A new book chronicling the history of Ashford Town (Middlesex) FC has been released and is available to buy in paperback and Kindle formats.

From Albion to Zazzera has been written by the club’s former General Secretary Gareth Coates, who remains involved with the club as a Vice-President.

This new work fills a significant gap, as prior to the start of the project, the club’s own records dated back only as far as 1982. From Albion to Zazzera traces the roots of the Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central club from their formation in 1958, summarising every season up to and including promotion from the Combined Counties League at the end of last season.

The book also contains brief profiles of the seven players who have gone on to play in the Football League or an equivalent abroad and the nine footballers who have won caps for their country and also worn the Ash Trees’ distinctive tangerine and white strip.

The book also includes profiles of a number of notable personalities from different eras, information about the seven known venues the club has used for home matches and also details the achievements of two clubs to have played in the local area prior to the emergence of the current club. A foreword to the book has been written by club Patron and television and theatre personality Russell Grant.

Author Gareth Coates stated: “This project has been a real ‘labour of love’ and to see the book in print after seven years of research, interviews and writing is a dream come true. It’s fantastic to know that there is a proper record of the club’s story available for anyone to read. It’s also been a fantastic opportunity to pay tribute to a handful of the many people who have helped to make the club the brilliant organisation that it is and I hope that the end result will bring pleasure to many people.”

From Albion to Zazzera is available to buy from Amazon in paperback at a cost of £9.99 and in a Kindle edition priced £4.99.

The book will be officially launched at Ashford’s home Evo-Stik League Southern match against Barton Rovers on Saturday 22nd October. This date has been selected as it falls the day before the anniversary of the highest-scoring match in the club’s history. That game – a 13-6 win over Trinity Sports Reserves – saw Graham Atkin score eight times, which remains the highest individual tally by an Ashford player in a single game. It is hoped that Mr Atkin will be in attendance at the match, which is also the latest “Junior Day”, where the club’s various teams for children will be celebrated for their contribution to the club.

A limited number of copies will be on sale at the game and supporters who wish to reserve one should This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as the books need to be ordered in advance.

There will be the opportunity to place orders online for home delivery in the event that the copies on sale at the match sell out.