Aylesbury United News Story

Update From the Board of Directors

Tuesday 26 May 2020 - 10:11 pm | Added by: Ian Pluck to Club News, First Team | |

As a Board, we felt it would be good to reach out to our loyal supporters and explain the position for the football club moving forward, as the country continues to operate in these uncertain times and conditions.

Obviously, with an exciting season approaching its climax, none of us would have wanted to see the Southern League have to postpone all remaining fixtures, classifying the season as null & void.  We have decided as a club to maintain the records for the season, so appearances and goals (as yellow and red cards have) remain in the club historical archives.  So, congratulations to the following players for achieving their particular milestone during the season:

Greg Williams – 500 appearances

Jake Bewley – 250 appearances

Ollie Hogg – 150 appearances

Harry Jones – 100 appearances

Off the pitch, with the last 9 games unable to be played including 5 home fixtures, income has obviously suffered.  Unfortunately, the terms of our groundshare contract with Chesham required us to pay the last instalment as scheduled.   However, with some careful budgeting, we are confident of being able to maintain a playing budget similar to that of last season, which should help to provide Ben with the means to retain as many of last season’s squad as possible and add to it where he feels the need.  Ben has also penned a short message to the fans:

“We find ourselves in an unusual situation having had the season cut short, although the health of everyone is more important than football, we find ourselves frustrated but looking forward now to when football can resume (whenever that may be).

We were in a fantastic position going into the final 9/10 games and I believe our final game against Dunstable summed us up perfectly making life hard for ourselves but showing character and passion to recover quickly play some great football and score a few goals, this happened a few times during the season naming  Coleshill  and Kempston away as 2 great examples.

We will never know if we were to end our 19/20 season in the playoffs but I for one had great belief in the squad we had assembled and I’m sure we would have extended the season by at least 1 game and it would have been a fun rollercoaster one.

My hopes for next season are that the majority of the squad that finished want to return and we can have another go at finishing what we had started, I have spoken with all to check they are ok, and most seem in good spirits. Obviously, the timings of any return are out of our hands and yet to be decided but whenever that is, we will be ready to go.

In the meantime, I want to wish everybody a safe few months whilst we navigate these unprecedented times and I look forward to seeing you when it is safe to do so.”

We remain ever grateful to our loyal supporters, who have backed us throughout the season, showing an increase in our average attendance on last season, all no doubt thrilled by the attacking and entertaining football the team has been playing.  Special mention should go to the members of the Gold Club, who have continued their support of the club.  In its inaugural season, the Gold Club has provided much needed income and we are pleased to say the scheme will continue next season, new members are always welcome.  For those who may be unaware, this is a "super" season ticket offer, which gives members the chance to help the club and receive special benefits as follows:

A season ticket for all home league fixtures including league cup matches which can be used by a friend if the member cannot make a game.

An exclusive polo shirt for members.

An invitation to up to 3 pre- match meals together with a guest. There will be a talk by the manager and other activities.

Business members will benefit from an advert in all match day programmes and their company logo will feature on our website home page.

The cost of all this is £25 per month by standing order, which is equivalent to about £6 per week to help your club.   For further details please speak to Ken Turnbull (kenturnbull@live.com) .

On the subject of supporter led initiatives, we would also like to commend 21CD for the work that they have done in support of the club over the years since we left Buckingham Road.  It is fair to say that without the financial and matchday support that they have provided over the years, the club would not be where they are today, and may not even still be functioning.  Regular cash donations have enabled the club to pay ground rental payments and player expenses and many 21CD members have helped out on matchdays to allow us to ensure games go ahead safely and within the regulations we must comply with.  Many of you already support 21CD with subscriptions monthly, but sadly with an ageing fanbase, their numbers have fallen in recent years and there is a need for new members and for supporters to step up and serve on the committee, maintaining a level of support for the club.  Membership costs just £20 per year (or any amount you could afford in excess of this, with many members donating a small monthly amount, in excess of the minimum).  21CD is a regulated Supporters Trust and all funds raised are donated to the football club to support the annual finances.  If you can support, please do.  Andy Martin (andreasmartini83@yahoo.co.uk) is the man to speak to if you have any questions, want to join (or increase your subs) or if you feel that you could offer skills by joining the committee.

It goes without saying that for a club without a single large financial backer, every penny received from our loyal support is appreciated; although we understand that these are difficult times for many due to the restrictions in force, if you can help and join either of the schemes above, your support for our club would be most gratefully received.

With details of next season’s start date and fixture list a little way away, it is too early to talk about Season Tickets for next season, but an announcement will be made when there is some certainty from the Southern League about how the season with be planned and scheduled, including arrangements for spectators.  Until then, we wish all supporters a safe and pleasant summer.  Hopefully the light at the end of the tunnel is getting larger and we will all be able to meet up with family and friends before much longer.  In the meantime, we urge you to continue to follow the guidelines to allow this unpleasant and uncertain situation to be resolved as soon as possible, keeping yourselves and your loved ones safe and well..