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Wisson arrives, from Herne Bay to Homelands!

Posted in News on Today

The ex England school boy centre mid arrives from fellow Kent side.

We’re pleased to announce our 6th Summer signing, having already bought in the likes of Ollie Rowe, Lea Dawson, Antonio Simeone, Tom Carlse, and Sam Mott, we welcome young centre midfielder Josh Wisson in from Herne Bay.

The 20 year old, who was called up to the England school boys’ squad in 2016 whilst playing for Sittingbourne, made over 50 appearances for Herne Bay in 2017/2018, including both league matches against ourselves. He has also trialled Millwall in recent times.

Josh told ‘Ashfordunitedfc.com’ this afternoon:

“I am very pleased to be joining Ashford next season. I’ve had some good chats with Gary [Alexander] and believe we are going to do very well next year.”

Witton scored 5 goals for Herne Bay last campaign, including one against the league champions Carshalton Athletic in a 2-0 victory, and the gaffer told us how he’s looking forward to working with the young midfielder:

“Josh is a young talent with real quality. He’s played for England schoolboys and has great pedigree having been on trial to clubs much higher up the ladder, so that shows us what he’s about. Hopefully he can come and be a big success for Ashford and progress his career. Welcome to the team Josh!”

Great to have you at Ashford United, Josh!

 

Stay opted in and keep up to date with all things Ashford United

Posted in News on Yesterday

New data protection laws mean that some Ashford United supporters will need to ‘opt-in’ before Friday, May 25th in order to continue receiving news and updates from the club.

The new data protection laws will also require us to provide you with the ability to opt-out every time we make any form of direct marketing communications to you.

Below are a number of questions and answers that explain how fans can ‘opt-in’ and why it is important to do so…

If you are already a subscriber to our e-newsletter, then please check your inbox for your opt-in email! If not, then you can…

Sign up to the Newsletter via the subscription form on the home page of the club website.

What does ‘opt-in’ mean?

‘Opt-in’ means you are consenting to the club contacting you with any updates, news, special offers or upcoming events at Ashford United.

Why am I having to opt in now?

As of Friday, May 25th, new data protection laws mean that the club require the consent of supporters in order to contact them. Without opting in before 11:59pm on Thursday, May 24th, supporters will no longer receive any notifications or updates from the club.

How do I opt in? 

If you are already a subscriber to our e-newsletter, then please check your inbox for your opt-in email! If not, then you can…

Sign up to the Newsletter via the subscription form on the home page of the club website.

Who doesn’t need to opt in to keep receiving updates?

If they wish to be, then everyone would need to opt-in. Anyone who was an existing subscriber to the Ashford United Football Club newsletter would still need to opt-in to continue to receive updates, as would anyone who wasn’t an existing subscriber.

Why should I opt in?

Supporters should opt-in to ensure that they can keep up to up to date with all of the latest news and offers at the club. Any important information or special offers will be shared with fans who have opted in via email or other means, such as post. Fans who do not opt-in will not be contacted with any updates.

When do I need to opt in by?

Data protection laws will change at 00:00 on Friday, May 25th, so all supporters who wish to opt in will need to do so before this time. Although this does not necessarily mean you can’t opt-in again at a later date.

What happens if I do nothing before the deadline?

Supporters who have not engaged directly with the club in the last 12 months will be automatically opted-out if they do not opt-in before the deadline. Fans who are opted-out will no longer be contacted by the club with updates or offers.

What if I don’t want to opt in?

Then don’t do anything, you have nothing to worry about!

What does ‘my data’ mean?

The term ‘my data’ refers to all of the information that the club stores on its database about individual fans. The club like to collect the following data: name, postal address, phone number, email address and date of birth. This data is your personal information and you have the right to request the club remove this, should you wish.

Will my data be safe if I opt in?

Should supporters decide to opt-in, their data will be perfectly safe. Fans will only receive updates based on what they have agreed to with the club and fans’ data will not be used for any other purposes.

As part of our ongoing commitment to data transparency and protection, the club have updated its Privacy Policy and have included changes in support of the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Doncaster Rovers sign Max Watters

Posted in News on 22nd May 2018 (2 days ago)

Fantastic news for the young winger!

The club can now announce the departure of Max Watters as he links up with Darren Ferguson at the Yorkshire club.

Max signs with Doncaster on a two-year-deal, and the 19-year old will join the club on 1st July 2018.

Speaking to Doncaster Rovers FC, Max can’t wait to get started:

“I’m over the moon, it’s always been an aim of mine to try and get a contract in the EFL so now it’s about working hard to keep improving.

It’s such a friendly club and when I came here on trial they couldn’t have done anymore for me, the squad were really welcoming from my first day.

I noticed the manager likes to give young players a chance, hopefully I’ve made my mark with the coaching staff to show them what I’m capable of.”

Max also spoke with us here at Ashford United, following this great opportunity for him:

“Thank you to everyone at Ashford United, especially Jason [Whitmore] for giving me the opportunity to play week in week out. Also to the fans for their fantastic support. I’d like to wish Ashford United great success for next season and beyond.”

Max scored scored 8 goals for Ashford United Football Club overall in 27 appearances (25 starts and 2 subs). He signed for Ashford on 7th September 2017 and made his debut on 9th September 2017 at home vs Molesey FC in the Bostik League South Division.

One game in particular he will be remembered for will be against Thamesmead Town FC at home on 2nd December 2017 when he scored a hat trick and set up another in the 4-1 win.

He played his last game for AUFC on 20th January 2018 when he picked up a nasty injury in the 7th minute at home to Hythe Town FC.

Above photo courtesy of Ian Scammell at Oyster Bay Photography.

Jason Whitmore, who signed Watters last campaign, had this to say following this news:

“When I first saw Max last season, I knew then he was a special talent. He has all the attributes needed to make it as a pro footballer. This will be a perfect move for him to continue his development.”

From everyone here at Ashford United, we are gutted to lose such a talent, but we can safely say we wish you all of the best in your future football career and we will be keeping an eye on your progress.

We HAD Watters, super Max Watters, I just don’t think you understand! He’s Jason Whitmore’s man, he’s better than Zidane, we had super Max Watters!

2018/2019 Season & 10-game tickets on sale

Posted in News on 21st May 2018 (3 days ago)

Season tickets see a price reduction from last campaign

Season tickets are now available for 2018/2019

Due to the league restructure and less games we are lowering the price to £130 for adults, £80 for Over 65’s and as usual U16’s are free to all games if accompanied by a paying adult.

Saving £41 over the 19 home games.

Please email info@ashfordunitedfc.com quoting ‘Season Ticket’ to order.

The club are also offering a 10 game ticket for those supporters that do shift work and for those of you that cannot make every game for just £72.

To order please email info@ashfordunitedfc.com quoting “10 Game Ticket”

The club are also issuing Pre-Season Tickets for £25. This will allow you entry to all of our Pre-Season fixtures at Homelands. We have 6 pre-season games confirmed at Homelands starting with Bromley FC at home on 7th July. For the full list of fixtures, visit http://ashfordunitedfc.com/fixtures.

Oyinsan wins April 2018 goal of the month

Josh's volley versus Greenwich voted fans favourite

Congratulations to Joshua Oyinsan whose volley versus Greenwich Borough last month has been voted the Ashford United goal of the month for April 2018.

With 42% of votes going his way, he’ll be delighted as he was also voted player of the month for April as he scored 5 goals in 4 games to help us end the season on a high.

He beat the likes of Dean Grant to this accolade, whose goal versus Faversham was voted second best with 35% of votes.

Well done Josh!

Mott between the sticks

Posted in News on 20th May 2018 (4 days ago)

Mott a signing!

Gary Alexander has today made ex England C team goalkeeper Sam Mott his fifth signing of the Summer.

Mott, who won the Bostik League North Division with AFC Hornchurch in 2017/2018, also won the Conference South Division with Welling United in 2012/2013, which earned him a call up to the England C team against Turkey.

Mott also has experience with Thamesmead Town and East Thurrock, and has been with AFC Hornchurch since 2014.

Our new signing kept 20 clean sheets last season to help AFC Hornchurch to a stomping 103 points and a +62 goal difference.

Gary Alexander told us today:

“I’m very happy to secure the services of Sam Mott for 2018/2019. He comes with a great reputation having played at a higher level and having won league titles. He will be a real quality addition to the team. Welcome on board Sam!”

Above photo credit: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

From Borough to United, Carlse rejoins his manager

Posted in News on 18th May 2018 (6 days ago)

Ex Greenwich & Sittingbourne left back is Alexander's 4th Ashford signing

The gaffer has been busy this week, and we’re pleased to announce his fourth signing in 3 days as Tom Carlse joins us from his old club, Greenwich Borough.

Tom made 40 league appearances from Borough last campaign, scoring 3 goals from defence. Carlse joined Greenwich Borough from Gary Alexander signed him from Sittingbourne in June 2017. He was the leading appearance-maker for Sittingbourne in 2016/2017 as they finished 15th, scoring 5 goals in the process. Carlse joined the Brickies from East Grinstead in February 2016, following spells at Erith Town and Corinthian.

The gaffer told us how excited he is following this announcement:

“I am a very happy man to be back working with Tom Carlse, a player who I signed at Greenwich and somebody with real quality. I’m really pleased he’s back on my side.”

Welcome Tom!

Simeone third signing of Alexander era

Posted in News on 17th May 2018 (1 week ago)

Italian centre back joins from Whyteleafe

The former Tooting & Mitcham title winning centre back, Antonio Simeone, joins as our third signing of 2018/2019.

The Italian, signs from Whyteleafe where he played in the league 15 times last campaign scoring once, though earlier last season he went on loan to Molesey where he played 27 games, scoring 5 times.

The gaffer spoke with us today following this signing:

“I am pleased to have secured the services of Antonio. He’s a player with a wealth of experience and knows the league. I’m sure he’ll be a great addition to our team.”

Welcome Antonio!

NINE pre-season fixtures scheduled for 2018/2019

Bromley & Welling United just two teams to visit Homelands this Summer

We’re excited to be announcing the scheduled fixtures as our new team prepare for the new campaign in the Bostik League South East Division.

Here’s our NINE pre-season matches for 2018/2019!

It all starts on 7th July, with FA Trophy finalists Bromley FC at The Homelands, followed by The National League’s Welling United Football Club 3 days later.

We host Barking Fc on 14th July, before we make two consecutive away trips to Chatham Town FC on Tuesday 17th July, followed by Sporting Club Thamesmead on 21st July.

We’re then visited by The Bostik League Premier Division side Margate Football Club in midweek on 24th July, followed by North Division’s Tilbury FC 4 days later, before we make the journey up to take on Beckenham Town JFC at the end of the month.

The final game before the start of the competitive campaign is the annual visit from Folkestone Invicta Football Club in the George Sargeant Memorial Shield on Saturday 4th August.

All Saturday kick offs are 3pm, with Tuesday evenings being 7.45pm (subject to change).

A reminder that the club are offering a 6 game ticket for our pre-season home fixtures for a reduced rate of £25, valid for the matches versus Bromley, Welling United, Barking, Margate, Tilbury and Folkestone Invicta. For details or to purchase, please email info@ashfordunitedfc.com or phone 01233 611838.

Come on you Nuts & Bolts!!!

Lea Dawson links up with Alexander

Posted in News on 16th May 2018 (2 weeks ago)

Welcome to last season’s captain at Cray Wanderers!

Exciting news incoming as we are delighted to announce the signing of Lea Dawson!

Dawson, who captained Cray Wanderers last season in centre midfield, made 50 appearances scoring 10 goals last campaign.

Our gaffer is extremely excited by this news…:

“After winning the battle to sign Lea Dawson I can’t say how pleased I am when he became available. I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t get a meeting with him. He’s a player I admire and I’m very pleased to have him on board. Welcome to Ashford Lea!”

Above image courtesy of Cray Wanderers FC.

Kamurasi exits Homelands

A huge farewell to Big G

It’s the end of an era between the sticks at Homelands as for the second time, we say goodbye to George Kamurasi.

For personal reasons, Kamurasi and the club together have spoken and have come to the decision to part ways.

Gary Alexander has told us today:

“Due to personal reasons, George and myself have come to a mutual agreement for him to be released from the club. I feel it’s the right thing for both parties involved and I wish him all of the best and look forward to seeing him again when our paths cross in the future.”

George made 101 appearances for Ashford United, including 75 league starts and 31 clean sheets.

Thank you for everything you’ve done for our club George, we all wish you the best, and you’re always welcome to Homelands!

Rowe joins United as first Summer signing

Welcome, Ollie!

We are delighted this morning to be able to announce the signing of full back Ollie Rowe, from Hastings United.

Ollie played 42 times for Hastings in the league last season, and has vast experience in the Isthmian League, having played for the likes of Eastbourne Borough & Lewes, as well as his last 3 seasons at Hastings United.

We spoke with the gaffer, Gary Alexander this morning:

“I’m delighted to welcome Ollie Rowe to Ashford for the coming season. He comes with a great reputation as a player and person with the sort of characteristics we want at the club. I’m sure he will go on to be a great addition for the Nuts & Bolts.

Welcome Ollie!”

Robinson departs

Posted in News on 15th May 2018 (2 weeks ago)

Good luck to Malachi for the future!

Today we can announce the departure of full back Malachi Robinson as he is released from the club.

Malachi joined us in March and made his debut on 10th March 2018 when we hosted league leaders Lewes at Homelands. Overall, Robinson made 10 appearances, including 8 starts.

Gary Alexander and everyone else associated with Ashford United football club wish Malachi all the best for the future, and thank him for his contribution he made during his time here as he helped us finish the 2017/2018 on a high, especially in April when we picked up 10 points from 6 matches.

All the best, Mals!

Season & 10-game tickets ON SALE FROM TODAY!

Posted in News on 14th May 2018 (2 weeks ago)

Season tickets see a price reduction from last campaign

Season tickets are now available for 2018/2019

Due to the league restructure and less games we are lowering the price to £130 for adults, £80 for Over 65’s and as usual U16’s are free to all games if accompanied by a paying adult.

Saving £41 over the 19 home games.

Please email info@ashfordunitedfc.com quoting ‘Season Ticket’ to order.

The club are also offering a 10 game ticket for those supporters that do shift work and for those of you that cannot make every game for just £72.

To order please email info@ashfordunitedfc.com quoting “10 Game Ticket”

The club are also issuing Pre-Season Tickets for £25. This will allow you entry to all of our Pre-Season fixtures at Homelands.

At time of publishing we have 6 pre-season games confirmed at Homelands and are awaiting confirmation on a couple more. These will all be announced in the next couple of weeks.

VOTE! Ashford United goal of the month April 2018

Posted in News on 11th May 2018 (2 weeks ago)

Our final goal of the month or 2017/2018

It’s our final goal of the month vote from 2017/2018 season and fans have 7 great goals to choose from.

With 3 goals from Joshua Oyinsan, 2 from Dean Grant, and 1 each from Brandon Williams & Jordan Johnson-Palmer, it’s going to be a close vote!

To vote, watch the video below (via our YouTube channel) and use the poll at the bottom of this post or via the home page of the club website.

2018/2019 start date and new league format confirmed!

The excitement begins!

The new format for the Bostik Leagues were confirmed yesterday, and it sees an extra division added in at step 4.

2017/2018 saw the Bostik League Premier Division at step 3, which still remains, but has been reduced from 24 teams to 22 for the new season.

At step 4 in 2017/2018, there were two Bostik League divisions (North & South), but now a third has been added, the South Central. The South division which we took part in last season, has been reduced from 24 teams to 20, and has been renamed as the South East division.

With the automatic promotion of Carshalton Athletic FC and Lewes FC, we also wave goodbye to Walton Casuals after their play-off victory, as well as Corinthian-Casuals who got promoted on the best points per game of all of the losing play-off finalists at step 4 (due to the league restructures).

Chipstead, Molesey and South Park have all been relocated to the brand new Bostik League South Central division. And finally, we welcome the newly promoted sides; Whitstable Town, Haywards Heath Town, Three Bridges and Sevenoaks Town.

The fixture release date for the new campaign is still to be confirmed (mid July), but the big kick off will be Saturday 11th August. Our league for next season is below:

Bostik League South East

Ashford United
Cray Wanderers
East Grinstead Town
Faversham Town
Greenwich Borough
Guernsey
Hastings United
Haywards Heath Town
Herne Bay
Horsham
Hythe Town
Phoenix Sports
Ramsgate
Sevenoaks Town
Sittingbourne
Thamesmead Town
Three Bridges
VCD Athletic
Whitstable Town
Whyteleafe

Oyinsan scoops final player of the month of the season

Posted in News on 8th May 2018 (3 weeks ago)

Congratulations Josh!

Well done to Joshua Oyinsan, who has been voted as the Ashford United FC player of the month from April 2018.

The striker got 63% of overall votes from the latest poll, and deservedly won this accolade after he scored 5 goals in 4 matches last month, which also led us to our only two away league victories of the season.

Keep an eye out for the ever popular, Ashford United FC goal of the season vote which will be available in coming days.

Congratulations again to Josh!

Under 16s EKYL review as they’re crowned league champions

Posted in News on 5th May 2018 (3 weeks ago)

The team have come so far in the last four years, from nearly folding, to winning the East Kent Youth League 2nd Division by 5 clear points this season going on a 13-match unbeaten run and scoring 35 goals in the process.

Ashford United U16s East Kent Youth League side are a cracking, talented football team that are not just a fantastic group of players but also a great group of friends, discussing tactics and upcoming games as well as results and match talking points in their “Football chat”, and at one point in the season they even went as far as to make up their own football chant!

The squad:

The solid back:

Goalkeeper:

Lewis Briggs

Right Backs:

Charlie Hilden and Brandon Gombedza

Centre Backs:

(Captain) Matt Lukehurst and Olliver Dwayne Hollis

Left Backs:

Jack Cooke and Taylor Griffin

The Creative Midfield:

Right Side:

Oscar Ford

Defensive Midfielders:

Kian Derry, Joshua Perry, Marshal Mwangara and Jamie Fisher

Left Side:

James Olsen

The Prolific striking force

Attacking Mids:

Jack Mason and Matt Wootton

Centre Forward:

Matt Davis

The brains behind the whole operation:

Manager

Roger Mason

Assistant Manager

Mark Lukehurst

Each one of the players have been exceptional this season and have contributed to this magnificent achievement, improving their skill and confidence year on year to mature into a division winning team who all have bright futures ahead and are looking to secure their place in the Ashford United 1st team. Also shoutout to right back Louis May who has been with this squad for ages but got injured before the start of the season

Well done to the lads! Onwards to next season.

Ashford United Academy launch and May 2018 trial date

Posted in News on 3rd May 2018 (3 weeks ago)

A huge step for the club as we launch our Academy for 2018/2019

We are extremely pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Generation Sports to launch our Academy ready for the 2018/2019 season.

The first trial date takes place on Wednesday 9th May 2018, 6.30pm at Homelands Stadium, Kingsnorth, Ashford TN26 1NJ.

To register your interest, please email info@generationsports.co.uk for the attention of the Ashford United Academy or call Academy Director, Tom Hickman, on 07545 009357.

The football education programme will be available for players aged 16-19, who will be able to compete in 3 different leagues (including the Under 18s & Under 23s Ryman league) & the FA Youth Cup.

This alternative Post-16 education programme offers the nationally recognised qualification, a BTEC Level 3 Sports Diploma, as well as Maths & English functional skills. The two year full time programme will also allow students to gain Football Association coaching qualifications.

Programme tutors will be working with students to lead their way into post education routes such as apprenticeships, university, general employment, or even a path into football.

Classes & training all takes place at Homelands Stadium, Kingsnorth, Ashford TN26 1NJ, and the programme will run by a highly qualified team of UEFA A/B licensed coaches, headed up by Academy Manager Tom Hickman.

During students’ time in the Ashford United FC Academy, there will be a chance to take their place in warm weather training camps in Spain, as well as playing football fixtures against academies from professional clubs across the country.

The education and football programme are both fully funded by the government.

The first trial date takes place on Wednesday 9th May 2018, 6.30pm at Homelands Stadium, Kingsnorth, Ashford TN26 1NJ.

To register your interest, please email info@generationsports.co.uk for the attention of the Ashford United Academy. OR please call Academy Director Tom Hickman on 07545 009357.

100 Club results for April 2018

Posted in News on 1st May 2018 (4 weeks ago)

Are you a lucky winner?

The latest draws for the AUFC 100 club have been drawn for April 2018, and they’re below!

Week 88 – 7th April 2018

£100 – No.49 – Don Fagg
£15 – No.17 – John Davis
£10 – No.04 – Brian Spicer

Week 89 – 14th April 2018

£100 – No.24 – Jason Whitmore
£15 – No.16 – Mick Proctor
£10 – No.46 – Kenneth Mason

Week 90 – 21st April 2018

£100 – No.51 – Benn Phillips
£15 – No.06 – Sue Warren
£10 – No.36 – Paul Luff

Week 91 – 28th April 2018

£100 – No.52 – Andy Oliver
£15 – No.23 – Richard Pestridge
£10 – No.19 – Margaret Pestridge

The Ashford United 100 Club is an important fundraising method to Ashford United.

The club has raised thousands of pounds since this scheme started which has all been donated to support the first team.

We are asking for more fans to consider joining the 100 Club as not only is it a great way for you to support the club but also a great opportunity for you to win £100 every week!

Fans who sign up get 4 FREE draws throughout the year which means 52 chances to win every season!

Sign up is £20 a month and can be paid in cash or direct debit, please see Ernie Warren or Terry Moore in the club shop or the turnstiles on match days.

For more information, please email info@ashfordunitedfc.com

Thank you for your support.

First day as United Manager for Alexander, and Mackie announced as Assistant!

Posted in News on 30th April 2018 (4 weeks ago)

Gary can't wait for the season to start...

Now that the 2017/2018 campaign is over, Jason Whitmore took charge of his final game on Saturday when we hosted Walton Casuals, and hands the reigns over to Gary Alexander who will be taking charge for next season.

We spoke to the new gaffer earlier today:

“It’s my first day in charge of Ashford United and what a fantastic opportunity it is and I am honoured to become manager of such a well supported club with huge potential.

I can’t thank Jason Whitmore and the club enough for the chance, I just hope with my commitment to improve myself as a manager-coach, I can help improve the fortunes of Ashford United on the pitch, the last few months have been a great learning curve for myself.

In recent weeks, I’ve had a chance to get out and watch players for us to get, that will hopefully lead Ashford United to become the force they should be in the Bostik South. Over the coming weeks, like every football club, there will be comings and goings ready to go on June the 28th.”

Gary then gave us this chance to announce that ex Leyton Orient and Reading defender, who was his assistant manager at Greenwich Borough, will be assisting him once more.

“John Mackie will be joining myself [as assistant manager] and will add a wealth of football knowledge to the group we have. John is somebody I’ve worked with before, someone I trust and all that I have achieved in my short spell as a manager, I couldn’t have done it without him, so I am delighted he will be back to take this club forward.

Jason will still be around and I’ll always be speaking and working with him to make sure we are heading in the right direction.

I look forward to the 2018/19 season and hope to see hundreds of you returning to watch Ashford United next season.

Enjoy the break and see you louder and prouder next season!

Gaz”

VOTE! Player of the month April 2018

Our final POTM vote for this season...

Fans can now vote for their Ashford United FC player of the month for April 2018.

The four players, as chosen by management staff at Homelands, were all influential last month and helped us pick up 10 points from a possible 18, including 3 wins and our only 2 away league victories of the season.

Dean Grant – Dean scored 4 goals in April, including 2 in our home win over Faversham Town, and one in the first 30 seconds away to Whyteleafe. He also scored in our first away league victory of the season when we beat Chipstead 3-2.

Jordan Johnson-Palmer – ‘Lefty’ had a major role in the middle of the park last month, and was influential going forward. He also scored his first goal for the club when we beat Molesey 3-1 away in our penultimate game of the season.

Joshua Oyinsan – Having joined us in March, Josh went his first two games with a baron spell up front, but ended that as he scored 5 goals in our last 4 matches to end his campaign on a high. At the same time, he equalled the record set by Andrew Dalhouse and Shomari Barnwell for scoring in 4 consecutive matches for Ashford United this season.

Clark Woodcock – Clarky ended March buzzing as he scored his first ever senior goal when he scored versus East Gristead Town away. He took his good form into April as an impact sub versus Faversham Town. After coming on at half time he completed changed the game and we went on to win at our Community Day. He started the following match away to Whyteleafe and caused their defenders plenty of problems. He came off the bench in the next 3 matches versus Greenwich, Chipstead and Molesey, but again caused plenty of problems as he looked dangerous on the wing. He ended the season with a man of the match award for his performance against Walton Casuals on the final day of the season.

Good luck to all 4 players! Vote below or on the home page of the club website…

Sunday league cup final at Homelands this weekend

Posted in News on 27th April 2018 (4 weeks ago)

Come and support two local sides!

This Sunday 29th April 2018, Homelands Stadium hosts the Bill Hills Premier Division League Cup, 2.30pm kick off.

This year’s final is between Market Hotel FC vs Brewmaster FC.

The outside tea bar and upstairs drinks bar will both be open and available for all spectators, with entry fee being £5 for adults and £2 concessions.

Good luck to both sides!

Match Preview: Walton Casuals

Posted in News on 26th April 2018 (4 weeks ago)

Our last game of the season!

This weekend, Saturday 28th April 2018, we welcome Walton Casuals FC to Homelands Stadium, 3pm kick off.

It’s been a turbulent season for us Nuts & Bolts, but we’ve achieved what we set out to do by surviving to play in the Bostik League South Division again for next season.

We’re currently 4th from bottom, and a win on Saturday will take us over the 40 point mark, but Walton Casuals will be going into the match knowing only a win will do for them to make the playoffs. Elsewhere, 5th and 6th placed sides Hythe Town and Corinthian-Casuals will take each other on at Reachfields.

We’re in great form going into this game, having won 3 of our last 5, including our last 2 games on the bounce. Walton’s form has arguably not been that great of late, having only won 2 of their last 5, two of those have been lost also.

Walton have scored 8 goals in their last 5 games, and conceded 5 in that time. In that same period, United have scored 11 and conceded 7.

Saturday will be busy after the match, as we are holding a presentation in the Lancaster bar upstairs, to say thank you to the fans and staff for this season, and to welcome Gary Alexander as manager for next. So please, if you are able to, come into the bar after the match has finished.

Following that, in the evening, downstairs in the function suite, we welcome LP as he performs the launch of his new album from 7.30pm, all entry is £3 and the bar will be open!

We look forward to seeing all supporters this weekend.

Come on you greens!

Clark Woodcock wins goal of the month

His first senior goal wins accolade!

Congratulations to youngster Clark Woodcock whose goal versus East Grinstead Town last month has been voted as the Ashford United FC goal of the month for March 2018.

The goal was his first in senior football, and he made sure he has scored for Ashford United at every level from the Under 10s upwards!

His goal won with 52% of votes, beating Sid Sollis, whose free kick versus Phoenix Sports had 46% of votes.

Match Preview: Molesey

Posted in News on 24th April 2018 (5 weeks ago)

Our final away game of this season!

Tonight, Tuesday 24th April 2018, we travel away to Surrey to take on Molesey FC, for our final away match of this season, 7.45pm kick off.

When we met at Homelands back on 9th September, the away side went home 1-0 winners as they faced an Ashford side who were readjusting after the initial forced revamp in the squad.

Last weekend, we finally picked up our first away league win of the season when we beat Chipstead 3-2.

As we sit 22nd in the table, Molesey are in 23rd, 11 points behind us but with a game in hand over ourselves. A win tonight will see us leapfrog East Grinstead Town into 21st place.

Molesey haven’t won since 11th November, when they beat Chipstead 3-0 at home. Since then they’ve played 27 games, won 0, drawn 11 and lost 16. Last weekend they lost 4-1 away to South Park.

In their last 5 games, they have scored 3 goals and conceded 8, drawing twice and losing three times in that period. Their goal difference is -49, slightly better than our -50.

Good luck to the team and safe journey to our travelling supporters, address below…

Molesey Football Club
Walton Road
West Molesey
Surrey
KT8 2JG

Match Preview: Chipstead

Posted in News on 20th April 2018

Our penultimate away match of the season!

This weekend, Saturday 21st April 2018, we travel to Surrey to take on Chipstead FC, away, 3pm kick off.

It’s our second to last away match of this campaign and we’ll be fighting for this opportunity to take home all 3 points in an away league fixture for the first time this season.

Chipstead sit in 19th position in our league, 13 points above us with a game more played.

Chipstead’s last victory actually came against bottom of the league club, Shoreham, when they beat them 3-0 at home back on 6th February. Since then, they’ve played 11 games and have only picked up 1 point, having lost their last 10 games in a row.

In those 10 league matches, they have scored only 7 goals, and have conceded 23.

We wish all of our travelling supporters a safe journey. Admission and address details are below!

Admission to Chipstead is £9 for Adults, £6 for Concessions (OAP), U16’s £1

Chipstead FC,
High Road,
Chipstead
CR5 3SF

VOTE! Goal of the month March 2018

Posted in News on 17th April 2018

We've chosen our favourite 3 from last month!

It’s time for fans to vote and choose their favourite Ashford United FC goal of the month from March 2018.

We were without a win in March but our performances suggested that was an unfair outcome. Two goals vs Phoenix Sports at Homelands came from Dean Grant and Sid Sollis, they’re both included, as well as a first senior goal from youngster Clark Woodcock, which came against East Grinstead Town.

Fans can view the three goals via our YouTube channel, or below! To vote, scroll down on this post, or vote via the poll on the home page of the club website. Good luck to the players involved!

ABOVE PHOTO CREDIT TO THE KENTISH EXPRESS (THE KM GROUP)

Match Preview: Greenwich Borough

Posted in News on 13th April 2018

We welcome Paul Barnes and his team to Homelands

This weekend, Saturday 14th April 2018 we welcome Greenwich Borough to Homelands, 3pm kick off.

It’s our penultimate home game of the campaign, which will see ex United coach Paul Barnes on the sideline as he and his Greenwich side will look to secure their play-off place, with 5 teams currently fighting for the 4 spots.

As well as Paul Barnes, we welcome ex Nuts & Bolts players, Michael McEntegart and Nathan Paul. Whilst on the other end of the spectrum, Gary Alexander and George Kamurasi will be looking forward to taking on their old club.

In terms of form, Greenwich have won 3 of their last 6, but have only picked up 1 point in their last 3 having lost their last 2 games, both 2-1 at home to Hythe Town and Thamesmead Town respectively.

They’ve scored 10 in their last 5, conceding 8. Compare that with ourselves who have scored 8 and conceded 8 in our last 5, we could be in for a great game!

Just 4 games left of the season for us, make sure you get down to Homelands to support us this Saturday, 3pm kick off!

A reminder that the BBC will be at the match tomorrow filming so let’s continue our fantastic home atmosphere!

Finally, fans will have the opportunity to vote for their player of the season tomorrow, as you walk through the turnstiles!

Come on you greens!

Player of the season voting at final two home games

Posted in News on 11th April 2018

Get your votes in!

Our final two home matches on 14th April and 28th April (versus Greenwich Borough and Walton Casuals respectively) are just around the corner!

During these two home games, fans can vote for their Ashford United FC player of the 2017/2018 season via the ballot box which will most likely be found as you go through the turnstiles.

Fans can vote only once and you can select one of any player who has represented the Ashford United senior side this season. Votes are based on the respective fan’s opinion.

The winning player will be announced during the end of season awards, which will take place at a later date (to be announced).

McLennan voted player of the month for March 2018

Posted in News on 10th April 2018

Well done George!

Congratulations to George McLennan who has been voted the Ashford United FC player of the month for March 2018.

George’s performances last month impressed Nuts & Bolts fans and 58% of those who voted, chose the local Ashford lad!

Coming up in the next few days, fans will be able to vote for their Ashford United goal of the month from March 2018.

ABOVE IMAGE CREDIT AND ALL RIGHTS TO THE KENTISH EXPRESS (KM GROUP)

Match Preview: Whyteleafe

Posted in News on 7th April 2018

Off to Surrey!

This Saturday 7th April 2018, 3pm kick off we travel to Surrey to take on Whyteleafe FC, away.

Set in the leafy hills of East Surrey, Whyteleafe FC’s Church Road ground lies alongside the A22 between Purley and Junction 6 of the M25. By rail, the ground is within easy walk of either Whyteleafe or Upper Warlingham stations and is in Travelcard zone 6.

Back in October earlier this season, we were held to a 1-1 draw at Homelands to this weekend’s opponents with both goals coming in the first half.

Whyteleafe currently sit in 8th place, on 66 points with +14 goal difference. They’ve won 2 of their last 5 games, beating Molesey 2-1 at home last time out. This is their 3rd home game in a row, with the previous being a 2-2 draw with Hythe Town.

Mathematically it’s still possible for Whyteleafe to reach the playoffs, but 11 points behind Walton Casuals with 5 games to go, it looks very unlikely.

Safe journey to our travelling supporters! Address below:

Whyteleafe FC
Church Road
Whyteleafe
Surrey
CR3 0AR

VOTE! Player of the month March 2018

Posted in News on 3rd April 2018

Who gets your vote?

It’s now time to vote for your Ashford United Football Club player of the month for March 2018.

It’s our penultimate monthly vote for this season, though it wasn’t a great month for our side, there were still some important players who made a good difference to our performances.

In March, we won’t need reminding that we played 4, lost 4, and conceded 3 in every match, but most fans will argue that in 3 of those matches we put in a fantastic performance in each but came away with nothing.

First up, we hosted top of the table Lewes at Homelands, and walked away gutted as we hit the woodwork countless times and had shots cleared off the line, until conceding quickfire goals near the end of the match.

The following week, also at Homelands, it was a similar situation vs Phoenix Sports though this time we matched them in goals up until they scored a penalty with 20 minutes to go to win the game.

Next up was East Grinstead Town away, and another great performance yet somehow conceded 3 goals and lost 3-2 for the second time in a week. With just 2 substitutes on the bench, a lack of match day squad depth due to injuries and suspensions harmed our chances of a result though we certainly deserved a win on the day.

Finally, we travelled away to Horsham in a midweek Tuesday night fixture, still with a weakened squad we failed to get any result before our final month’s fixture vs Molesey a few days later would be postponed.

So the four players, nominated by the team’s management, for March 2018 player of the month are:

Daniel Ajakaiye – after a great debut at the end of February, Daniel put in some excellent performances in his 3 matches in March before being recalled back to his parent club of Kingstonian. Though he didn’t score in March, the forward was extremely dangerous when he started against Lewes and East Grinstead, and made an impact when coming off the bench against Phoenix Sports.

Jahmal Howlett-Mundle – Jahmal’s defensive displays have been brilliant since joining United in January, though the recent scoreline’s wouldn’t suggest so, he certainly has been keeping scorelines down of late. He missed the away defeat to East Grinstead after being sent off in the previous home match against Phoenix Sports, which perhaps was a little harsh.

Jordan Johnson Palmer – Jordan, or Lefty, as he’s commonly known as, has impressed both fans and management with his recent performances and has been key in majority of goals we’ve scored in recent weeks, he started all 4 games played in March.

George McLennan – Similar to Ajakaiye in March, George was really effective and was extremely dangerous, and his pace and crossing caused plenty of problems for defences he came up against.

To vote, see the poll below, or on the home page on the club website.

Above image, photo credit to James Boyes (Lewes FC Photographer).

Match Preview: Faversham Town

Posted in News on 1st April 2018

Join us this Easter Monday for this local derby community day!

This Monday, 2nd April 2018 Easter Monday we host local rivals Faversham Town at Homelands Stadium 3pm kick off.

It’s our community day and our volunteers have done brilliantly promoting it over the last few weeks, with 1,500 tickets going out around to local primary schools in the Ashford area.

Local Ashford based band, tHE rASH, who wrote and published the official Ashford United walk-out song, ‘If Ashford were United’, will be performing the song live as the teams walk out onto the pitch!

There will be a rodeo bull and bouncy castle in operation before and after the game, with the gates opening at 1.30pm.

We last faced Faversham on New Years day when we travelled away and came back home with a point after a 1-1 draw.

Whilst our game versus Molesey this weekend was postponed, Faversham hosted Carshalton Athletic and lost 2-1.

Faversham sit 19th in the table with a goal difference of -12.

We’re looking forward to a great afternoon of football and entertainment.

Come on Ashford!

Match Preview: Molesey

Posted in News on 30th March 2018

The first of our Easter weekend clashes

This weekend, Saturday 31st March 2018, we travel away to Surrey to take on Molesey FC, in the first of our Easter weekend clashes, 3pm kick off.

With just 6 games remaining of this season for Ashford, we will be looking to end on a high and pick up our first away win of the season.

Our match versus Molesey should be our best opportunity from the 3 away matches that are still left to be played, as this weekend’s opposition sit below us in the table, but Whitmore’s side won’t be complacent going into the match.

When we met at Homelands back on 9th September, the away side went home 1-0 winners as they faced an Ashford side who were readjusting after the initial forced revamp in the squad.

As we sit 22nd in the table, Molesey are in 23rd just 6 points behind us but with 2 games in hand over ourselves.

They played on Thursday 29th March evening, at home to league leaders Lewes and lost 4-0.

In their last 5 games, they have scored 4 goals and conceded 19, drawing once and losing 4 times in that period. Their goal difference is -44, slightly better than our -52.

Good luck to the team and safe journey to our travelling supporters, address below…

Molesey Football Club
Walton Road
West Molesey
Surrey
KT8 2JG

Ashford at Wembley today for Buildbase competition

Posted in News on 29th March 2018

A few weeks ago we announced that we shortlisted and had made it into the final round of the Buildbase Club Renovation Competition, with the winner winning £50,000s worth of building supplies, courtesy of Buildbase.

Before Christmas you may remember we asked you all to vote for the club and we would like to thank each and everyone of you for taking the time to vote, without your votes we would not be in final.

We now head to the home of English Football, Wembley Stadium today, Thursday, 29th March 2018 to battle it out in the Final Round against Lincoln United and Needham Market.

Everyone at the club would once again like to thank everyone for voting for Ashford United.

Results of the final, whichever way it goes, will be published here once we know all details.

Community Day at Homelands next Monday

Posted in News on 26th March 2018

Let's pack the park on Easter Monday!

Ashford United Community Day
Bank Holiday Monday
2nd April 2018
UNDER 16s Go FREE!!!

Ashford United vs Faversham Town – 3pm kick off.

Next Monday 2nd April (Easter Monday) we welcome Faversham Town FC to Homelands, 3pm kick off in the Bostik League South Division.

It’s our 3rd to last home game of the season and we are urging all fans to come along and invite their family and friends are we look to push for our highest home attendance of the season.

It’s our community day, and our marketing team were out around the town last week, they handed out 1,500 tickets to local primary schools in the area to promote that Under 16s go to games for free!

Local Ashford Band, tHE rASH, will be performing “If Ashford Were United” as the players walk out and it’s a great opportunity to hear them before they perform live at Homelands later on April 21st.

We will have a Bouncy Castle & Rodeo Bull available for the kids (All day Wristbands available for £5) and a raffle and the football for the adults.

The Tea Bar will be open for all your hot food and drinks and The Lancaster Bar will be open for your beers, ciders, spirits etc.

We are urging all Ashford fans to come and support your local team and help us get our biggest attendance of the season, as well as enhancing the club’s position in the Ashford community.

For more information, please contact marketing@ashfordunitedfc.com

PLEASE JOIN AND SHARE OUR FACEBOOK EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/196920934224427/

Grant’s goal voted best in February

Well done to Dean!

Congratulations to striker Dean Grant whose goal versus Thamesmead Town in February 2018 has been voted the best in that month.

With 33% of votes going towards his goal, he just snatched it away from Will Thomas who had 30% of the votes for his free kick versus Hastings United.

Daniel Ajakaiye missed out with both of his winning goals versus Cray Wanderers.

In a few days time voting will be up for player of the month for March 2018, get voting!

Oyinsan joins up with the Nuts & Bolts.

Posted in News on 23rd March 2018

Gary Alexander has bought in Joshua Oyinsan to Ashford United.

Joshua, who also acts as Paul Pogba’s body double(!!), plays up front and joins from Walton Casuals.

He has recent experience with Bostik Premier side Billericay Town, as well as Maldon & Tiptree, Royston Town and Grays Athletic.

At 6 foot 4, Josh could prove a real threat up front and can feature vs East Grinstead Town tomorrow.

Match Preview: East Grinstead Town

Our first of three away games in a row!

This weekend Saturday 24th March 2018 we travel away to East Grinstead Town FC, for the first of our 3 away league matches in a row.

We are yet to win away in the league this season, with our only away victory on the road this season being back in August when we beat Redhill in the FA Cup.

An important match this Saturday as East Grinstead are just 1 place above us and a win will see the gap reduced to just 2 points.

In terms of goal difference, there’s just 1 in it as ours sits at -48 compared to their -47.

The Wasps, as they’re known, have been scoring plenty lately, 14 in their last 6 games to be exact, though have conceded 15 in that same period!

East Grinstead’s last home win came in January when they beat fellow strugglers, Ramsgate, 1-0, though their following game at The GAC Stadium was an 8-1 defeat to Whyteleafe.

Last time out, they drew 2-2 with Horsham, which was a midweek fixture at home with all 4 goals coming in the second half.

Safe travels to our journeying supporters tomorrow! Please find the stadium address below. – come on you Nuts & Bolts!!!

East Grinstead Town FC,
The GAC Stadium,
East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead
RH19 3LS

“Let us play!” Supporting young children in football

Posted in News on 21st March 2018

via The Kent FA

Following months of discussions between Kent FA and children and young people about their game, one comment was persistent throughout – “I wish our coaches would just let us play.”

In Kent we have over 5,000 coaches providing football to over 60,000 young players. While the majority of these volunteers create a safe, fun and inclusive environment, too many young people have stories of negative experiences.

Kent FA gave nine randomly selected children from across the county, of varying ages, the opportunity to speak openly about their best and worst times playing in youth football.

Luke Baker, Youth and Mini-Soccer Football Development Officer said, “it’s crucial that we not only give our children and young people a voice to express themselves, but act on what they say so we create the best environment for them to enjoy and learn in.”

When given a platform to discuss their experiences, the young people told stories ranging from opposition managers instructing an eight year old to bite another player, to girls being told they shouldn’t play because, “it’s really a boys thing.” To some adults these comments may seem insignificant, but it has been obvious that these are messages that stay with children.

Natalie Curtis, Football Development Officer for Inclusion and Respect said, “with the Respect programme being 8 years old, it is important that as society changes, we, as football, change too. #LetUsPlay is another fantastic initiative developed by the children of Kent to remind us of the importance of positive and encouraging behaviour that they need from their touchlines.”

We hope that by taking just a few minutes to listen to how our children and young people feel when derogatory, negative or threatening comments are used against them, we can improve our youth football environment for the better.

If you have any questions then please contact Luke.Baker@KentFA.com or Natalie.Curtis@KentFA.com

Under 16s on course for league title

Posted in News on 19th March 2018

Come and cheer on our youngsters this weekend!

This weekend, our Under 16s Kent Youth League team have the opportunity to win the league on Sunday 25th March 2018, against a very tough Faversham Strike Force team.

The game is set for an 11am kick off at Homelands Stadium and if you fancy popping down to see how our youth are progressing come down and give them some support.

Ashford United senior team and Under 16s manager Jason Whitmore spoke to us this week:

“I’m sure most of the fans are aware I have been involved with the youth for a few years and this will be my last year of managing them too. I’m hoping for the boys that they can get the win they deserve and take the title. We have already played Faversham twice in the cup and league coming away with victories in both but our last game in the cup went to penalties. The boys will need to be focused and continue to play football as there are no better teams in our league at keeping the ball.”

“The top goalscorers in our team are Billy Harkness and Taylor Whitmore, both have already made their debuts in the U18 Ryman team this year. Charlie Wealands, Jack Brown, Sonny Wirt and Louis Harrison also have made their debuts.”

“I need to thank Barry Fuller and Martin Wirt as if it wasn’t for them I couldn’t have managed to juggle the first team and the U16s and I’m sure with them as a partnership next season they will go on to succeed as a team.”

Ashford United Community Day 2018

Posted in News on 16th March 2018

Join us Easter Monday for a hopeful highest attendance of the season

Ashford United Community Day
Bank Holiday Monday
2nd April 2018
UNDER 16s Go FREE!!!

Ashford United vs Faversham Town – 3pm kick off.

Join us at Homelands Stadium for a fun filled afternoon as Ashford United take on local rivals Faversham Town in The Bostik League South Division.

We will be handing out 1,500 tickets to primary schools in Ashford to promote the fact that Under 16s go for free, and to kick off the afternoon, local Ashford Band tHE rASH will be performing “If Ashford Were United” as the players walk out.

We will have a Bouncy Castle & Rodeo Bull available for the kids (All day Wristbands available for £5) and a raffle and the football for the adults.

The Tea Bar will be open for all your hot food and drinks and The Lancaster Bar will be open for your beers, ciders, spirits etc.

We are urging all Ashford fans to come and support your local team and help us get our biggest attendance of the season, as well as enhancing the club’s position in the Ashford community.

For more information, please contact marketing@ashfordunitedfc.com

PLEASE JOIN AND SHARE OUR FACEBOOK EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/196920934224427/

VOTE! Goal of the month February 2018

Quality over quantity last month

Fans can now vote for their Ashford United FC goal of the month from February 2018.

Four goals are up for vote this time around, and you can choose from a Will Thomas free kick against Hastings, a Dean Grant volley vs Thamesmead, or a choice of a Daniel Ajakaiye brace against high flying Cray Wanderers.

View the goals below and vote in the poll at the bottom of this post or on the home page of the club website.

Match Preview: Phoenix Sports

Posted in News on 15th March 2018

We welcome our old Kent league rivals to Homelands!

This Saturday 17th March 2018, we welcome our old rivals from the Kent League and SCEFL days, Phoenix Sports to Homelands for a 3pm kick off.

We faced Phoenix away earlier this season in October though unfortunately went home after a 2-0 defeat.

Phoenix won their last game, a 3-1 victory at home to Herne Bay, though before that they hadn’t won in 6 games picking up just one point.

They currently sit in 9th place on 54 points, though 8 points behind Whyteleafe in 8th place.

Our match this weekend will re-spark our rivalry which we went without for the last 2 seasons, though Phoenix have a much better record as before this season we had 1 win in 6 league games and 1 in two cup matches.

The meetings in that final 14-15 season were eventful. Both were in the final month of the season and they were by now still unbeaten and virtually assured of the title. We put out a team comprising Mant, A Cuthbert, L Cuthbert, Collado, Lye, Kingwell, Clarke, Phillips, Zanone, Marsden, Scorer (subs .Mickleborough, Byrne, Smissen). The match started badly with future manager Danny Lye being sent off after only12 minutes but we held on until the 53rd minute when Phoenix scored. Mickleborough and Byrne then replaced Collado and Marsden and Phillips levelled from the spot. With a few minutes left, Smissen replaced Scorer and in the 89th Byrne popped up with the winner. The game here was the last home of the season and with the title won we held them to a 0-0 draw securing second place for us again. Phoenix finished with 93 points from the 38 games – one more than our total last season.

Just 4 home games left this season, so make sure you get down to Homelands and support the lads!

Kingwell wins Ashford United February 2018 player of the month

Posted in News on 9th March 2018

Well deserved from Mr Ashford!

Congratulations to club captain Pat Kingwell who has been voted the Ashford United Football Club player of the month for February 2018.

Over 100 voters made their decision on this poll and Pat won with 43% of the overall votes.

Pat’s defensive displays impressed fans since returning from injury in late January as he makes his way towards 200 club appearances.

Keep an eye out early next week for the February 2018 goal of the month competition.

Horsham match rearranged

Posted in News on 8th March 2018

Game on in Sussex this month

We can now confirm the postponed match between Horsham and Ashford United which was called off due to adverse weather conditions last weekend has been rearranged and will be played on Tuesday 27th March, kick off 7.30 at the Sussex County FA Headquarters, Culver Road, Lancing BN15 9AX – where Horsham have been playing their games this season.

Thank you to our fans for your patience.

Match Preview: Lewes

Can we take revenge on another promotion contender here at Homelands?

This Saturday 10th March 2018, we welcome top of the table Lewes FC to Homelands for a 3pm kick off.

With last week’s away match to Horsham being postponed due to the horrendous snowy conditions, we come into this game still on a high from our great 2-1 home victory over Cray Wanderers.

Since then, we’ve bought in 2 new signings in full back Malachi Robinson and midfielder Siao Blackwood.

Midweek saw Lewes thump relegation favourites Shoreham 4-0 at home, but we will be looking to dent their good form as we hopefully continue our good recent home record (won 4, draw 1 and lost 1 of our last 6).

Last time we took on Lewes at The Dripping Pan in December, it finished 5-1 to the hosts, though an almost entirely different squad will take them on at Homelands this weekend so it could be a completely different story this time around.

A result this weekend could see us overtake East Grinstead in the table.

We look forward to seeing our superb fans this weekend, come on you greens!

VOTE! Ashford United player of the month February 2018

Posted in News on 3rd March 2018

Who gets your vote?

Fans can now vote for their Ashford United FC player of the month for February 2018.

Just 4 games were played in February, with just the one win coming in that time, though some individual performances have led four players to be up for contention for our player of last month.

Dean Grant played his first full month at Ashford after joining half way through January, and he got off the mark scoring a consolation goal in our away defeat to Thamesmead. Though overall last month he impressed Nuts and Bolts fans.

Jahmal Howlett-Mundle is another player up for vote. He made his debut last month when we hosted Corinthian-Casuals and his defensive performances certainly deserved praise.

George Kamurasi made some crucial saves last month. We may have lost 3 of our 4 games but he certainly kept the score line down on many occasions.

Pat Kingwell, Mr Reliable, is our final player in contention of winning our February 2018 player of the month. Whilst partnering Howlett-Mundle at the back, we’ve seen a great improvement in the team’s defence and Pat has been a key part of that since he has been back in the side following his spell out injured.

To vote, see the poll below or on the home page of the club website.

Brandon Williams scoops January 2018 goal of the month

Posted in News on 28th February 2018

Brandon claims first GOTM of this calendar year!

Congratulations to Brandon Williams for winning the Ashford United FC goal of the month for 2018, winning with 57% of votes.

The winning goal, versus Hythe, was just his second of the season but beat the likes of Shomari Barnwell, Andrew Dalhouse, George McLennan and Max Watters who’s goals were all up for contention as well.

Keep an eye out as soon the AUFC February 2018 player of the month poll will be live.

Main photo as above, photo credit and image rights to The Kentish Express (The KM Group).

Natalie Ward singer & saxophonist at Homelands this Friday

Posted in News on 27th February 2018

Come and support your local music venue!

This coming Friday, 2nd March 2018 we welcome the beautiful and bubbly vocalist & saxophonist Natalie Ward to Homelands. Doors open from 7pm, with the show starting around 8.45pm until late.

Covering music from legends such as Patsy Cline, Matt Munro, Shirley Bassey, Brenda Lee, Dusty Springfield, Diana Ross and Celine Dion, to name but a few, through to artists from the present day.

Tickets are on sale at £10 per person which includes a buffet!!!

Join us in the downstairs function room for another fantastic night of live music.

For more information please email info@ashfordunitedfc.com or call 01233 611838. Tickets will also be available on the door.

Two forwards sign to United

Posted in News on 22nd February 2018

This evening the club would like to welcome Sid Sollis and Daniel Ajakaiye as players to Ashford United.

Both players can play in the forward role and will be eligible to play against Cray Wanderers on Saturday.

Sid has been at Tonbridge Angels, Hythe Town, and more recently playing for Margate U23s.

Daniel was at Bromley last season and made appearances for them off of the bench, before moving to Whyteleafe scoring 14 goals in 18, then moving to Kingstonian earlier this season with teammate Jahmal Howlett-Mundle.

Welcome Sid and Daniel!

Match Preview: Cray Wanderers

A chance for revenge from huge January defeat

This weekend, Saturday 24th February 2018, we welcome league opponents Cray Wanderers FC to Homelands, 3pm kick off.

It’s a chance for the Nuts & Bolts to get revenge on The Wands following our massive 9-1 defeat away in Bromley back on 17th January last month.

But since Cray’s great victory against us those weeks ago, they’ve actually only picked up 4 points in their following fixtures (won 1, drawn 1 and lost 3).

Though Wanderers still sit second in the league, their position is under much more threat now as one of those defeats were against 1st place Lewes who are 2 points ahead with 2 games in hand, and also 4th placed Carshalton Athletic who are 1 point behind with 2 games in hand.

Cray may like to thank us though as they have by far the best goal difference in the league, but we’ll be looking to lower that this Saturday!

A reminder to fans that the club shop has an extended discount on selected items due to new stock being ordered ready for next season.

Come on you Nuts & Bolts!!!

VOTE! Goal of the month January 2018

Posted in News on 21st February 2018

Which was your favourite?

Above image: Brandon Williams celebrates his goal scored against Hythe Town in January 2018. Photo credit to The Kentish Express (KM Group).

We’ve picked out 6 goals from January 2018 for Ashford United fans to choose from for their first goal of the month in 2018.

With goals from 5 different players, including 2 from recent player of the month George Mclennan, fans can vote below or on the home page of the website.

Watch below via our YouTube channel.

Dave Cook is an Ashford player once again!

Posted in News on 16th February 2018

We are delighted to welcome Dave Cook back to Homelands for his 3rd spell as an Ashford United player as he was with us in the 13/14 and 15/16 seasons.

Dave made his AUFC debut on 7th January 2014 against Erith Town at Home in the SCEFL Challenge Cup 2nd round.

In his United career he previously made 20 appearances scoring 4 goals, with his last game being at Home to Lordswood in the SCEFL on the 22nd September 2015.

Dave has given us his words this afternoon upon returning to the Nuts & Bolts:

“I’m buzzing and literally can’t wait to get back into Ryman {Bostik} football. I spent the last 8/9 years playing in this league and to finally do it for my home town and with one of my best mates (Pat Kingwell) is a special moment for me. The club, like Gary and Jason have said is a “sleeping giant”, the potential is ridiculous through all the ages from youth to 1st team it is a proper club ready to move on. After I approached Jason and Gary and chatted to them both it was a no brainer. I know the club and majority of the board, the fans are unreal and I’m a local lad that’s hoping to help this club move on and get to where they want to be. I’ve been at Hythe for 10 years with two shorts spells away, I have made some friends for life and made some memories I will never forget, but I left under personal reasons which I thought was the right decision for me and my family. I would like to thank all the fans and most of the members for my time there.”

Welcome back, Dave!

Match Preview: Thamesmead Town

Up to Dartford we go!

This Saturday 17th February 2018 we travel to Dartford’s Princes Park to take on Thamesmead Town FC in the Bostik League South Division.

A familiar stadium for many of our fans as we last travelled there a couple of seasons ago when taking on Greenwich Borough FC away during their groundshare there in the SCEFL.

Thamesmead sit in 12th position, 10 positions and 21 points above ourselves. Their last 3 results, all this month have been draws, including a 0-0 at home to top of the table Lewes FC.

We last faced TTFC on 2nd December 2017, when we won 4-1 at Homelands thanks to a Max Watters’ hat-trick.

Safe journey to all of our travelling supporters, directions below!

From A2 (Kent): Take the exit toward M25/Dartford/A225 (it’s the second junction) – 0.2 mi
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit toward London(SE)/London(C)/Bexleyheath/A2/M25(N)/M11/M1/Dartford/A225 – 1.0 mi
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A296/Princes Rd heading to Dartford/Crayford/A225 Go through 1 roundabout – 0.6 mi
Turn left at Darenth Rd traffic lights – 384 ft.
Turn second left at Grassbanks – 200ft

SUPPORTERS INFORMATION FROM THAMESMEAD TOWN FC

Admission prices – Adults £10; Concessions £5; Students £3
All supporters are requested to enter the ground through Turnstiles 2 and 3 which are situated at the opposite end of the ground to the main car park.

We would appreciate you informing your supporters that the only available bar area prior to the game will be CHAMPIONS BAR which they must pass en-route to the turnstiles, as we do not have access to the bars inside the ground. There will be the usual refreshments available inside the ground but no alcohol will be served.
Princes Park is a NO SMOKING stadium. However, at half time, a gate will be opened to allow access for smokers a chance to have a cigarette – this gate will also allow supporters to get to Champions Bar for half time alcoholic refreshment – but please note this gate will only remain open until approximately TEN minutes into the second half, and on this occasion NO alcohol can be allowed back into the ground! After the game, Champions Bar will be open to all supporters prior to a safe journey home.

Mclennan voted January 2018 player of the month

Congratulations George!

Congratulations to George Mclennan who has been voted as the Ashford United FC player of the month for January 2018.

George put in some fantastic performances last month, and scored 2 goals, one each against Chipstead and Hythe Town at Homelands.

George won with 37% of 140 votes, beating the likes of Bingham, Difford and Osei, the latter whom just missed out with 35% of votes.

Keep an eye out for the goal of the month poll in the next few days.

Watch recent Q&A

Posted in News on 14th February 2018

Fans can now view the recent question and answer session from Tuesday 6th February 2018.

Hosted by Jamie Reid, fans heard from the likes of Gary Alexander, Jason Whitmore, Don Crosbie, Denise Peach and Derek Pestridge.

Watch below, via our YouTube channel.

Match Preview: Hastings United

Posted in News on 9th February 2018

To the seaside!

This Saturday 10th February 2018, we travel away to take on our old rivals Hastings United FC in the Bostik League South Division, 3pm kick off.

Our opponents sit in a respectable 10th position in the league, with 49 points after 33 games, almost double our own points tally.

Hastings are in decent form at the moment, with 2 wins and 2 draws from their last 5 matches, their last home match being a 3-0 victory over Molesey in January. In contrast, our last 5 games have been 2 draws and 3 loses, with all 3 games lost being against teams in the top 6.

In terms of goals, we’ve scored 5 in as many games recently, though have conceded 18. Tomorrow’s hosts have scored 9 and conceded 6 in that same time.

We took on Hastings back in November 2017 where it finished 3-1 to ‘The U’s’ at Homelands, with Matt Day scoring our consolation late on.

Good luck to the team and safe journey to all of our travelling supporters. Address below for Hastings United’s Pilot Field.

Hastings United Football Club
The Pilot Field
Elphinstone Road
Hastings
East Sussex
TN34 2AX

Rock ‘n’ Roll music night tonight!

A whole lotta' shakin' at Homelands!

Tonight, Friday 9th February we’re looking forward to a real rock ‘n’ roll evening with A Whole Lotta’ Shakin’ at Homelands, in our function suite downstairs.

Gavin Stanley and Cody Lee will be bringing us songs from legendary rockers such as Elvis, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dion, Billy Fury and more!

Tickets £15 per person which includes buffet. Tickets are available on the door tonight, any enquiries please call 01233 611838.

Arrive from 7pm, show starts 8.45pm till late.

Gary Alexander Q&A Tuesday 6th February

Posted in News on 5th February 2018

Alexander is welcoming ALL United fans

This Tuesday 6th February, we look forward to meeting with fans in the downstairs function hall for a question & answer session with Gary Alexander.

The last Q&A back in November 2017 proved successful but of course there have been a few changes since and our future manager would like to answer any queries our fans may have regarding plans for the squad and the club.

The date was chosen by the majority of supporters who voted on the club website. We recommend fans arrive around 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. See you then!

Rock ‘n’ Roll evening at Homelands Friday 9th February

Posted in News on 2nd February 2018

Bring your family & friends and have a great night!

Friday 9th February we’re looking forward to a real rock ‘n’ roll evening with A Whole Lotta’ Shakin’.

Gavin Stanley and Cody Lee will be bringing us songs from legendary rockers such as Elvis, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dion, Billy Fury and more!

Tickets £15 per person which includes buffet. Tickets are available on the night or fans can book in advance by calling 01233 611838.

Arrive from 7pm, show starts 8.45pm till late.

VOTE! Ashford United FC player of the month January 2018

Who stood out for you?

Above photo credit to Andy Dovey Sports Photography via Guernsey FC.

Player of the month January 2018

Fans can now vote for their Ashford United Football Club player of the month for January 2018.

After a great December, our start of the year was mixed being undefeated at home picking up 4 points in 2 games, picking up 2 draws away from home but losing 2 away matches to 2 of the top 6 teams.

The 4 players chosen by management staff to be nominated for last month’s accolade are:

Joe Bingham, Jon Difford, George Mclennan and Kwabena Osei.

All 4 players played a vital part in picking up some great results, both defensive and going forward.

To vote, visit the official club website and find the poll by scrolling down near the bottom.

Good luck to the players involved.

 

One in one out for Ashford United defence

We wish Cheick Toure all the best for the future

This morning we announce the departure of Cheick Toure from the club. Cheick made his debut 2 months ago today when we beat Thamesmead Town at Homelands back on 2nd December 2017, and in his 10 appearances had a superb impact in our defence.

Unfortunately for us, Cheick could not commit long term to the club and for personal reasons will soon be making his way back to his home country of France. The door will always be open to Cheick here at Ashford United should he ever wish to return to England.

All players and staff really appreciate the efforts Cheick Toure made at his short time at the club.

With this, we are really pleased to welcome Jahmal Howlett-Mundle to United. The 21 year old centre back arrives from Bostik Premier club Kingstonian FC.

Jahmal was at league rivals Whyteleafe earlier this season having signed from Dover Athletic. He started his career as a youngster with Crystal Palace. He then gained valuable experience in Scotland playing for Hearts and Montrose before moving back south and playing with Dover. He left Whyteleafe in October to join Kingstonian in the league above.

Coach Gary Alexander says:

“Jahmal is a young athletic CH who has great ability to defend and is a leader beyond his years having already captained a Ryman South side on many occasions. We welcome Jahmal to what we hope will be a successful time”

Jahmal also told us his thoughts upon joining:

“Speaking to Gary and how much interest he showed in me, I couldn’t turn it down. Playing against his Greenwich side you always knew you’d be up against a good team with a good manager so to have the chance to play under him will continue my development massively. Thankful to the support shown by Leigh and K’s for giving me the opportunity to go out and get some games until the end of the season!”

Jahmal will be available to play against Corinthian-Casuals tomorrow afternoon. Welcome!

Match Preview: Corinthian-Casuals

Posted in News on 1st February 2018

We welcome the Casuals to Homelands this weekend!

This Saturday 3rd February 2018 we welcome Corinthian-Casuals FC to Homelands, 3pm kick off.

After last weekend’s away trip to The Channel Islands, normality resumes as we look forward to an afternoon of football in Kingsnorth.

This weekend’s visitors sit in the play-offs in 6th position, 9 points ahead of Phoenix Sports who sit in 7th. There is only 7 points between league leaders Lewes and Corinthian-Casuals so they will certainly prove a tough match.

Their goal difference is +28, though they’ve only had 2 clean sheets in their last 5 matches, with a record of 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. Last time out they grazed past Faversham Town winning 1-0 at home.

Our last meeting back in November 2017, it finished 3-0 to our opponents after we conceded an early goal, we fought well but 2 late goals killed us off.

Our own stats have dropped off recently, without a win in 4 games, but we are unbeaten in our last 4 home games (winning 3 and drawing 1). Our last clean sheet came on 30th December 2017 when we thrashed Shoreham 3-0 at home.

Get down to Homelands this Saturday and come and support the team!

Andrew Dalhouse released from the club

Ashford United responds to Dalhouse Twitter comments

We can confirm striker Andrew Dalhouse has been released from the club.

Regarding the statement from Andrew Dalhouse…

“We go out to challenge our players, so we give players tests for their mental and physical fitness levels. He failed the latter as he couldn’t even complete a simple running session which is unacceptable at this stage of the season and he should be better. Being the other side of 30 years old, his fitness levels need to be better.

On Tuesday at training he then tells our physio he is injured, and then going to play for another team on the Wednesday, that is not acceptable. Dalhouse told us he was doing everything our physio told him to do but we’re sure he [physio] didn’t tell him to go play for another club the following day especially after just picking up an injury.
Andrew, in his statement said during the game on Wednesday he only played a short time, but we know this is not true as we have evidence he played a substantial amount of time (he did score though!).

When we text him to ask if he’s coming in to training tonight, this morning he told us he was still injured and was coming in tonight to see the physio but couldn’t take part in training. This is not acceptable, and this is all a part of the reasoning for him being released, especially when you’re paid by Ashford United Football Club. You need to give 100% for that club and not going out playing for another in-between our own training nights.”

Johnson-Palmer joins!

Posted in News on 29th January 2018

We start the week with some great news as we can announce the signing of Jordan Johnson-Palmer.

The versatile midfielder joins up with the Nuts & Bolts following his ex Hythe Town team mates Will Thomas and Dean Grant.

We spoke with Jordan this morning:

“I’m happy to join a club with a great fan base and huge ambitions moving forward. Having spoken to a few of the boys at the club who told me how it’s run it was a no brainer for me to join.”

Jordan will miss this weekend’s home match with Corinthian-Casuals due to suspension but will be available for Hastings United a week later.

Welcome Jordan!

Dean Grant signing completes Cannons’ duo

Posted in News on 25th January 2018

We welcome Dean Grant to Homelands

Following on from this morning’s announcement signing versatile defender/midfielder Will Thomas, we can now confirm a second signing from Hythe Town as forward player Dean Grant also commits to the Nuts and Bolts.

Dean was involved in the 3-3 draw with Hythe last weekend here at Homelands.

Both players were involved in training tonight and will be available for Saturday’s game away to Guernsey.

Welcome Dean!

Squad fitness update

Manager Jason Whitmore has updated us this afternoon on the fitness of his players going into this weekend’s match with Guernsey, starting with Max Watters.

“We are pleased that thankfully Max’s injury is not as bad as first thought. He’s sprained his ankle and should be back training in the next 3 weeks. We are looking forward to him getting back on the pitch for AUFC.”

Jason then continued with the rest of his squad.

“Pat [Kingwell] and [James] Fitchett will train tonight but Joe [Bingham] won’t be involved Saturday. [Cheick] Toure needs an assessment tonight whilst at training.”

Thomas joins from Hythe

We’re pleased to welcome Will Thomas from Hythe Town.

He didn’t feature in our 3-3 draw with The Cannons at the weekend’s derby clash at Homelands, as he was suspended for the match.

Will is a versatile defender/midfielder who is available for Saturday’s away trip to Guernsey FC, which coincidentally was Thomas’s last game for Hythe Town on 30th December.

Coach Gary Alexander told us this morning:

“We’re delighted to have Will Thomas join our club. He’s a young player with huge potential and aspirations to play higher. He fits the mould of player we are looking for and can play in a number of positions. Hopefully this is the start of a successful time for Will with Ashford United.”

Welcome to Ashford United!

(Above image credit to Hythe Town FC)

Friendly fixture arranged with Folkestone

Posted in News on 23rd January 2018

End of January game at Homelands

Tuesday 30th January, we welcome Neil Cugley and his Bostik Premier side Folkestone Invicta back to The Homelands in a friendly fixture, 7.45pm kick off.
We look forward to hosting this Tuesday evening match to see how Whitmore’s reformed side match up against the in-form Invicta.
 
Admission Prices:
Adults £3
Kids £1 or FREE with a paying adult.
Season tickets are VALID for this match.

Match Preview: Guernsey

Posted in News on 21st January 2018

We're all going on a 'European' tour!

This coming weekend we take on Guernsey FC away at Footes Lane, Guernsey on Saturday 27th January, please take note that kick off is at 2pm.

There seems to be a large number of Nuts & Bolts fans travelling to this fixture and we are delighted to hear that. We are all very proud of our support and it is definitely something to boast about at this level of football.

Thank you in advance to those who are making the journey, whether it’s for the day or the weekend, by plane or by ferry, all the players and staff really appreciate the massive effort that is going into this away day.

For those who will be in attendance, a friendly reminder that you are representing both the club and our town, and we would like the reputation of both to only be affected in a positive manner. We know for a fact there will be a lot of alcohol consumption across the weekend from many of our fans, which of course is absolutely fine but please keep in mind at all times how any silly actions could affect our
reputation as both fans and as a club in general.

For those debating making the journey, there is still time to get online and book a last minute flight for a day trip, or even a late hotel booking for the weekend. It’s always worth a ‘Google’ as you never know you might find some last minute deals!

Most (or possibly all) of the fans who are staying for at least a night are accomodating themselves in St Peter Port, Guernsey’s main town.

For those arriving on Friday 26th, there is a group of fans planning to visit some local cultural sites and explore what Guernsey has to offer. This possibly includes Victor Hugo’s house (Hauteville House), Castle Cornet and La Vallette Underground Military Museum.

Saturday, pre kick-off at 12pm midday, there is a sports bar on the way to the ground called ‘The Doghouse’. Guernsey’s chairman Mark LeTissier has recommended to us that fans can drink there before the game as it is very welcoming. We are planning to stay there for around an hour then walk to Footes Lane at 1pm so that we arrive with plenty of time to spare.

In terms of recent form, Guernsey have lost their last 4 games in a row, scoring none and conceding 15. Their last win was on 2nd December 2017, at home to VCD Athletic when they won 4-2. In their last 10 games they have won 1, drawn 1 and lost 8.

Important info:

Entry is £10 for a seated ticket, £6 for a ground standing ticket or £1 for U16s. For more
information please visit Guernseyfc.com

The E111 (EHIC) European Health Card is NOT VALID on Guernsey. We recommended that anyone going takes out travel insurance which won’t cost anymore than £10 for as long as the weekend. NHS services are not available on the island which means you will not be covered for any medical costs.

Fans are encouraged to wear YELLOW on match day, whether that’s fancy dress, a yellow away AUFC shirt or just a t-shirt. This is because Guernsey play in green for their home games so let’s go yellow!

For those of you flying to the island, photo ID is required, anything from a passport, drivers license (provisional is ok), or even citizens ID are all acceptable. For more info please check with your airline.

As far as we are aware, there are no charges for mobile data roaming whilst on The Channel
Islands, but we recommend you get in touch with your mobile provider for more information or else risk incurring additional charges whilst using 3G/4G, texting, making calls, etc. Wifi should be available in your hotel and most bars.

The road name for Guernsey FC: Footes Lane
The road name for The Doghouse Sports Bar: The Rohais

Guernsey postcodes don’t seem to work very well on Google Maps so we don’t recommend using any postcodes that you find online.

Finally, the match will be streamed at Homelands via a live link which will be provided by Guernsey FC. The bar will be open upstairs on match day for fans to come and watch, kick off is at 2pm.

We hope everyone has a wonderful trip and let’s go for a great 3 points!

Match Preview: Hythe Town

Posted in News on 18th January 2018

Local derby at Homelands!

This weekend, Saturday 20th January 2018 we welcome local rivals Hythe Town to Homelands stadium, 3pm kick off.

It’s been a tough week for us Nuts & Bolts but we look forward to taking on Hythe, and will be looking for revenge for our 1-0 defeat at Reachfields back in September earlier this season.

This is our last home game of the month and we are urging for a huge support for this game to back our players in this derby match.

Our visitors for the afternoon sit in 8th in the league, 10 points off the play-off position with a game in hand, so they’ll be looking to upset our recent home form.

Their last few results have been inconsistent, winning 1, drawing 3 and losing 1 in their last 5 matches, and before last weekend they had scored in all of their last 10 games.

Our own form has taken a dip in the last week, having been unbeaten in 5 previous to our trip to Walton Casuals, we’ve lost our last 2 matches, scoring 1 and conceding 13. But our home form still boasts a good record, as we’ve won 4 of our last 5 games at Homelands, scoring 14 and conceding 5.

Let’s beat our highest home attendance of the season so far with this fixture!

Come on Ashford!!!

Watters wins goal of the month

Posted in News on 17th January 2018

One of his hat trick goals vs Thamesmead in December 2017 was voted the best of the month!

(Above image): Max Watters celebrates doubling our lead against Thamesmead Town on 2nd December 2017. Credit: The Kentish Express (KM Group)

Congratulations to Max Watters who has won the Ashford United FC goal of the month for December 2017.

Goal C, which was Max’s half volley running towards the Thamesmead Town goal from distance, was chosen as our best goal scored last month.

Max scored a hat-trick in that match vs Thamesmead, and all 3 were up for nomination as the best goal scored during that month, but that goal won was 41% of the vote.

George Mclennan came in second with 20% of the vote for his free kick against Sittingbourne on Boxing Day.

Well done Max!

Update from Whitmore

Jason praises Alexander

Above image credit to Andy Jones & Kent Online [http://www.kentonline.co.uk]

We’re delighted to confirm that newly appointed coach Gary Alexander will take over as manager of Ashford United FC next season.

Jason Whitmore has spoken with the website this morning…

“We’ve brought Gary in for the long term future of the club. I will take a step back at the end of the season and let him bring in his own Assistant Manager. I will still be involved in the club but I just won’t be in the dugout, I will take a step upstairs as Director of Football.

We’re very excited for what Gary will bring to our wonderful club and we know the fans will have something great to look forward to once this season is over.

We can confirm the departure of Rohdell Gordon last week. We’re gutted to see him go but he had a very good offer put in front of him by a club very close to his door step which can’t be ignored and we wish him the best of luck going forward and thank him for his short but successful spell here at Ashford.

Gary Alexander has already had a great impact by bringing in young Ola Williams from Bromley and of course big George Kamurasi back from Greenwich Borough, which we are all delighted about.

We’re using the remainder of this season as a platform for next when we will be looking to compete for promotion, but of course will still be looking to pick up as many points as possible from now until the end of April.”

Tonight we travel away to Cray Wanderers, before our local derby at home to Hythe Town this Saturday 20th January.

George Kamurasi returns to Ashford United

Posted in News on 16th January 2018

The club are ecstatic to announce the return of club legend George Kamurasi.

George made 86 appearances for the Nuts and Bolts since making his debut on 17th October 2015 keeping a clean sheet away to Sevenoaks Town, and was at the club almost two full years when he played his last match for us on 7th October 2017 in a 3-0 defeat to Sittingbourne.

He kept 31 clean sheets for us in the 7,637 minutes that he played and only conceded 85 goals, which is just less than 1 goal a game – a superb record!

After leaving us earlier this season, Kamurasi linked up with then manager of Greenwich Borough, Gary Alexander who of course is now coach at Homelands, and Gary was keen to bring the wonderful shot-stopper back to Ashford.

“I took George to Greenwich having played against him and now more so having managed him. He’s the type of character I love, he’s a winner on and off the pitch and I couldn’t be happier to be working with him again”

George should be available for tomorrow’s match away to Cray Wanderers.

Welcome back!

Ola Williams joins from Bromley on dual registration

Welcome, Ola!

We’re pleased to announce the signing of young defender, Ola Williams, on a dual registration from Bromley!

Gary Alexander has made his first impact at the club and has today told us Ola will join us for tomorrow’s match away to Cray Wanderers.

“We’re pleased to welcome Ola to Ashford, he’s a young defender but is more than capable of doing a good job, he even had a three week trial with Barnsley earlier this season. He’s primarily a right back but can also play at centre back, and we look forward to him developing with us. We’re very grateful to Neil Smith [Bromley’s manager] for letting us bring Ola in.”

Gary has let us know that there is more news to follow within the next 24 hours.

Welcome to Ashford United, Ola!

Match Preview: Cray Wanderers

A tough game away to Wanderers

This Wednesday 17th January 2018, 7.45pm kick off we travel away to Cray Wanderers FC.

The home side ground share at Bromley FC’s Hayes Lane, so fans will need to take note of the address at the bottom of the post if travelling to the match.

After Saturday’s disappointing result away to Walton Casuals, Jason Whitmore will be hoping his side get a good result against Cray Wanderers, who are unbeaten at home all season.

Cray Wanderers sit in second, just 1 point behind leaders Lewes. Their overall league record so far this season is Wins (17), Draws (11) and Losses (1). The hosts are the only Bostik League South Division side that we are yet to face so far this season.

A couple of names who may be familiar to Nuts & Bolts fans, situate within The Wands’ setup, including their coach Nathan White, and player-assistant manager Joey Vines, the latter was involved in our double winning season last year.

Newly appointed United assistant manager Gary Alexander will be involved on our sideline for the first time in this fixture and will probably be up against a familiar name to him, as Cray Wanderers recently signed former Greenwich Borough striker Charlie MacDonald, who made his debut at the weekend after coming off the bench in a 1-0 win away to Guernsey.

Cray Wanderers are in great form, having won 4 of their last 6 games including an emphatic 7-0 win at home to Shoreham, and drawing the other 2. Their only league loss of the season came away to current league leaders Lewes back in September, that game finished 2-1 to the home side.

In comparison, United’s last 6 games have included 3 wins, 2 draws and a loss, with the latter coming last time out last weekend, ending our 5 game unbeaten run.

Admission Prices for this game are:  £10 for Adults and £5:00 concessions

Kick off is at 7.45pm (Wednesday 17th January 2018), directions to the ground as per below info.

DIRECTIONS TO HAYES LANE

(PLEASE NOTE WIDTH BARRIERS AT BROMLEY END OF HAYES LANE – PLEASE USE DIRECTIONS)

POST CODE FOR SATNAV PURPOSES: BR2 9EF

Telephone Number (in case you get lost): 020 8460 5291 or 078 54796325

USING M25 MOTORWAY

Leaving the motorway at junction 4, follow the A21 to Bromley and London, for approximately 4 miles and then fork left onto the A232 signposted Croydon/Sutton. At the second set of traffic lights, turn right into Baston Road (B265), following it for about two miles as it becomes Hayes Street and then Hayes Lane. Cray Wanderers FC is on the right hand side of the road just after the mini roundabout. There is ample room for coaches to drive down the driveway, turn round and park.

NOT USING M25 MOTORWAY

Hayes Lane is situated between the A21 London to Hastings Road and the A232 Croydon to Orpington Road. You are advised to avoid heavy congestion in Bromley Town Centre. However, there is a 7ft width barrier from the A21 road in Hayes Lane so coaches should not approach from this direction.

BY TRAIN

The nearest station to the ground is Bromley South which is serviced by trains from London Victoria and the south-east coast. Trains run regularly up until about 23:30 midweek and usually later at weekends. There are also about two services an hour from London Blackfriars. If your train into London goes via East Croydon it may be easier to get off there and catch the 119 bus to the ground (approximate journey time is around 40 minutes).

ON FOOT (FROM BROMLEY SOUTH)

Turn left out of the station and then right shortly afterwards into Westmoreland Road, at the traffic lights by the T-junction near the Police Station and the Churchill building. Turn left, after the church, into Hayes Road. Take care to follow the road when it bears round to the left rather than ending up in Cameron Road. At the end of Hayes Road turn right into Hayes Lane, having first crossed Hayes Lane using the traffic island near the mini roundabout. The driveway to the ground is about 200m on your left.

 

Match Preview: Walton Casuals

Posted in News on 12th January 2018

This weekend, Saturday 13th January 2018 we travel away to Walton Casuals FC, 3pm kick off.

Newly appointed coach Gary Alexander will play his final game for Chatham Town tomorrow and will officially start with Ashford United on Monday 15th January, so Jason Whitmore and Gareth Williams will be looking to continue our great form as we currently sit in 21st place, 5 games unbeaten.

Our last 5 games have consisted of 3 home wins, and 2 away draws, with the Nuts & Bolts beating Chipstead FC 3-1 last time out.

In form striker Andrew Dalhouse has been the talk of the two last away games, as he headed a last minute equaliser against VCD Athletic, and scored our only goal in a 1-1 draw at Faversham Town on New Years Day.

Walton Casuals are one of only two teams in the league we are yet to face this season, the other being Cray Wanderers who we travel away to take on next Wednesday.

Tony Gale, who made around 300 appearances for West Ham is Chairman of Walton Casuals, having joined them in 2003 as Director of Football. His son Anthony is their manager.

The Stags have only lost one game in their last 8 which came on New Years day away to Corinthian-Casuals. They’ve won 3 of their last 5 but last time out draw 2-2 away to Cray Wanderers.

We have scored 12 goals in our last 5 games, conceding just 5 goals. Walton Casuals have scored 8 in their last 5, conceding 5.

Finally, Walton sit in the play offs, in 6th position just 7 points behind league leaders Lewes after 29 games, with a positive goal difference of +23. United now occupy 21st position, 18 points above the relegation zone and a negative goal difference of -30 after 28 matches.

Address to Walton Casuals below:

Elmbridge Sports Hub, Waterside Drive, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, KT12 2JP.

Come on Ashford!!!

VOTE! Goal of the month December 2017

Posted in News on 11th January 2018

Some great goals to end the year!

It’s that time of the month again we get to vote for our favourite goals from the previous few weeks.

With a great December 2017, there’s plenty of goals to choose from, and we’ve chosen our favourite NINE (9) goals.

Ira Jackson opened the scoring with a 3rd minute goal vs Thamesmead Town on the 2nd December, followed by a Max Watters’ hattrick in the same match! Shomari Barnwell scored on his debut against Horsham, before Andrew Dalhouse netted a last minute equaliser away to VCD Athletic. George Mclennan scored his first for United with a stunning free kick, whilst both Dalhouse and Barnwell scored in a 3-0 victory at home to Shoreham in the last game of 2017.

Watch the video above and vote in the poll below or on the home page of this site!

Gordon scoops last player of the month for 2017

Posted in News on 10th January 2018

Fully deserved for Rohdell!

Congratulations to Rohdell Gordon who has claimed the Ashford United player of the month accolade for December 2017.

Rohdell made 6 appearances for us in December, including his debut when we beat Thamesmead Town at home on 2nd December. Within those 6 games, his standout would arguably be Boxing Day vs Sittingbourne at home, when he made an impressive substitute appearance in the 7th minute to earn man of the match in our 3-1 victory.

Out of 222 votes in total, Gordon won the vote with 67%, beating Barnwell, Dalhouse & Watters to the award.

Our goal of the month for December 2017 will be available to vote for soon.

Above photo, courtesy of Ian Scammell at Oyster Bay Photography – Rohdell Gordon battles against Horsham at Homelands on 16th December 2017.

Music nights at Homelands 2018

Posted in News on 5th January 2018

Four great shows to start the year!

We’re pleased to announce we have FOUR magnificent acts booked in for music nights in 2018 to be performing in the Homelands function hall.

Starting on Friday 9th February we’re looking forward to a real rock ‘n’ roll evening with A Whole Lotta’ Shakin’. Gavin Stanley and Cody Lee will be bringing us songs from legendary rockers such as Elvis, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dion, Billy Fury and more! Tickets £15 per person which includes buffet.

Just three weeks later on Friday 2nd March we welcome the beautiful and bubbly vocalist & saxophonist
Natalie Ward. Covering music from artists such as Patsy Cline, Matt Munro, Shirley Bassey, Brenda Lee, Dusty Springfield, Diana Ross and Celine Dion, to name but a few, through to present day. Tickets £10 per person which includes buffet.

In April (Friday 6th), 4 piece 60s cover band The Berries take stage. With outstanding vocal harmonies and a totally live authentic sound recreating the songs from the swinging 60s! After many years of working together they continue to be a very sought after act and in demand for repeat appearances. Tickets £15 per person which includes buffet.

And finally on Friday 11th May it’s Del’s UB40 tribute! Del has been performing since 1994, mainly as a tribute to his boy-hood heroes, UB40, and those who attend on the night can enjoy over 2 hours of music spanning 29 years of hits. Tickets £10 per person which includes buffet.

All showtime performances kick off at 8.45pm, and tickets can be purchased from now until the day of each event.

For more information please email info@ashfordunitedfc.com or call 01233 611838

Match Preview: Chipstead

Posted in News on 4th January 2018

Our first home game of the new year!

This Saturday, 6th January 2018 we welcome Chipstead FC to Homelands Stadium for our first home match of the new calendar year.

Kick off is at 3pm, and the Nuts & Bolts will be looking to continue the good form as they showed over the Christmas period.

Our best run of the season so far, we are undefeated in 4 games going into this weekend’s match, and we’ve seen both Andrew Dalhouse and Shomari Barnwell both score 5 goals in their last 5 appearances.

Our last 5 games have seen us win 2, draw 2 and lose 1. In that time we have scored 10 goals, conceding 6. We sit in 22nd place with a goal difference of -32.

Chipstead have won 1, drawn 1 and lost 3 in their last 5 games (all competitions). In that time they scored 10 goals and conceded 10 as well. They sit above us in 16th place, 12 points above us with a goal difference of -2.

Get down to Homelands this weekend, 3pm kick off and come and support the Nuts & Bolts!!!

VOTE! Who was your player of the month for December?

Posted in News on 2nd January 2018

An excellent month of results on the pitch

It was our best month of this season so far, and now fans can choose their player of the month for December 2017.

We started off with a superb 4-1 win at home over Thamesmead Town, thanks to a Max Watters hat trick. We travelled away to top of the table Lewes the following weekend and were disappointed to return home losing 5-1 with a consolation goal from Dalhouse for his second in as many matches. The following week another loss this time to Horsham at home, with Barnwell scoring on his debut. We then travelled to VCD Athletic and picked up a point away thanks to a Barnwell opener, and a last minute equaliser from Dalhouse to make it 2-2. Boxing Day in front of a massive crowd of 334, we came out 3-1 winners thanks to a fantastic man of the match performance from Rohdell Gordon, and both our strikers scoring again! Finally, we ended the month on a high with a 3-0 home win over Shoreham, with Barnwell scoring a brace to break a club record of scoring in 4 consecutive games from making his Ashford United debut.

Who was your player of the month? You can vote below with the choice of Barnwell, Dalhouse, Gordon or Watters.

Match Preview: Shoreham

Posted in News on 28th December 2017

A huge bottom of the table clash at Homelands

This weekend, Saturday 30th December 2017, it’s our final match of the calendar year and it’s a big one!

3pm kick off, we welcome bottom of the table Shoreham FC to Kingsnorth as we witness 23rd vs 24th in this end of December battle for 3 points.

After a great few days for the Nuts & Bolts, we will be going into the match as favourites for the win, but our players certainly won’t be complacent as they know how important this game is for the club.

United have picked up 7 points out of a potential 15 in their last 5 league games, including 2 home wins against Thamesmead Town and more recently Sittingbourne. In those five matches, we have scored 11 goals, conceding the same amount, which included a 5-1 away loss to top of the table Lewes.

Saturday’s visitors Shoreham, haven’t won a match in any competition since they beat us back on the 10th October at home, when they beat us 4-2. On Boxing Day they travelled away to Cray Wanderers and went home as they were thrashed 7-0. They’ve only scored 4 goals in their last 7 matches, conceding 20 in that time, they’ve drawn 2 games in that period.

So we ourselves sit in 23rd position, on 16 points and a goal difference of -35, whilst Shoreham are in 24th on just 4 points (after their 6 point reduction) and a goal difference of -48.

Get down to Homelands on Saturday (3pm kick off) and come and support the team!

Come on you Nuts & Bolts!!!

Match Preview: VCD Athletic

Posted in News on 21st December 2017

We visit The Oakwood ground this weekend!

This weekend, Saturday 23rd December 2017 we travel up the motorway to take on VCD Athletic away at The Oakwood ground, Crayford. Kick off is at 3pm.

VCD, depending which way you look at it, are probably the most inconsistent team in our division, having only drawn 1 league game all season, winning 9 and losing 13.

In their last 6 games, they’ve won 2 and lost 4, last time out getting a fantastic 1-0 win, away to Corinthian-Casuals with a late winner. During those 6 games they scored 7 goals, conceding 10, keeping 2 clean sheets in both of their wins in that period.

We faced VCD at Homelands on the bank holiday weekend in August, which finished 5-2 to the visitors, our goals coming from Connor Westney and Tyrell Richardson-Brown.

VCD now sit in 19th on 28 points with a goal difference of -7. United are still in 23rd, 16 points behind Saturday’s hosts.

It’s around 38 miles from Homelands to The Oakwood, and there is a car park on site. The ground is situated very nearby to the Phoenix Sports Stadium, and the nearest train stations are Barnehurst, and Crayford. Address below.

Old Road
Crayford
Kent
DA1 4DN

Winner! Matt Day volley claims goal of the month

Posted in News on 20th December 2017

Great goal from our youngster!

Congratulations to Matt Day who has won the Ashford United goal of the month for November 2017 with a fantastic strike against Faversham Town for the U23s.

Matt won with 60% of all votes beating the likes of Andrew Dalhouse, Ira Jackson and Max Watters whose goals were all up for contention.

Match Preview: Horsham

Posted in News on 15th December 2017

Our second meeting of this season

This Saturday 16th December 2017 we welcome Bostik League South Division side Horsham FC to Homelands for a mid December league fixture, 3pm kick off.

Our second meeting of this season following on from our defeat against The Hornets in The Emirates FA Cup 1st qualifying round back in September when we lost 6-0 in Lancing.

Fans will potentially see many new faces tomorrow as Jason Whitmore has introduced 4 new first team players to the squad who should be made available for the 3pm kick off. Aaron Lee-Wharton, Pat Kingwell, Brandon Williams and Matt Day all featured in the last meeting alongside many of our young U23s.

Looking at recent form, this could be an interesting fixture as both sides will be looking to improve on performances of late.

Horsham have won 1, drawn 2 and lost 3 in their last 6 games. In that time they’ve conceded in every match, a total of 11 goals, scoring 5. Last time out they lost 4-1 at home to Corinthian-Casuals.

In our last 6 games, we’ve won 1 and lost 5 scoring 9 and conceding 20. Last time out we lost 5-1 away to Lewes.

A friendly reminder to fans that tickets for our Christmas raffle will be on sale tomorrow at £1 per strip, with the draw taking place at the end of the month.

Our programme features player profile on recent hat-trick hero Max Watters, an interview with long term Nuts & Bolts fan John Davis, and a look back to our mid-December matches over the years.

Enjoy the game!

VOTE! Goal of the month November 2017

Posted in News on 12th December 2017

Which goal gets your vote?

It’s that time of the month again when fans can vote for their favourite goal of the month, this time for November 2017.

Since the arrival of new signings including assistant manager Paul Barnes, goals have been more frequent in the last few weeks.

Watch the video below via our Youtube channel and vote in the poll at the bottom of this page!

Watters claims November player of the month

Posted in News on 11th December 2017

After closing the recent poll, we can announce the Max Watters is the player of the month for November 2017.

Our closest vote yet, which closed at midday earlier today, we received a huge total of 774 votes, with both Max and Ira Jackson both receiving 45% of the vote, but the former England schoolboys forward pipped Jackson by just 4 votes in the end!!

Keep an eye out later this week for the goal of the month vote for November 2017.

Well done Max!

Match Preview: Lewes

Posted in News on 7th December 2017

An interesting clash vs top of the table

This Saturday 9th December 2017 we travel down to East Sussex to take on top of the league Lewes FC at The Dripping Pan.

Having played in the National League (which was known as the Conference Premier) back in 2007/2008, the Rooks have dropped down 3 times in recent years and finished in 9th place in our league last season, but it seems their fortunes could be changing as they sit in 1st place, 4 points above Corinthian-Casuals and with a game in hand!

This certainly won’t be one of our easiest matches of the season, but this will be the best time for us to face them having just won 4-1 against Thamesmead Town thanks to a Max Watters’ hat trick last weekend.

Lewes have won 3 of their last 6 league matches, drawing the other 3 games including last weekend when they draw 1-1 away to Greenwich Borough, scoring a late equaliser. They also draw 2-2 at home to Thamesmead Town back on the 18th November.

In all competitions, Lewes have scored 7 goals in their last 6 games, conceding 6 in that period. Where as Ashford have scored 8 in our last 6 and conceded 20, though the recent arrivals of Richeford, Fitchett and Toure may see a vast improvement in defence.

Pat Kingwell should still be absent as he recovers from concussion, and we may still see another new arrival between now and then.

Lewes’ ground, ‘The Dripping Pan’ is located very near their local station. Lewes railway station is about a two minute walk from the Dripping Pan. When you exit the main entrance, turn left and follow the path over the bridge then bear left at the roundabout. The ground will be in front of you.

If travelling by car, The Dripping Pan is at the very start of Mountfield Road, directly behind the station. If you are coming from the north or west, turn off the A27 for Lewes and turn right (signposted Rodmell and Piddinghoe) after about a mile at the first set of traffic lights, adjacent to the prison. Follow that road until you get to a mini roundabout by The Swan pub and turn left. Continue along this road and over the mini-roundabout straight into Mountfield Road where the ground is on your right hand side.

There are limited car parking spaces in the Sussex Downs College and Priory School car parks down Mountfield Road past the ground. Metered street parking is available and there is a pay and display car park directly outside the ground (operating 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday) but please be aware that Lewes has quite a number of ‘keen’ traffic wardens patrolling the town so please purchase a ticket where required.

Entrance for all fans is via the main turnstiles in the Mountfield Road car park. The Dripping Pan has a bar (The Rook Inn) in which you can sample a pint of fine Harveys beer brewed in the town along with guest bottled beers. They have BT Sports on in the bar, and a have number of refreshment outlets around the ground serving food.

Address:
The Dripping Pan
Mountfield Road
LewesEast Sussex
BN7 2XA

Admission:
Adults £11
Concessions £6
Under 16s GO FREE

Ex Crawley Town midfielder signs

Posted in News on 1st December 2017

We’re delighted to welcome 21 year old Ryan Richefond from Bishops Stortford.

The ex Crawley Town centre midfielder plays has also recently played for Margate and Grays Athletic.

Jason Whitmore has told us he is continuing to look at more experience and we may see a couple signings to follow.

VOTE! Player of the month November 2017

Who gets your vote?

It’s that time of the month again, to vote for your best player of the last month!

November 2017, a month that saw the likes of Andrew Dalhouse and Ira Jackson Jr join the Nuts & Bolts, and they’re included in this poll!

Along with them, Joe Bingham and Max Watters are in contention, who both also put in some fantastic performances over recent weeks.

Get voting!

Rohdell joins as Davisson departs

Posted in News on 30th November 2017

We say farewell to our ginger Xavi!

News has reached us here this afternoon that we are saying goodbye to Ben Davisson.

Davisson made 84 appearances (79 starts, 5 subs) for us since making his debut on 27th Feburary 2015, also scoring 5 goals in that time.

Ben was a huge part of our double winning squad last season and played almost every game for us this season but has departed to link up with Sittingbourne.

Jason Whitmore says: “We are sad to see Ben leave but we have said goodbye on very good terms. We have even said that we hope Ben can one day return to Ashford as a Nuts & Bolts player as he has been a fantastic servant to the club and is always welcome back home.”

With this news, we are saying hello to a new signing in Rohdell Gordon.

Rohdell joins us from Hayes & Yeading and we are told he plays in the ‘Number 10’ role but can also play out on the left. Rohdell played for Hemel Hempstead last season, making 12 appearances in the National League South.

With training taking place at Homelands tonight, Jason Whitmore tells us there could be some more signings to come in time for Saturday’s match vs Thamesmead Town.

Finally, Whitmore also confirms that Pat Kingwell is out for around 4 weeks as he still recovers from his concussion.

Match Preview: Thamesmead Town

We welcome The Mead to Homelands!

This weekend, Saturday 2nd December 2017, we welcome ex Nuts & Bolts defender Tommy Warrilow back to Homelands as manager of visiting opposition Thamesmead Town FC.

This will be our first competitive match in 14 days since our 3-0 away defeat against high flying Corinthian-Casuals on 18th November.

Our visitors haven’t been shy in front of goal in recent weeks, as they’ve scored 15 goals in their last 5 games, though have also conceded 12 in that time, resulting in 2 wins, 2 draws and a loss.

Thamesmead currently sit in 12th position with 29 points and a goal difference of +6, whilst United remain in 23rd position on 9 points, 7 points above last placed Shoreham, but also 7 points behind Molesey & East Grinstead town who take up 21st and 22nd places respectively.

Finally, we also welcome back Richard Avery and Ellis Green, two ex United players from the last couple of seasons who could both feature for Tommy Warrilow’s side on Saturday.

Kick off is at 3pm, we look forward to a great game in a mild December afternoon!

Cooney claims goal of the month from set piece

Posted in News on 21st November 2017

Congratulations Tommy!

Congratulations to Tommy Cooney who has won the goal of the month for October 2017.

The Irishman, who scored on his debut with a free kick to earn us a point at home to East Grinstead last month, has won the accolade with 50% of fans’ votes, beating the likes of Matt Day and Tyrell Richardson-Brown.

Above photo: The Nuts & Bolts celebrate with Tommy Cooney on his debut goal – photo credit goes to The Kentish Express (KM Group)

Match Preview: Corinthian-Casuals

Posted in News on 17th November 2017

A trip to Tolworth!

The Corinthians were founded in 1882 by N.L.”Pa” Jackson, Asst. Hon. Sec. of the Football Association.  His aim was to develop a club side capable of challenging Scotland at international level.

Within four years, calling on the best amateurs from the public schools and universities,  there were nine Corinthians in the England team. Twice, the national squad consisted of all Corinthian players. The Corinthians went on to challenge some of the top professional teams in the land including,  in 1904,  beating Manchester United 11 – 3, still their worst defeat.

They also took football round the world, touring in South Africa, Canada, the United States, South America and across Europe, including Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Spain, Denmark and Germany.

In 1910, after a visit to Sao Paulo in Brazil,  the locals were so impressed they founded a Corinthians of their own, now Corinthians Paulista, one of the most successful clubs in South America; in 2012 they beat Chelsea to become the current World Club Champions.

Real Madrid, and some say the English National Team, play in white shirts and navy shorts partly in tribute to the Corinthians.

Potentially our toughest game of the season so far, as Corinthian-Casuals sit in 2nd place, level on points with top of the table Lewes, with just 2 goal difference less on +21.

They’ve lost just 3 times all season, once at home early in the season against Carshalton Athletic, and twice away to Greenwich Borough and Cray Wanderers.

They’ve scored 18 goals in their last 5 league matches, conceding just 6, and in those 5 matches beat the likes of Lewes, Hastings United, Ramsgate, Molesey and South Park.

They’ve only failed to score in 3 matches all season so far, including a match against our namesake side in Middlesex in the Emirates FA Cup.

Following on from our defeat vs Herne Bay on Tuesday night, which ended 5-3 to the visitors, we currently sit in 23rd, 6 points ahead of Shoreham in 24th, with 1 better goal difference.

Corinthian-Casuals
King Georges Field
Queen Mary Close
Hook Rise South
Tolworth
Surrey, KT6 7NA

Safe journey to all of our travelling fans, players and staff!

Photo above credit to www.corinthian-casuals.com

Phil Castle – One minute applause tonight

Posted in News on 14th November 2017

Remembering Phil Castle

We at Ashford United FC, wish to sadly report the death of Phil Castle, former Ashford Town Chairman and Clerk of Works in building of the Homelands in 1988.

We send our thoughts to his wife Ann, son Pip and daughters Amanda and Lynn, grandchildren and his family and friends.

This evening we will be holding a one minute applause in remembrance to Phil.

homelands – View PDF of programme extract of the construction of Homelands which Phil Castle was heavily involved in.

Match Preview: Herne Bay

Posted in News on 13th November 2017

Third time lucky?

For the third time already this season we take on Herne Bay as we welcome them to Homelands Stadium, on Tuesday 14th November 7.45pm kick off in the Bostik League South Division.

We took them on at the Altira Park stadium back in August and lost 2-0 in Jason Whitmore’s second game in charge with a very youthful side.

Our second game was a 3-0 away defeat in the league after very strange circumstances, scoring an unusual own goal to go 1-0 down and then having 2 penalties saved by the Bay keeper.

Whitmore will be looking for revenge and to make it third time lucky when we welcome the coastal side on Tuesday.

The visitor’s are currently side in mid table as they’re 13th place with 24 points, with a goal difference of 0. Their form has been quite inconsistent as their last 6 games has seen 3 wins and 3 losses, including an 8-1 away defeat against Lewes.

Herne Bay have scored in all of their last 7 games, scoring 15 in total, but conceding 22 in that time.

Our support was fantastic on Saturday and we hope our amazing fans can continue your brilliant atmosphere!

Q&A video

Couldn't make it? Catch up here!

Our Q&A session from last Thursday was filmed and is now ready and available to view on our YouTube channel.

Please find video here below:

VOTE! Goal of the month October 2017

Posted in News on 10th November 2017

Vote vote vote!!!

Fans can now view our 5 favourite goals from October 2017 on our YouTube channel or by viewing below. Thank you to Dave Jones for filming.

View the video here at vote below!

*NOTE* We realise we’ve made a mistake. The 2 goals Matt Day scores for the U23s are against Whyteleafe U23s and NOT Faversham Town U23s. We apologise for this.

Match Preview: Hastings United

An old rivalry continues...

This weekend, Saturday 11th November 2017 3pm kick off, we welcome old rivals Hastings United to Homelands in the Bostik League South Division!

This will be the first of 2 home games in 4 days, as newly appointed first team coach Paul Barnes will experience his first Homelands match day when we take on The U’s!

Hastings currently sit in 18th place in the league, with 17 points from 16 games and a goal difference of -5.

Their recent form hasn’t been great, as they’ve not won in their last 6 games, drawing 3 and losing 3 of them.

New signings for Ashford should be available for the match, as Ira Jackson Jr returns to Homelands and Kwabena Osei could make his debut, and Andrew Dalhouse should make a first home appearance.

It’s free entry tomorrow for all current and ex Armed Forces so if you are eligible then please bring valid identification.

Come on you Nuts & Bolts!

Return of Ira…

Posted in News on 9th November 2017

We are extremely pleased to welcome the return of young forward Ira Jackson Jnr!

Ira made 10 appearances in the 2013-14 season under Paul Chamber’s management, with his final appearance coming again Whyteleafe.

Ira will be available for Saturday’s match vs Hastings United, along with today’s other new signing Kwabena Osei.

Kwabs Osei signs from Folkestone

Welcome Kwabena!

This morning the club are pleased to welcome defensive midfielder Kwabena ‘Kwabs’ Osei from Folkestone Invicta to Ashford United.

Jason Whitmore says: “Kwabs has Bostik League Premier experience in the middle of the park and will add strength in depth to the squad.”

This news follows the departure of defender Sam Zanone and the gaffer also hinted to us this morning that there will be more news to follow later today.

Above photo by Colin O’Reilly (Folkestone Invicta).

Club open Q&A on Thursday

Posted in News on 8th November 2017

This Thursday 9th November at 9pm the club are hosting an open Q&A for fans to attend and are free to ask questions to senior members of Ashford United, such as Don Crosbie, Jason Whitmore and newly appointed first team coach Paul Barnes.

First team training takes place prior to this meeting so we welcome fans to come along and watch from the bar upstairs from 7pm and the Q&A will commence as soon as training is complete.

We hope to see as many Nuts & Bolts fans there as possible.

Aaron Lee-Wharton October 2017 player of the month

Congrats to our young local keeper!

Congratulations to our young shot-stopper Aaron Lee-Wharton for winning the Ashford United player of the month for October 2017.

Aaron has impressed all United fans since the departure of George Kamurasi and has really taken his opportunity to show what he can do.

Aaron saw off Davisson, Richardson-Brown and Watters in claiming the accolade for last month, with 59% of votes.

Andrew Dalhouse joins!

Posted in News on 7th November 2017

Welcome to Homelands, Andrew.

This afternoon the club can announce the signing of Andrew Dalhouse, a striker who will be available for tonight’s match vs Ramsgate FC.

Dalhouse is an addition to another recent signing, after the arrival of defender James Fitchett who also recently joined and will be available tonight.

Jason Whitmore spoke with this editor earlier:

“Dalhouse is a strong powerful centre forward, he’s been around the non league circuit and he will add experience and strength in depth to the team.”

Football tonight, home and away!

Can't make first team action?

Tonight, Tuesday 7th November 2017, our first team take on Ramsgate FC away in the Bostik League South Division, 7.45pm kick off.

But also tonight, our under 18s host Tunbridge Wells under 18s at Homelands 7.45pm kick off in their league clash. If you can’t make the senior’s away match then please come and support our youngsters in Kingsnorth tonight.

Good luck to both our sides!

Match Preview: Ramsgate

Posted in News on 6th November 2017

We travel to Southwood!

This Tuesday 7th November 2017 we travel away to Ramsgate FC in the Bostik League South Division, 7.45pm kick off.

Back in September, our first league win of the season came against the Rams as we beat them 1-0 at home thanks to a Matt Day 64th minute strike.

Managed by ex Nuts & Bolts coach Lloyd Blackman, the Rams currently sit in 19th, just 6 points above ourselves. Like Ashford, their recent form hasn’t been great as they’ve picked up just 5 points in their last 8 games, with a win and 2 draws all coming from home games.

Newly appointed coach Paul Barnes will be on the sideline for the match and new signing James Fitchett will also be available.

Safe journey to all of our travelling support, address for Ramsgate FC is below!

 

Welcome, Paul Barnes!

Barnes joins up with Whitmore in backroom

Today the club can welcome new first team coach Paul Barnes to Ashford United.

Paul Barnes joins Jason Whitmore’s backroom as first team coach, and will be ever present at tomorrow’s league match away to Ramsgate.

Barnes, who holds a UEFA A coaching badge, is highly respected in the non league football scene having coached at the likes of Dover, Welling and more recently Margate.

Don Crosbie says:

“We know that Paul will bring the experience to the dressing room that has been needed over recent weeks. This is a signing that we’ve been wanting to happen for a while but as a club we couldn’t announce anything until it was confirmed, as it has now.

With this, we announce the departure of Shaun Holland & Mark Irvine from our backroom but thank them greatly for everything they have done for us in recent times and wish them all the best for the future.

We feel this is a big step in the right direction for the club and a big milestone in our recent rebuilding process.”

Shaun and Mark were a huge part of our success last season when we won the double and their efforts will not be forgotten about by anyone at the club.

Also, the club are holding an open Q&A for fans to ask any questions they may have to the board, Jason & Paul in the upstairs bar (Lancaster bar) after training at Homelands around 9pm on Thursday (9th November) evening. Please come along.

Above photo credit to Dave Budden.

Match Preview: Greenwich Borough

Posted in News on 2nd November 2017

A return to the DGS Stadium

This Saturday 4th November 2017 we travel away to Greenwich Borough FC in the Bostik League South Division 3pm kick off.

Having already taken on the Borough earlier this season, we will be looking for revenge after a 2-0 home defeat in the first round of the Velocity Sports Trophy.

Saturday’s hosts are in form, having won 5 of their last 8 games, though their recent match on Tuesday was a 4-1 away defeat to Dulwich Hamlet in the same competition that Greenwich knocked us out from.

Greenwich are performing excellently in the league this season and sit in 3rd place, with a goal difference of +16 just 5 points behind leaders Lewes FC.

Many United fans will know that legendary Nuts & Bolts shotstopper recently joined up with the South London side and has enjoyed 10 points from their last 4 league games including 2 clean sheets. In terms of goalscoring, Greenwich have only failed to score in 3 matches this season, against Corinthian-Casuals, Shoreham and Hanwell Town respectively.

Safe journey to our ever loyal travelling supporters, address for your sat navs below!

DGS Stadium
Middle Park Avenue
Eltham
Greater London
SE9 5HP

VOTE: Player of the month October 2017

Posted in News on 30th October 2017

Who do you think deserves to win?

Fans can now vote for their Ashford United FC player of the month for October 2017. Having played our last game of the month vs Whyteleafe FC at the weekend, the options are below!

There can only be one winner, and supporters can vote between midfielder Ben Davisson, young goalkeeper Aaron Lee-Wharton, or wingers Tyrell Richardson-Brown & Max Watters.

Good luck to the 4 players! Poll below…

Statement regarding managerial position

Posted in News on 27th October 2017

Tonight we can deny any rumour that the now ex Phoenix Sports manager is coming to Ashford and that Jason Whitmore will remain with AUFC for the rest of the season unless he chooses otherwise.

We have a rebuilding programme that we are committed to and we are all confident that results will improve with the changes that are being set in motion. 

See you all Saturday.

Don Crosbie.

Match Preview: Whyteleafe

Posted in News on 26th October 2017

We welcome the Leafe to Homelands!

This Saturday 28th October 2017 we welcome Whyteleafe FC to Homelands in the Bostik League South Division, 3pm kick off.

This weekend’s visitors form doesn’t seem to have much consistency coming into this match.

Though Whyteleafe sit in 6th, their recent results would suggest otherwise, having won 2, drawn 3 and lost 3 in their last 8 games, with their last match a 1-1 draw at home to Greenwich Borough last weekend.

They are undefeated at home in the league so their away form is where they’ve been dropping points, having only won 1 of their 7 Bostik South Divison games on the road this season, drawing 4 and losing 2. The Leafe also have the 5th best goal difference in the division, scoring 27 and conceding 14.

Whyteleafe lost their manager Leigh Dynan earlier this week, when he left to take charge of Kingstonian in the Bostik League Premier Division, and took their assistant manager with him.

Matt Day was in form for our under 23s on Wednesday evening scoring 2 goals to beat Whyteleafe under 21s in the development league so could play a part on Saturday.

Come on Ashford!

 

Boxing Day match 1pm kick off

Note for your diaries!

A quick annoucement to fans to make note that our Boxing Day match vs Sittingbourne at Homelands is now a 1pm kick off.

A vote went to fans and majority agreed that an earlier kick off was more suitable for this Christmas period and 1pm has now been confirmed with both clubs and the league.

Match Preview: Phoenix Sports

Posted in News on 24th October 2017

A return to our old foes!

Tonight, Tuesday 24th October 7.45pm kick off we travel to familiar territory as we face Phoenix Sports FC away!

We last met on Saturday 11th April 2015, when a large number of Ashford United fans travelled to Barnehurst to witness a 2-1 away victory for the Nuts & Bolts, as United played with ten men for 77 minutes!

Then central defender Danny Lye was sent off after 13 minutes, with the hosts taking the lead early in the second half, before Micky Phillips equalised with a penalty in the 63rd minute. Kieran Byrne came off the bench and scored a 35 yard wonder goal in stoppage time to snatch all 3 points, but Phoenix would go on to win the league that season. Both Pat Kingwell and Stuart Zanone started in that game also.

Phoenix currently sit in 11th place on 18 points from 12 games with +5 goal difference. They recently signed ex Nuts & Bolts forward Luke Miller on loan from Greenwich Borough, and scored on his debut in a 4-0 win over Ramsgate on Saturday.

In terms of form, Phoenix have won 2 of their last 3, but before that hadn’t won since 9th September and have lost 5 of their last 7. Phoenix played 5 games between 26th September and 14th October and conceded 3 goals in each of those games.

The host’s win against Ramsgate at the weekend was their first clean sheet in 11 games, meaning they’ve conceded 27 goals since the start of September, as opposed to our 29 goals conceded in the same period.

Safe journey to our travelling fans tonight, travel details below!

Adults: £9.00
OAP’s (65+): £5.00
Under 16’s: FREE

Match day programmes available for £1.

The Mayplace Ground
Maylace Road East
Bexleyheath
Greater London
DA7 6JT

My Club Betting – Ashford United

Posted in News on 20th October 2017

Place bets and help the club earn revenue!

Ashford United are now linked with myclubbetting.com!

https://ashfordunitedfc.myclubbetting.co.uk/

Fans who enjoy a bet every now and again can help earn Ashford United revenue by placing bets via this platform.

My Club Betting provide an efficient FREE betting site for our club.

This gives our fans & supporters their very own, easy-to-use betting service that helps us generate revenue.

The site will offer the best live odds, great special offers on all sporting events, in-play betting and cash-out.

We spoke with Stephen Wundke, CEO of My Club Betting.

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One in, one out at Homelands

Posted in News on 19th October 2017

Thank you David!

The club can today announce that we will say goodbye to midfielder David Botterill.

Botterill was a huge part of our double winning campaign last season and we wish him all the best for the future. Dave made his debut for Ashford United on 22nd October 2016 in our 8-0 away victory over Rochester United, overall making 39 appearances for the club, including 7 this season, scoring 2 goals in that time.

On the back of that, we are pleased to announce the signing of Jason Hollick from Lordswood!

Jason is a centre back who “has a good footballing brain, and is very good at attacking set pieces.”

Thank you to Botterill for everything you’ve done for us on the pitch, and best of luck in your future! Welcome Jason, to Homelands!

Photo credit: Ian Scammell at Oyster Bay Photography.

Match Preview: Carshalton Athletic

Posted in News on 18th October 2017

Come support United in Surrey!

This Saturday 21st October 2017 we travel away to Carshalton Athletic in the Bositk League South Division 3pm kick off.

Recent new signings for the Nuts & Bolts have been a sign of good things to come for us with the likes of Stuart Zanone and Jack Healey returning to the club, and Tommy Cooney along with Sam Zanone and Gareth Williams involved too.

The home side started their season off brightly, going undefeated in the league in August and September. Fans will recall the opening match of this season when Carshalton beat us 1-0 at Homelands back when Danny Lye was still in charge.

Carshalton’s October hasn’t been great, in fact out of the 5 games they’ve played, they’ve won 1 and lost 4, including their last 2 games when they’ve lost to Guernsey and East Grinstead who both reside near the bottom end of the table.

Our draw with East Grinstead last weekend was our first point in 5 league games, so something to build on and hopefully take advantage of The Robins’ current poor form.

Safe journey to all of our travelling players, directors and of course, supporters! According to the Carshalton website, they have a large off street free car park and Carshalton British Rail Station is five minutes walk from the ground. Address below for those driving!

War Memorial Sports Ground, Colston Avenue, Carshalton SM5 2PW.

14th October 1893

Posted in News on 14th October 2017

Woolwich Arsenal 12-0 Ashford United

We took on Woolwich Arsenal in the 1st Qualifying round of the FA Cup on this date in 1893 and got thrashed by the now Premier League club.

They had just changed over from Royal Arsenal to Woolwich Arsenal at the start of that season as they had joined the Football League andwere admitted to the old Second Division which in those days only had fifteen teams including Newcastle United, Liverpool and Ardwick (Manchester City) as well as Lincoln City, Walsall Town Swifts and Northwich Victoria.

The game with Ashford United was in the First Qualifying Round of the F.A. Cup, in those days there were four qualifying rounds followed by rounds one to four proper and the then the semi-finals and Final, and took place at their then home of the Manor Ground in Plumstead.

The Arsenal team and scorers from the day which were:

Williams, Powell, Storrs, Devine, Buist, Davis, Crawford, Henderson, Heath, Elliott and Booth,

The scorers were Elliott and Henderson with three each Booth and Heath with two each and Powell and Crawford.

The Ashford XI for the day was:

Young, Niven, Beaney, Harrison, Mills, Davies, Campbell, Wenbourne, Keene, Holley, Holdstock.

 The crowd in attendance that day was 2,500-3,000.

Woolwich Arsenal would eventually reach the First Round proper that season before losing 1-2 at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

2 returning players included in new United 4

Posted in News on 13th October 2017

Zanone brothers, Healey and Cooney all join Whitmore's squad.

Stuart Zanone and Jack Healey return to Homelands and could be involved in tomorrow’s match!

The club are extremely pleased to welcome back ex striker and record holder Stuart Zanone!

Above image credit to: Gary Browne @ Kentish Express (KM Group)

Zanone (32) scored 47 goals in 39 games (3,345 minutes) for Ashford United, mainly in the 2014/2015 season, making his last appearance for the club very early on in 2015/2016.

Stuart held the record of most goals in one season for AUFC when he scored all of his 47 goals in that season, before it was beaten by Shaun Welford last campaign.

Stuart still holds 2 records for the club, most goals scored in one game (7 vs Lingfield) and also has the best goals to minute ratio for Ashford United, with a goal every 71 minutes, better than Welford, Takaloo and Booth (1 in 80, 84 and 106 respectively).

Stu scored 4 hat tricks for AUFC in his last spell for us (3, 3, 4 and 7 goals), and scored in 7 consecutive goals, scoring 16 when the sequence was 2,2,3,2,1,2,4, and also in 11 consecutive league games! Take that Jamie Vardy!

Stuart signs alongside his brother, Sam Zanone! (see above, top image)

Sam (29), like his brother, also served in the army. He primarily plays as a centre back who has previously played for Thamesmead, Witham, Waltham Abbey and more recently, last season played for Punjab United, winning the double.

Stuart played his last game for Takeley FC on Wednesday evening and scored their 3rd in a 3-1 victory.

We also welcome back ex Nuts & Bolts defender/midfielder Jack Healey.

Jack was with us in the 2015/2016 season, scoring on his debut in a 2-1 home with against Holmesdale on 10th October 2015.

Jack also scored against Canterbury, with his 2 goals coming in 18 appearances (1,376 minutes), and his last match for us was a 4-3 home defeat to Croydon Athletic on 8th March 2016.

(Above) Jack Healey battling against Cray Valley PM for Ashford United in 2015-2016

Finally, we’d pleased to welcome full back Tommy Cooney to Ashford United.

Tommy has signed from Hayes & Yeading FC, having also played for the likes of Bognor Regis, Margate, Boston United, Morecambe & came through the Brentford FC academy.

Tomorrow, we host East Grinstead Town at home, who sit bottom of the table, just 2 points below ourselves.

(Above) Tommy Cooney in his time at Bognor Regis FC

Get yourself down to Homelands tomorrow afternoon for this 3pm kick off and see our new signings in action! Come on Ashford!!!

Footnote: Thank you to one of our great club stattos, Phil Barham, for the stats on Stuart Zanone and Jack Healey.

 

Match Preview: East Grinstead Town

Posted in News on 12th October 2017

A huge match at Homelands!

This Saturday 14th October 2017 we welcome East Grinstead Town FC to Homelands Stadium in the Bostik League South Division.

Kick off is at 3pm, and it’s a massive game for both sides as AUFC and EGTFC currently sit 22nd and 24th in the league respectively.

A disapointing result on Tuesday away to Shoreham in this competition means it’s very close down the bottom of the table between the 3 sides, as well as the likes of Faversham Town and Guernsey.

A win for United could see us rise to 19th, and a win for the visitors could see them rise to 21st, dependant on other results.

East Grinstead have lost their last 5 games in a row, whilst Ashford have picked up 3 points in our last 5 games from the win vs Guernsey back in September.

This weekend’s visitors are not shy when it comes to hitting the back of the net though, as they have only come short on 3 occasions in the league so far when it comes to scoring, but their defensive record means they haven’t made their goals count.

Get down to Homelands and come and support the Nuts & Bolts in this crucial match!

Freddie Mercury tribute at Homelands in November

Posted in News on 11th October 2017

Live music continues at the home of AUFC!

We are pleased to announce that ‘A Kind of Mercury’ will be appearing at Homelands on Friday 10th November 2017 as we continue our music nights for all to enjoy.

From 7pm until late in the downstairs function hall, for just £10 per person you can come and enjoy this fantastic Freddie Mercury tribute with your friends and family, all are welcome!

Entry includes a free buffet, and guests can also enjoy the use of our licensed bar.

For more info on the act, please visit his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/akindofmercury/

To book please phone Homelands at 01233 611838 or email info@ashfordunitedfc.com

Tickets will be available on the night.

Kamurasi departs United

Posted in News on 10th October 2017

A big farewell to George

Above photo credit to: Ian Scammell, Oyster Bay Photography

AUFC shotstopper George Kamurasi has sadly departed the club.

‘Big George’ has been a fantastic servant to our club since making his debut on 17th October 2015, against Sevenoaks Town away in the Kent Senior Trophy, winning 3-0.

George kept 31 clean sheets across 86 appearances which is a fantastic record. He conceded 85 goals in that time which of course works out to almost 1 goal a game. Over the 86 appearances his record consecutive clean sheets was 4, in the 2016-17 season.

In the 7,637 minutes that George played for the club, he was absolutely loved by all fans, staff and team mates. He was a real leader on the pitch and will be missed at the club.

George will be joining Greenwich Borough FC, which of course is very local to his hometown of Lewisham.

Big G said to us: “The fans and club have been a massive part of my life. It’s a family club and I’m grateful to have been a part of it. To bring success to Ashford was always my goal. Thank you for having me! – Big G.”

Best of luck for the future big George!

We welcome goalkeeper Josh Glover to the club who will be between the sticks for tonight’s game vs Shoreham FC.

Match Preview: Shoreham

Posted in News on 9th October 2017

A huge match on the South coast!

This Tuesday 10th October 2017, our first team travel down to the West/East border of Sussex as we take on bottom of the Bostik League South Divison table Shoreham FC at The Taxi-Link Community Ground on Middle Road.

Kick off is at 7.45pm, and it’s a 6 pointer for both teams as they will look to move up the table with both having bad starts to the season.

Ashford United currently sit in 21st in the league table, whilst Shoreham are in 24th place. There’s only 3 points between the two sides, with Ashford on 7, though Shoreham would have to win by 4 goals to leapfrog us in the table tomorrow night.

Both have played 10 league games leading up to this match, with the host scoring 7 this season compared to United’s 6, though Shoreham have conceded 29 compared to the Nuts & Bolt’s 20.

In terms of our last 5 games, United have won 1 and lost 4, scoring 3 and conceding 12. Shoreham have won 2 and lost 3, scoring 7 and conceding 12.

Shoreham have conceded 7 goals in a match twice this season, including last Saturday when they lost 7-1 to Egham Town. Shoreham have also only kept one clean sheet this season, when they beat 10 man Greenwich Borough 1-0 on the 23rd September at home.

Safe journey to our travelling supporters! Address below:

The Taxi-Link Community Ground
Middle Road
Shoreham-by-Sea
West Sussex
BN43 6GA

Match Preview: Sittingbourne

Posted in News on 6th October 2017

Our second meeting this season!

This weekend, Saturday 7th October 2017, we welcome Sittingbourne FC to Homelands, 3pm kick off in the Preliminary Round of The Buildbase FA Trophy.

This is the first time we’ve appeared in this competition since 2009, when we lost 3-1 away at Bognor Regis.

Last season, Sittingbourne went out in this stage of the Trophy when they lost at home, two goals to nil against Bury Town FC, in front of a crowd of 150.

We have already met The Brickies once this season, on bank holiday Monday 28th August when we drew 0-0 at Woodstock Park. We’re one of only three teams to keep a clean sheet against the Bourne so far this season and Jason Whitmore will be wanting to do the same Saturday afternoon.

In terms of recent results, Sittingbourne are way up in the form table as they have won their last 5 games on the trot, scoring 12 and conceding 3. Ashford have won 2 of their last 6 games, scoring 4 but conceding 10.

Sittingbourne currently sit second in the Bostik League South Division, though temporarily sat top after Tuesday night’s results, before Lewes leapfrogged them back after their win on Wednesday evening.

Be sure to purchase a match day programme which features Micky Phillips on the cover, as he made his 75th AUFC appearance on Tuesday evening. Within the programme, Ben Davisson tells us which current Arsenal player is the best player he’s played against, and which present day veteran Premier League striker once scored 5 goals against his team! Head steward David Chalmers tells us why he’s an Ashford United fan and his favourite memories, whilst club historian Allan Wilson takes us back to our past meetings with Sittingbourne.

Shoreham fixture to be played this Tuesday 10th October

Posted in News on 5th October 2017

Edit your diaries!

Fans wishing to travel away to Shoreham FC please take note that this fixture is on this Tuesday 10th October 7.45pm kick off, NOT the 17th October as originally arranged.

A match preview will be available typically the day before the game for travel information.

It’ll be an important league fixture as both sides sit at the lower end of the table, so your support is very welcome!

Goal of the month September 2017

Vote vote vote!!!

Fans can now view our 4 favourite goals from September 2017 on our YouTube channel or by viewing below.

Goal A Alfie Hacker (under 18s) vs Chatham Town under 18s
Goal B Rowan Shardlow (under 14s) vs Whyteleafe under 14s
Goal C Matt Day vs Guernsey
Goal D George Humber vs Guernsey

VOTE BELOW!

 

A big thank you! –  TO GUERNSEY FC TV – (https://www.guernseyfc.com/gfctv) – for supplying the footage for goals C & D.

Kamurasi voted player of the month for September 2017

Congratulations George!

A big congratulations to big George Kamurasi who has been voted the Ashford United player of the month for September 2017.

Kamurasi played a big part in our two league wins last month vs Ramsgate and Guernsey, making numerous fantastic saves in the first half in both matches to keep clean sheets when we went on to score in the second halves.

George received 56% of votes beating Kingwell, Davisson and Richardson-Brown to the award.

(Above photo, Kamurasi away at Hythe Town in September, photo credit: Dave Jones)

Watch United train and view England match at Homelands

Posted in News on 4th October 2017

This Thursday evening!

This Thursday 5th October 2017, England play Slovenia at Wembley but fans can watch the match from the comfort of the Lancaster Bar upstairs at Homelands Stadium from 6.30pm.

The Ashford United first team will be training at the same time so fans are welcome to come and watch training whilst keeping an eye on the Three Lions’ match and enjoying some drink!

 

Match Preview: South Park

Posted in News on 2nd October 2017

We welcome South Park to Homelands.

This Tuesday (3rd October 2017) evening we welcome South Park FC to Homelands for a Bostik League South Division fixture 7.45pm kick off.

South Park will be the first team we’ve played our second league fixture with this season after we faced them in August this season.

That result didn’t particularly go how we would’ve wanted, when we returned home from a 5-0 thrashing after leaving the pitch with just 9 men.

In front of a crowd of 115, with Jason Goodchild and Michael Phillips both seeing red in the second half. Our starting XI that evening was: Kamurasi, Kirby, Williams, Goodchild, Avery, Kingwell, Richardson-Brown, Davisson, Welford, Stone, Hill (Subs: Woodcock, Difford, Lye, Sharp, M.Phillips)

A lot has changed since that evening in Reigate, and Jason Whitmore will be looking for a much improved performance from that night which was only our second league match of this campaign.

In terms of recent form, both teams have scored 3 goals in their last 3 games, with the visitors conceding 5 more goals in that period.

South Park currently sit in 7th position, just outside the playoffs on 17 points, with a goal difference of +6. Ashford are in 21st position on 7 points and -10 goal difference, and have played 1 game less.

Realistically United can leap up to 16th place with a win, whilst South Park could go up to 5th.

Player of the month: September 2017

Fans can now vote for the Ashford United player of the month for September 2017.

The poll is available at the bottom of the home page on the club website and will close later this week.

The 4 Ashford United players up for the vote are:

Ben Davisson – he’s been an engine this month as per usual and was crucial in our two league victories also assisting in a couple of the goals.

George Kamurasi – As always, our fantastic shotstopper is always there at the right time. Big George even kept it 0-0 at half time in both our two league victories making numerous important saves before we went on to grab 3 points.

Pat Kingwell – Our captain has been a rock at the heart of our defence all month winning lots of fantastic challenges and has been a great leader for his team around him.

Tyrell Richardson-Brown – Tyrell has been a constant threat last month and perhaps deserved more than his one goal that he scored but created numerous chances in every game he played in.

History: Gilbert Godsmark

Posted in News on 29th September 2017

An ex Ashford Red Devil!

Today we look at an ex player who many may not be aware of, Gilbert Godsmark.

Gilbert played for Ashford United over 100 years ago, and was sold to Newton Heath (now Manchester United) before he died just one year later.

(Main image above) The Newton Heath team of the year 1900/1901.

We got in touch with Mark Wylie, the curator at the Old Trafford Museum and he very kindly helped with putting together this article.

Gilbert Godsmark went to Newton Heath from Ashford United on the recommendation of our old centre forward, Bob Donaldson. Donaldson (pictured below), played for Newton Heath from 1891 to 1897, before signing for Luton Town, Glossop North End and then eventually Ashford United in 1899 until February 1900.


(Above) Bob Donaldson Image via mufcinfo.com

Back to Godsmark, the southern recruit made an immediate impact, his debut against Sheffield Wednesday winning him a favourable verdict from the Athletic News: ‘Godsmark proved a great success, he has any amount of dash and ability.’

Sadly, having previously enlisted in the Army Service Corps on 8th June 1896, he was called up as a reservist for the Boer War and was ordered to report to the Southern Headquarters of the Army Service Corps in April 1900. Serving as Private 12690 Godsmark in the 2nd Company ASC, he was immediately shipped off to the front line in South Africa with the 75th Battery Royal Field Artillery as a driver. Newton Heath received the grim news that Gilbert Godsmark had died in February 1901. The Army Service Corps archives record that Gilbert Godsmark died of disease in Pretoria on St Valentine’s Day 1901. The eighteen shillings and six pence owed to him in back pay following his death was paid in full to his father.

Another player, George Foley, who was a teammate of Godsmark at Ashford United, joined Newton Heath in 1900. It is reasonable to assume that Foley was recommended to go to Clayton (the suburb of Manchester where Newton were based) by Bob Donaldson. Foley was first tried by Newton Heath in a reserve team friendly match against Crewe Town. He was reported to have ‘shaped well’ in a 5-0 win. Quickly drafted into the first team, he must have felt at home on his debut as he was partnered by Gilbert Godsmark on the right wing. For a time, Foley took over the outside-right role, left vacant by William Bryant’s transfer to Blackburn Rovers. Unfortunately, his lack of League experience was evident, and he found Newton Heath’s first Football League representative a hard act to follow. Foley departed in the close season, making way for the arrival of Alf Schofield from Everton.

Gilbert Godsmark

Place of Birth: Derby
Date of Birth: January 1877
Place of Death: Pretoria, South Africa
Date of Death: 14/2/1901
Height: 5 ft 3 ½ in
Weight: 12 st 0 lb

Gilbert Godsmark’s known career

Ashford United (Kent League)
Newton Heath 25th Jan-Apr 1900 for £20 (with a further £20 after a trial period)

Did You Know?

After his death it was revealed that Gilbert Godsmark had joined Newton Heath for an agreed fee of £40. Half was paid on signing, the remainder to become due if he was kept on after a trial period. Because of his tragic death the £20 balance was not paid. Ashford United promptly served a writ on Newton Heath for the balance of the fee!

Gilbert Godsmark’s appearances for Newton Heath:
9 appearances, 4 goals

03/2/1900 Division 2 Sheff. Wednesday (Home W 1-0)
10/2/1900 Division 2 Lincoln City (Away L 0-1)
17/2/1900 Division 2 Birm’ham City (Home W 3-2) 1 goal
24/2/1900 Division 2 New Brighton Tower (Away W 4-1) 1 goal
03/3/1900 Division 2 Grimsby Town (Home W 1-0)
10/3/1900 Division 2 Arsenal (Away L 1-2)
17/3/1900 Division 2 Barnsley (Home W 3-0)
24/3/1900 Division 2 Leicester City (Away L 0-2)
31/3/1900 Division 2 Luton Town (Home W 5-0) 2 goals

George Foley’s appearances for Newton Heath:
7 appearances, 1 goal

17/3/1900 Division 2  Barnsley (Home W 3-0)
24/3/1900 Division 2  Leicester City (Away L 0-2)
07/4/1900 Division 2  Port Vale (Away L 0-1)
13/4/1900 Division 2  Leicester City (Home W 3-2)
14/4/1900 Division 2  Walsall (Home W 5-0) 1 goal
17/4/1900 Division 2  Walsall (Away D 0-0)
21/4/1900 Division 2  Middlesbrough (Away L 0-2)

Phoenix Sports game rearranged

Posted in News on 28th September 2017

Make a note in your diaries!

Our Bostik League South Division match away to Phoenix Sports has been rearranged and will be played on Tuesday 24th October, 7.45pm kick off.

Originally it was due to be played on Saturday 30th September but was postponed due to the host’s run in the Emirates FA Cup.

A match preview will be available a few days prior to the game for our travelling supporters.

FREE ENTRY! Support AFC Ashford Athletic at Homelands this Saturday!

Posted in News on 27th September 2017

A reminder to fans, that AUFC have the weekend off!

Ashford United’s game this weekend away to Phoenix Sports was postponed last week due to the host’s Emirates FA Cup run.

So whilst United have the weekend off, why not support our good friends AFC Ashford Athletic at Homelands this Saturday 30th September when they host Faversham Town Reserves.

Kick off is at 2.45pm and is FREE ENTRY. Both the drinks bar and the tea bar will be open as usual for fans to purchase food and refreshments.

AFC Ashford Athletic currently sit in second after 4 games, whilst Faversham Town Reserves are in 8th.

Good luck to Stuart Kingsnorth and his team!

 

United confirm Dickens on loan

Posted in News on 25th September 2017

Welcome back Charlie!

The club can confirm we have agreed a loan deal for our own Charlie Dickens to return to play for Ashford United.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Harlow Town for this arrangement.

Charlie has 34 appearances to his name for Ashford United in the past, scoring 6 goals in the process.

Welcome back Charlie!

Match Preview: Herne Bay

Back to Altira Park Stadium!

For the second time in just over a month, we travel to the Altira Park Stadium to take on Herne Bay in their home ground.

Last month (22nd August 2017), we returned home after a 2-0 defeat to the hosts in the 1st round of the Kent Reliance Senior Cup.

It hadn’t been long before that game, that ex manager Danny Lye had departed along with the likes of Welford, Hill, Stone and Goodchild. The team that we fielded that evening was a mixture of experience and youth, with the latter being the majority.

United coach Lee Shearer started the game, his first since 2011, and there were debuts from Kieran Bull, Trinnhallen Brisley and Ed Miller.

In front of a crowd of 202, with a large chunk being from United fans, we bowed out of the cup but with a good performance from our young side, there won’t be any fear going into tomorrow night’s match.

Following our recent 3-0 victory against Guernsey, we are urging our fans to have their singing hats on tomorrow night as the fantastic vocal support on Saturday was really appreciated by the team and staff.

Herne Bay have won 3 of their last 4 matches in all competitions, scoring 14 goals and conceding 7 in that period. Their last result was a 3-1 away defeat to Cray Wanderers.

Safe journey to all of our travelling fans as per usual, details below taken off of Herne Bay’s website!

The Altira Park Stadium
Winch’s Field, Stanley Gardens
Herne Bay
Kent
CT6 5SG

By Road

The district has excellent road links with the M20 (M25/M26) and M2 motorways providing easy links from London. Herne Bay is a short drive from Canterbury, via the A28/A281 and A290.

When arriving in Herne Bay follow signs for the Seafront and the Football Ground is sign-posted from Canterbury Road.

By Rail

Herne Bay is on a direct line to London Victoria (approximately 80 minutes journey time). For National Rail enquiries telephone +44 (0) 8457 484 950.

The ground is a 10 minute walk from the station via Spencer Road

By Bus

The district is well served by Stagecoach East Kent buses from Canterbury Bus Station. For timetable enquiries, telephone +44 (0) 8707 433 711. For Herne Bay take either the 6, 6A, 6B or 7. For all enquiries, telephone +44 (0) 8717 818 181 or check out the National Express Timetable Information website www.nationalexpress.com

The nearest bus stops to the ground are:

Canterbury Road – 5 minutes from the ground via Spencer Road

Herne Bay Rail Station – 10 minute walk via Spencer Road

Phoenix Sports away game postponed

Posted in News on 22nd September 2017

Rearranged date to follow...

Our away game to Phoenix Sports in the Bostik League South Division, which was due to be played next Saturday 30th September, has been postponed.

Phoenix, who are based in Bexleyheath, have started well in their Emirates FA Cup campaign, and beat Glebe FC in their replay this week, winning 5-4 on penalties.

They’re now due to play Enfield Town FC away, in the 3rd Qualifying Round of the competition next Saturday, which takes priority over our league fixture.

As soon as we have a rearranged date we will let fans know on the club website.

Match Preview: Guernsey

Posted in News on 21st September 2017

This Saturday 23rd September 2017, we welcome Guernsey to Homelands (and the mainland!) for a 1pm (ONE O'CLOCK) kick off.

This Saturday 23rd September 2017, we welcome Guernsey to Homelands (and the mainland!) for a 1pm (ONE O’CLOCK) kick off.

The earlier than usual kickoff is to help accommodate the travelling team, staff and fans with flight and travelling times.

Stats wise, both sides will be looking to improve on recent form, as United sit in 21st position, with the visitors in 23rd, one above the relegation zone.

Whilst United have scored 5 less league goals this season, The Green Lions have conceded 5 more than the weekend’s hosts.

Guernsey started their league season perfectly with a 4-2 win at home to East Grinstead Town, but have since lost every game since. They didn’t enter the Emirates FA Cup this season, nor do they take part in the Velocity Sports Trophy or a local cup competition, therefore they’ve played 8 league games so far, we’ve played 7.

With both sides desperate for 3 points, it will certainly be a game to get behind the team from the terraces!

A reminder to fans, we play Guernsey away on 27th January 2018. Many fans have already booked flights and accommodations, but prices are slowly rising as we approach the fixture date. So it is recommended to book sooner rather than later to avoid higher costs.

THIS FRIDAY Soul and Funk night at Homelands

Posted in News on 19th September 2017

We're pleased to be welcoming The Muscle Shoals, 10 piece soul and funk band to Homelands on Friday 22nd September from 7.30pm.

This Friday 22nd September, we are pleased to be welcoming The Muscle Shoals, 10 piece soul and funk band from 7.30pm.

This is the first of many music evenings to come at Homelands, which will be held in the function hall downstairs, with the bar open to guests.

With music from Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Chic, Wilson Pickett, Joe Cocker, and many more!

Tickets are being sold in advance for £12 per person which includes a finger buffet on the night.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Ashford United by the contact details below, and will be available on the night!

info@ashfordunitedfc.com

01233 611838

To find out more about the Muscle Shoals, visit their website: www.themuscleshoals.co.uk

Ashford United managerial confirmations

Posted in News on 17th September 2017

Tim McCrae formally appointed Under 23s manager

The club can today formally announce the appointment of Tim McCrae as the manager of the Ashford United development squad.

This is due to Jason Whitmore now concentrating on the senior squad as permanent manger.

Don Crosbie told this website earlier:

“Tim will also oversee the under 18s, but of course will stay totally focussed on bringing through the talented Ashford Youth for the benefit of the AUFC senior squad.”

Match Preview: Greenwich Borough

League cup action at Homelands!

This Monday 18th September, 7.45pm kick off we welcome Greenwich Borough to Homelands Stadium as we host a 1st round fixture in the Velocity Sports Trophy.

We’ve never taken part in this competition in the past since being reformed as ‘United’, but in terms of the ‘League Cup’, last season we made it to the semi final before eventually being knocked out by Sevenoaks Town.

Last season, Greenwich reached the second round of this, when it was known as The Alan Turvey Trophy sponsored by Robert Dyas.

Borough beat Aveley 2-1 away in the first round, before being knocked out of the competition by Dulwich Hamlet at home losing by the same scoreline.

In terms of current form, Ashford have won 1, drawn 1 and lost 3 in our last 5 in all competitions, only managing to score 1 and conceding 8.

Greenwich are in better form, having won 2, drawn 2 and lost 1 in their last 5 games, scoring 13 and conceding 8.

We look forward to welcoming Gary Alexander and his team, on Monday evening, with the last time we met, we lost at Homelands in April 2016 2-0 as Greenwich went on to get promoted as Champions of the SCEFL.

Upcoming youth cup draws

Posted in News on 16th September 2017

Plenty of opportunities to watch our youngsters in cup action!

With our youngsters stepping in at the deep end for our first team earlier this season, a lot of familiar faces will be on show as our youngsters try their luck in a 3 different cup competitions!

Tuesday 19th September

Our under 18s host Folkestone Invicta under 18s in the 1st qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup. Kick off is at 7.45pm under the floodlights, and our under 18s will be looking for revenge after a 1-0 defeat in the same fixture knocked out of the same competition last season, when we were just one win away from the 1st round proper.

Tuesday 26th September

Our under 21s travel away to Margate to take on their development side in the Kent Intermediate Cup, 1st round. The winners of this tie will host Faversham under 21s in the 2nd round.

Tuesday 31st October

Our under 18s will be hosting Tunbridge Wells FC under 18s at Homelands Stadium in the 1st round of the Youth League Cup.

Our youngsters appreciate support from the amazing Nuts & Bolts fans!

Homelands 6 a-side tournament in partnership with Tesco

Posted in News on 15th September 2017

All in aid of Prostate Cancer UK

Ashford United are hosting a 6-aside tournament in partnership with Tesco at Homelands Stadium on Sunday 24th September, in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

The tournament will take place between 1pm-6pm at Homelands. Each team can enter for £25, with all cups and medals being donated by Tesco.

The bar will be open, and food will be available during the tournament.

To enter your team, or for more information please contact: Mary Daly on 07802 466326 or email marydaly.ashford@gmail.com

All proceeds to Prostate Cancer UK.
Ashford United & Tesco are proud to bring ‘Communities Together’

Match Preview: Hythe Town

Posted in News on 14th September 2017

A great local derby!

Image credit to Hythe Town FC – https://www.hythetownfc.co.uk/club-information/how-to-find-us/

This weekend (Saturday 18th September) we travel away to Hythe Town in the Bostik League South Division for our first competitive match up in recent years.

A few familiar faces may be on show, as the likes of Dave Cook, Ryan Palmer and Ben Wilson all featured in Hythe’s last match day squad, when they beat VCD Athletic 2-1 away on Tuesday 12th September.

It’s been a slow start to the season to United, but we finally got our first win under our belt after a 1-0 victory over Ramsgate at home on Tuesday night, thanks to a Matt Day winner in the 64th minute.

Hythe, sit more comfortably in the table as they picked up their 3rd league win of the season moving them up to 11th place, where as we sit in 20th, moving up from 23rd.

The home side have scored 16 goals in all competitions this season, compared to Ashford’s 6.

Looking for a pre-match drink? Try The White Hart in the high street (just a 10 minute walk away), or even The Three Mariners on 37 Windmill Street, who are sponsors of Hythe!

Hythe’s ground, Reachfields, is just a 20-25 minute drive from Homelands (address below).

Hythe Town Football Club
Reachfields Stadium
Fort Road
Hythe
Kent
CT21 6JS

Directions below, as taken from the Hythe Town FC website.

The Reachfields Stadium is easily accessible from the M20 motorway. Leave the M20 at junction 11, then at the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the B2068, signposted Hastings, Hythe. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Ashford Road, A20.

Continue forward onto Ashford Road, A20. Entering Newingreen, at the T-junction turn left onto Hythe Road, A261, signposted Hythe. Continue forward down London Road, A261. Entering Hythe, continue forward at the traffic lights onto Scanlons Bridge Road, A2008.

Turn right at the next set of lights onto Dymchurch Road, A259. Either take the 1st left down Fort Road and turn right at the end of Fort Road for the car-park, or after a few hundred yards turn left onto the Reachfields estate. Follow the road round and the stadium will be on your right.

The nearest train station to Reachfields is Sandling. There are regular trains to Sandling from London Bridge and London Charing Cross, as well as Ashford International. From the station the ground is approximately half an hour on foot and would include a steep climb on the homeward journey. Therefore a taxi is advisable, Folkestone Taxi’s 01303 252000.

Match Preview: Ramsgate

Posted in News on 11th September 2017

Our first midweek home game of the season!

This Tuesday 12th September, our first midweek match at Homelands this season, we welcome fellow Kent side Ramsgate FC to Kingsnorth, 7.45pm kick off.

We’re looking forward to playing The Rams, managed by former Nuts & Bolts coach, Lloyd Blackman, as we’ve not met since 2009-2010 though overall we have met 34 times in the league winning 11 and losing 10 with a home record of 5 won 7 drawn and 5 lost. The home game in 2009-10 was lost 2-3 with Murphy and Sherwood (pen) scoring.

It’s not been the best start to the season for either side, with the hosts in 23rd, and the visitors in 20th place in the league table.

Our only point, from that August bank holiday Monday match away to still unbeaten Sittingbourne is the only thing separating us from the bottom of the table, currently situated by also newly promoted Shoreham.

Ramsgate sit on 3 points, coming from their midweek win away to Faversham Town back on 15th August, and have since lost their last 3 league games on the bounce, against Hastings United, Hythe Town and South Park.

The visitors though, are at least scoring goals. They’ve scored in every single game this season, league and cup, including their Emirates FA Cup matches against Egham Town, and their Kent Reliance Senior Cup 1st round loss to Greenwich Borough.

It’s an important match as both sides will be desperate to clear themselves from the foot of the league, hoping to better results than those around them.

Big support is needed behind Jason Whitmore’s team! COYNAB’s!

 

Jason Whitmore interview

Posted in News on 9th September 2017

Thank you to the manager Jason Whitmore for taking his time out to let us interview him on Thursday evening after the team’s training session.

See video below, key points are:

• 5 new players bought in
• 1 player departure
• New use of PLAYERTEK GPS performance technology
• Staying positive
• Recent results

Match Preview: Molesey

Posted in News on 7th September 2017

Photograph credit to Kentish Express (KM Group)

This Saturday 9th September 3pm kick off it’s our first of 2 home games in 4 days as we welcome Molesey FC to Homelands.

It’s not been the best start to the season for The Nuts and Bolts but there’s plenty to play for this weekend.

After picking up our first league result, last Monday against Sittingbourne, Ashford United sit in 22nd position on just 1 point, with this visitors in 17th place, having only picked up 1 point in their last 3 league matches.

The Surrey based side, situated not too far from Kingston-upon-Thames, are fairly familiar with the lower end of the table after finishing 19th last season, but not a team to take lightly, as they opened their season with a 2-1 victory over Horsham, who comfortably thrashed ourselves 6-0 in the Emirates FA Cup last weekend.

Whilst manager Jason Whitmore brings in a few new players during this transition period, it’d be an excellent time to remind fans to stay well and truly supportive of the team as we do host one of the best supports in this league, it certainly can make a difference when backing our lads from the terraces!

FA Youth Cup at Homelands tonight

Posted in News on 5th September 2017

Support your future stars at Homelands

Ashford United Isthmian Under 18’s are back in the FA Youth Cup, as they host Chatham Town under 18’s at Homelands tonight 7.30pm kick off.

Today’s match is the Preliminary Round of the competition, with the winners hosting Folkestone Invicta Under 18’s at home in the 1st Qualifying Round, week commencing 18th September.

Entry for this game will be as follows:
£3 Adults
£1 Kids or FREE if accompanied with a paying adult.

The Lancaster Bar will be open and the Tea Bar will also be open serving Hot Food and snacks and hot and cold soft drinks.

Come down and support the future of the club.

England vs Slovakia live from Homelands

Posted in News on 4th September 2017

Enjoy a drink whilst supporting your country!

It’s the international break!

England take on Slovakia on Monday 4th September, 7.45pm kick off.

The game will be live from the Lancaster bar upstairs at Homelands Stadium.

The bar will be open from 6.30pm and fans can enjoy a variety of drinks, including the new ‘Nuts & Bolts’ lager.

 

 

Goal of the month August 2017

Posted in News on 3rd September 2017

Vote vote vote!!!

You’ve chosen your winner for player of the month, now it’s time for goal of the month.

Out of the 5 goals scored in August, we’ve chosen our favourite 3.

Both of Matt Day’s goals scored against Redhill in the Preliminary Round of the Emirates FA Cup, and Conner Westney’s strike against VCD Athletic in the league are all up for contention.

Goals were captured on camera by club videographer Dave Jones as pictured above on the left.

Fans can vote for their favourite via the poll on the homepage of the club website ashfordunitedfc.com

You can view all 3 goals here on via our YouTube page.

Velocity Sports Trophy match date confirmed

Posted in News on 1st September 2017

Greenwich Borough come to Homelands

We can confirm that the Velocity Sports Trophy 1st round fixture with Greenwich Borough will take place on Monday 18th September, 7.45pm kick off.

Last season, Greenwich reached the second round of the same competition, when it was known as The Alan Turvey Trophy sponsored by Robert Dyas.

Borough beat Aveley 2-1 away in the first round, before being knocked out of the competition by Dulwich Hamlet at home losing by the same scoreline.

Match Preview: Horsham

Actually in Lancing, not Horsham!

Saturday 2nd September, we travel AWAY to take on Horsham FC (not to be confused with Horsham YMCA), in the Emirates FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round.

It’s important for fans to know that Horsham FC, this season, are playing at Culver Road, Lancing, West Sussex BN15 9AX

Culver Road (as pictured above), is the headquarters of the Sussex FA. Directions to the ground are at the bottom of this post.

Now, on to the match…

It’s the 1st Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup. This is the furthest round we’ve managed to reach in this competition since reforming as Ashford United, equalling our progress in the competition when we also played away in Sussex when we took on Burgess Hill Town last season.

This campaign, we entered at the Preliminary round, when we beat Redhill FC 3-1 away, goals scored by Matt Day (2) and Brandon Williams.

Saturday’s hosts, Horsham, entered at the same round of the cup, and came home winners by the same scoreline as they beat their hosts Chertsey Town.

Horsham also play their league games in the Bostik South, sitting in 14th position winning 2 and losing 2, compared to ourselves who are 22nd after 1 draw and 3 loses.

From Homelands, if travelling via the M23 it’s estimated to take about an hour and a half to reach Culver Road, or around 1h 45 minutes if driving via the coastal route through Rye, etc.

The below is taken from the Horsham website (http://www.horsham-fc.co.uk)

Directions from West Sussex
From Chichester along the A27 through Worthing until you reach the roundabout at Lancing Leisure Centre.  Turn right at the roundabout into Grinstead Lane.  500 yards on the right is The Harvester restaurant, turn right after the restaurant into Grinstead Avenue, left at the mini roundabout into North Road.  Pass the shops until the next mini roundabout and turn right into Culver Road.

Directions from East Sussex
From Eastbourne/Hastings take the A27 through Lewes, Brighton, Hove, Portslade & Shoreham until you reach the roundabout at Lancing Leisure Centre.  Turn left at the roundabout into Grinstead Lane.  500 yards on the right is The Harvester restaurant, turn right after the restaurant into Grinstead Avenue, left at the mini roundabout into North Road.  Pass the shops until the next mini roundabout and turn right into Culver Road.

Directions from Mid Sussex and North Sussex
From Crawley, use the A23 until you reach the A27 where you need to go Westbound (Worthing) until you reach the roundabout at Lancing Leisure Centre.  Turn left at the roundabout into Grinstead Lane.  500 yards on the right is the Harvester restaurant, turn right after the restaurant into Grinstead Avenue, left at the mini roundabout into North Road.  Pass the shops until the next mini roundabout and turn right into Culver Road.

Nearest railway station: Lancing (5 minutes’ walk)
Exit station and turn left past the Merry Monk pub into North Road, then left into Culver Road. The ground is on the right at the end of Culver Road. The Sussex FA is signposted off North Road.

Car Parking
**Parking is strictly forbidden on Culver Road itself and cars may be removed**
The stadium and offices are located in a residential area and cul-de-sac, and there is limited parking at the ground. We request that for matches, events and courses the alternate car parks (located just one minutes’ walk away) are used. These are located on North Farm Road and Queensway, as well as street parking along North Road and at Lancing Station/Asda.

All car parks are pay-and-display (£0.50 per hour, Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat 9-12am), and have disabled bays

Player of the month August 2017

Posted in News on 31st August 2017

Who does your vote go to?

Ashford United fans can now vote for the August 2017 player of the month.

Your nominees are:

George Kamurasi – who played the first 3 games of the season, making some very important saves in the 2 league defeats to Carshalton Athletic and South Park, when the scoreline could’ve been a lot worse for the Nuts and Bolts without him, and also in the 3-1 victory over Redhill in the Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round.

Aaron Lee-Wharton – The young shot stopper has looked comfortable in the AUFC goal during the absence of George Kamurasi in the last 3 matches. Looked very impressive in the 2-0 defeat to Herne Bay in the Kent Reliance Senior Cup, and put in some fabulous saves last weekend when we played VCD Athletic, and kept a clean sheet against Sittingbourne on bank holiday Monday.

Tyrell Richardson-Brown – Impressed greatly on his debut against Carshalton Athletic, and has been a great role model for the youngsters over the last month, as he has made the most appearances out of any of the senior players in August, and also scored against VCD Athletic in our 5-2 defeat on Saturday 26th August.

Brandon Williams – Brandon is the only player to have played in all 6 games in August and has impressed every Nuts and Bolts fan this season. He was involved in all 3 goals away to Redhill as he scored one and assisted both goals scored by Matt Day. After impressing, he also signed a new contract last week and is really enjoying his time at the club since progressing through from Jason Whitmore’s Under 23’s development side, and playing a big role in the U18’s last season.

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You can vote for your August 2017 player of the month on the home page of the website ashfordunited fc.com – voting ends on 3rd September 2017.

Williams signs

Posted in News on 27th August 2017

We are delighted to announce the new contract for youngster Brandon Williams.

Brandon has impressed so far this season since being promoted from Jason Whitmore’s under 21s.

Match Preview: Sittingbourne

Posted in News on 26th August 2017

Bank holiday fun!

After a not so great start in the league, our team are looking to get their first point in the Bostik South after sitting second to bottom after 3 games.

Monday 28th August, 3pm kick off!

Some first team faces will return as we take on The Brickies on August bank holiday Monday.

Sittingbourne have had a much better start to their season, winning 2 and drawing 1.

They started with an away victory beating Chipstead 2-1, followed by a home win beating Herne Bay in front of a crowd of 222. This weekend they managed a 2-2 draw with Lewes, and now sit in 4th place.

Safe journey to all of our travelling support, please see travel directions below, taken from http://www.sittingbournefc.co.uk/contact/directions-to-the-woodstock

Sittingbourne FC
Woodstock Park
Broadoak Road
Sittingbourne
Kent

Woodstock Park is part of The Kent Science Park complex so you can follow sign posts to the Science Park (But do not go into the science park!)

Car – Set your SatNav to ME9 8AG

From the M2 exit at Junction 5 or the M20 at junction 7 take the A249 towards Sheerness. If you have taken the A249 from the M20 go straight across the roundabout after approximately 3 miles.  Leave A249 at the A 2 turn off  (this is the first junction after the M2). Go up the raised section to the Key Street roundabout, take A2 to Sittingbourne.
After about a mile turn right at Adeleide Drive (just past Wicks). Go to end of road and turn left (into Borden Lane) and then immediate right (into Homewood Drive). At end of road turn right into Ufton Lane. At end of road turn right into Park Road (Becomes Gore Court Road). At mini roundabout go straight on into  Woodstock Road, Woodstock Road becomes Ruins Barn Road.
When houses disappear after, approximately half a mile, turn left  (signposted Kent Science Park) into Broadoak Road. Go downhill pass the Research Centre on right (SAT NAV WILL TRY TO TAKE YOU INTO SCIENCE PARK). Carry on uphill for another 50 yards, turn left into the car park of Woodstock Park. SOME SAT NAVS WILL TRY TO TAKE YOU VIA NARROW COUNTRY ROADS. I WOULD ADVISE YOU TO FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS.

Public Transport
Train
The nearest station is Sittingbourne which is approximately two miles away. Sittingbourne is served by South Eastern direct from Victoria and St Pancras ( High Speed one line).
There are taxis at the station The fare is approximately £7:00 each way.

Saturday’s official matchday programme

Posted in News on 24th August 2017

Be sure to grab your copy!

This Saturday we welcome VCD Athletic to Homelands 3pm kick off.

Our recently revamped matchday programme will be available once again for £2 past the turnstiles, at the same size of 32 pages as our last home match.

Almost two weeks ago, vs Carshalton Athletic, the club sold a record amount of programmes since reforming as United, so make sure you get your copy this weekend.

Don Crosbie says his views on the recent managerial changes, whilst caretaker manager Jason Whitmore also provides his thoughts on recent performances.

We interview Nuts & Bolts midfielder David Botterill, as he tells us the best player he’s ever faced on the pitch, as well as the best he’s ever played alongside. As we do every week, we also interview a passionate fan, and read up on an ex Nuts & Bolts goalkeeper who could be in between the sticks for our visitors on Saturday.

As well as all this, our ‘Latest News’ feature will prove popular for those fans who can’t always keep up to date online, you can find out about the clubs’ brand new walk-out song recorded by local Ashford band ‘tHE rASH’.

Finally, the new matchday programme gives fans the chance to ‘tick off’ players who appear in each game, on the back cover next to player’s names, as well as making note of the official attendance and final score.

Want to request a feature for a future programme? Email marketing@ashfordunitedfc.com with your suggestion.

Fixture Updates

Stay in the know!

Fans should be made aware of some changes to upcoming fixtures. Please see below.

Our away match vs Shoreham, originally due to be played Saturday 2nd September, has been rearranged for Tuesday 17th October 7.45pm kick off. This is due to our 1st Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup match vs Horsham being scheduled for Saturday 2nd September as priority.

Our home game vs Guernsey on Saturday 23rd September, has been changed to a 1pm kick off. This is due to travel restrictions on the Guernsey’s staff and team’s return flight on the day.

We’re due to play Greenwich Borough at home in the Velocity Sports Trophy at home, but no date has yet been arranged. The game will be played before the end of September, as soon as a date has been confirmed we will let fans know via the club website.

A reminder also, that our away fixture against Sittingbourne this coming bank holiday Monday is a 3pm kick off.

 

(Photo above courtesy of Ian Scammell at Oyster Bay Photography)

Match Preview: VCD Athletic

Posted in News on 23rd August 2017

Return of The Mant...

This Saturday 26th August, we welcome VCD Athletic to Homelands, for an early season bottom of the table clash!

After two games, both sides sit at the foot of the table after scoring no goals and picking up no points.

United, sit 22nd after an opening game of the season defeat at home to Carshalton Athletic, followed by a 5-0 thrashing away to South Park which saw the departure of Danny Lye from the club.

The Vickers, sit bottom in 24th, were also thrashed 5-0, but this time on the opening day of the season at home to Faversham. They were then thrashed again, 3-0 away to Whyteleafe the following Tuesday.

At least the Nuts & Bolts have picked up a victory in the meanwhile, after winning 3-1 away to Redhill in the Preliminary Round of the Emirates FA Cup, thanks to goals from Matt Day (2) and Brandon Williams. Athletic, however, lost 3-2 away to East Grinstead Town in the same round of that competition, and also lost on penalties at home to Phoenix Sports in the Kent Reliance Senior Cup on Tuesday 22nd August, on the same night that Ashford lost away to Herne Bay 2-0.

So not the best starts for either team, but perhaps one side will change their fortunes come 4.30pm on Saturday.

As well as welcoming the staff, players and fans of VCD Athletic, we will especially give a warm welcome back to current Athletic and ex Nuts & Bolts goalkeeper Joe Mant.

Matt Day recently returned from injury, so should be feeling fit after putting in 90 minutes in our last two matches, though Dan Stubbs and Frazer Walker look to still be sidelined.

Captain Richard Avery was sidelined midweek with a groin injury, though could return at the weekend, along with Luke Eldridge.

Kingwell remains suspended, whilst Kamurasi is off for a week or so, though Perkins has returned from holiday and may feature, and Phillips could be back from his recent ban.

Come on Ashford!!!

Whitmore positive following early cup exit

Three Nuts & Bolts debuts made at Winch's Field

A huge support of Ashford United fans were in following at Winch’s Field last night as United bowed out of the Kent Reliance Senior Cup early after a 2-0 defeat away to Herne Bay.

A win against The Bay would’ve seen United host Margate at Homelands in the second round of the cup but it wasn’t to be in the end.

Nil nil at the break, Ashford were the happier side after having most chances in the first half, and looked confident. but the home side took the lead in the 70th minute, and doubled that tally in the 84th.

Three of our young players made their senior debuts, as Ed Miller and Kieran Bull both started, with Trinnhallen Brisley replacing Harry Lavender in the 64th minute.

Coach Lee Shearer, made an Ashford United comeback as he made his first appearance for the Nuts & Bolts since 2011.

We spoke with Jason Whitmore this morning:

“We were under pressure for the first 25 minutes, the boys were a little nervous on the ball. Herne Bay, to their credit, were playing from the back so we went from 3-5-2 to a 4-3-3 to press higher up the pitch. That changed the game.

The boys stared to get more of the ball and created some good chances, Botts [Botterill] hit the post and Matt Day forced a good save from the keeper. The second half we were excellent but football is a game of fine margins and their goal came from a clearance that hit their player in the face and rebounded to their striker to score.

It was a cup game so we kept 3 up top to try and get the equaliser. We had a few chances and on another day Matt could of had 2/3, but if you don’t take them and you’re pushing for a goal you can get hit in the counter and that happened in the 84th minute.

There are plenty of positives; we only had 3 senior players last night and once we get them back and add the youth around them I believe we will have one hell of a team, and a team the fans can be proud of. It will take us a couple of weeks to get the spine of the team in place”

This Saturday, we’re back at Homelands as we host VCD Athletic in the Bostik League South Division.

(Top image courtesy of Ian Scammell at Oyster Bay Photography)

tHE rASH bring a new sound to Homelands

Posted in News on 22nd August 2017

We will never be divided!

We are pleased to announce we have teamed up with local band, and Ashford United fans, ‘tHE rASH’!

At the end of last season, fans voted on their favourite song for the Nuts & Bolts players to walk out to at Homelands, and chose ‘If The Kids Are United’ by Sham 69.

Ashford United fan, Sam Shannon, spoke with the Ashford based band about putting together a cover, uniquely for Ashford United, and it has happened, thanks to tHE rASH!

Earlier this week, the song was debuted on the radio, thanks to John Webster on the Wake Up With Webbo morning show, on Radio Ashford, which has recently been sponsored by our main club sponsor, D&D Autos.

The song is now available to listen to on YouTube! Click Here…

The song will now be used as our walk out song and hope it inspires all of our players and fans to forever be United!

We’d like to thank both Sam Shannon, and especially tHE rASH in their hard work in putting this together, as we continue our journey of growing this wonderful club.

U21’s start their season tonight

Posted in News on 21st August 2017

Good luck to our youngsters!

Our U21’s development side play their first competitive game of the season as they travel away to Hastings United U21’s in the Bostik League Development South Division.
 
Jason Whitmore has promoted some of the U18’s for tonight’s game, saving some of our U21’s for tomorrow’s senior match vs Herne Bay in the Kent Reliance Senior Cup 1st round game.

Kick off is at 7.45pm tonight, at:

Hastings United FC
The Pilot Field
Elphinstone Road
Hastings
East Sussex, TN34 2AX

Next Emirates FA Cup opponent named

Another away trip in the world's biggest club cup competition

This afternoon we have been drawn away to Horsham in the 1st qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup.

The match will be played on Saturday 2nd September 2017, 3pm kick off.

Horsham, who also play with us in the Bostik League South Divison, can be found at: Culver Road, Lancing, West Sussex BN15 9AX

Our league game away to Shoreham, which was originally due to be played on that date, will be rearranged.

To view the full 1st Qualifying Round draw, visit… http://www.thefa.com/home/news/2017/aug/21/the-emirates-fa-cup-first-round-qualifying-draw-210817

Match Preview: Herne Bay

We're back in the Kent Reliance Senior Cup!

After a great result in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday, we turn our attention to another competition, as we travel to Herne Bay in the 1st round of the Kent Reliance Senior Cup, 7.45pm kick off.

Caretaker manager Jason Whitmore, and his team will be looking to follow up a great performance from Redhill, before our first home game on Saturday since Danny Lye’s departure.

The hosts were also winners in the Emirates FA Cup at the weekend, as they beat Chessington & Hook United 2-1.

Herne Bay will be familiar opponents for us this season, as we play them away next month in the league, and also host them at home in November.

After winning the Kent Senior Trophy last season, we would’ve competed in the Kent Senior Cup this season anyway, whether we got promoted or not! Last season, Herne Bay had a bye in the 1st round, so started their KRST campaign in the 2nd round, but got knocked out straight away, as eventual champions of the competition Dover Athletic went home 1-0 winners from Winch’s Field.

Safe journey to all of our travelling fans as per usual, details below taken off of Herne Bay’s website!

The Altira Park Stadium
Winch’s Field, Stanley Gardens
Herne Bay
Kent
CT6 5SG

By Road

The district has excellent road links with the M20 (M25/M26) and M2 motorways providing easy links from London. Herne Bay is a short drive from Canterbury, via the A28/A281 and A290.

When arriving in Herne Bay follow signs for the Seafront and the Football Ground is sign-posted from Canterbury Road.

By Rail

Herne Bay is on a direct line to London Victoria (approximately 80 minutes journey time). For National Rail enquiries telephone +44 (0) 8457 484 950.

The ground is a 10 minute walk from the station via Spencer Road

By Bus

The district is well served by Stagecoach East Kent buses from Canterbury Bus Station. For timetable enquiries, telephone +44 (0) 8707 433 711. For Herne Bay take either the 6, 6A, 6B or 7. For all enquiries, telephone +44 (0) 8717 818 181 or check out the National Express Timetable Information website www.nationalexpress.com

The nearest bus stops to the ground are:

Canterbury Road – 5 minutes from the ground via Spencer Road

Herne Bay Rail Station – 10 minute walk via Spencer Road

Update following Lye’s departure

Posted in News on 18th August 2017

Jason Whitmore's green and white army!

Tomorrow we take on Redhill FC in the Preliminary Round of the Emirates FA Cup, away in Surrey 3pm kick off.

We can confirm that our Under 21’s manager, who has been heavily involved in the youth set up of Ashford United for many years, Jason Whitmore will take charge of tomorrow’s match as caretaker manager.

He will be working alongside coaches Lee Shearer and Tim McRae who are also involved in our youth system.

Jason Whitmore told this editor:

“I have been working hard these last 24 hours to prepare the squad for this weekend, and trained with the first team last night with the help of coach Barry Fuller.

I am looking for us to play football and to get the fans excited about watching Ashford United.”

Our new caretaker manager will be using a mix of the first team squad and our U21’s who have impressed over recent months.

“Tyrell and Walker won’t be available tomorrow, so it gives the younger lads a chance to impress, especially those who are desperate to play for their local club. Lee Shearer has also registered as a player, along with Ed Miller, Kieran Bull and Trinnhallen Brisley. We will use the senior players as the spine of the team and use the U21s to develop around them.”

Finally, Jason thanked his predecessor:

“Thank you to Dan Lye for everything he done for the club, especially last season. Without his hard work we wouldn’t be where we are today, so we are all very grateful.”

 

 

Free entry tonight for Academy home debut

Come and support our scholars!

Tonight 8.30pm kick off at Homelands Stadium our academy side make their home debut as they host Whitstable Town U19s in a pre-season friendly.

Academy manager Tony Browne will be looking for support for his team from home fans tonight, which is free entry.

Our scholars have won their first 2 games, beating Bromley U19s twice, 6-4 and 2-0 away at Hayes Lane.

Match Preview: Redhill

Posted in News on 17th August 2017

We're in FA Cup action this weekend!

This weekend we’re back in action as we travel back up to Surrey, just 3 miles from Tuesday night’s opponents South Park, as we take on Redhill, in the Preliminary Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

A lot of change at the club this week, as it was confirmed Manager Danny Lye has resigned from his role by mutual consent.

At the time of writing this, we cannot yet confirm any other casualties to our staff or playing squad, but no matter what happens, we will stand strong together as a club.

So, back on to this Saturday…

Redhill FC, based in Redhill, Surrey, play in the Combined Counties League Premier Division, which is at Step 5 of the non league pyramid (same level as the SCEFL), though were playing at Step 6 last season since recently being promoted from the Combined Counties League Divison One, the league below.

Like ourselves, Redhill have played 2 league games, losing both, but have managed to pick up one win this season so far, which was in the prior round of the Emirates FA Cup vs Hailsham Town, winning 8-1 away.

This is an important time for our club, where we will be looking for a good backing from our fans!

Safe journey to all of those travelling!

Kick off, on Saturday 19th August is at 3pm at the Kiln Brow – address below.

Kiln Brow
Three Arch Road
Redhill
Surrey
RH1 5AE

Club Statement

This morning we can officially announce that now ex manager Danny Lye has left Ashford United by mutual consent.

Don Crosbie says:

“We would like to thank Dan for all of his work and efforts in his time at AUFC, and for everything he did for us last season. We wish him the very best for the future.

Further updates will follow when we are in a position to confirm new staff and players, and those that are no longer part of the club.”

More to follow…

United draw home tie in Velocity Sports Trophy

Posted in News on 16th August 2017

Yesterday the first draw of the season for the Velocity Sports Trophy was made, and we will host Greenwich Borough at Homelands in the first round.

No date has yet been decided for the fixture, but the game must be played by the end of September.

For details of the full draw, visit the league website via the link below!

http://www.isthmian.co.uk/the-velocity-sports-trophy-first-round-draw-38529

Match Preview: South Park

Posted in News on 14th August 2017

Our first away game of the season. Cue jokes about Cartman and Kenny...

No we’re not playing away to a side based in the rocky mountains of Colorado, we’re playing a Surrey based side for the second time in as many games.

And if you’ve got nothing better to do this week, you could even stay the week in Reigate, as we also take on Redhill FC in the FA Cup on Saturday, just 3 miles up the road from our league hosts!

After our 1-0 defeat to one of the league’s favourites, Carshalton Athletic last weekend, Danny Lye will be looking for us to get our first league goal and points in our first away game of the season.

Shaun Welford is soon to return from holiday, but this website editor makes no guarantees he will make an appearance, though we will see!

Fraser Walker looks doubtful after his injury picked up at the weekend, though fellow full back Chris Elliott could return. Dan Stubbs is still sidelined for the time being, but Pat Kingwell’s suspension shouldn’t come into play yet, after he was sent off with a straight red card on Saturday.

South Park started their season brightly, with an emphatic 4-0 away win against newly promoted Shoreham, and they sit second in the table on goal difference in this early stage of the campaign.

The Reigate side, had an average attendance of 105 last season, with their highest gate hitting a figure of 162, and finished 8th in the league.

For fans looking for a pre-match beverage, the two nearest pubs are The Beehive at 90 Dovers Green Road, Reigate RH2 8EG, or the Skimmington Castle, Bonnys Road, Reigate RH2 8RL.

For the ground itself, South Park play at King George’s Field, Whitehall Lane, Reigate RH2 8LG – have a safe journey to all who are travelling!

Match Preview: Carshalton Athletic

Posted in News on 10th August 2017

We cannot wait for the new competitive season to start and it's almost here!

This weekend, Saturday 12th August 3pm kick off, we welcome Carshalton Athletic to Homelands Stadium.

After last season’s league success, we’re back and raring to go in this new challenge for Danny Lye and his team.

The visitors, finished 6th last season, just 4 points off the play-offs. They’re managed by player-manager Peter Adeniyi and coached by Stuart Searle, who also still plays in goal.

Carshalton will certainly be looking for promotion this season and are many fans’ favourites to win the league this coming season, along with the likes of Greenwich, Hastings and Hythe.

Danny Stubbs remains on the sidelines with his injury, though we could see the return of Pat Kingwell after he played vs Kennington on Tuesday evening, and perhaps even Matt Day.

New signing, forward Tyrell Richardson-Brown has impressed heavily this pre-season, and features in our first match day programme of the 2017/2018 season as we see the return of the ‘Player Profile’ Q&A feature!

Our bumper revamped 32 page programme will be available at £2 after the turnstiles, whilst fans can now ‘tick off’ players who appear in each game, on the back cover next to player’s names, as well as making note of the official attendance and final score.

We look forward to welcoming fans back to Homelands and especially into the newly refurbished Lancaster bar upstairs!

Lye interview and Elliott rejoins!

Posted in News on 7th August 2017

We're pleased to be able to bring you a very honest interview from Ashford United's manager Danny Lye.

Lyzee speaks frankly about his thoughts on his time as manager, the coming season, our youth set up and the future of our great club.

So Danny, you’ve had almost two full seasons as manager of Ashford United, what’s been your highlights and if any the low points?

Obviously the two trophies last season are very special to the club as it was the first silverware in a long, long time.

I think when ‘Welfs’ got the goal that beat the club record and equalled the golden boot, that was a very good feeling as it felt like we had completed out target for the season.

But personally the FA Vase run from a couple season’s ago was very very memorable when we went to the Isle of Wight, played Dunston home and away, then travelled down to Salisbury. We had a very special team talk away at Dunston, at half time when we were 2-0 down and looked dead and buried.

The low points must be when a certain company took control of the stadium as they were very testing times for me just as I took over as manager. The absolute lowest point would be the 10 point deduction as at the time we were flying and we honestly believed we could catch Greenwich Borough.

 
The team put in a fantastic run winning 7 of the last games and a cup final! Did you at any point of last season have doubts we’d finish as champions?

Of course we had doubts, especially when we lost to Bearsted away as I thought we had thrown it away. Also Crowborough were on a fantastic run at the time. ‘Welfs’ and myself said at the start of the season that anything less than promotion would be a failure.

 
A few fans were disappointed at the loss of Palmer, West and Savage, what would you say to them? 

That is part of football after gaining promotion. You need to freshen things up and change players to suit the new league.

We got Matt Day signed up for this season, and we’ve welcomed Tyrell, both to add to our fire power and that meant we could not afford everyone, so it was a natural stage for ‘Palms’ to leave.

We also introduced Avery as our captain to lead us in a higher league. ‘Avo’ has played at Conference South level, where as ‘Westy’ has not, so we decided to go with experience.

We would love to keep everyone but we have a budget to work to!

 
 
Our fans have all seen a huge change in the atmosphere (for the better) around the club since you’ve taken charge, what are your thoughts and feelings about this? 

It is nice to hear that. I have introduced small changes at different times since taking over to make the club a better and more professional one.

Being a journey man in my playing days, I have played at over 10 clubs, some great and some poorly run! You learn on the way what makes the clubs successful and not successful.

I have won leagues, playoffs, finished midtable and also been relegated, so I hope to use those memories to help our club be a good one to be around.

 
You seem to have made the transition from an Ashford player to manager really smoothly. Has it been as easy as you’ve made it look? And will we see ‘Lyzee’ playing this season? 

The opportunity to become manager came at a very good stage in my career as my back was in bits. A player fears not being able to play and dreads the day of giving up.

Being manager still gives me a bit of the football fix and keeps me around the environment. It will never be the same as playing but it certainly isn’t a bad replacement.

If my back heals well from the latest set of injections, you may see me feature if we have an injury crisis or if we have some good cup runs.

 
Where would you like to see the club be in say two seasons time? 

I think the first priority is to maintain our new Bostik League status and gradually improve our league position.

So in two seasons time, I would expect us to be competitively competing for a top 5 finish.

 
Could you see yourself being our manager for a long time?

Well let’s see how we start this season! You know what happened to the last manager…

One thing you learn in football along the years is that anything can happen. As long as we can keep being competitive on the pitch and the club back us to sign good players as they did last year then I am sure I will be here for many years.

 
Clearly our youth set up is really starting to reap rewards with many good young players starting to break into the first team, do you see yourself playing the youngsters more this season? And what importance do you feel the youth at Ashford are to our future as a club? 

Yes the lads are coming on very well now and the difference from last year is very clear to see.

Due to our small playing squad and budget restrictions, the youngsters will definitely be seen throughout the season.

I think one or two are ready and I think four or five others will be good enough as they progress. We are keen to send some out on loan to gain playing time in physical leagues so they become accustomed to the physical aspect of mens football.

 
 
What is your opinion on the new season, consolidation or a promotion challenge?

Step 1 is you get enough points on the board for survival. Once that happens we will then make another target.

 
 
How do you feel about cup games, a chance of some glory or a distraction from the league? 

The FA Cup and FA Trophy are definitely to try and compete against better opponents and to dream a little. To this date, my best memories in the sport are from the FA Cup, playing in front of thousands of fans so you have to take it seriously.

 
 
Who’s the biggest characters in the dressing room? 

We have lots! Big George of course is a big presence just before kick off making sure the boys know their jobs.

You have ‘Stoney’, Goodchild and Rory who always have something to say, whilst ‘Welfs’ is the biggest kid.

The biggest character comes from the smallest man in the dressing room, Shaun Holland is one of a kind.

When you sit and think about it, there are lots of them!

 
 
What’s your thoughts on our fans? Does their singing and support help lift you all? 

RUBBISH! Only joking! The singing is unreal. The fans really get behind the boys and are the biggest reason for last year’s success.

 
After so many off field battles it was easy to see just how much the success of last season meant to everyone, from the supporters up to Don singing and celebrating with the fans, how did it make you and the squad feel? 

Yes it was a very special couple of weeks once the job was done. I promised Don I would get the club promoted before my contract expired so I was just pleased we produced what I promised.

 
 
I (Neil) personally feel the potential of Ashford United/Town is finally looking like it’s moving quickly in the right direction. The first team winning trophies, the new Academy being set up and all the youth teams being brought in under the same umbrella as one are huge changes for the better. 
You’ve been involved with the club on and off for a long time now. What are your thoughts? 

Yes it is all pulling together very quickly now and looks very promising. The club has/is being rebuilt from the bottom upwards so it is progressing well. There is still a long way to go until it is functioning on all cylinders.

  
You and Don (Crosbie) seem to work well together and it’s there to see his ambition for the club, what’s your thoughts on DC and your working relationship with him? Careful now! Haha

Yes Don and I get on well. We are both stubborn men but have the same objective… winning!

Don is very passionate about this football club and it angers me when others doubt his purpose for the club. Anyone who knows what he has given and lost for the good of the football will know his purpose. Making Ashford United better!

 
Do you have any news on how long Kingwell, Stubbs, Day and Walker will be sidelined for?

We are hoping to have Walker, Day and ‘Kingers’ back in training this week before our first league game. Unfortunately Stubbs looks to be sidelined for quite some time.

As pre-seasons go, ours has not been a great one as we have picked up so many injuries.

 
You’ve recently mentioned bringing in some cover, any news on this?

Yes we have completed the signing of ex Nuts & Bolts player, Chris Elliott (pictured at the top of the page), who will bolster our defence.

We are in negotiations with two others at present, with the aim to bring one more into the squad.

 
 
Finally have you anything you’d like to say to our supporters about the coming season or anything else you’d like to mention?

Stay patient! There will be times this season when things are not going to plan.

Myself and the squad will stay calm and rely on our 12th man to lift us when times are tough so… SING SING SING.

 
 
Thanks for your time Lyzee, I’m sure all our fans would like to thank you for all the good times you’ve brought us so far, and wish you all the best for the new season!

Thanks Neil, we hope to bring you more exciting times soon!

Lyzee, Ashford United manager.

FA Cup takes us to Surrey

Posted in News on 5th August 2017

Saturday 19th August, it has been confirmed that we will travel away to Redhill FC in our Preliminary Round fixture in the Emirates FA Cup.

Earlier today (5th August), Hailsham Town hosted the Surrey side in the Extra Preliminary Round, but the hosts were thrashed 8-1.

The two sides were playing for a chance to host the Nuts & Bolts at home in 2 weeks time, and the home side actually took the lead early on in the 8th minute.

But it was the visitors who found the net on more occasions, with the 8-1 victory.

Redhill FC, based in Redhill, Surrey, play in the Combined Counties League Premier Division, which is at Step 5 of the non league pyramid (same level as the SCEFL), though were playing at Step 6 last season since recently being promoted from the Combined Counties League Divison One, the league below.

Kick off, on Saturday 19th August is at 3pm at the Kiln Brow – address below.

Kiln Brow
Three Arch Road
Redhill
Surrey
RH1 5AE

Free entry for Kennington match

Posted in News on 4th August 2017

Tuesday 8th August we welcome local rivals Kennington to Homelands, which is FREE ENTRY to all.

With no match for Ashford United this weekend, we turn our attention to our last pre-season match before the start of the league campaign.

Tuesday 8th August we welcome local rivals Kennington to Homelands, which is FREE ENTRY to all.

We are asking everyone who attends to please donate to The Fire Fighters Charity.

The emergency services have unfortunately been very busy across the country over the last few months, and we as a community club would love to give back to these heroes in any way we can.

The charity bucket as pictured below, will be on show as fans enter the turnstiles on Tuesday evening, so any donation would be appreciated.

We are looking forward to this last warm up game and welcoming some old faces to the ground.

Our U21’s host Leyton Orient

Posted in News on 3rd August 2017

A great test for our development side.

Wednesday 9th August, Ashford United Under 21’s will play hosts to Leyton Orient Academy side at Homelands.

Kick off is at 7.45pm, entry £3 for Adults and free for Under 16s if accompanied by an adult, and the Nuts & Bolts bar upstairs will be open!

Come and support our development side in this great fixture!

FA Cup Opponents This Weekend

Posted in News on 2nd August 2017

On Saturday 19th August we travel away to either Hailsham Town or Redhill.

This weekend on Saturday 5th August, the two teams face off in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup, with the winners hosting the Nuts & Bolts 2 weeks later.

We will confirm our opponents next week so fans can make travel arrangements for our FA Cup preliminary round fixture.

Match Preview: K Sports

Posted in News on 27th July 2017

Tomorrow evening Friday 28th July we travel to K Sports FC for a 7.45pm kick off.

Admission for adults is £3.50, where as concessions (over 65s) and under 16s can attend for free!

Our first game of the weekend as we also host Sevenoaks Town at Homelands this Saturday 3pm kick off!

Address for tomorrow evening:

K Sports FC
K Sports Cobdown
Station Road
Aylesford
Kent ME20 6AU

U21s vs Basildon Cancelled

Posted in News on 24th July 2017

This Wednesday's U21 match has been cancelled.

Earlier today we announced our U21s will be playing Basildon this Wednesday 26th July but unfortunately this has since been cancelled. Apologies to fans for any inconvenience.

Remembering George Sargeant & Dave Williams

Tomorrow evening we host East Kent rivals Folkestone Invicta at Homelands 7.45pm kick off in the George Sargeant Memorial Shield.

The second annual match will be in memory of ex ATFC physio George Sargeant who died late in 2015, but also tomorrow we will be remembering ex Ashford Town and Folkestone Invicta assistant manager, Dave Williams, who sadly passed away on 25th April earlier this year.

Former Ashford Town manager, and current Invicta manager, Neil Cugley, who worked with Dave Williams for around 26 years between the two clubs, writes a page tribute in memory of his close friend in tomorrow’s match day programme.

Last season, the match finished 5-4 to United, and we hope for another fitting tribute match tomorrow evening.

We hope to welcome lots of fans from both Ashford and Folkestone at Homelands tomorrow, to remember these 2 legends.

AUFC double header at Homelands

Posted in News on 22nd July 2017

This weekend Sunday 23rd July we have an Ashford United double header at Homelands!

At 10.30am, the Ashford United 3rds kick off against Channel CFC, as Roger Hadlum’s side look to build fitness for the start of their season.

And at 1pm kick off, Jason Whitmore and Barry Fuller’s Kent Youth League under 16’s host Ramsgate under 16’s.

The bar will be open throughout the two games!

Programme Award

We are pleased to say we have been awarded 1st in the Soccer Club Swap Shop programme of the year for the Southern Counties East Football League for the 2016/2017 season.

As well as this, our match day programme was ranked joint 29th nationally against other non-league sides.

Matt Day signs new contract

Posted in News on 21st July 2017

We're pleased to announce that young striker Matt Day has signed a new contract with the club.

Matt was released by Millwall last season and made his Ashford United debut, scoring away to Whitstable in our 2-0 win in the league.

Matt told us:

“I’m very happy to be signing because I feel this club is the best place to further my development in football and get some first team football under my belt. It was a pretty easy decision when everyone was so welcoming from the back end of last season and I am excited for what the season ahead may bring.”

We also spoke to the gaffer Danny Lye following last night’s 3-0 win over Erith & Belvedere.

“Everyone at Ashford are pleased to sign Matt Day on a 1 year contract. 

It was disappointing that Matty got released from Millwall in the Summer but it is now our job to try and improve Matt and get him back into pro football. 

I believe Matty has some class attributes which I think everyone has seen in glimpses at the end of last season and this preseason. 

Me and Welfs think some basic non league habits will help Matt grow into the player he shows signs of being. 

He knows that he needs to work hard and take the instruction of his teammates to nail down a starting spot in the team as we have some proven strikers in the squad that have done it year in year out this level. 

Welcome Matty!!! He used to play for Millwall but he’s alright now.”

#AUFC 1 year Twitter anniversary

Posted in News on 18th July 2017

It's 1 year to the day that we started our life on Twitter, and we want fans to relive our best moments since!

Our last away game of our SCEFL winning campaign!

 

Rory Hill wins players’ player of the year!

 

Well deserved Shaun Welford!

 

Return of the Mick!

 

The morning after…

 

The start of a new era…

 

#WengerOut

 

We love the new tunnel!

 

CUP WINNERS!

 

No stretcher? No problem!

 

Can we break this again soon?

 

We will remember them.

 

Goals goals and more goals!

 

What a photo!

 

FULL TIME! We’ve won the league!!

 

Remember to follow us on Twitter to see what great tweets we have for the next 12 months!

Match Preview: Maidstone United

Posted in News on 15th July 2017

We welcome The Stones to Homelands

Our fourth game of pre-season takes place on Tuesday 18th July when we welcome Vanarama National League Premier Division side Maidstone United to Homelands 7.45pm kick off.

A lot of connection between the two clubs, as Maidstone played their home matches at Homelands between 2009 and 2011.

Ashford manager Danny Lye, as well as Shaun Welford, Rory Hill. Ben Davisson and Michael Phillips, all have playing connections with The Stones, whilst ex Nuts & Bolts striker Paul Booth took up a coaching role with Maidstone earlier this year.

Almost a year to the day, last season on Tuesday 19th July, the same fixture took place at Homelands and it finished 2-2, with Rory Hill and Shaun Welford scoring in less than 2 minutes to put Ashford 2-0 up by the 17th minute.

We’re looking forward to welcoming our friends from up the M20 to Kingsnorth on Tuesday evening.

Great fun at Homelands

The kids enjoyed their time at Ashford United's Mini Soccer School at Homelands this morning.

From 9.30am-11am every Saturday, boys and girls aged 6-12 can enjoy a football session coached by Tim McRaye for just £5.

*Astroturfs or moulded boots ONLY*

See you all next weekend!

Kent Senior Cup draw

Posted in News on 14th July 2017

We have been drawn away to Herne Bay in the first round of the Kent Senior Cup.

The game will take place on either Tuesday 22nd or Wednesday 23rd August (to be confirmed).

The winners will host Bostik League Premier Divison side Margate FC in September in a second round clash.

Full draw here:- http://www.kentfa.com/news/2017/jul/krsc-draw-announced

Match Preview: Kings Hill FC

Pre-season continues tomorrow (Saturday 15th July) as we travel away to Kings Hill Sports Park to take on Kings Hill FC, 3pm kick off.

Entry to the match tomorrow is FREE but the West Malling based club will be looking for any donations as they start their ground development.

We caught up with manager Danny Lye in the build up to tomorrow’s match.

“Well we have had 2 games now and lots of training sessions since we returned to preseason training. 

We try to be as diverse as we can with training and opponents to keep the boys enjoying it. 

We have trained at Mote Park where the boys tend not to like me too much as they have to do the bush run and then the oak tree run [which isn’t easy]. 

We have also trained on the pitch with balls and last night we had a boxing session put on by an ex boxer. 

With regards to the games, we had an enjoyable match against Margate on Tuesday which we all witnessed some well taken goals. 

This Saturday we play Kings Hill FC, a club trying to grow their senior sides. My son plays for Kings Hill under 12s, so it was a good game to organise for myself and Kings Hill Fc as they try to launch their new pitch. 

This game is also good for our younger players and trialists to play alongside 5 or 6 of our first team. 

We will see Botts (Botterill) and Avo (Avery) play for the first time this pre-season while we will also see the talented under 21 boys.”

Address for the game tomorrow is:

Kings Hill FC
Kings Hill Sports Park
Kings Hill
West Malling
Kent ME19 4QP

It should be noted that access to the Sports Park is via residential streets and visitors should respect the speed limit and be mindful of children, cyclists, etc

Ample Car parking is provided at the Sports Park, no parking in adjacent residential streets please.

SAT NAV

Because Kings Hill Sport park is new your Sat Nav may not know the postcode (which is ME19 4QP).

The postcode ME19 4LU is close to the sport park, and will work on your sat nav if it is up to date.

Alternativley use postcode ME19 4HA (the location of our old pitches) and then follow the sign posts for about another 5 minutes.

MAP

Please note that Kings Hill Avenue is closed (it looks like the most direct route on Google, but has never been opened as a road), and you have to approach Kings Hill Sports park via Tower View, Regent Way and Beacon Avenue. The route from the A228 is signposted.

Under 18’s trials

Our under 18s Kent Youth Premier League side are holding trials on Monday 17th July 5.45pm-7pm at Homelands Stadium.

We are looking for players in all positions but especially for goalkeepers.

If you know anyone who may be interested please pass this on.

For more information please email info@ashfordunitedfc.com

AUFC Mini Soccer School this Saturday

Posted in News on 13th July 2017

Our weekly mini soccer school continues this Saturday at Homelands!

The soccer school takes place EVERY Saturday at Homelands from 9.30am to 11am, coached by Tim McRaye.

For boys and girls aged 6-12, drop your kids off and spectate from the stand whilst enjoying a drink from the club tea bar.

£5 for the session per child, moulded boots or astroturfs ONLY allowed on the pitch.

For more information please contact the club info@ashfordunitedfc.com

Fixtures released!

Earlier today, the Bostik League released our fixtures for the South Division 2017/2018 season.

The season is just around the corner!

See our key fixtures below!

  • We start our campaign at home on 12th August 2017 as we host Carshalton Athletic.
  • Our first away game of the season sees us travel to Surrey as we take on South Park FC in Reigate.
  • Our first Kent league derby is away to Sittingbourne on bank holiday weekend on Monday 28th August.
  • The first local derby between Hythe Town takes place away on 16th September.
  • We welcome Hastings United to Homelands on Saturday 11th November, and also Herne Bay just 3 days later.
  • On Boxing Day we take on Sittingbourne at Home, whilst Shoreham visit Homelands on 30th December, and we travel away to Faversham on New Years Day.
  • The reversed fixture with Hythe Town sees The Cannons travel to Kingsnorth on 20th January.
  • Guernsey away is Saturday 27th January, we will confirm kick off time and travel tips as soon as we can for fans to book journeys.
  • We make our way down to the coast to take on Hastings United on 10th February.
  • Easter weekend we travel to Molesey FC on Saturday 31st March, and host Faversham Town on Monday 2nd April.
  • Our final away game of the season we travel to Chipstead on 21st April.
  • Last game of the season we host Walton Casuals at Homelands on 28th April.

For a full list of our fixtures please visit www.ashfordunitedfc.com/fixtures

Downloadable PDF Version of Fixture Poster available here

League fixtures to be published later today

Late this morning we should receive the fixtures for the Bostik League South Division 2017/2018.

There will be some great league matches from 12th August including games against Hythe, Faversham, Guernsey, Sittingbourne, Ramsgate and Greenwich Borough.

Check back on here or on our social media pages, a full list of our fixtures should be published by lunch time.

United open the floodgates in 3-2 victory

Posted in News on 12th July 2017

Nuts & Bolts make it 2 out of 2 pre-season wins

Goals from Tyrell Richardson-Brown, Dan Stubbs and Matt Day gave Ashford a well deserved victory in the pouring rain against Bostik League Premier Divison side Margate.

Both teams were evenly matched in the first half, with Kamurasi making a magical fingertip save in the 36th minute as former Maidstone attacker Alex Flisher put pressure on our defence.

Tyrell Richardson-Brown, Tom Draper and Sam Long all looked great at the break.

The visitors took the lead early in the second half as George Kamurasi was chipped in the 49th minute.

United responded immediately as young Matt Day had a great chance in the 50th minute but the ‘Gate’ keeper was there to catch.

Shaun Welford did brilliantly to force a corner in the 57th minute which led to our equaliser as Matt Day put in a low cross to Tyrell RB at the far post to tap in his first goal for the club.

Only 6 minutes later, the visitors were shocked as Danny Stubbs hit a wonderful half volley from 20 yards out which hit the top of the net for AUFC to go 2-1 up.

Matt Day, who only came on at half time, had a brilliant game and topped it off by scoring our 3rd, taking on 2 or 3 defenders on his own and shooting past the keeper.

Margate scored in the 86th minute but it was only a consolation goal as we made it 2 wins out of 2 pre-season games.

This Saturday we travel to Kings Hill Sports Park as we take on Kings Hill FC 3pm kick off.

Photo credit to Ian Scammell at Oyster Bay Photography

 

Under 16s host Dover

Support your future stars at Homelands

Tonight Wednesday 12th July, our Under 16′ Kent Youth League side managed by Jason Whitmore and Barry Fuller take on Dover Athletic Under 16’s at Homelands 7.45pm kick off.

Come and support your future Nuts & Bolts stars, and enjoy the newly refurbished bar before kick off.

Friendly fixture added

Posted in News on 9th July 2017

Free entry for Deres visit on Thursday 20th July, 7.45pm kick off

Thursday 20th July, 7.45pm kick off, we welcome Erith & Belvedere to Homelands.

This match is FREE ENTRY as Manager Danny Lye will be giving trialists and youth players a chance to impress and he looks to cement final squad places for the start of the competitive season.

This game will be our first our two free entry games this pre-season campaign, as the home match vs Kennington on Tuesday 8th August is also free for everyone to attend.

Oh Mickey! Welcome back.

Posted in News on 8th July 2017

We are very pleased to announce we can welcome experienced midfielder Michael Phillips back to the club.

Manager Danny Lye spoke with us:

“Micky is doing pre season with the anticipation he is resigning for us. The rest on his body has done him lots of good so I’m sure he’ll get back to match fitness quickly.

His experience and quality on the ball can’t be matched at this level so we are very happy to have him back.”

Phillips made 14 appearances for us last season before announcing his retirement in February 2017.

Cup draws confirmed

Posted in News on 7th July 2017

Two home draws and an away tie for United

The FA have been busy this lunch time drawing the early rounds for the country’s biggest footballing cup competitions, and we can announce who we have been drawn against.

The Emirates FA Cup

We have been drawn AWAY to the winners of Hailsham Town or Redhill, to be played on Saturday 19th August 2017 in the Preliminary Round of the world’s biggest national cup competition!

Hailsham Town vs Redhill takes place on Saturday 5th August so we will know our opponents then, providing their game doesn’t go to a replay.

The Buildbase FA Trophy

We host Sittingbourne FC in the Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy on Saturday 7th October at Homelands.

The FA Youth Cup

Our under 18’s host Chatham Town under 18’s at Homelands, in the Preliminary Round, week commencing Monday 4th September. The winners will host Folkestone Invicta under 18’s 2 weeks after that.

Keep up to date with upcoming fixtures on the fixture page via the club website – ashfordunitedfc.com/fixtures

Newsletter subscription service

Posted in News on 6th July 2017

Earlier today we restarted the AUFC email newsletter subscription service.

Fans can register their name and email address on the form on the home page of the Ashford United website, for free, to receive the next up to date newsletter.


The idea of the newsletter is to keep fans updated of happenings at the club, up to date photos & videos, and  important information regarding matches, etc.

We apologise for the lack of newsletters on the service in the past, and hope to make up for it with lots of fantastic articles and features.

Ashford United Academy Scholarship

Posted in News on 4th July 2017

The club are extremely pleased to announce, from September 2017, we will be offering Academy Scholarship's to young adults aged 16-18.

If you’re leaving year 11, and love football, then this could be for you!

A 2-year, full-time education and football development programme for 16-18 year olds taking place at Homelands Stadium.

Students will train and play under the AUFC Academy badge, whilst at the same time gaining experience and working your way to:

Access to University, Apprenticeships, play professional and semi-professional football, Football coaching, Sport, Leisure and Fitness jobs.

For more info or to book, visit this link: wearescl.co.uk/ashford-united

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