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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

 

 

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.

 

 

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

 

 

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!

 

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.

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