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It was all smiles for Ashford Town (Middlesex) Ladies Football Club yesterday afternoon as the Greater London Division 2 (South) champions came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 and record a historic treble.

Battersea & Hammersmith went ahead in the first fifteen minutes after pouncing on a loose ball in the penalty box. They scored their second shortly after when a flick eluded the back four and the Battersea & Hammersmith forward struck on the half volley.

The Tangerines began to find their feet and just before the half time whistle, top goalscorer Lavana Neufville popped up and headed in Vicky James' corner.

H/T: 1-2

Ashford came out in the second half with an extra spring in their step and before they knew it Neufville got her second of the game.

The Tangerines were in the driving seat and continued to create opportunities at will.

Ashford completed the remarkable come back when Beth Sheehan lobbed the goalkeeper from close range.

F/T: 3-2

This victory capped off a treble winning season for Ashford Town (Middlesex) Ladies winning the GLWFL Division 2 (South), County Cup & League Cup.

LINEUP: L Restel, T Mills, L Huse, N Jacobs, J Boyd, V James, C Benham, S Phillips, B Sheehan, H Isaacs, L Neufville

SUBS: A O'Sullivan, C Dalrymple, L Richardson

Ashford Ladies will hope to crown a highly successful season on Sunday with their second cup final victory of the season, this time against Battersea & Hammersmith Ladies in the Greater London Women’s League Trophy Final.  The match will take place at Hampton & Richmond Borough FC, Beveree Stadium, Beaver Close, Hampton, TW12 2BX, kicking off at 1.15 p.m.  B & H Ladies play at the same level as our ladies and have just finished in 2nd place in the Northern section, having won 11 and drawn 4 of their 16 league matches, so it should be a close match.

It is one of three finals taking place at the same venue tomorrow and parking is always tight at Hampton but there should be plenty of room around the side roads if you can’t get into the very small car park.

The Club is pleased to announce its “Early Bird Special” scheme for season 2017-2018.

You can purchase a season ticket for just £75 and this will entitle you to attend all 1st Team home matches and all Under-18 matches throughout the season, the only exception being FA Cup and FA Trophy games, due to FA rules requiring everyone to pay.  To be eligible for this scheme, you need to make full payment BEFORE 30 June.  Season tickets bought after this date will cost £100, and although still a considerable saving, the “Early Bird” offer will save you a full 25%.

Payment can be made over the bar but please include your name, address, phone contact number and email address.  The latter will enable you to be added to the official emailing list which in turn means you will receive news, information and all sorts of things involving the club.

We hope that all committee members will also embrace the scheme, as per the email to committee members yesterday.  Two members have already made payments.

It would be very helpful if anyone buying a ticket could email our Membership Secretary, Chris Canderton,(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  so that he can arrange for your ticket to be available in good time for the new season.  If you wished to pay by post please send your cheque to Ashford Town (Mx) FC, c/o 3 Craigwell Cose, Staines, TW18 3NP.

Ashford’s pre-season schedule of matches has been arranged in accordance with the Manager’s plans and is as follows:

Sat 15 July                      tba                                             PSF                                                                                                  

Sat 22 July               a     AFC Hayes                                PSF                                                                                                                  

Tue 25 July              a     Spelthorne Sports                   PSF                                                                                                                  

Sat 29 July               H    WOKING XI                               PSF                                                                                                                  

Tue  1 Aug               H    FARNBOROUGH                       PSF                                                                                                                  

Sat  5 Aug                a     South Park                                PSF                                                                                                                  

Sat 12 Aug                                                                                                                  League starts                                                

There is also likely to be a match against Deportivo Galicia FC who are hoping to be promoted into the Combined Counties League for next season.

The only date still to be filled is Saturday 15 July when we are trying to arrange an away match.  Anyone interested who can host us should please call 07956 930719.

The league season starts on Saturday 12 August and we can expect to receive the annual fixture list in mid-July.  If the FA Cup is arranged along the same lines as last year, the draws for the opening rounds will be released in early July.  We will have a bye in the Extra-Preliminary Round, but can expect to be playing in the Preliminary Round on Saturday 19 August.

We shall be entering the same cup competitions as last season, namely the FA cup, the FA Trophy, the League Cup, The Middlesex Senior Cup, the Surrey Senior Cup and the Middlesex Charity Cup.

Ashford held their end of season Presentation Evening on Friday 12 May at the Meadhurst Club, Sunbury, the whole event having been superbly organised by Graham and Sue Cooley, with assistance from manager Ben Murray and others.

Around 120 people were present to see the following awards presented.

First Team – Manager’s Player of the Season – Mark Bitmead

First Team – Player’s Player of the Season – Mark Bitmead

First Team – Supporter’s Player of the Season – Samad Kazi

First Team – Young Player of the Season – Bayley Mummery

Under 18s – Player of the Season – Nathan Pooley

 

As voted for by the players and management-

First Team – Goal of the Season – Bayley Mummery vs Royston

First Team – Funniest Moment of the Season – Tyler Tobin vs Guildford City

 

Many of Will Boye’s Ladies side were also present to celebrate their record breaking season, having won their league without losing a match, and winning one cup final 5-1 with another to come on 21 May.  The presentations were as follows:

 

Players player of the season: Beth Sheehan

Managers player of the season: Lauren Restel

Most Improved player of the season: Lauren Richardson

Young player of the season: Sequoia Belworthy

Goal of the season: Vicky James

Golden Boot: Lavana Neufville

 

The coveted Jack Constable “Clubman of the Year” award went to Nick Bailey, with Emma Bailey in 2nd place and 1st Team manager Ben Murray.

 

Chairman Dave Baker presented bouquets to Louise, Emma, Kate and Sarah all of whom work so hard for us behind the bar or tea bar,

 

The Football Association has released the line-ups for 2017-18.  Ashford remain in the Central Division of the Southern League but there are six ins and outs from last season.

OUTS are Royston Town (promoted), Farnborough (promoted), Petersfield Town (relegated), Histon (relegated), Potters Bar Town (transferred to Isthmian League North) and Kidlington (transferred to Southern League South and West)

INS are AFC Rushden & Diamonds (transferred from Northern Prem Div 1 South), Cambridge City (relegated from Southern League Prem), Hartley Wintney (promoted from CCL), Hayes & Yeading United (relegated from Southern League Prem), Moneyfields (promoted from Wessex League), and Thames United (promoted from Hellenic League)

Of the clubs moving into the Central Division, we shall be facing three clubs against whom we have never played before, Namely AFC Rushden & Diamonds, Cambridge City and Moneyfields (from the Portsmouth area).

The full constitution is:

  • AFC Dunstable
  • AFC Rushden & Diamonds
  • Arlesey Town
  • Ashford Town (Middlesex)
  • Aylesbury
  • Aylesbury United
  • Barton Rovers
  • Beaconsfield Town
  • Bedford Town
  • Cambridge City
  • Chalfont St. Peter
  • Egham Town
  • Fleet Town
  • Hanwell Town
  • Hartley Wintney
  • Hayes & Yeading United
  • Kempston Rovers
  • Marlow
  • Moneyfields
  • Northwood
  • Thame United
  • Uxbridge

 

Ashford held their AGM on Thursday 11 May 2017.

Unlike one or two in the past, matters proceeded smoothly!  Paul Blair and Steve Clark were voted in as Football Secretary and Finance Director respectively, to replace Geoff Knock and Jason Brown, both of whom had indicated that they wished to stand down although both will be remaining on the General Committee.  Steve has been with the club right back to the 60’s and has performed many roles for Ashford, including long stints behind the bar in the past and is also an ex-player.  Paul was previously the Secretary of Ash United and is a councillor with Surrey County FA, specialising amongst other things, in Chartered Standard and Welfare.  He is also an active officer of the Combined Counties League Management structure.

All of last season’s directors and committee members were voted back in and there will be a new addition to the committee in the shape of Paul Mann, who, along with his wife, has been a faithful supporter of the club for a number of years.  Paul is an ex-referee who started to support Ashford when his son Jim Mann was playing for the Club.  The first meeting of the new Committee will be on Thursday 8 June (8.00 p.m. at the Club).

Two people were also elected to the honorary position of Vice-President.  One is Paul Burgess, now with Spelthorne Sports but who holds the records for the highest number of appearances for the club before going on to become manager.  Paul indicated a little while ago that he would be pleased to accept the invitation and the whole membership were unanimous in accepting the proposal.  We will name the other person once we have received his formal acceptance

The majority of the pre-season matches have now been resolved but we are still looking for an away match on Saturday 15 July against any club from Step 6 upwards and a home or away game against ideally Step 2/3 opposition on Saturday 29 July.  Anyone reading this who would be interested in filling one of these spots should please contact Alan Constable at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There are still a few spare seats for the Presentation Evening tonight at the Meadhurst Club in Sunbury when all the awards will be announced and the medals given out.  Please get in touch if you would like to come at the last minute.

Ashford Town (Middlesex) Ladies lifted the Capital Women's Junior Cup with victory over Whyteleafe Ladies last Sunday at Bedfont Sports.

Holly Isaacs, Vicky James and Laura Huse scored in the convincing victory, but it was Lavana Neufville's two goals just past the hour mark which sealed the win for The Tangerines.

Isaacs latched onto Neufvilles corss to tap into an empty net with only six minutes played. Captain, James made it 2-0 ten minutes after when her rocket of a free kick rebounded in off the cross bar.

Steve Earl, the match day referee awarded a free kick again to Ashford just before halftime, this time James delivered a cross to the far post for Laura Huse to volley in. 3-0 at half time and Whyteleafe looked out of the game at this point.

H/T: 3-0

Ashford conceded a penalty early on the second half but when Lavana Neufville controlled Beth Sheehan's perfectly weighted cross, she managed to turn and finish to restore Ashford three goal deficit.

Ashford continued to drive forward with Charmaine Benham and Sheehan both forcing the goalkeeper into great saves.

F/T: 5-1

Great football from Ashford Town (Middlesex) Ladies who played very impressive football throughout. Whyteleafe were a credit to themselves demonstrating how strong a side they were by going close a number of times. We wish them luck next season and for a speedy recovery to their player who was taken in an Ambulance.

LINEUP: L Restel, A Luzar, L Huse, N Jacobs, J Boyd, V James, L Richardson, C Benham, L Neufville, B Sheehan, H Isaacs

SUBS: S Phillips, T Mills

Updated 16:32 - 8 May 2017 by William Boye

Ashford maintained their winning run and brought the season to a successful conclusion on Monday evening in the Final of the Middlesex Charity Cup, played at Hanwell Town FC, beating a full strength Wealdstone 2-1.

Ben Murray stuck to the same squad that had beaten Hampton & Richmond just six days earlier in the semi-final and in front of 332 spectators, Ashford could not have  enjoyed a better start, earning a penalty just 11 seconds into the match, when Dan Fleming was clearly pulled back.  Alex Fisher was on penalty duties and coolly finished for Ashford’s quickest goal of the season.  It could have been two just minutes later as Dan Fleming hit a fierce drive which went just over.

Overall, Ashford looked well up for the contest and possibly caught their opponents, who were maybe anticipating an easier ride,  on the hop by their overall application and it was not really a surprise when Dan Fleming, having a super game, latched on to a through ball and gave the keeper no chance, as he doubled the lead.

Wealdstone were rattled without a doubt but fought back, as was inevitable, and almost reduced the arrears when a fierce free kick rattled the bar.  Generally though, Ashford were defending stoutly and Tyler Tobin in goal was a competent keeper behind the back four.  Max Webb, a driving force for much of the time, picked up a knock and had to be replaced at half-time by Scott Weight, who added all his experience after the resumption.

The second half took on a different complexion though as Wealdstone pulled a goal back on 54 minutes when former Ashford favourite Ricky Wellard found himself unmarked at the far post as he converted a low cross.

The goal led to a sustained, long period of pressure as Wealdstone sensed blood and went all out for an equaliser.  There were many close things, including a disallowed goal, and a miraculous goal line clearance from skipper Russ Canderton, playing his 642nd competitive match for the Tangerines.  Ashford were largely restricted to breakaways but in one, an excellent ball from Jack Beadle gave Mark Bitmead the opportunity to make it safe but he couldn’t quite convert.

In the main though it was backs to the wall stuff and the whole team deserves great credit as they kept Wealdstone out with incredible determination, despite the allotted six minutes of stoppage time which was nearer to eight, but in the end Ashford held out to win the trophy for the third time in their history and end the season on a high, which promises much for next season, which begins in earnest on Saturday 12 August.  Details of pre-season matches will be published in due course.

The County named Dan Fleming as the “Man of the Match” which was well deserved after arguably one of his best ever performances for the club, especially in the first half.

Ashford would like to thank the County for their hard work in facilitating the Final, and indeed, Hanwell Town for their excellent hospitality.

That’s not it for cup finals, as the Ladies still have two to look forward to, the first being this coming Sunday in the Capital Women’s Cup against Whyteleafe Ladies, which is being played at Bedfont Sports, kick-off 2.00 p.m. which, coupled with the Charity match at Ashford in the morning, makes it an ideal double for the day.  It will also be an excellent opportunity to view Bedfont’s new 3G pitch which looks superb.

 

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding our first ever 5 a side senior ladies tournament on Sunday 19th June 2016 at Ashford Town (Middlesex) Football Club.

To register your team(s) please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a registration form.

The entrance fee is only £15 to enter!

Our Venue
Ashford Town Football Club, Short Lane, Ashford.TW19 7BH
Car Parking will be available.
Hot & cold food, hot and cold beverages, refreshments etc will be available
The bar will be open from 10am

The Day
1st game will KO at 12pm
ALL teams to arrives 30 Minutes before the start of games.
5 aside round robin matches – no player swapping between teams.
Tournament rules will be discussed during the managers briefing before the   games start.

General Info
Confirmation email will be sent on receipt of application
Unsuccessful applications will be returned with payment.
Entrance fee is just £15.00 per team

If you have any question please contact Will Boye on 07572 439 048 OR Nick Bailey on 07876 686807.

With the news that Football League  club Barnet FC  will be sending a mixed side to Ashford on Saturday 30 July, the pre-season schedule is now complete, as follows:

Sat 9 July             a. Knaphill (3G)

Tue 12 July          a. Colliers Wood United

Sat 16 July           a. CB Hounslow United

Sat 23 July           a. Shoreham

Tue 26 July          a. Banstead Athletic

Sat 30 July           H. BARNET

Tue 2 August      H. MOLESEY

Sat 6 August       League Season starts

Message from Vice Chairman Nick Bailey
 
This Bank Holiday Monday we are holding a Family fun day at the club, everyone is welcome to attend.
 
BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY BAR DEAL: 
2 bottles of Fosters Gold or Corona for £5.00 
Pint of Fosters for £3.00
 
Don't forget we also have Speckled Hen (5.2%) on draft at the moment.
 
BBQ 
The BBQ will be manned by Simon for the day all we ask is that you bring something to chuck on it - I will bring a few boxes of burgers, if you want anything else bring it along and Simon will cook it. Rain or shine the BBQ will still be running as we will have it covered by a marquee. 
 
Goal will be put up for the kids, the music will be on and the bar will be open from 11am
 
Everyone welcome
 
See you on Monday. 
 
Nick. 
 

Ashford held their annual Presentation Evening on Friday evening at a superbly equipped Kempton Park.

Understandably, with promotion having been achieved, everyone was in high spirits and following the food everyone was ready for the speeches and presentations.  Up first was Vice-Chairman Nick Bailey who spoke about the Under-18 side, who, in the very tough Ryman Youth League, had not enjoyed a massively successful season in terms of results but several of the players had gained experience, including being part of the 1st Team squad, especially Harry Herdman, who was expected to come into the 1st team reckoning on a regular basis next season.  Indeed the “Manager’s Player of the Year” award duly went to Harry, whilst the “Players’ Player of the Year” went to Kasey Williams, whose consistency was duly rewarded.

Up next was Will Boye, highly successful Ladies Manager.  In their first season with the Club, the ladies had regularly notched up more than ten goals and had won their division of the Greater London Women’s League by the beginning of January.  They had also reached the Final of their County Cup, losing only on penalties in a rare defeat and had been a credit to the club.

Although she is far too modest to describe herself as such, the star of the side is undoubtedly Ashley Cheatley, whose goal scoring exploits had led to selection for the County side.  She was recognised by her team mates, winning the “Players’ Player of the Year” award and also selected by Will as the winner of the “Most Skilful Player”.  The Manager’s “Player of the Seaon” went to Vicky James, another well deserved award.  She also won the “Best Trainer” award and the accolade of scoring the best goal of the season.  There were various other awards for Amber Luzar, Tia Prior, Charlotte McGregor, Irisha Smith, Frida Larsson.  

Up stepped 1st Team manager Ben Murray who was his usual entertaining self.  He spoke about the season and how proud he was of the players in achieving promotion and felt that we were in good shape for the challenge of Step 4 football next season, despite the fact that we would be up against some big clubs in the next campaign.  Club Captain Rusell Canderton, who will achieve his 600th appearance for the club next season also spoke and gave an excellent speech.

The quality within the squad was possibly emphasised by the fact that three different players took the main awards.  The “Supporters’ Player of the Season” was presented by Chad Beadle to Samad Kazi, who had still reached double figures in the goal scoring stakes, despite spending half the season playing in central defence, whilst the choice for the “Players’ Player of the Year” went to Scott Weight,  whose experience had been invaluable throughout the season.  The Manager’s “Player of the Year” though went to the popular Jack Beadle who had barely missed a match and had made a vital contribution with 22 goals from midfield.

The goal scoring abilities of both Mark Bitmead (42 over the season) and Dan Fleming (27) were duly recognised, whilst Tyler Tobin had made 59 appearances out of 60, with Alex Fisher just behind him on 58.

Finally we came to the “Jack Constable Clubman of the Year” award, which has now been going strong since 1983.  This is awarded annually to the person considered by the committee, who cast their votes in 1-2-3 order, to have most enhanced the club over the season.  It is often won by a member of the Committee but can also go to a member of the Management or the Playing Staff or even a supporter.

As usual the voting was close, with no less than 12 people receiving votes which rather demonstrates just how much work is put in by various people in the club, but the overall winner this year was Dan Butler, whose untiring and varied efforts were duly recognised.  Just behind him were our dynamic Vive-Chairman Nick Bailey, followed by Chad Beadle and Chris Canderton, with honourable mentions for Liam Balmer, Emma Bailey, Sue Cox, Mark Green, Ben Murray and others who all received votes.  Chairman Dave Baker stepped up to present the award.

The Chairman was also on hand to present five of our hard working ladies with bouquets to recognise their efforts, namely Sue Cox, Kate McNally, Louise Munns, Debbie Beadle and Emma Bailey.  Without these ladies, it would be hard for the Club to function, so our grateful thanks go to all of them.

The evening went on with dancing to the Jake Taylor disco.  Our thanks go to Kempton Park and their hard working staff  and also to Nick Bailey and Ben Murray who had organised matters to the last detail.

Don’t forget that the club is open every day except Mondays and with the refurbishment almost complete, it is now a venue to be proud of but we need people to use it, so please come down whenever you can.  The next major function is on Bank Holiday, Monday 30 May, which will be a barbecue and which we hope will be well supported.  There will be more about that on the web site in due course, as will a detailed list of our pre-season friendlies, most of which are now confirmed.  We are still looking for a Step 2/3/4 side to come to us on Saturday 30 July, but if one doesn’t materialise soon, we have had offers from two or three very good Step 5 clubs and a decision will be made this coming week.

 

As part of all the ongoing development, members and customers at Ashford will soon be able to pay their bar bills by credit or debit card if they wish to do so.  The agreement was signed today and we should be up and running within the next 10 days.

There may be a very small charge for using your credit card but it will not cost anything if you use a debit card.

With the facilities completely overhauled, including new sofas, all our members are invited to come down to the Club more frequently.

This evening (Tuesday) the re-arranged match between Manchester United and Southampton will be on live, whilst tomorrow the Europa League Final between Liverpool and Seville will also be on, especially handy for those who don’t have BT Sport!

Did you know that the laws of the game have been re-written for next season onwards?  There are also some changes, one being that a pleyr will not always be sent off for preventing a goal scoring opportunity.  It will depend upon intent, which won't make life easy for referees.  If you want to have a look at the new laws, go to the CCL Pitchero site, click on INFORMATION (top right), then on DOWNLOADS, then click LAWS OF THE GAME 2016-2017.

Our carefully planned pre-season has been thrown into some disruption by the decision today of Harrow Borough to pull out of the friendly arranged to take place at Short Lane on 30 July.  We are less than pleased but are now looking for alternative opponents playing at Step 3 or 4.  If anyone from those levels would like to play at Short Lane on 30 July, please get in touch.

The Annual General Meeting took place on Thursday 12 May in the Clubhouse, with a very healthy attendance.

The Chairman opened the meeting and thanked various people, in particular Sue Cox, who was standing down pending her move to Devon in due course, and Phil Marshall, who had relinquished the post of Bar Manager, although he would continue as the Finance Director.

Mr. Baker also congratulated manager Ben Murray and his assistants and the players upon winning promotion, with the news earlier in the day that we would be returning to the Central Division of the Southern League.

He also acknowledged the hard work of Nick Bailey in facilitating the refurbishment that was currently transforming the club house.

The report from Company Secretary Gareth Coates was noted and Alan Constable then went through various topics, including the important one of replacing Sue and Phil.  The meeting approved the intention of the Board to appoint Nick and Emma Bailey to both run the bar and handle the day to day financial requirements, in conjunction with President Bob Parker, Phil and Katie behind the bar.

Mr. Marshall had prepared the annual accounts which showed a small profit and the accounts were duly approved.  Bar income had reduced over the year  which was disappointing although it was hoped that the re-furbishment would attract more custom once completed.

Mr. Balmer confirmed that pitch renovation was in hand, with the first match of the new season on it being a pre-season game at home to Harrow Borough on Saturday 30 July.

There is a vacancy for the post of Programme Editor and anyone interested is welcome to get in touch.

The current members of the Board were re-elected unopposed and it was agreed by the floor that both Nick Bailey and Dan Butler should also become club directors.

A leaner committee than hitherto was then elected, including three new members, namely Jason Brown, Graham Felce and Jamie Brunton.  In addition Larry Mansell agreed to accept the post of Press Officer.

Mr. Beadle then spoke about the revised “Boost the Budget” scheme which will hopefully augment the club’s playing budget to enable it to compete in a very strong looking division.

Manager Ben Murray also spoke (at length) about the achievements of last season and his plans for the next one.  He also congratulated the Ladies’ side following their stunning achievements over the season and acknowledged the efforts of Under-18 manager Nick Bailey and his squad, which had largely been together since the age of 7.  Results in their first year of Under-18 football had not been great but in a very tough league, it had been valuable experience, with a number of players training with the senior side, especially Harry Herdman, who was expected to be a 1st Team contender next season.  Nick is standing down as Youth Manager, given all his other commitments and applications for the post of Under-18 manager should make themselves known to Ben Murray.

As anticipated, Ashford have been allocated to the Central Division of the Southern League for next season.

We will be playing against the following clubs:  AFC Dunstable, AFC Kempston Rovers, Arlesey Town, Aylesbury, Aylesbury United, Barton Rovers, Beaconsfield, Bedford Town, Chalfont St. Peter, Egham Town, Farnborough, Fleet Town, Hanwell Town, Histon, Kidlington, Marlow, Northwood, Petersfield Town, Potters Bar Town Royston Town, Uxbridge

Of the clubs in the Division there are four that we have never previously met, namely AFC Dunstable, Farnborough, Histon and Petersfield Town.  We have only played Bedford once before and that was in a friendly in July 2006.

Perhaps the “stand-out” clubs are for us Farnborough and Histon, both of whom have played at higher levels, plus Kidlington (just about the best team we faced last season on the day) who knocked us out of the Vase after a replay, and AFC Kempston, who we managed to beat in the FA Cup by a solitary goal, but they barely lost a match after that.

It will be good to play against local rivals Egham Town and Uxbridge again whilst, without completely working it out as yet, the longest journey is probably to Histon, in Cambridgeshire, a journey of around 80 miles.  The longer journeys that we used  to undertake when we were last in the league to places such as Rugby, Bedworth, Daventry, Woodford  etc. have largely disappeared as all the clubs mentioned are now in different leagues.

Our pre-season matches are gradually taking shape and they will be announced fully as soon as the arrangements are complete.  There will also be a report upon last night’s AGM shortly.

The clubhouse refurbishment will be virtually complete today with the flooring going down and there will be an unofficial opening this evening at 6.00 p.m., with everyone welcome.  Great thanks go to Vice-Chairman Nick Bailey who has master-minded the project and also to Bill and colleagues who have done the work for us at a discount or even free as far as the flooring is concerned which is greatly appreciated.

Please note that  due to the ongoing re-furbishment of the club, it will be closed all day today and will only open at 5.00 p.m. tomorrow and Friday.

The club is seeking to recruit an Under 18s Youth Team manager for our Ryman Youth League team for the 2016/2017 season. 

The ideal candidate will have experience of youth team football and may already have contacts of players that can be brought in and compliment our group of second years already existing for the season ahead, although the club are willing to accept interest from any candidate that possesses a Level 2 coaching badge or above. 

Please send in your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give Ben Murray a call on 07903781121. 

Applications to be submitted ASAP closing date is Friday 20th May. 

Two and a half seasons ago I was given a task by our Chairman, to stabilise and then strive to push this club forward.

After missing out by one goal on the final day of the Evo-Stik season a couple of years ago, to keep the team at Step 4 level, the club worked tirelessly to improve it’s off the field side of stability, which allowed me to look to do the same competing at a very competitive Combined Counties level, Step 5.
I established a two year plan and presented it to the board, which would aim to get our club back to the level of football it should be at.

On Monday, we achieved and completed our plan. Promotion.

The squad was rebuilt in the transition season of 2014/2015 and finished 3rd in our first full season, we then regrouped, kept most of the group together and brought in some extra strength and depth for this season.

The lads have kept to our philosophies and style of play and have produced some fantastic football throughout the season, using the experiences from last season to show great maturity and game management to win 31 of their 42 league games, a tremendous consistency.   I admire and thank the players for their effort and application, especially in the business end to the season.

The title race itself took a twist early in March when it became clear that Hartley were not able to get promotion, it meant that it became a three team race for promotion with us, Camberley and Epsom fighting for one space.

I want to say congratulations to Hartley for their achievements this season, smashing the division with 106 points and performing superbly in the FA Cup and FA Vase competitions, I spoke to the Hartley manager on the phone on Tuesday and reiterated that their professionalism throughout the season has been of the highest standard and thoroughly deserve the title.  But also I wanted to mention Camberley, who like us have been fighting for every single point all season without any let off, we have pushed each other to the limit all season and for the season’s promotion place to come down to the last kick of the last game of the season, shows the high standards of their team.

For us though, we take this time to celebrate the achievement of promotion, we started that on Monday when the whole squad met at the clubhouse to be greeted by lots of supporters and board members, we again met up last night and now look forward to the presentation evening on the 20th.
After that it’s all about planning and preparation for the 2016/2017 season, something we all as a club will be looking forward to.

Well done to all this season, all those volunteers in the ‘off the field’ team that make the club strive forward. The groundsman team, the catering team, the facilities team, the bar team, the match day duty team, the finance team, the admin team. This promotion is as much because of your efforts as it is the football team.

Finally, to the supporters who have travelled home and away to each and every game and given the upmost support and encouragement throughout the season. We thank you. Let’s now celebrate our achievement.

Presentation Evening 2016

Ashford Town (Middlesex) have been promoted to Step 4 after League Champions Hartley Wintney defeated Camberley Town by 3-2 this afternoon to prevent the Krooners from going ahead of Ashford and taking second place in the table.

The Row had led the table for most of the season and have won the title convincingly, but announced at the end of March that they had not secured the ground grading required for promotion, which meant that the runners-up would be promoted instead.

Ashford completed their fixtures on Saturday holding the all-important second spot but Camberley knew that if they could crash their hosts’ Championship party by winning the match then it would be them making the step up next season.

With over 300 paying spectators present at the match, the hosts drew first blood when Rossi Cook scored from the penalty spot. Camberley’s prolific striker Perry Coles equalised in the first minute of the second half before a defensive effort allowed Cook to go through on goal, rounding the goalkeeper to give Hartley the lead.

With just over 20 minutes remaining, Camberley’s goalkeeper Craig Bradshaw scored for his side, hitting a free-kick from inside his own penalty area that sailed 80 yards and into the net without even bouncing along the way. That kind of unusual goal can turn a game a team’s way but Hartley underlined why they have won the League by ten points by shrugging off the incident. As the game drew to a close, Camberley had a player dismissed but continued to pour men forward and were eventually caught in the final minute, Sam Argent tapping into the net after a well-worked counter-attack.

Immediately afterwards, Hartley Wintney received the Championship Trophy their efforts this season so richly deserve while Ashford were able to celebrate a return to the level from which they were relegated two years ago. There has been some talk on social media about the Ash Trees’ promotion being somehow diminished by dint of going up as runners-up rather than as champions, but to those people, we would point out that Ashford were champions of the League four seasons in succession during the 1990s, only to be repeatedly denied entry to the Isthmian League by changing ground grading regulations. The rules as they stand now are set by The FA, rather than individual competitions and are the same around the country. While there is no doubt that both Hartley Wintney and Camberley Town are more than good enough to play at Step 4, our level is the only one in the country where only one team is promoted per League and it is to be hoped that those now in charge of the game at Wembley will do something about that. We offer our best wishes to both The Row and The Krooners and for the latter, the season is not yet finished as they are still engaged in three Cup competitions. Hopefully, Camberley will secure some silverware to complete a remarkable season for them, which also saw them reach the quarter-final of The FA Vase.

For Ashford, thoughts now turn to next season. We will be placed into a Step 4 League by The FA Leagues Committee, although it would seem most likely that we will go into Division One Central of the Evo-Stik Southern League. Being placed there would give us a local derby against Egham Town, as well as relatively local fixtures against Uxbridge, Hanwell Town and Northwood, mixed with several trips into Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire. The FA may yet decide otherwise, however!

In the meantime, we would like to pay tribute to all of the players, management and coaching staff for their hard work and express our thanks to our supporters for their unstinting backing of the side throughout the campaign. We have had two highly enjoyable and competitive seasons back in the CCL and the League is probably stronger now than it has ever been, with so many clubs moving forward positively on and off the pitch. We will look back fondly on our return to the competition but can start to plan for the challenges ahead.

Ashford’s destiny at the end of this current season is now out of their hands but in the last few weeks players could have done little more than they did, winning their last four matches without conceding a goal.  Saturday’s match at Epsom & Ewell looked a tough one on paper and so it was, but there was a steely determination about Ben Murray’s men to take it to the end and whilst there was only one goal in it, there was little doubt that the Tangerines deserved to take all three points on the day.

With Samad Kazi suspended, Will Boye came back into the starting line up, whilst up front Dan Fleming got the nod over Bradley Wainwright.  These two sides are basically evenly matched and there were few chances of note, although Ashford certainly enjoyed the greater possession. It looked a hammer blow though for the Tangerines when Scott Weight received a straight red.  He certainly barged into his opponent and was deemed to have used an elbow.  In the context of the game, especially at that point, it was possibly a little harsh but that was the decision and Ashford now had to contend with their opponents with just ten men in a match they had to win.

Murray opted to keep two players up front and on the day, the reduction in personnel did not seem to make very much difference.  The killer blow for Ashford came just after the hour mark when Perry Luckins, who enjoyed an excellent second half, sent a ball through to Mark Bitmead on the left.  With the keeper coming out and the Epsom defenders gone AWOL, Bitmead did what he has done for the club on so many occasions and calmly lobbed the ball into an empty net, for his 42nd goal of the season in all competitions, and his 6th in the last three matches.

There remained tension in the air amongst the Ashford supporters, of whom there were plenty, but also a growing sense that the job had been done, with Russell Canderton and Boye superb at the heart of the defence and keeper Tobin on top of his game.  So it proved and the three points left Ashford two places in front of Camberley who play their final match today, at Hartley Wintney, kicking off at 1.00 p.m.  Goals don’t matter now and the equation is simple:  if Camberley win they will be promoted, anything else and it will be Ashford.

Whether we go up or not, it has been a superb season with some amazing football being played by the Tangerines at times in a league of ever growing competitiveness when not a single match can be taken for granted.  A big thank you goes to our manager and his staff and all the players who have contributed.  A thank you also goes to all our supporters.  Attendances have been much improved overall, and we have been taking plenty of people to away matches as well.  If we are still in the CCL next season then so be it, and we will endeavour to be even stronger next season and do a little better in the FA Vase!  If we go up, we believe that the current squad is more than capable of doing well at the next level.

Following information received today, Ashford now know they will be playing three different clubs in league matches next season although we have met up with all of them in the past.

We knew about Redhill and Chessington & Hook coming into the CCL but the FA have sprung something of a surprise today, switching AFC Hayes from their original destination of the Spartan S. Midlands League into the CCL.  We have met with both Chessington and AFC Hayes quite recently but it will be 23 years since we have played Redhill, the last meeting being in October 1992, when we managed a 3-2 win after extra time in a 2nd Round Qualifying match in the Surrey Senior Cup.

The other new clubs into the CCL next season are Abbey Rangers, promoted from the Surrey Elite League and South Park Reserves, who have switched from the Suburban League, the CCL having voted in favour of bolstering Division One with a maximum of 2 reserve sides, whose 1st Team play at Step 4 or above.  There will only be the one this season though.

Leaving the League are Molesey, promoted to Step 4, along with AFC Croydon Athletic, who have been promoted from Division One but switched into the Southern Counites East League for next season.  The other "departee" is Alton Town who are returning to the Wessex League.

The Board of Directors will determine the final constitution for next season over the next few days.

Work started on the main pitch last week the plan being to have it in tip top condition prior to the first home league match of the season.  The CCL season starts on Saturday 8 August and the fixtures are due to be released on or around 26 July.  There will undoubtedly be a midweek league match, probably on Tuesday 11 August and then, the following Saturday, 15 August, we are straight into the Extra-Preliminary Round of the FA Cup, the draw for which is generally released on or around 1 July.

In the meantime, Football Secretary Geoff Knock and manager Ben Murray have been working upon the pre-season programme.  Ben is not looking to play too many matches and is hoping to build matters up gradually so that the squad is in peak condition for the first league match of the season.  As things currently stand, this is what has been arranged:

Sat 11 July, H. Ash United (back pitch)

Tue 14 July, a. CB Hounslow United

Sat 18 July, H. Loxwood (back pitch)

Tue 21 July, H. Frimley Green (back pitch)

Sat 25 July, H. Ascot United (probably back pitch)

Tue 28 July, H. Cockfosters (main pitch, Middx Charity Cup – sf)

Sat 1 August, TBA depending upon Charity Cup result

Tue 4 August, (POSSIBLE), H. Brentford Development Squad

Although the above situation is correct at the time of writing, pre-season matches by their very nature must be regarded as subject to change.  Any such changes will be notified nearer the time.

 

Playing in the Ryman Youth League certainly doesn’t get any easier!

The Ryman League has announced the constitution for next season and whilst we remain in the Western Section, there have been some changes.  Neither Chertsey nor Hampton & Richmond  remain but in their places come Hendon and Wealdstone, which certainly makes the travelling more difficult.  The full constitution is:

Aldershot
Ashford Town
Bedfont Sports
Camberley

Frimley Green
Hayes & Yeading
Northwood
Hendon
Staines Town
Wealdstone

Ashford’s U18 manager next season will be Nick Bailey, with the bulk of the team likely to be selected from local lads, many of whom will have played for the successful Sunday U16 side this last season.

There is still no definite news concerning the 1st Team CCL constitution.  We know that Molesey, have left, to be replaced by Redhill, whilst both AFC Croydon Athletic and Chessington & Hook United have been promoted.  Abbey Rangers and South Park Reserves definitely come into Division One but whether there will be any sideways movements remains to be determined.

Confirmation has come from Middlesex County FA today that Ashford have been reinstated into the Middlesex Charity Cup, following the disclosure that Enfield Town unwittingly fielded a suspended player against us back in January.  We would again reiterate that our sympathies are with Enfield Town, who lost a far more important prize than this competition, in being denied the right to compete in the play-offs for promotion to the Conference South.

We said that we would abide by any decision taken by the County as far as the Charity Cup was concerned and having been reinstated, we will now entertain defeated semi-finalists Cockfosters FC in a hastily re-arranged semi-final at Short Lane on Tuesday 28 July, kick-off 7.45 p.m.  This will be the first match on the main pitch next season.

The County has ordained that the Final will then take place against Harrow Borough, at their ground, on Saturday 1 August.

The County’s decision is subject to appeal by Enfield to the FA but such an appeal one would think, would be unlikely.

Ashford are amongst the county winners of the 2015 FA Community Awards by The FA and its Community Partner, McDonald’s  There are seven winners who have all been selected by a panel of Middlesex FA and McDonald’s representatives following a seven week public nomination period.

They will now be shortlisted for the 2015 Regional FA Community Awards, where they will be judged alongside other county winners to represent Middlesex in the National Awards shortlist.

The seven 2015 Middlesex FA award winners are:

People’s Choice Award (Outstanding Contribution to Community Football): Alan Kelsey (Whetstone Wanderers Youth FC)

The FA Charter Standard Community Club Award: Ashford Town (Middlesex) FC

The FA Charter Standard Development Club Award: Explorers FC

The FA Charter Standard Club Award:  St Josephs’ Youth 88 FC

The FA Charter Standard League Award:  Harrow Soccer Sevens Combination

Volunteer of the Year Award:  Danny Sharma (Middlesex County League / Harmondsworth FC)

Young Volunteer of the Year Award:  William Blithing (Pinner United FC)

To find out more about the awards, read about last year’s winners and follow the progress of Middlesex’s 2015 County Winners, visit: TheFA.com/YourGame.

National Award winners will be announced at The FA Community Awards Ceremony, presented by McDonald’s and will be held at Wembley Stadium , sponsored by McDonald’s, in August.

Peter Clayton, Chief Executive of Middlesex FA said “The grassroots awards are a chance for us to recognise those volunteers, coaches and clubs that sacrifice so much throughout the year and say thank you to them. Without them we wouldn’t have safe and structured environments where youngsters can develop their footballing talent. We are delighted that The FA and McDonald’s have provided us the opportunity to recognise them through The FA Community Awards and we wish them all the best at regional and hopefully national stages of the Awards.”

An Ashford spokesman said, “this is a tremendous honour for the Club especially everyone associated with the Junior Section.  We are these days a truly integrated club, with teams from Under-7 upwards, a Sunday social side, a younger girls’ team and hopefully a new adult ladies side next season.  The whole club follows a development programme, the brainchild of 1st Team manager Ben Murray, who has received great help from Vice-Chairman and Junior Section Chairman Nick Bailey.”

On Sunday, our Under 14s Juniors side visited Imber Court to be presented with their League Championship and then brought it back to the RPS, where captain Matt Surmon presented the Championship Trophy to President Bob Parker.

The team is managed by our First Team Manager Ben Murray, whose youngster’s only lost one league game all season and even that was the final game, when they were already declared ‘Champions’.  They were top of the table from the very first game of the season and racked up 124 goals in their 25 game season, conceding just 32 league goals in that time.

The team are well on course to be exactly where Murray expects them to be for his long-term vision of the club.  He said  “these lads work by the same philosophy and style of play as the first team, which is exactly where we need to be in terms of developing the club and its players for the future. They are a very intelligent group of footballers who can all play in a variety of positions, they understand the way in which I coach, they are always enjoyable to watch play football and it can only be beneficial for the club long-term if its own junior players are on course to play for the senior teams of the club".

The team was injected with quite a few new players at the start of the season, to ensure that the quality of the squad is progressing and the whole squad have worked extremely hard in training and matches to ensure their own personal development and the team development has been at a high standard all season. The lads now look forward to the Junior Presentation day on Saturday 30th May.

The squad -  Dougie Trotter, Charlie Gaish, Aaron Petch, Mason Herring, Cameron Richardson, Ben Awuah, Hamzah Gazi, Jamie Guttridge, Tyler Robinson, Jake Young, Alex Brett, Harry Salmon and Matt Surmon (Captain).

This Sunday, 17th May, Ashford Town (Middlesex) FC will play host to three Greater London Women’s Football League Cup Finals.

For just £5.00, you can enjoy a feast of Women’s Football which starts at 11.00am with the Sue Sharples Memorial Trophy, which will be contested between Alexandra Park WFC and Victoire Ladies.

Following that match, the Russell Cup will take place with Clapham United Reserves taking on Hampton & Richmond Borough at 1.30pm. The action-packed day will conclude at 4.00pm with AFC Wimbledon Development Ladies and Camden Town battling it out for the coveted John Greenacre Memorial Trophy.

Come down to the Robert Palker Stadium, Short Lane, Stanwell, Middlesex, TW19 7BH to witness the action and cheer on the teams.

For more information please contact the League Secretary on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read more at http://www.middlesexfa.com/news/2015/may/greater-london-womens-league-cup-finals#sHTqpvOQkphr5dJw.99

The Club’s Annual Presentation Evening duly took place on Saturday 9 May at the Moon in Moon Chinese Restaurant, in Sunbury, where everyone tucked into an excellent meal.  The restaurant, taken over by the Club for the evening, was bursting and Sunday manager Gary Tomany  got the Presentations off to a lively start with a beautiful albeit prolonged song which, against all odds, had everyone clapping along by the end.

The Sunday team had done well, eventually finishing in 2nd place in Division Two of the West Middlesex Sunday League.  It was appropriate that leading scorer Levi Jefford received the “Players’ Player of the Year” award, having scored 19 goals in WMSL matches over the season.  The “Player of the Year” as chosen by Gary went to Dave Jones.

Up stepped outgoing U18 manager Sean Caldwell, who gave his “U18 Player of the Year” award to Ilia Petrovic, who had done well enough to make the 1st Team squad towards the end of the season, and had twice been in the starting line-up.  Ilia had clearly made a big impression upon his team mates, who also voted him the “Under-18 Players’ Player of the Year”.  The Under-18’s had not enjoyed a successful season in terms of results but it was vital that the work of grooming the boys for the 1st Team went on and this would continue next season under incoming manager Nick Bailey.

It was next the turn of the supporters:  although he wasn’t able to be present Alan Hill had organised the poll as he has for several seasons now, and it was young Freddie Burse, who did not miss an away match all season, who was given the honour of presenting the trophy and it went to the very popular Jack Beadle, who apart from everything else, had weighed in with 17 goals over the season from midfield.

It was finally the time for manager Ben Murray to step up and he gave an informative speech, including the information that just about all the squad from last season have committed themselves to next season, which is great news.  Ben carefully explained his reasons for his decision and once again it was another popular choice with Dan Fleming receiving the “Player of the Year” award, not only for his goal scoring exploits but more specifically for his excellent hold-up play.  Ben then went on to present the “Players’ Player of the Season” award and this time the recipient was supporters’ favourite, Max Webb, another well deserved accolade.  Ben also confirmed that recently recruited David Gully would continue in the role of 1st Team coach.

It only remained for arguably the most important trophy to be presented, which is the “Jack Constable Clubman of the Year” award, which goes to the person who is voted by the committee as being the individual who has done most, on and or the field, to enhance the Club over the season.  Last season’s winner Simon Munns was again in the reckoning but this time the award went jointly to father and son combination, Keith and Liam Balmer.  Keith, of course, had the difficult task of taking over the General Secretary role from Gareth Coates, which he has done brilliantly, whilst an added bonus was the dedication of son Liam, whose work on the pitch, in conjunction with groundsman Steve Honey and his team, has been vital.

In advance of the Club AGM on 14 May, two positions have emerged that need to be filled.  They are:

1. Programme Editor

2. Under-18 Secretary

Phil Marshall has done a sterling job in compiling the Club’s match day programme but wishes to stand down from that particular task to concentrate upon his anticipated role as Financial Director and we need a replacement.  He or she will be given every assistance, with regular articles and statistics provided by the likes of the manager and chairman, etc, and we welcome applications from within or outside the club.  It might suit a younger person who is looking to improve his/her journalistic skills but anyone who can both spell and write in reasonable English is welcome.  Anyone interested can get in touch with the Club’s General Secretary, Keith Balmer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We also need someone to take on the secretarial role for the midweek Under-18 side playing in the Ryman Youth League.  The person will need to write out the team sheet on match nights (usually Wednesday evening), submit the result sheet including scorers, cautions, etc., maintain a list of registered players, confirm matches with opposing clubs, etc.  Our main Football Secretary, Geoff Knock, has done the job in recent seasons but senior demands are such that we need to relieve Geoff of this particular function.  Once again, there will be plenty of help available and the job may suit someone wishing to take their first steps in football administration.  Again, anyone interested should contact Keith, as above.

As you may have read, it would appear that Enfield Town inadvertently played a suspended player against us in the Middlesex Charity Cup back in January, as a result of which Middlesex County FA has postponed the Charity Cup Final which was to have been between Enfield Town and Harrow Borough.  The County will doubtless wait until the appeal procedure has been exhausted before making any decision on the matter but the latest is that the Ryman League has found Enfield guilty of playing the player in their two league games either side of our match against them, and have deducted three points, which is of huge significance as it means that Enfield have now finished outside the play-off positions in the Premier Division of the Ryman League.  Enfield have stated on their web site that they intend to exercise their right of appeal to the Football Association.

Until the appeal is heard, the Ryman League play-offs at the top of their Premier Division cannot go ahead. Reading other web sites, this appears to be taking place on 8 May, and presumably could be extended even further should Enfield look to take the matter to arbitration.

That is obviously the more pressing matter but the Charity Cup will now inevitably be delayed until pre-season.  Should the County decide to remove Enfield, one outcome might be that we would entertain Cockfosters FC in a re-arranged semi-final with the winners to play at a neutral venue against Harrow Borough all in pre-season. 

Ashford’s stance on this is that we will leave the matter entirely in the hands of the County, although we fully accept that playing the suspended player against us was not a deliberate action.  The full story can be read on both the Enfield Town web site and the Ryman and FA web sites from which it would appear that Enfield have been victims of their own honesty in bringing the matter to the attention of the FA in the first place.  There was then a long delay it would seem before the FA dealt with the matter, leading to the current play-off impasse which must be hugely frustrating for all involved.

One positive consequence playing at Step 5 is that the cost of travel will reduce significantly next season as the amount of mileage Ashford will travel next season reduces dramatically.  Using Google maps to work it out, Ashford’s total league mileage next season, including return trips will be just 816 miles.  There are five journeys of 10 miles or less plus another 6 of less than 20 miles.  The longest trip will be to Horley Town which is a journey of 36 miles each way, but still not much more than one third of the distance we have been used to, when going up to the various midland clubs over the last few years.

The most local trip will be the 2 mile trip to Bedfont Sports, and then the 4 mile outing to Spelthorne Sports with Hanworth Villa slightly longer at 5 miles.  Horley at 36 miles is the longest trip in an easterly direction whilst going the other way, Farnham Town is 31 miles away.  Even they will only seem like short hops after some of the midweek jaunts to the likes of Kettering, Rugby, St. Neots and Cinderford in recent years!

There may not be any league football at the moment but there is plenty going on at Short Lane throughout the summer.

There are two “big” events coming up in early June.  The first is on Sunday 1 June when we are delighted to welcome back the Sri Lankan Football Association for their annual Sports Fiesta.  This time, as well as football and junior football, there will also be netball and soft ball cricket going on and it will be a bumper day with a large crown present.  Anyone wanting more details can view the Sri Lanka web site at www.sriluk.football.org.  There is an early start to the day at 9.00 a.m. and it is expected that His Excellency Dr. Chris Nonis, the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in England will be present, as he was last year, arriving around 2.00 p.m.

This was the report from last year’s tournament, won by Gunasinghapuara FC: 

Sunday 19th May 2013 was a beautiful sunny day. Our annual football tournament was held at Ashford Town (Middlesex) Football Club Robert Parker Stadium. The opening ceremony started with the hoisting of the Sri Lankan National flag by his Excellency Dr. Chris Nonis, the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in the UK. This was followed by the hoisting of the United Kingdom flag by Mr. Ben Murray the senior coach for Ashford Town (Middlesex) Football Club. And the SLFO UK flag by the president Mr. Jiva de Lambert. Mr. H.M.K Herath Cultural Affairs minister of the Sri Lankan High Commission, Mr. Alan Vice Chairman Ashford Town Football Club also participated.

The tournament was conducted by The Ashford Town (Middlesex) Football Club with their members’ fullest co-operation. Without the help of Mr. Tyrone Fernando (Sri Lanka), one of the junior football coaches, this event wouldn’t have been a success. We appreciate all their valuable assistance.

We very much look forward to their return this year.

Closer to home, over the weekend of June 14/15, Ashford have their own annual Junior Football Tournament,  involving every age group through form Under-8’s to Under-17’s.  There is also an Under-12 girls’ tournament.

The tournament is being organised by Conor Moody and Louise Munns and there are still a few vacancies for teams to come in at some of the age groups.  Entry fee is £30.00 per team (£50.00 if 2 or more teams are entered from the same club at the same age group).  Anyone interested can contact either Conor (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Louise at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On the 1st Team front, the Club is indebted to JAS Forwarding, situated just round the corner form the ground, who will be our shirt sponsors next season.  JAS have donated a four figure sum towards the purchase of new kit for next season.  Special thanks go to Mr. Noel Broadbent, the Managing Director of JAS, and we hope to welcome some of the staff at JAS to the Club as new members.

We are also extremely grateful to Alan King, Jnr, Sales Manager at Hitchcock & King who has agreed to donate fencing and posts to the club, to go with the paint that they have already been kind enough to donate.  Chris Canderton has played the major part in enlisting this very generous donation.  Our new maintenance team, headed by Simon Munns and assisted by Chris Canderton, Dan Butler and Gary Tomany will be getting down to business as soon as they can.  Gary has also volunteered to re-pain the home dressing room in time for the new season and there is suddenly a great deal of positivity at the Club after the disasters of the last campaign.

A further friendly can also be announced, as we will be travelling to meet Hellenic League side Ascot United on Saturday 26 July, at their picturesque ground, situated under the shadow of the race course.

 

 

 

 

Ashford is looking for friendlies on the following dates:

Tue 15 July – must be away

Sat 26 July – must be away

Tue 29 July – home or away

Anyone interested, please contact Geoff Knock, 07896 792792 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Matches arranged already are:

Sat 12 July – a. Sheerwater

Thu 17 July – H. CB HOUNSLOW (back pitch)

Sat 19 July – H. SOUTH PARK

Tue 22 July – H/A  STAINES LAMMAS (Jim Richardson Trophy)  

Apologies for the delay but we can now report upon the Club’s Annual Presentation Evening held at the Moon in Moon Chinese Restaurant where Mr. Cheung looked after 93 of us.  The food was delicious and the service excellent.

One of two of our managers possibly need to brush up on their public speaking skills but it only added to the fun of the evening with Sunday manager Gary Tomany first up.  He eventually announced awards for Chris Getty, Tom Chaffy, Albert Ball and Glen Baxter.

Up stepped the polished Leon Turner whose Under-18 side playing in the tough Ryman Youth League, had shown a distinct improvement in the second half of the season.  He gave his “Player of the Year” award to Sonny Huntley whilst the “Players’ Player” went to Jared Fountain.

The Suburban League and young player of the season was Alex Fisher, who will be knocking on the 1st Team door next season for certain after getting a few games under his belt in this last campaign.

Manager Ben Murray, distinctly unpolished, addressed us all at that point and two hours later we found out that his player of the year was goalkeeper Tyler Tobin, who had a busy season but excelled from the moment he came into the 1st Team.  The Players’ Player of the Year went to long serving Scott Weight, another richly deserved accolade.

Graham Cooley, who along with wife Sue, had donated the superb raffle prize of a weekend in the New Forest, then announced the Supporters’ Player of the Year.  There was a brand new trophy this year, kindly supplied by Alan Hill, who sadly could not be present and the popular winner was Tyler Tobin.

The final award was announced by Chairman Dave Baker and this was the Jack Constable “Clubman of the Year”, which is regarded as the Club’s most prestigious award, going to the person, male or female, who, in the opinion of the Committee, has done most to enhance the Club on and/or off the field over the course of the season.  The deserving winner this year was Simon Munns who has worked tirelessly throughout the season for the Club.  Simon had not been able to be present but the award was presented a few days later at the start of the AGM.

Several members continued to enjoy Mr. Cheung’s hospitality until the early hours of the morning but a veil must be drawn over that, especially with tales of a certain Committee member’s wife allegedly doing favours for one of our devoted supporters!

 

SHBL Invitational Cup, Group E

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

Pts.

Knaphill WMC

4

4

0

0

56

21

12

Ashford Town (Middlesex)

4

2

1

1

17

9

7

West Addlestone

4

2

1

1

20

13

7

Woking Tigers

4

1

0

3

10

15

6

Woking Rangers

4

0

0

4

3

30

4

 

 

Surrey & Hants Border League Div 4

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

Pts.

Guildford Athletic Reserves

18

14

2

2

56

21

44

* Surrey Athletic

18

13

2

3

74

34

40

Ashford Town (Middlesex)

18

12

1

5

75

47

37

Mayford

18

10

2

6

50

36

19

AFC Egham Reserves

18

8

3

7

39

35

17

Wanderers

18

8

2

8

45

35

17

Stoughton & Westborough RBL

18

4

5

9

31

44

9

Worplesdon Rangers

18

4

3

11

29

66

8

AFC Ripley Reserves

18

3

2

13

28

76

30

Woking Rangers

18

1

4

13

34

67

30

               

* Surrey Athletic deducted three points

Worplesdon Rangers v AFC Egham Reserves - home win awarded

Mayford v Woking Rangers - home win awarded

Wanderers v Woking Rangers - home win awarded

Stoughton & Westborough RBL v Wanderers - recorded as a draw

 

 

Ryman Youth League West, 2013-14

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

Pts.

C Hayes & Yeading United

18

13

3

2

55

18

42

Camberley Town

18

10

4

4

29

23

34

Aldershot Town

18

9

5

4

48

21

32

Bedfont Sports

18

7

7

4

42

35

28

Staines Town

18

8

3

7

39

38

27

* Woking

18

7

6

5

44

31

24

Potters Bar Town

16

5

3

8

43

38

18

Northwood

16

2

6

8

13

34

12

* Hampton & Richmond Borough

16

4

1

11

18

45

10

Ashford Town (Middlesex)

18

2

2

14

19

67

8

               

* = Woking and Hampton & Richmond Borough both deducted three points for fielding ineligible players.

 

 

A well attended AGM on Thursday 16 May confirmed Dave Baker in his position as Club Chairman, following a challenge from Kelvin Poulter.  Sue Thorne and Iain Messenger have now stood down from running the bar and the Club thanks them for their services.  A new bar manager will be sought in the near future.

Dan Butler returned to the Committee, whilst the appointment of both Bob Lewis and Gareth Coates as Vice-Presidents, following their tireless work for the Club was well received.  Having stepped down from the post of General Secretary, Gareth has been replaced by Keith Balmer, a long time supporter of the club.  The new Membership Secretary is Graham Cooley.

There are a number of events going on at the Club in the coming weeks, including the annual Sri-Lankan festival of sport on Sunday 1 June.  More immediately, the cup finals for the Greater London Womens’ League all take place tomorrow (Sunday 18th).  If anyone is around to lend a hand we will be pleased to see you.

Ashford now know that they have been placed in the Combined Counties League next season, when they will meet some old friends but also a considerable number of new ones, including Spelthorne Sports, one of three promoted from Division One.  The travelling will be much reduced, even more so with the news that both Croydon and Wembley, both of which can be tricky journeys, have been transferred to other leagues.  New players are already being lined up to augment the present squad and the Club will hope for a far better season than the last.

 

The Board of Directors met yesterday evening with manager Ben Murray and it can now be confirmed that he will remain as manager for the forthcoming season.  A club spokesman said “although Ben had a tough time last season in his first managerial role, he is an exceptionally bright coach and we would be daft to jettison a young man who will clearly continue to develop his management skills as he gains more experience.”

Although no definite information has been forthcoming, Ashford are preparing for life in the Combined Counties League, when even the longest journey will seem like a local derby in comparison to some of the travelling undertaken over the last ten years.  Another compensation is that the club will be back in the FA Vase, with a realistic chance of doing well in it, as opposed to the FA Trophy.

In the meantime, even though for the first time in many seasons, Ashford had not won at least something, the Annual Presentation Dinner took place last Friday at the Moon in Moon Chinese Restaurant in Sunbury, with almost 100 people present and what a good venue it was.  Mr. Cheung and his staff could not do enough to make it a successful evening and we are grateful to them.

A fuller report of the proceedings will be on line shortly.

In the meantime pre-season matches are already being arranged although there will not be too much time for them as the CCL season starts on Saturday 2 August.  So far, and subject to the pitch being ready in time, we will play at home to South Park on Saturday 19 July and against Staines Lammas on Tuesday 22 July.  On 26 July we are staging the European Championship match between Great Britain Deaf and Sweden Deaf

We can end on more good news as we have agreed an excellent  sponsorship arrangement with JAS Forwarding whose offices  are around the corner from us.  Our thanks go to Managing Director Noel Broadbent and indeed to Tori and Alan Cox who brokered the deal

The Annual General Meeting of Ashford Town (Middlesex) Football Club Limited will take place in Ernie’s Bar tomorrow evening, Thursday 15th May. Everyone with an interest in the club is warmly invited to attend, but only Full Members may vote on matters to be decided by ballot.

It would be fair to say that the season just concluded has been a difficult one, both on and off the field, but despite finishing in a relegation position, there are several positives to take from the last twelve months, as can be seen from the documentation which can be downloaded from the links below. Highlights from the reports include the posting of a very small trading profit for the third year in succession, an overall reduction in the club’s historic debt and the sterling work undertaken by the Bar and Facilities Team, who have done a huge amount of work with scant resources.

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Board and Committee for the coming season will be elected, the nominations are listed within the file available for download below. 

The majority of the existing Board and Committee have indicated their willingness to continue in post and are nominated for re-election. The elections will exclude certain posts where expertise or specific qualifications are a prerequisite, including the positions of Welfare Officer, Press Officer, Bar Manager and Website Manager. If any changes to these roles become necessary, the new Board and Committee will make the relevant appointments.

The Board have also proposed that two stalwart volunteers be elected as Vice-Presidents in recognition of their service to the club.

We hope to see as many people as possible at what should be a very interesting meeting.

Documentation relating to the Annual General Meeting

Minutes of the 2013 Annual General Meeting, the annual Financial Report and Accounts plus Reports from the Secretariat

Bar & Social and Facilities Reports

Nominations for Election

Ashford’s social Sunday team are continuing to do well and last Sunday secured their place in the final of the Hants & Border League Junior Invitation Cup with a 4-2 win over Wanderers FC at Short Lane.

Ashford started well and took the lead on 12 minutes through Rob Lapersome who went past three players in the box before slotting home.  Good keeping kept Ashford at bay but two minutes into the start of the second period it was the turn of Anthony Lapersome who combined with Tom Hall to double the lead.  Hall then missed a penalty thanks to a good save but the unlucky keeper saw Anthony Lapersome knock home the rebound.

The victory looked secure but Wanderers pulled one back through Ball and then reduced the arrears even further, scorer Kotecha.  Ashford steadied the ship though and this time it was Paul Lapersome who made the match safe in the 85th minute.  Ashford’s reward is a Final this coming Sunday 11 May, against Knaphill WMC, at Shalford Park, Guildford, kick-off 10.30 a.m.  Manager Gary Tomany would doubtless be delighted to see some Ashford people supporting the team.

Ashford’s Sunday social side, under the management of Gary Tomany, are still some way from completing their season.  This coming Sunday morning (10.30 a.m.), they will be entertaining Wanderers in the semi-final of their League’s Invitation Cup, with the winners to face Knaphill WMC in the Final the following Sunday, 11 May, at Shalford Park, Guildford.

After that they have another semi-final also against the Wanderers, in the Prince Albert Cup, with the victors to finally finish playing, in the Final again at Shalford Park, on 25 May against Surrey Athletic.

In the meantime, following his sad death a little while ago, Malcolm Pate’s ashes will be scattered on the pitch on Wednesday 7 May, at 1.30 p.m. in a short ceremony.  Anyone who knew Malcolm is welcome to come along.

Anyone wishing to come to the Annual Dinner on Friday 9 May, but who have not yet reserved their place, should get in touch immediately with Phil Marshall.  There are more details on the club forum.

http://www.ashfordtownmiddlesexfc.com/media/bearleague/bl1341699261966.pngAshford Town hold their annual Junior Tournament this weekend June 1st\2nd. We would like to welcome all teams involved and hope you enjoy your day. This is our biggest tournament with over 50 teams competing. Huge thanks to our sponsors NewmanKing, SC Coaching, Suzuki Heathrow, Heineken, Prime Logistics, PDP Freight Forwarders and Quest Freight Ltd. There has already been an army of volunteers involved and on the day i know that many have come forward to offer support our thanks go out to all of you. We aim to have the flagpoles flying the club colours of teams that the volunteers support to demonstrate that football truly is United......

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http://www.ashfordtownmiddlesexfc.com/media/bearleague/bl1341699261966.pngLaleham Golf Club has become Ashford’s preferred venue for the end of season Presentation Dinner in recent years and, once again, we were not let down, all present enjoying an excellent meal prior to the presentations.

When they got underway, Mark Hughes, erstwhile Under-18 Manager, started the proceedings by presenting the “U-18 Players Player of the Year” award which went to Joe Lynch whose performances at full back had been impressive throughout the season.  The U18 Player of the Year went to Conor Molyneaux, another player to have enjoyed an excellent season in the very tough Ryman Youth League, helping the team to a creditable 4th place finish.

Up stepped Suburban League Manager Mick Snowden to present the Reserve team awards.  With the team having finished second in their division, losing out by a single point to Royston Town, and gaining promotion, there were a number of candidates for both categories.  In the end, the Suburban “Players Player of the Year” award went to striker Grant Cooper who broke into the 1st Team squad towards the end of the season, whilst the Manager’s “Player of the Year” went to young Harry Roberts, another player who had taken the eye after joining soon after the start of the season.

Next came the “Supporters Player of the Year” award, organised by Alan Hill.  Alan was unable to be present so deputy Alan Battams presented the award, naming Scott Weight as the recipient, who beat Bairoh Conteh into a very close second place.

Manager Paul Burgess now took the mike and summarised the 1st Team’s season, which included reaching the Final of the Middlesex Senior Cup, beating last season’s points tally by two and putting up a superb performance against an AFC Wimbledon side containing a number of 1st Team players in the Surrey Senior Cup, losing only in extra time.  The presentations followed and Paul revealed that Scott Weight had swept the board, winning both the Players’ Player of the Year and the Manager’s Player of the Year to go with his earlier success. 

The presentations concluded with the prestigious Jack Constable “Clubman of the Year” award, with Chairman Dave Baker stepping up to do the honours.  Dave revealed that 15 different people had figured in the voting, with the hard working Iain Messenger coming in third.  It was extremely tight between the top two but in the end, Sue Cox took the runners-up position with the award, for the second successive season, going to Club Manager Phil Marshall.

The club’s thanks go to Sue and Phil for organising this excellent event, to DJ Tyrone Fernando and to Alan Cox for facilitating it.

 

http://www.ashfordtownmiddlesexfc.com/media/bearleague/bl1341699261966.pngShort Lane was the venue on Sunday 17 May for a 7-aside football and soft ball cricket day, organised by the Sri Lankan Football Orgnaisation UK.  An excellent day’s entertainment ensued, presided over by the President of the Organisation, Mr. Jiva De Lambert and the tournament got underway with the raising of both the Sri Lankan and UK flags in a ceremony watched amongst others by the Sri Lankan High Commissioner for the UK.

The day had been largely organised by Ashford’s Tyrone Fernando and Mick Tilt, who presided over the cricket competition.  It took a lot of hard work and great credit goes to Iain Messenger, Kelvin Poulter and others whose organisation helped the day to go smoothly.   Vice Chairman Alan Constable presented Mr. De. Lambert with an Ashford tie as part of the medals ceremony and we hope to see our Sri Lankan friends back next year.

In the meantime, Geoff Knock and Paul Burgess have been busy getting the pre-season matches sorted and some that can be advised are as follows:

Thu 18 July – a. Spelthorne Sports

Sat 20 July – a. Winchester City

Tue 23 July – H. MOLESEY

Sat 27 July – H. CHIPSTEAD

Sat 3 Aug – a. Reading Town

Sat 10 Aug – H. STAINES TOWN and a. Virginia Water

Further matches will be advised in due course

http://www.ashfordtownmiddlesexfc.com/media/bearleague/bl1341699261966.pngFriday evening saw the ladies team enjoy their presentation evening for the 2012/13 season with the following winners:

Manager's Player of the Year - Hannah Smith

Player's Player of the Year - Terri Harper

Top Goalscorer - Lucy Easton

Club Person of the Year - Karrin French-Wollen

Kate Cook presented awards to Dan Adamski and Larry Miller in appreciation for their help and support over the season whilst Sue Thorne, Phil Marshall and Stewart Cook each received something by way of thanks.

The Football Association have today announced the provisional constitutions for the various Leagues at Steps 1-4 of the National League System. We will continue to play in the Central Division of the Southern League, but there are a number of changes to the list of clubs we will play.

A number of promoted clubs enter the division, specifically Aylesbury United and Dunstable Town from the Spartan South Midlands League, our old friends and rivals Egham Town, champions of the Combined Counties League, Hellenic League title-winners Marlow, whom we met a couple of seasons ago and St Ives Town, runners-up in the United Counties League, whom we have never met before. The other newcomers to our division whom we have never previously played are Kettering Town, relegated from the Southern League Premier Division. It will be interesting a club with such an illustrious history at the upper end of non-league football, particularly given that our club has been on a relatively rapid upward journey.

Also coming into the division are Potters Bar Town, transferred from Division One North of the Isthmian League. Four clubs transfer out of our division into the Southern League's South & West Division, specifically Fleet Town, Godalming Town, Guildford City and Thatcham Town. For the first three of these clubs, it can only be assumed that their proximity to the M3 has been a factor in the decision, while the Kingfishers were transferred out of the South & West Division 12 months ago. We wish all four the very best of luck in their new adventures, while also offering a warm welcome to our new opponents.

It should be noted that the allocations are provisional, and will remain subject to change until ratified at the Southern League AGM next month.

The current Central Division constitution is as follows:

AFC Hayes
Ashford Town (Middlesex)
Aylesbury
Aylesbury United
Barton Rovers
Beaconsfield SYCOB
Chalfont St Peter
Chertsey Town
Daventry Town
Dunstable Town
Egham Town
Kettering Town
Leighton Town
Marlow
North Greenford United
Northwood
Potters Bar Town
Royston Town
Rugby Town
St Ives Town
Slough Town
Uxbridge

 

 PRE-SEASON TRAINING starts on TUESDAY 2 JULY.  (At ground 6.45 pm for a 7.00 pm start)

 

All current and prospective new players are invited to attend.

 

Manager Paul Burgess can be contacted on 07799 583249

 

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UNDER-18 TRIALS WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY 6 JULY

 

AT THE CLUB, COMMENCING 11.00 a.m.

 

ALL PROSPECTIVE NEW PLAYERS ARE WELCOME TO COME ALONG

 

Following yesterday’s Southern League AGM, the constitution for season 2013-2014 has yet to be finalised due to two clubs having appealed against their placement for next season.  We assume that this relates to Godalming Town and Guildford City who, understandably, are not best pleased with their transfer to the South & West Division and presumably have outstanding appeals with the FA.  The situation has already caused Godalming the loss of their joint managers but should the appeals be upheld, it could now be that the Central Division will have 24 clubs and the S & W Division just 20.

 

Speaking from personal experience, trying to anticipate the outcome of FA appeals is not a task for the faint hearted but it would be ironic were Godalming to win their appeal and stay where they are, after what has happened.  The learned opinion of this scribe is that they will not, as the FA have broken no rules in doing what they have done as they make it clear that clubs can be moved around to suit circumstances, as required.  That said, this writer will not be putting any money on the outcome.

 

On to more definite matters, and the League have announced the new sponsors as Calor Gas, with the League to be known as the Calor League next season.  What benefits will accrue remain to be seen but thanks to them for stepping in and hopefully they will not require four full pages of adverts in the programme as their predecessors did!

 

Other news relates to the Red Insure (League) Cup.  We understand that the rule requiring a certain number of players who have appeared in recent 1st Team matches having to play has been scrapped and the League has gone even further it would seem by making participation voluntary, which could be a tricky one.  If we decide to compete and no-one else within 50 miles does so, there could be some unwelcome midweek trips, especially if we progress to any extent.  It will be worth getting the views of some of the clubs around us before we commit ourselves.

 

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Hampton & Richmond Boro.The ladies team finally completed their season yesterday with a double-header at the Beveree to meet Hampton & Richmond Borough.

Despite not being at our best in the first fixture some good character was shown to rescue a point thanks to Tash Lodder crashing in a drive from distance to equalise.  The team had chances to go on to win the game but were denied by the woodwork and eventually the clock in these 60 minute matches and had to settle for 1-1.

Thankfully the team started the second game with the same desire they finished the first and dominated proceedings.  Kee Kee Kobus opened the score with a smart finish from close range before Julie Newell, making her first start of the season, scored with a well taken header.  The team created chance after chance but found the Beavers keeper in fine form as she pulled off some stunning saves to keep the score at 2-0.

The results helped lift the team to a sixth placed finish in their first season at a higher level and of course their debut season as Ashford Town (Middlesex) so will be considered a success.

http://www.ashfordtownmiddlesexfc.com/media/bearleague/bl1341699261966.pngThe dust has settled and despite the Suburban team doing all they could to secure the North Division title by beating Dunstable Town by two goals to one in their final match (goals from Tommy Mooney and Grant Cooper), Royston Town held their nerve to win their final two matches and so take the title by a solitary point.  We send them our congratulations. 

There are usually plenty of changes from season to season in the Suburban League but we would anticipate being placed in the Premier B Division next season, which overall, should result in considerably less travelling.

The Under-18’s concluded their season with a good win at Hampton and look set to take fourth place in a strong division, having lost just four league matches all season. 

We have various Greater London League Ladies Finals at the ground on Sunday and as you can read from the previous article, entrance to all three finals is just £5.  We hope to see plenty of people present, with both the bar and refreshment hut open all day.

On Thursday of this week (16 May) the Club AGM takes place, commencing at 8.00 pm in the Clubhouse.  We will know sometime next week who will be joining us in the Central Division for season 13-14 and, of course, whether or not we have been moved ourselves, although that seems extremely unlikely.  Some of the promoted clubs who could be with us are Egham Town, Aylesbury United, Dunstable Town or even St. Ives Town from the United Counties League.  The bottom two in the Southern League Prem are Bedworth United, who only managed a season at Step 3, and Kettering Town who could also find themselves in our Division next season.  There are other possibilities although it is highly unlikely that Guernsey FC will come to us as they seem destined for the Ryman League (South).  We will not be playing either Burnham or Biggleswade Town as they have both been promoted.  At the end of the season the team at the top of the League is the one who deserves to be there but we would certainly send our commiserations at missing out, to Rugby Town, who on the day were the best team without a doubt that we met over the season.

All will be revealed, hopefully by next weekend once the FA Leagues Committee have ratified the recommendations of their sub-committee who met earlier this week.  Until it is announced, everything you read is pure speculation.

We will again be running a team in the Suburban League and the Ryman Youth League.  It is seen as vital for the Club’s ongoing development that we do so, with several players finding their way into the 1st Team this season from the Suburban side and one or two from the Under-18’s getting an opportunity.  One to keep your eyes open for is young Luke Wilson, whose goal celebrations are well worth a watch.  He is one who may well make his mark next season.  Paul Burgess will make his announcements in due course as to who will be running these sides.

It is though extremely expensive to run both the Reserve side and the Under-18’s and we need more people to attend these matches or even consider partly or fully sponsoring one of these teams.  One person has already offered some financial assistance and we need more.  If you can help, please come forward.

 

THIS SUNDAY sees The Robert Parker Stadium play host to the Greater London Women’s Football League annual cup finals for the very first time.

Ticketing is extremely reasonable and £5 will see an adult entry to ALL THREE fixtures.

The matches on display are:

Sue Sharples Memorial Match - 11amTeams TBC

Russell Cup – 1.30pmBrentford WFC v AFC Phoenix

John Greenacre Memorial Trophy – 4.00pmCarshalton Athletic v MSA Ladies

Why not pop along for the day and enjoy this opportunity to see the ladies play.