will be decided by the time of the LAST goal of the match.

As always there are 91 places available as 0-0 is also included as we look to 'sell' every minute of every league game.

We are looking to 'sell' every minute of every league game throughout the season. The last goal in any AUFC 1st team league game, scored by United or their opponents, will result in a payout of £22.50 per game to the winning sponsor.

Once we have 91 confirmed entries (0-0 draw is also included!), minutes will be allocated via a draw and each entry will be notified as to their minute for the season.

To join in the fun and enter the competition, simply download the form [click here] and return to the address shown.

Many thanks in advance for supporting your local club.


Ducks Edged Out at Tring

Saturday 19 July 2014 - 5:49 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | | Used tags: ,

Aylesbury went down to defeat by a solitary own goal at Tring Athletic in their second pre-season friendly.

The Ducks lined up with new faces Jake Bewley, Shaun Owens and Jesse Waites in the team, and the latter was particularly impressive in a right-wing role as United enjoyed the better of the opportunities but were unable to find the net.

Stacey Field saw a shot well saved in the sixth minute, and it was he who set up Aylesbury's best opening late in the first half when playing Waites through whose shot cruelly rebounded off the inside of the woodwork and rolled across the goal line.

It was the first of three occasions that the Ducks hit the woodwork - substitute Zack Reynolds hitting the bar with a direct free kick, and then the post after winning the ball back to have a shot, whilst the home goalkeeper also made at least one save to earn Athletic's clean sheet.

What turned out to be the winner came in the 80th minute, when a free kick crossed in by Chris Vardy ended with an attempted clearance cannoning off an Aylesbury man and into the net for an own goal.

A high paced and competitive workout for the team, despite the hot conditions, and whilst a positive outcome would have been nice, results are of secondary importance at this stage.

Next up for Aylesbury is a trip to Amersham Town on Tuesday evening.

Aylesbury starting XI:

1. Jack Sillitoe
2. Steve Hatch
3. Jake Bewley
4. Shane Wood
5. Bill Morgan
6. Liam Smyth
7. Shaun Owens
8. Louis Osbourne
9. Lee Grace
10. Stacey Field
11. Jesse Waites

Substitutes (all used):

12. Zack Reynolds
13. Alex Tokarczyk
14. Ben Baines
15. Daniel Jones
16. Daniel Higby
17. Paul Edgeworth
18. Lewis Hallford
19. Lee Bircham


Returning Coulter Amonst First Signings

Thursday 17 July 2014 - 3:52 pm | Added by: Admin to First Team, Club News | |

Following Tuesday's first pre-season friendly of the new campaign, eighteen players signed 2014/15 Calor League forms for Aylesbury United, including the return of one familiar face.

Remaining at the club are:

Ben Baines
Lee Bircham
Daniel Jones
Stacey Field
Lee Grace
Bill Morgan
John Mulholland
Liam Murphy
Jack Sillitoe
Liam Smyth
Greg Williams
Jack Wood
Shane Wood
Zack Reynolds

The 'new' faces are:

Jake Bewley
Lea Coulter
Daniel Higby
Jesse Waites

The most familiar to Ducks fans will be Lea Coulter, who returns to the club from Ampthill Town. Lea joined Aylesbury from New Bradwell St Peter in 2010, scoring 27 goals in his one and only season with the club, before moving on to Ampthill where he netted a further fifty goals, although his most recent campaign was wrecked by a serious knee injury.

Jake Bewley is a left back most recently with Leighton Town, for four seasons, where he was highly regarded. He has also played for both Dunstable Town and AFC Dunstable.

Daniel Higby is a graduate of the highly successful Aylesbury United Juniors team, and will be looking to make his mark in senior football with the club.

Finally, Jesse Waites is a striker who scored 10 goals in 19 games for Wolverton Town last season. He has also played for St. Margaretsbury.

A warm welcome to Aylesbury United for all the new and returning players.

More signings are expected in the coming weeks, these will be confirmed as soon as details become available.


Southern League Fixtures Released

Thursday 17 July 2014 - 09:02 am | Added by: Admin to Calor League, First Team, Club News | | Used tags: ,

Aylesbury United will start their season with a tough away trip to Kettering Town it was revealed following the release of the Southern League fixtures today.

The Ducks will then be at home to Egham Town and newly transferred Godalming Town, before an away trip to North Greenford United.

Derbies with Aylesbury FC take place on New Years Day (home) and Easter Monday (away), in addition to the already scheduled FA Cup clash, whilst Leighton Town provide the Boxing Day opponents, as well as August Bank Holiday.

The club fixtures page has now been updated:

» Aylesbury United fixtures

match date home team h v a away team

1 Sat 09 Aug Kettering Town v Aylesbury United
2 Wed 13 Aug Aylesbury United v Egham Town
3 Sat 16 Aug Aylesbury United v Godalming Town
4 Tue 19 Aug North Greenford United v Aylesbury United
5 Sat 23 Aug Royston Town v Aylesbury United
6 Mon 25 Aug Aylesbury United v Leighton Town
7 Sat 06 Sep Barton Rovers v Aylesbury United
8 Wed 10 Sep Aylesbury United v Marlow
9 Sat 20 Sep Aylesbury United v Bedford Town
10 Sat 27 Sep Potters Bar Town v Aylesbury United
11 Sat 04 Oct Aylesbury United v AFC Hayes
12 Wed 08 Oct Hanwell Town v Aylesbury United
13 Sat 11 Oct Bedworth United v Aylesbury United
14 Sat 25 Oct Aylesbury United v Uxbridge
15 Tue 28 Oct Chalfont St Peter v Aylesbury United
16 Sat 08 Nov St Ives Town v Aylesbury United
17 Sat 15 Nov Aylesbury United v Rugby Town
18 Sat 22 Nov Aylesbury United v Daventry Town
19 Sat 29 Nov Beaconsfield SYCOB v Aylesbury United
20 Sat 06 Dec Aylesbury United v Northwood
21 Sat 13 Dec Aylesbury United v Chalfont St Peter
22 Sat 20 Dec Marlow v Aylesbury United
23 Fri 26 Dec Leighton Town v Aylesbury United
24 Thu 01 Jan Aylesbury United v Aylesbury
25 Sat 03 Jan Uxbridge v Aylesbury United
26 Sat 10 Jan Aylesbury United v Kettering Town
27 Sat 17 Jan Aylesbury United v Bedworth United
28 Sat 24 Jan Daventry Town v Aylesbury United
29 Sat 31 Jan Aylesbury United v Potters Bar Town
30 Sat 07 Feb Rugby Town v Aylesbury United
31 Sat 14 Feb Godalming Town v Aylesbury United
32 Sat 21 Feb Aylesbury United v Royston Town
33 Sat 28 Feb Egham Town v Aylesbury United
34 Sat 07 Mar Aylesbury United v St Ives Town
35 Sat 14 Mar Bedford Town v Aylesbury United
36 Sat 21 Mar Aylesbury United v North Greenford United
37 Sat 28 Mar AFC Hayes v Aylesbury United
38 Sat 04 Apr Aylesbury United v Hanwell Town
39 Mon 06 Apr Aylesbury v Aylesbury United
40 Sat 11 Apr Northwood v Aylesbury United
41 Sat 18 Apr Aylesbury United v Beaconsfield SYCOB
42 Sat 25 Apr Aylesbury United v Barton Rovers


Ducks open pre-season programme with draw at Olney

Wednesday 16 July 2014 - 8:23 pm | Added by: Ian Pluck to First Team, Club News | |

Just 2 days after the World Cup Final, it was a largely familiar Aylesbury United squad that travelled to face United Counties outfit Olney Town.  The starting line-up included 18 year old centre back Dan Higby, a graduate of last season’s U18 team and left back Jake Bewley, signed from Leighton Town as a replacement for the departed Keith Williams.  Also in the line-up were triallist Shaun Owens who was with Beaconsfield last season and the returning Lea Coulter, playing wide on the right in an attacking role supporting Stacey Field up front. 

Playing on a bumpy pitch which made passing tricky, it was the home side who took the lead in the 11th minute, a poor clearance from the back was threaded through to striker Sam O’Neill who neatly passed the ball past Jack Sillitoe and into the net.  Following the goal, the Ducks had the lion’s share of the play in the first half, with Zack Reynolds hitting the base of the post from 25 yards.  The equaliser came as a result of some neat interplay between Coulter and Stacey Field.  Coulter robbed a defender 35 yards out from goal, and fed last season’s top scorer Field, who made no mistake with his first time shot from 25 yards.

The second half saw a raft of changes from both sides, with the Ducks introducing Lewis Hallford and triallist Louis Osbourne, along with regulars from last season, Liam Smyth, Ben Baines, Joey Acheampong and fit again Lee Bircham, who took the captain’s armband from the substituted Greg Williams.  It was the hosts who took the lead again, 10 minutes in.  A long ball forward was missed by Shane Wood, allowing exotically named Deanio Bailey-Browne to advance and shoot past Sillitoe.  Just 8 minutes later, the Ducks equalised for the second time, Osbourne firing a fine shot across the keeper from 15 yards and into the far corner of the net.  Just 2 minutes later, the Ducks had the chance to take the lead.  Joey Acheampong, who had been a thorn in the side of the home defence since coming on, was fouled in the area.  Bircham stepped up to take the penalty, but his weak shot was easily saved by the home keeper.  In truth the Ducks had the chances to force the win, most notably a Baines header from a corner which struck the post, but ultimately were forced to settle for the draw.

A useful first run out for the squad, with match fitness being the main aim.  Next up is the short trip to Tring Athletic this Saturday


1.         Jack Sillitoe

2.         Lee Grace

3.         Jake Bewley

4.         Shane Wood

5.         Dan Higby

6.         Danny Jones

7.         Shaun Owens

8.         Greg Williams ©

9.         Lea Coulter

10.       Stacey Field

11.       Zack Reynolds

12.       Liam Smyth  (for Danny Jones)

14.       Joey Acheampong (for Stacey Field)

15.       Louis Osbourne (for Shaun Owens)

16.       Ben Baines (for Greg Williams)

17.       Lewis Hallford (for Lea Coulter)

18.       Lee Bircham (for Lee Grace)


First Preseason Friendly Tonight

Tuesday 15 July 2014 - 08:53 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | | Used tags: ,

Tonight the Ducks get their new season preparations underway as they visit Olney Town in the first of the 2014/15 pre-season friendlies.

With the sides having met only once before - a 2-0 Berks & Bucks Cup win for Aylesbury back in 1983 - this will be the Ducks' first ever trip to East Street.

The United Counties League outfit finished seventh in Division One last season.


Familiar Name in FA Cup Draw

Friday 04 July 2014 - 12:00 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | | Used tags: , ,

Aylesbury United have been drawn at 'home' to Aylesbury FC in the FA Cup it was announced by the FA today.

The Preliminary Round tie will take place on Saturday 30th August, with the winner then at home to either Cogenhoe United, Wembley or Kettering Town.

Meanwhile in the FA Trophy, the Ducks will take on Thamesmead Town in the Preliminary Round with the winners facing a home tie with Three Bridges or Carshalton Athletic.


Aylesbury United Ladies & Girls Pathway Announced

Thursday 03 July 2014 - 2:07 pm | Added by: Andy Foster to Club News, Ladies | |

Aylesbury United Ladies and Vale Reds Girls FC are delighted to announce that following successful discussions the two clubs will merge for start of the new season

The new section, to be known as Aylesbury United Ladies and Girls FC, will provide a pathway for all local females to participate in football in the town from junior right through to senior level under the Aylesbury United umbrella alongside the club’s existing Men’s and Junior Boy’s sections

Following recent successful taster sessions, the club can announce the formation of two new girls teams for next season to play at the U8 and U12 age groups to compliment the current U14, U15, U16, U18 and Ladies teams

The intention is to add further teams at the earliest opportunity to give players of all ages and abilities the opportunity to participate within the sport locally

The club are looking to recruit new players, coaches, helpers and sponsors etc, at all age groups and can be contacted at;

or by phoning Andy Foster 07840 441855 or Dave Elliott 07749 810267




Players needed for new Girls team

Wednesday 02 July 2014 - 12:59 pm | Added by: James Byrne to Club News, Juniors, Ladies | |

Is Your Daughter Interested In Playing Football?

Calling all girls currently in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

Aylesbury United Football Club are on the lookout for players who are interested in joining our new girls football team. The Aylesbury United Girls section is offering a pathway for girls from Under 8s to Ladies Football and are aiming to have teams playing at Under 8, Under 12, Under 14, Under 15, Under 16 and two Ladies teams representing the club for the 2014 / 2015 season.

If your daughter is currently in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 at school and is interested in playing football then please bring her along to our open training sessions. Don’t worry if they have played football before or not, players of all standards are welcome.

We are hoping to enter an Under 8 girls team in the Bucks Girls Football League for the 2014 / 2015 season. We currently have a Manager in place who has over 10 years coaching experience, is FA Level One qualified, first aid trained and Enhanced CRB checked.

Training will start on Thursday 10th July from 4:30 until 5:30pm at Stoke Mandeville Combined School, Lower Road, Stoke Mandeville HP22 5XA (the school in the village, not the secondary school). Please ensure that your daughter wears appropriate clothing for an outdoor training session and bring plenty of drink.

If you have any questions then please email