Another of the Club’s stalwarts, Football Secretary Geoff Knock is to be honoured by the award of a special medal and certificate from the Football Association to mark 50 years’ service to football.
It is just about the highest award that can be attained at our levels of football and the Club is delighted for Geoff who saw long service with Bedfont FC for many years, before joining Ashford where he has performed the Secretary role with great distinction.
The presentation will be made on Saturday 12 November at our home match against Aylesbury, and will be made by John and Jim Taylor, senior members of Middlesex County FA, on behalf of the Football Association.
Geoff becomes the third current member of the Club to receive this award after Bob Parker and Alan Constable, along with Pat Munns who has a 25 year award.
Here's a little bit on a brilliant weekend for two of Ashford’s youngest sides.
Ashford Town (Middlesex) U6s
The boys went to Chelsea’s new state of the art dome to play in the Chelsea fun football festival.
Ashford played 8 games scoring plenty of goals and expressing themselves with skills and team work. Indeed the U6s had an amazing day with great memories and some fantastic photos. This U6 team play the Ashford way and are developing nicely under Luri and Sean. They will be an extremely strong side next season.
Squad- Gino, James, Mikey, Alex, Zach and Taylon
A big thank you to Sean for his support and inviting Ashford to attend a great day.
Ashford Town (Middlesex) U8s
The Under-8’s went to play AFC Wimbledon academy on a cold Saturday morning at the Wimbledon centre of excellence.
Ashford played 6 a side with a strong squad Alfie, Nick, Dex, Haz, Max, Georgie and Matt. After 4 x 20 min games Ashford showed some great ball manipulation and some fantastic passing. The boys had targets and all reached them with Ashford ending up getting their rewards, scoring 5 goals in the first game and 3 in the next but only conceding 3 all day.
MOTM- Alfie and a special mention to George Morgan, trying his best and working hard for the squad
Report from Bill Shires, ATFC Juniors
We are always very happy to print short reports from any of our junior managers on our official website
A busy period sees Ashford making the 50 mile plus journey down the A3 to play Petersfield Town in another Central Division match on Tuesday evening, kick-off 7.45 p.m. The address of the ground is Love Lane, Petersfield, Hampshire, PO16 8BX and for anyone travelling by train, it is just over half a mile from Petersfield station.
We have never met Petersfield at any level before in our history. They spent a number of seasons in the Wessex League before two enthralling seasons in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 saw them firstly win Division One of the Wessex League and then the Premier Division the following season, enabling them to be promoted to the Southern League. In their first season at Step 4 they more than held their own, finishing in 14th place but have found the going tougher so far this campaign, currently sitting in 21st position. However, many of their results have been close and last week they appointed a new manager so we know to expect a side determined to get themselves out of trouble.
For our own part, seven days is a long time in football and the competent win last Tuesday in the Middlesex Senior Cup, topped on Saturday with the amazing 6-3 win over 4th placed Barton Rovers should see us in confident mode. There were no injuries sustained over the weekend as far as the writer is aware and Ben Murray’s main problem will doubtless be to select his squad, with so many good players on the touchline at the moment. Should be a good game all round with any luck.
The Under-18’s are also in action this week under new manager Will Boye when they play away to Aldershot Town, but at Godalming Town FC, on Wednesday evening, kick-off 7.45 p.m. in the Ryman Youth League.