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I have just spoken to Carmel, Dave’s partner, and she has confirmed that Dave’s triple bypass operation yesterday went very well.  He is already up and talking although still in Intensive Care as a safeguard.

If all continues to go well, it is likely that he will be allowed home early next week.

Best stock up on the cider supplies!

Existing and prospective new players are very welcome to come along to the ground on Tuesday 1 July, at 7.00 p.m. for pre-season trials, prior to the commencement of training proper the following week.

In case it is needed the full address of the ground is The Robert Parker Stadium, Short Lane, Stanwell, TW19 7BH.  If anyone wants to speak to manager Ben Murray, he can be reached on 07903 781121.  Ben is in charge of the ball boys at Wimbledon so he may have to phone you back in the evening if you leave a message.

Pre-season training this season will deliberately be over a shorter period but intense once it gets underway fully the following week.  Fitness will be a primary factor in the Combined Counties League and Ashford intend to have one of the fittest squads in the League come the start of the season on 2 August.

The first warm-up match is on Saturday 12 July when Ashford visit Sheerwater FC from Division One of the League, in what will be the first senior match between the teams since 8 April 1985, when Ashford lost 1-2 at home in a Surrey Premier League match, the Ashford scorer being Alan Browning.

Best wishes go to Chairman Dave Baker who is finally due to undergo his triple heart by-pass operation today at St. Georges Hospital, Tooting.

You are invited to come and join us for England’s final match in this year’s World Cup on Tuesday evening.

Once again we are doing special deals at the Bar as below and we look forward to seeing you!

Prospective new members welcome!

 

“GOODBYE GOOD BUYS”

 

ENGLAND v COSTA RICA

 

TONIGHT’S BAR SPECIALS

 

19:45 UNTIL THE FINAL WHISTLE

 

DRAFT DEALS

 

FOSTERS                     2.70

STRONGBOW              2.70

BEST BITTER              2.50

 

BOTTLE BASHERS

 

ALL BOTTLED LAGERS

2 for £5.00 / 4 for £10.00

OR

*** 5 for £12.00 ***

 

While stocks last  !!!!!

 

Ashford's place in the CCL was confirmed at the League AGM on Sunday 21 June, where there will be 22 clubs in the Premier Division, with league fixtures starting on Saturday 2 August.

The full list is:

Ashford, Badshot Lea, Bedfont Sports, Camberley Town, Chertsey Town, Colliers Wood United, Cove, Epsom & Ewell, Eversley & California, Farnham Town, Frimley Green, Guildford City, Hanworth Villa, Hartley Wintney, Horley Town, Knaphill, Mole Valley SCR, Molesey, Raynes Park Vale, Spelthorne Sports, Westfield, Windsor.


The draw for the opening two rounds of the League Cup (known as the Cherry Red Records Premier Challenge Cup was also made and Ashford were fortunate to receive a bye in the 1st Round.  In the 2nd Round they will be at home to CB Hounslow United FC, from Division One of the League.

Fixtures are due out 23 July although the first week or so may be issued earlier.

A big thank you to Gary and indeed Mrs. Tomany, who trekked down to Torquay this last weekend to represent the Club at the Southern League AGM at the last minute, after Chairman Dave had been hospitalised.  Apparently for those clubs leaving the League it lasted 12 minutes!

Dave by the way is now transferred to St. Georges Hospital, Tooting and awaiting his triple by-pass operation, which was delayed but is now scheduled for Wednesday.  Hope everything goes welll and that he is back at the club in no time.

Talking of time, Ashford now have working clocks for sale with the club crest on the front, courtesy of Tyrone Fernando, who will be very willing to sell you one for just a fiver, all proceeds to the Club.  You can contact him on 07923 110349

 

Although the Club is open throughout the World Cup, everyone is especially welcome on Thursday evening to watch the England match, with special offers on at the bar, as below:

 

“RIO REDUCTIONS”

 

ENGLAND v URUGUAY

 

BAR SPECIALS

 

19:45 UNTIL THE FINAL WHISTLE

 

DRAFT DEALS

 

       FOSTERS                             2.70

STRONGBOW                         2.70

BEST BITTER                           2.50

 

BOTTLE BASHERS

ALL BOTTLED LAGERS

2 for £5.00 / 4 for £10.00  OR *** 5 for £12.00 ***

While stocks last  !!!!!

 

Ashford Chairman Dave Baker has been taken into hospital after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday 11 June.  He is currently in St. Peters at Chertsey but will be transferred as soon as possible to St. Georges Hospital, Tooting, where we understand he will undergo a triple bypass operation.

Needless to say, our thoughts are with Dave, who will hopefully make a full recovery

It’s another busy weekend at Short Lane as the annual Junior Tournament takes place over both Saturday and Sunday.  Everyone is very welcome to come along as no less than 108 teams battle it out over the two days, a record entry.

Our thanks go to Heineken who have provided us with some of their excellent products, whilst in addition we will have Doombar Bitter on tap (or another similar ale if that runs out).

The main organiser of the tournament is the hard working Conor Moody, with assistance from any number of Ashford stalwarts.  Come along and enjoy the games and the bar and the sunshine.  Bikinis optional!

Season tickets are now available for supporters, moderately priced at £144 for the season, which covers all Ashford home games, other than FA Competition matches.  OAP's (over 65's) have only to pay £72.

Anyone wishing to get a discount though can do so by making full payment by 30 June.  Anyone paying by this date has only to pay £130 (OAP's £65).

Please pop down the club with your money or cheque in a sealed envelope marked "Season Ticket" and leave over the bar.  Please ensure you put your name and address on the envelope (and also your email address if you would like to receive the club's regular mailings.

 

 

Pre-season training will start on Tuesday 1 July (7.15 pm) and then Thursday 3 July.  Trialists and anyone else interested in playing for the Club next season are welcome to come along to the ground (Short Lane, Stanwell, TW19 7BJ) on either/both those evenings.  Thereafter training will be intense and by invitation only, with everything geared to the first league match on Saturday 2 August.  If any prospective players would like to speak to the manager, Ben Murray, he can be contacted on 07903 781121.

In the meantime three stalwarts of the Club are to be honoured by the Football Association on Tuesday 3 June.  Both Bob Parker and Alan Constable, Chairman and Secretary together for 28 years, when the Club rose from the Surrey Intermediate League to the Ryman Premier Division, are to receive the FA’s greatest accolade, a certificate marking 50 year’s service to football, going back to the 64-65 season when the Club was still playing its football in the Hounslow & District League.  Also, Pat Munns, ex-goalkeeper and long time servant of the Club will receive a 25 year award, although he is also knocking on the 50 year door, having played his first match for Ashford in 1967 and his last after he had reached the age of 50.  Only loyalty to the club kept Pat at Ashford as, without doubt he could have played at a far higher level.

The ceremony will take place at Rayners Lane FC, under the auspices of Middlesex County FA.

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