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Match Preview: Lewes

Posted in Club News on 7th December 2017 (4 days ago)

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 Club News on 1st December 2017 (2 weeks ago)

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!

Player of the month November 2017

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Rohdell joins as Davisson departs

Posted in Club News on 30th November 2017 (2 weeks ago)

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 Club News on 21st November 2017 (3 weeks ago)

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 Club News on 17th November 2017 (4 weeks ago)

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 Club News on 14th November 2017 (4 weeks ago)

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 Club News on 13th November 2017 (4 weeks ago)

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

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…

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

“We are delighted to be welcoming Ashford United FC to our family of football clubs who are now earning good money through their club betting sites. We can guarantee your supporters that they will get more offers, more often and enjoy more fun from their betting than any other and they are directly helping the club they support by opening an account. It is a win for everyone and we are looking forward to working with you. Welcome aboard.”

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

Bet responsibly!

One in, one out at Homelands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

You can keep up to date with our Academy Scholarship on Facebook via the link below, and on Instagram @ashfordunitedfootballacademy

www.facebook.com/aufcfootballacademy/