Pre-season training starts on Saturday 8 July at the Club (address for any prospective new players is Ashford Town, Short Lane, Stanwell, TW19 7BH).  The session starts at midday.

Triallists will be welcome, so if you feel that you are of the required standard (Step 4) and would like to become part of our exciting young squad you will be welcome to attend.  Our manager Ben Murray asks though that all potential triallists email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a football CV and a mobile number for contact.



Don't forget that you have only until 30 June if you wish to take up the Club's offer of a season ticket for the forthcoming season at the heavily discounted price of just £75 (£50 OAP's).  This will entitle you to admission to all matches including Under-18 games.  The only exceptions are FA Cup and FA Trophy matches where there are separate FA rules.

You can either leave your payment at the club in a sealed envelope marked for the attention of Chris Canderton or you can send a cheque to Ashford Town (Mx) FC, 3 Craigwell Close,

Staines-Upon-Thames, TW18 3NP.  It is probably better not send any postal items directly to the club as post often goes astray.

Last year it was Harrow Borough who did it to us but this year it is the pre-season match away to AFC Hayes on Saturday 22 July that has now been cancelled  by the home side who have apparently double-booked themselves and, in their own words, have “ditched” our fixture.

Consequently we are once again looking for an away fixture on Saturday 22 July against any club within a reasonable distance from Step 6 upwards on that date.  If anyone reads this and can help, please phone 07956 930719.

The first training session in preparation for life at Step 4 for Ashford will be on Tuesday 5 July, starting at 7.00 p.m.

It is not “open house” but any players of the required standard who would be interested in playing for the club are invited to contact manager Ben Murray beforehand on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ben has added an additional pre-season game to the schedule and that will be away to Spelthorne Sports on Tuesday 19 July.  The opening friendly is away to Knaphill on a 3G pitch on Saturday 9 July.

The Southern League season proper starts on Saturday 6 August with the fixtures due to be released on 15 July.  The draw for the opening rounds of the FA Cup and FA Trophy are set to be released on 8 July and will appear here as soon as they are available.  We will come into the FA Cup at the Preliminary Round stage this new season, rather than the Extra-Preliminary Round.  We have entered the following cups:  FA Cup, FA Trophy, Middlesex Senior Cup, Surrey Senior Cup and Middlesex Charity Cup plus the League Cup, of course.

Please note that there may be periods in the near future when the web site is unavailable or looking a little different.  This is because webmaster Gareth Coates will be attempting to both freshen it up and make it more friendly when being viewed on a mobile.

Will Boye brings us some information regarding the Ladies’ side for next season.

After winning their division in January, the Ladies have now been promoted to Division 2 South of the Greater London Women’s League and will compete in three cups next season, namely the Russell Cup, The County Capital Cup (in which they reached the Final last season) and the John Greenacre Memorial Trophy.

Friendlies have been lined up for 31 July (home Hemel Hempstead Ladies), 7 August (home Watford Development) and 14 August (home Hampton Ladies).  One or two earlier ones were being pencilled in but as far as the writer is aware the main pitch will not be available prior to the end of July.  More news on these in due course.

Competitive fixtures are likely to start on the third Sunday in August and all home matches will continue to kick-off at 2.00 p.m.

It's a busy time at Short Lane at the moment and this weekend we have the Junior Tournament going on, spread over Saturday and Sunday, with over 140 teams competing.  Everyone is welcome to come down and join the fun.  We have reduced prices for lager, supplies of Speckled Hen for the connoisseur, plus, of course, the barbecue.  Payments (over £5) can now be made by credit or debit card with our new machine having arrived yesterday.

In the meantime, the Board/Committee met on Thursday and set the prices for next season.  Entry for 1st Team matches will be £9 next season, an increase of £1 and the first one for several years.  Prices for OAP's remain unchanged at £5, whilst accompanied children under 16 will continue to be allowed in free of charge.  Season tickets will again be available and will offer a clear saving at £162 for the season (£81 for seniors over 65).  The cost of membership is also unchanged from last season but the club will be taking steps to ensure that, other than on match days, all patrons will be members, either individually or through the block system, relating to the Junior Section, the Ladies and the Sunday side or BA.  Any non-members will be required to pay £1 which has always been the case but will be more strictly enforced.

The pitch is undergoing its annual treatment, with over-seeding and verti-draining going on at present, to ensure it is in top condition for the first home match on Saturday 30 July against Barnet.

Amongst other initiatives discussed are the meat draw, which fizzled out after a very successful start last season.  This will start again soon but on a monthly basis.  There will be a couple of race nights, a quiz night to be run by Phil Marshall, more Junior days, a further barbecue later in the summer and other events, including the possibility of a car rally on the August Bank Holiday Sunday.  That would not mean racing but a return trip out from the club to various set points with each car having to pick up clues for points at each fixed stage.  Everyone then goes back to the club for the winners to be presented and food and drink.

Possibly the most important matter is the announcement that Hitchcock and King, the local Builders' Merchants, have not only maintained their sponsorship of the club for next season, they have doubled it.  Our very grateful thanks go to H & K and boss, Alan King jnr. for their great help.  Everything will cost more next season, of course, following promotion and this is very welcome news.

On Sunday we are holding the annual Sri-Lankan Sports Association Festival at the ground, featuring both soft ball cricket and football.  It is invariably a good day out with stalls and Sri-Lankan food available and everyone is very welcome to come along and enjoy the festivities. 

Below is an article written By Randi Gunapala to explain  a little bit more about the day and his organisation.

The Sri Lankan Football Organization, UK, is planning to celebrate its fifth anniversary on the 5th of June, 2016 by holding a sports fiesta comprising of a football and softball cricket tournament. The association's main priority has been to raise funds to help with the development of youth football in Sri Lanka. The association has been operating dedicatedly to fulfil this aim during the last five years of the association's functioning. This has been by organising a sports tournament annually and improving its capacity every year to accomplish the organisation's primary goals. The association has achieved successful outcomes so far by organising this event annually, now for the past five years.

From Nick Bailey

Thank you to everyone who supported our Family day during the Bank Holiday Monday, it was a great to see so many of our members enjoying the day, we will definitely be holding more of these events soon. 
The month of June is very busy and it all starts this weekend - the diary dates are below: 
Sunday 5th  - Sri Lanka Tournament 
Saturday 11th Sunday 12th  - Junior Tournament 
Saturday 10th  - Start of Euro 2016 
Sunday 12th  - England v Russia 8pm KO 
Thursday 16th - England v Wales 2pm KO 
Saturday 18th  - Junior Presentation day 
Sunday 19th  - Our very first Ladies Tournament 
Monday 20th - Slovakia v England 8pm KO 
All Euro games will be shown live in our newly refurbished clubhouse. 
To celebrate this Football packed June we have decided to run a trial and reduce some prices behind the bar:  The Corona and Fosters Gold will be sold at £3 per bottle or 2 for £5 and our draft Fosters will be reduced to £3.20 per pint.We currently also have Speckled Hen on draft as the current guest beer.
The club is delighted to announce the management team for our Under 18s Youth team for the 2016/2017 season, as new Manager, Ben Ewing and Assistant Manager, Mark Oliver.
Ben will be well known to the club, after his playing spell here as a left back and also playing against us at youth level for Staines Town and senior level for Chertsey Town and most recently Sutton Common Rovers. He has developed a wealth of coaching experience in the past few seasons and will know the exact way to implement the senior club’s football philosophy.
Mark is also a welcomed addition to the club, his playing career was spent mostly at Chalfont St Peter, with also a season at Uxbridge, before taking time out of the game due to family commitments. He also has previous coaching experience at Reading FC.
Manager Ben Murray stated, “After meeting with Ben, it was clear that he is someone who is well driven and already has tremendous experience at this level of football. It’s clear that he has a great ambition to succeed. I am very optimistic about the season ahead with the U-18s, Ben will drive forward a strong recruitment campaign to ensure we get the best young players around to join our club in liaison our second years who progressed nicely last season. I am also glad to have Mark Oliver on board as well, he will provide additional experience and I think the two of them will be a great success here.  The pathway to senior football is a simple one here, if the players demonstrate they are capable at Ryman Youth level then they will be given the chance with the 1st Team.

The club is back at Step 4 and I have given Ben & Mark the remit that I would like to see three players from this season’s youth team, step it up to 1st Team football.”
The Under 18s Youth team will once again have a tough test as they will be in the Ryman Youth League West Division once again, along with teams such as Aldershot Town, Staines Town and Hayes & Yeading United.
We would like to welcome Ben & Mark to the club and look forward to an exciting season for the Under 18s.

The draw for the first two rounds of the League's Premier Challenge Cup was made at Sunday's AGM and Ashford have been drawn at home to Division One side Epsom Athletic in the 2nd Round, after receiving a bye in the 1st Round.

Of the seven 1st Round ties, there is only one all Premier clash and that will see Windsor entertain last season's runners-up Colliers Wood United.

Notable ties in the 2nd Round include Hanworth Villa at home to Chertsey Town, whilst new boys AFC Hayes will be at home to Raynes Park Vale.  Other local clubs had mixed fortunes, with Spelthorne Sports facing a tough tie away to Badshot Lea and Bedfont Sports away to Farnham Town or Ash United if they can overcome the challenge of Abbey Rangers in the 1st Round.  By co-incidence, the two new Reserve sides in Division One, Dorking Wanderers Res and South Park Res were drawn together in the 2nd Round whilst holders Camberley will entertain Eversley & California and Cove also have a home tie against Cobham.

The full draw can be viewed on the CCL unofficial forum.

Forthcoming Events

25 Nov 2017
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v AFC Rushden & Diamonds (H)
28 Nov 2017
07:45PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Hartley Wintney (a)