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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.