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ASCOT UNITED vs. COBHAM

Tue 13 Oct 2020

Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Premier Division

Matchday

Programme

Season

2020/21


T H E Y E L L A M E N

Yellow and Blue

T H E H A M M E R S

Red and Black

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Sam Gray (GK)

Alex Sykes (GK)

Sam Hayes (GK)

Aaron Berry

Aiden Higgs

Ben Hodges

Calum Ferguson

Chris Ellis

Dan Bailey

Elliott Carey

Ethan Burden

George Lock

Harry Laflin

Ian Davies

James Haworth

James Richardson

Jonny Denton

Josh Masters

Lawson Jones

Louis Bouwers

Riccardo Andrady

Rory Merrick

Sam Evans

Taylor Morgan

Tom Bailey

Lee Norman (GK)

AJ Morrison

Harry Murphy

Jake Dowling

Martin Weighill

James King

Michael Dart

Danny Campion

Ben Senior

Chris Davis

Craig Lewington

Nathan West

Sammy Taylor

Anthony Nazareth

Niall Stillwell

Ayran Kugthas

Ryan Debattista

Callum Wilson

Dominic Lugard

Jonathan Hood

Prince Otto

Danny Jones

Donell Sama

Rhys Weston

Jamie Tompkins Manager Sam Merison

Dan Masters Asst. Manager James Cameron

Jamie Ashdown GK Coach

Bjorn Dunkley Coach Thierry Messi, Tayo Oladele

Steve Quelch Coach F. Abbattecola, J.Rossi, D. Parker

Georgia Buddin Therapist Danni Van Murkerk

Craig

Davenport

Match Officials

Derrick

Laing

Andrew

Liddicott

Last Match: Spelthorne Sports

A Sat 10 Oct

Next Match: CB Hounslow H Tue 20 Oct

D 1-1

COCO

COCO


ASCOT UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB

Racecourse Ground, Winkfield Road, Ascot, SL5 7LJ

Chairman: Simon Negus

Club Secretary: Dan Birchmore

Director of Football: Neil Richards

1st Team Manager: Jamie Tompkins

Assistant manager: Dan Masters

Coaches: Bjorn Dunkley, Steve Quelch

Goalkeeping Coach: Jamie Ashdown

Allied U18 Manager: Josh Nice

Therapist: Georgia Buddin

Racecourse Facilities Manager: Jo Gavin

Administration Manager: Emma Paton

Bar Manager: Ellen Stearn

Clubhouse Catering: Lisa Richards

Reporting, Comms and Programme: Neal Jeffs

Directors:

Doug Page

Mark Cooper

Rob Jones

Mike Harrison

Phil Wray

Zoe Reilly

Chris Day

Ascot United Football Club Limited. Registered in

England and Wales. Registration No. 6883550

Registered Office: Ternion Court, 264-268 Upper Fourth

Street, Central Milton Keynes MK9 1DP.

Affiliated to the Berks & Bucks F.A. No. Q-B&B0165

IN THE CHAIR

with Simon Negus

A warm welcome to Cobham for today's

Cherry Red Records Combined Counties

League Premier Division fixture.

A warm welcome to you all and especially our visitors

from Cobham for this Combined Counties Premier League

fixture.

One of the pleasing things I have noticed over the past

week or so is the continued faith the management team

put in the youngsters at Ascot Utd. We have seen first

team competitive debuts for Tom Bailey (17) and Lawson

Jones (16), joining regular squad member Sam Evans (16).

These three players have all been at Ascot since a very

young age and it’s great to see a real pathway from soccer

school right through to the First Team and hopefully

beyond. That’s got to be the right model for non-league

clubs and will enhance the community spirit around the

place.

The FA Vase draw hasn’t been too kind, with a nice tie away

at Newhaven – a chance for revenge after being on the

wrong end of a result there a few years ago! Whatever the

distance, we are lucky to have a very loyal band of away

supporters – it’s not unusual for us to make up over 25% of

the fans at away games, and the relationship between

fans and players is great to see.

We are very lucky to have fantastic facilities here at The

Racecourse Ground. We have had a great relationship

with Lyne FC who have ground shared with us since the

start of last season, and whose supporters seem to enjoy

the arrangement – they had over 70 fans here on Saturday.

We are also pleased to reveal that Jersey Bulls will be

playing some of their “home” games here this season –

there are obviously a lot of Covid challenges for them this

season as far as playing on their home Island, but I hope

they find a great temporary home here until they return to

normal business. We’re delighted to be able to host them

and hope to see many of our own fans get behind the

Bulls!

Hope you all enjoy the game tonight…

Simon.


FROM THE DUGOUT

Jamie Tompkins

First Team Manager

Welcome to the players, officials

and supporters of Cobham. Enjoy

the game!

Hello and welcome to Cobham FC players, staff and club committee and to all supporters in attendance this

evenings Combined Counties Premier League fixture.

Since our previous home game, our form in terms of results has changed to become more positive and with

three home league games in a row, it is a great chance to finally find our feet in the new season. It has been

challenging since restarting the new season and being the ‘team to beat’ has meant competition has been

fierce.

Despite the squad being decimated with injury and suspensions already, we have come through with a good

record and we will only get better now players return fresh and raring to go.

There have been opportunities for youth team players Lawson Jones (16) and Tom Bailey (17) to make their

senior debut which further demonstrates the successful football pathway we have at the football club. I would

also like to take this opportunity to welcome new signing Taylor Morgan to the club.

Cobham will be a very organised side and Sam Merison, along his squad, will approach the game with

confidence after their recent form.

We find ourselves without a game on Saturday and chance to regroup and refresh after a gruelling schedule –

we have already played 25% of our league game in the space of 6 weeks!

We hope to see a great crowd this evening and thank everyone for your continued support. Thank you to our

sponsors, club officials and volunteers for all the fantastic work they do for our football club.

Enjoy the game! Jamie

ASCOT UNITED FC MANAGEMENT TEAM: PROUDLY SPONSORED BY ASCOT UNITED FC U12 YOUTH

Dan Masters

Assistant Manager

Jamie Ashdown

Goalkeeping Coach

Bjorn Dunkley

Coach

Steve Quelch

Coach

Georgia Buddin

Therapist


ON COURSE!

With Programme Editor Neal Jeffs

Welcome to the players, officials and

supporters of Cobham for this Cherry Red

Records Combined Counties League

Premier Division match.

Happy

reading, and

enjoy the

game! Neal

W E L C O M E T O T H E H A M M E R S

Good evening and after a 1-1 draw on Saturday it will be great to pick up 3 points tonight. Last

weekend we drew 1-1 which looked like it would be a 1-0 win having led with then men entering the

closing stages. However, every cloud has a silver lining and for me there were 2 highlights: (1) the

return of Chris Ellis after a year out and (2) the introduction of 17-year old Tom Bailey, further

underlining the depth of talent coming through from the youth ranks. Away from here I read a story

about a player with Brora Rangers in Scotland who goes to great lengths to play for his team.

Those of you who know your geography will get this. He actually lives on the Orkney Islands so to

get to home games he firstly takes a 2-hour ferry crossing to the Scottish Mainland, then makes

the 2-hour drive down to Brora. So, when his side played at Hibs in the league cup last Wednesday

he had to do all that BEFORE the onward 210-mile, 4-hour drive to Edinburgh! Hibs won 3-1!

Fortunately he doesn’t make the commute for training and during the week he trains with a local

side on Orkney, so he only meets up with his team mates on match days. Back with us and you will

see our sponsors pages are filling up, and our Ladies team now have their own page as their

support grows. Another 120-plus crowd came down to see their FA Cup match a week last Sunday

despite the rubbish weather which they were incredibly grateful for.

Newhaven, Oldfaces! Ascot United

will return to Sussex to face

Newhaven in the FA Vase on 31st

October. Striker Lee Robinson

scored an injury time winner for

them last time, and still plays for

The Dockers.

The only thing about the sponsors is that one of the players’ brothers plays for Sheerwater and

their management team have sponsored her so now we have the Sheerwater logo on our

programme every week! For the record, striker Shane Rideout is Kelly Rideout’s sibling. In terms of

fixtures, we have been drawn away at Newhaven in the FA Vase on 31s October – some of you will

recall we lost there 2-1 in the Vase 4 years ago – only Louis Bouwers (in injury time sub) will

remember that trip from the current crop of players, before we entertain Chessington and Hook in

the league cup three days later. Finally, please remember to keep your distance. Last week at

Didcot there was a big crowd for the FA Youth Cup tie against us and they had a pretty good system

in place whereby blue markings on the terracing depicted where you could and could not stand to

help COVID-19 containment. We probably won’t need to start graffitiing our terracing here as we

only get 100-120 through the gate, but we all have a responsibility to stop the spread seeing as the

infection rates continue to rise. And please remember to use the hand sanitizer, especially before

you all bring me a pint of lager behind the goal... Enjoy the game! Neal

W E L C O M E T O T H E H A M M E R S


RESULTS AND FIXTURES 20/21

Date Opposition

H/A Comp Result Att Scorers

01-Sep Christchurch

A FAC XP L 1-1*

Higgs

05-Sep Molesey

A COCO W 7-1

Davies 3, Laflin 3, Hodges

08-Sep Camberley Town

A COCO L 0-1 60

12-Sep Colliers Wood United H COCO W 5-2 70 Higgs 3, Laflin 2

15-Sep Frimley Green

H COCO W 6-0 112 Berry 2, Davies 2, Richardson, OG

19-Sep Southall

A COCO W 1-0

Bailey

26-Sep Hanworth Villa

A COCO L 0-3 116

29-Sep Abbey Rangers

H COCO L 0-4 93

03-Oct Redhill

A COCO W 4-3 68 Morgan (2), Higgs, Laflin

06-Oct Tooting Bec

A LC 1 W 1-0 55 Davies

10-Oct Spelthorne Sports

A COCO D 1-1 162 D. Bailey

13-Oct Cobham

H COCO

20-Oct CB Hounslow

H COCO

24-Oct Knaphill

H COCO

31-Oct Newhaven

A FAV 1

03-Nov Chessington / Hook Utd H LC 2

***Fixtures will continue to be released by the

Combined Counties League Fixture Secretary as the

season unfolds.

* Christchurch won 7-6 on penalties

COCO - Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Premier Division, FAV - Buildbase FA Vase, FAC - The Emirates FA

Cup, BBT - Berks&Bucks Trophy, LC - Cherry Red Records Premier Challenge Cup


TODAY'S FIXTURES AND RECENT RESULTS

Weekend results:

Camberley Town 0-4 Southall COCO

Spelthorne Sports 1-1 Ascot United COCO

Sutton Common Rovers 0-0 Banstead Athletic COCO

Abbey Rangers 1-1 (3p4) Guildford City

FAV

CB Hounslow United 2-2(4p2) Easington Sports

FAV

Crawley Down Gatwick 1-1 (3p4) Cobham

FAV

Erith & Belvedere 3-0 Colliers Wood United FAV

Hanworth Villa 4-0 FC Deportivo Galicia FAV

Redhill 0-1 Raynes Park Vale FAV

Sheerwater 2-1 Horsham YMCA FAV

Sheppey United 6-0 Molesey FAV

Tadley Calleva 1-2 Frimley Green FAV

Midweek fixtures:

Sutton Common Rovers 4-0 Molesey COCO

Abbey Rangers v CB Hounslow United COCO

Ascot United v Cobham COCO

Badshot Lea v Guildford City COCO

Frimley Green v Hanworth Villa COCO

Raynes Park Vale v Banstead Athletic COCO

Southall v Egham Town COCO

Spelthorne Sports v Sheerwater COCO

Colliers Wood United v Redhill COCO

Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Premier Division Table (12/10/20)

P W D L GD PTS

1 Sutton Common Rovers 8 6 2 0 18 20

2 Ascot United 9 5 1 3 9 16

3 Southall 7 5 0 2 13 15

4 Abbey Rangers 6 4 2 0 13 14

5 Hanworth Villa 5 4 1 0 10 13

6 Spelthorne Sports 7 4 1 2 9 13

7 Badshot Lea 6 4 0 2 2 12

8 Knaphill 7 3 2 2 2 11

9 Raynes Park Vale 6 3 1 2 -2 10

10 Banstead Athletic 8 1 4 3 -2 7

11 Cobham 6 2 1 3 -5 7

12 CB Hounslow United 5 1 3 1 2 6

13 Egham Town 6 2 0 4 -2 6

14 Colliers Wood United 6 1 3 2 -4 6

15 Camberley Town 6 2 0 4 -6 6

16 Frimley Green 6 2 0 4 -8 6

17 Sheerwater 6 1 2 3 -4 5

18 Guildford City 5 1 1 3 -5 4

19 Molesey 8 1 0 7 -28 3

20 Redhill 5 0 0 5 -12 0


APPEARANCES AND GOALS

Below are the updated Ascot United appearance and scorers' records for

this season's squad.

2020-21 All-time

App Goals App Goals

R Andrady 10 10

D Bailey 11 2 15 2

T Bailey 1 1

A Berry 7 2 15 5

L Bouwers 9 137 11

E Burden 1 32

E Carey 8 49 4

I Davies 11 6 46 29

J Denton 11 162 19

C Ellis 1 54 1

S Evans 3 5

C Ferguson 4 20 1

S Gray 10 71

J Haworth 9 80 1

S Hayes 1 2

A Higgs 9 5 32 14

B Hodges 9 1 104 10

L Jones 1 1

H Laflin 9 6 94 41

G Lock 10 110 5

J Masters 3 4

R Merrick 20

T Morgan 5 2 5 2

J Richardson 10 1 59 10

L Sankoh 1 23 1

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MATCH REPORT ROUNDUP

HONOURS EVEN AS ASCOT AND SPELTHORNE DRAW 1-1

Title contenders share spoils in entertaining affair

Saturday 10th October 2020 - Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League

Premier Division - Spelthorne Sports 1 - 1 Ascot United

Ascot United survived a first-half onslaught to draw 1-1 at Spelthorne Sports on Saturday. At half time it would have been

viewed as a point gained, but after taking the lead Ascot conceded a late equaliser against ten-man Sports to leave it

more of a case of two points dropped.

Both sides had chances in the first half but it was the home side who created most of them – Harrison Livingstone one of

the standout players – and he was denied by a superb save from Sam Gray in the sixteenth minute after latching onto a

horrible back-pass.

Two minutes later, Taylor Morgan might have done better when goal-side for Ascot only to cross instead of shoot; Aiden

Higgs not anticipating the far-post delivery. Higgs then curled agonisingly wide of an upright and Dan Bailey’s header

back across the goal somehow eluded everyone, but from that moment on the visitors were indebted to Gray for keeping

them in it.

Billy Frost’s rising effort fizzed over, Livingstone played in Chris Martin Thomas who saw Gray save with his feet, before

Frost’s sensational through-ball released Livingstone – who fired into the side-netting. Gray’s fine punch averted danger

when Lewis Flatman swung in a dangerous cross as half time approached and even when he was beaten two minutes into

first-half injury time his goal remained intact as Martin-Thomas’s deflected effort squirmed inches wide.

But the second half was a much better affair for Ascot and after changing their formation, it looked for long periods as if

they would nick something. And, they almost did early on – Higgs nipping into to capitalize on defensive hesitancy, only to

see his header cannon back off the left-hand post.

Defensive qualities were certainly not in the shop window as Ascot reached for the self-destruct button – gifting the ball

away in defence once again – only for Livingstone to blast over. Defender Chris Ellis made a welcome return after his

nightmare year out as he joined Ian Davies in a brace of 64th minute substitutions, and then Ascot looked a different

proposition with Harry Laflin pushed forward into midfield.

And, they took the lead in the 67th minute. This time, Riccardo Andrady’s cross deflected for a corner, from which Dan

Bailey met Denton’s delivery with a thunderous header that flew into the back of the net. Home defender Sam Rees then

saw red for a late challenge on Josh Masters with fifteen minutes to go, although Sports rolled up their sleeves and after

Martin-Thomas was hacked down in the penalty area only to see play waved on, they equalised five minutes from time

when Veron Kokurinkov was on hand to tap-in after Gray could only parry a deflected cross.

Incredibly, the Denton-Bailey combination almost led to a carbon-copy goal as Ascot looked to win it in the 88th minute,

but the ball stayed out amid a sea of legs, and the game fittingly ended one-all.

Morgan (hamstring) and Higgs (head) will no doubt be assessed ahead of Tuesday’s visit of Cobham, but with Ellis back in

the action and Louis Bouwers on the fringe of match fitness there is light at the end of the treatment room corridor.

Ascot United: Gray, Lock, Masters, Denton, Laflin, D. Bailey, Andrady, Hodges (Ellis 64’), Morgan (Davies 64’), Richardson,

Higgs (T. Bailey 83’). Subs unused: Jones, Berry


ASCOT UNITED LADIES

Both of Ascot Ladies’ teams suffered

disappointing league defeats on Sunday

afternoon. Darrel Evans’ side were edged

out 1-0 at home by Woodley United in the

Southern Regions’ Women Football

League. The Yellawomen dominated for

long spells, although the only goal of the

game came from a bullet header from a

corner ten minutes in the second half.

Ascot hit the woodwork and saw

numerous chances go begging as time

ticked away, but the visitors held on to

edge the local derby. They will be at home

again next Sunday for the visit of Warsash

Wasps (2pm). Meanwhile, Ascot United

Ladies Reserves lost 5-2 at league leaders

Penn and Tylers Green, who maintained

their 100% record. Ascot remain sixth in

the Thames Valley League Division 3 East,

with one win and three defeats.

50 up! Sarah Davern, below, made her

50th appearance for the Yellawomen on

Sunday against Woodley United.


ASCOT UNITED LADIES

Ascot United Ladies play in the Southern Region Women's’ Football League – the highest level at which they

have competed. The Ladies’ section starts down at the junior level with a host of teams – beginning with

mixed teams at U7 - rising through girls’ sides from U10 up to a senior Development (reserve) side playing in

the Thames Valley League. The junior sides operate on Saturdays or Sundays, with the Seniors (First and

Development) playing on Sunday afternoon. The first team are managed by Darrel Evans and coached by

Stephen Jeffery. The reserve team is managed by Jon Swallow. Find out more on our website. Sponsorship

packages now available - ask a member of the committee!

Amy Woollard Hannah Swallow Georgia Bowers

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Lisa Phillips

Darcy Young

Kelly Rideout

Freya Johnson

Ascot United Ladies FC Development Team


PHOTOZONE

A selection of photos from Saturday's draw at Spelthorne Sports (shooting-stars.co.uk).

Clockwise from top left: Yellamen wrestle possession

back, Dan Bailey hammers forwards, Riccardo

Andrady shields the ball, Chris Ellis is back - twice!,

The Burton family look on - celebrating their bulk

discount on Ascot United merchandise, Josh Masters

in possession during his first full 90 minutes of

league action.


PHOTOZONE

A selection of photos from Saturday's draw at Spelthorne Sports (shooting-stars.co.uk).

Clockwise from top left:

Dan Bailey heads…and

scores. MOM Sam Gray

punches clear, Ben

Hodges looks for a pass,

George Lock gets

airborne, Dave Bucktrout

volunteers for something

(to buy everyone a drink

tonight?), James

Richardson breaks clear.


Ian is a Biomechanics coach, supporting players returning from injury and

improving strength and conditioning.


PEN PICS AND SPONSORS - ASCOT UNITED

Sam Gray – goalkeeper

Solid goalkeeper, confident with the

ball at his feet. Established first

teamer since 18/19 and was players’

player of the year in 19/20 when he

appeared in every league game.

Sponsors: Gorilla Hub and Westcott

Building Services

Sam Hayes – goalkeeper

Talented Youth Team ‘keeper who

made his debut in a league cup win

over Balham in 19/20. Sponsor: FJ Lane

& Son

Alex Sykes – goalkeeper

Former England international Futsal

team goalkeeper

James Haworth – defence

Winger who joined in 18/19 from Fleet

Town, having previously played for

Aldershot Town. Likes to get forward.

Sponsor: Ascot United Ultras

Louis Bouwers – defence

A physical and dominant centre half

and a leader on the pitch. Signed from

Faringdon Town FC in 16/17 and now

well-established as club captain.

Sponsors: Just Mortgages and Ascot

United U18 Racing

Chris Ellis – defence

Signed for 18/19, a strong and

dominant defender. Vastly

experienced having played for

Camberley Town, Egham Town and

Chipstead.

George Lock – defence

A fearless right back previously with

Binfield and Bracknell. Technically

strong and a consistently high

performer. Supporters POY in 18/19,

part of a select few who have made

100 appearances. Sponsors: Dave

Bucktrout and Total Market Solutions

Dan Bailey – defence

Experienced centre back who

skippered Flackwell Heath in 19/20.

Previously played at a higher level

with Marlow and has a level 2

coaching qualification. Sponsor: Total

Market Solutions

Jonny Denton – midfield

Former Ascot Youth team star who

returned in 17/18 after a scholarship in

the U.S. A dead ball specialist with

over 150 appearances, he has twice

won the player of the year award.

Sponsors: Darcliffe Homes and

Westcott Building Services

Elliot Carey – midfield

Combative midfielder who was signed

in 18/19. Has a good ability to read the

game. Sponsor: Code 3 Security

Ben Hodges – midfield

A talented player previously with

Holmer Green. Very committed, Ben

has great composure and an eye for a

killer pass. Sponsor: P&P Litho

Josh Masters - midfield

Sponsor: Carrier


PEN PICS AND SPONSORS - ASCOT UNITED

Calum Ferguson – midfield

Signed in 19/20 having previously starred for

a National League youth side. Also had a spell

with Highworth Town. Sponsor: Ascot United

Foundation Academy

Sam Evans – midfield

Played for the U16s and U18s in 19/20 before

making his first team debut in the same

season. Exciting prospect having been with

the club since his debut for the U8s. Sponsor:

SL4 Vintage Handpicked Clothing

Taylor Morgan - Forward

Pacey forward who impressed whilst playing

against us for Fleet Town during pre-season.

Has played at a higher level including several

seasons in the US Major League. Previous

clubs include Toronto, Ostersunds (Sweden),

Falkirk, Airdrie and Whitehawk.

Aiden Higgs – forward

Energetic forward who always gives 100%.

Signed from Burnham during 19/20 and was

in excellent form just before the season

ended. Sponsor: Terry's Badges

Rory Merrick – forward

Signed for 19/20 and continues to improve.

Calm and composed figure on the pitch and

has great technical ability. Sponsor: Fitness

Clinic

Ian Davies – forward

Prolific goalscorer who scored 25 goals for

Binfield in 18/19 before top scoring for Ascot

with 23 goals in the curtailed 19/20

campaign. Sponsor: Zipcar UK

James Richardson – forward

A talented forward who made his debut in

17/18 aged just 16 and has won several

England Schoolboys International caps. An

exciting prospect with dazzling skills,

tremendous work ethic and an abundance of

energy. Sponsor: Ascot United U12 Aces

Harry Laflin – forward

Laffers joined in 18/19 when he scored 13

goals. Added another 22 goals in 19/20

despite often playing out of position, earning

him the supporters’ player of the season

award. Sponsor: Cameron Webb

Aaron Berry – forward

Returned in 19/20 for his second spell at the

club. Strong and leads the line well.

Previously with Burnham.

Riccardo Andrady – forward

Signed from Basingstoke Town for 20/21.

Pacey and skilful wide player. Sponsor: Omni

Plastering, Ascot

Jamie Tompkins – manager

Highly respected throughout the club who

guided the team to league cup glory in 18/19

before taking the team to top of the league

before the 19/20 campaign was curtailed.

Football Development manager at Brentford

FC. Sponsors: Ascot United U16 Youth and

Ascot United U12 Youth

Jamie Ashdown - goalkeeping coach

Needs little introduction, former professional

Jamie began his career with Reading before

making over 100 appearances for

Portsmouth between 2004-2012. A huge asset

to the club where he coaches at all levels.

Sponsor: Ascot United FC Veterans

Dan Masters – asst. manager

Dan is in his third season with Ascot Utd and

is a crucial part of the coaching staff.

Sponsor: Ascot United U12 Youth

Georgia Buddin - Therapist

Stepped up to be the lead therapist at Ascot

United in 19/20, supporting the fitness and

recovery of the squad


CLUB HISTORY - ASCOT UNITED

Ascot United as we know it, was founded in 1965 by a men’s team who played their games at Sunninghill with “after

match meetings” in The Wells in Cheapside village (now Mikado’s). teams playing as long ago as 1928 under the name

Ascot United but nothing to link them directly to the current club. In 1965, the club had gained permission from the Ascot

Racecourse Trustees to convert the land east of coach park 10 into a football pitch. A wooden clubhouse was built and

this team went on to win many prestigious trophies in the years that followed.

Various youth teams represented Ascot United over the years up to 1988, and 1992 the East Berks 7-a-side Association

was formed by our then Chairman Keith Wicks introducing small-sided junior games and having disbanded in 1980 the

men’s team also reformed. The club continued to grow, entering into partnership with Charters School and being

awarded FA Charter Standard status in 2004. The men’s senior team enjoyed early success through the East Berks

League gaining continued promotions to the Senior division and winning various Cups including the Fielden Charity Cup

in 1996/7. 2001 saw the 1st team join the Reading Senior League and winning the Evening Post Senior Cup at the

Madejski Stadium in 2006. Promotion to the Hellenic League soon followed in 2007, followed by promotion to the

Hellenic Premier Division in 2009. The club today has grown to become one of the largest Community football clubs in

the UK with over 1000 registered players and over 70 teams playing every weekend embracing all ages and abilities

from 5 year olds through to Vets. A new clubhouse opened in September 2010, together with an improved main pitch,

floodlights and a stand.

The club has enjoyed much success at all levels particularly in the Ladies and Girls Section where they are regularly

winners of leagues and county Cups. Our senior Ladies won promotion to the Premier Division of the Southern Region

Women’s’ Football League in 2017-18 and consolidated their position with a mid-table finish in 2018-19. Meanwhile, 2018-

19 was an outstanding one for our junior Boys’ teams who won an array of county cups at various age groups, a feat

we’ve rarely previously achieved.

The past decade has been hugely successful for our first team; our debut in the FA Cup in 2011 attracted 1,149 people to

the Racecourse on a Friday evening where the famous trophy itself was on display and the match was streamed live on

Facebook. Between 2012-13 and 2015-16 we reached the Quarter Final of the FA Vase twice, enjoyed two top-three

finishes in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division, and won both the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup and Perpetua

Press Floodlit Cup. More recently, our players’ development took the spotlight, as a host of Yellamen have enjoyed

success with other local sides and many of our talented development players stepped up into the first team. After

finishing 2017-18 in style, in 2018-19 new manager Jamie Tompkins led his side to the top of the table for long spells,

winning two team-of-the-month awards, and finishing with league cup glory once again by defeating Windsor 3-1 on 6th

May.

We were transferred into the Combined Counties League for the 2019-20 season, playing on our new 3G pitch facility,

which transformed the club by facilitating more of our teams’ matches and training at The Racecourse. The stronger

platform facilitated further player development, and Jamie’s young side would lead the table for long periods before

establishing what looked like a title-winning margin at the top shortly before the league was aborted due to the global

virus pandemic.

Jamie has retained most of his squad for the 2020-21 season and they are eager to make another attempt at winning the

title. One of the benefits of not winning promotion last season is that we will re-acquaint with some of the new friends we

made along the way! But most importantly, the club is committed to ensuring the health and safety of players, officials

and supporters so that grassroots football can continue to thrive in the way that it should.


CLUB HISTORY - COBHAM

Cobham Football Club was formed on Friday 5 November 1886 by Founding President, Hon. Alan

Egerton MP and villagers connected with the local Coffee Tavern. The Vicar offered to supply it with

a football. On 4 November 1890, The Evening Telegraph reported on the death of our Centre Half,

Arthur Smith, following injuries sustained in a match vs Kingston Wanderers. In 1892, the Club

affiliated to the Surrey FA. The home ground was never settled with various fields around the

outskirts of the village being used at different times. During the late 1920's they played in the

Kingston and district league winning division 1 in 1928/29 and 1929/30. In the 1930's they gained

intermediate status and quickly achieved senior status in 1938 upon election to the Surrey senior

league. The war years between 1939 to 1945 saw a vote to agree a temporary merger with the

Avorians Sports Club to form Cobham Avorians to ensure local football continued. After the War, the

Club made home at Cobham recreation ground until 1955/6 when it moved to Anvil lane also known

as the Leg o' Mutton field. The club took its nickname from the word anvil and thus became the

Hammers. During the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s the club had a really good local feel with the ground being

a vibrant hub of football. The floodlights were installed in1996/7 and were christened with a game

against Conference side Woking. The Hammers were founder members of the Combined Counties

League moving up from the now defunct Surrey Senior League. They finished second to Ash United

in 1998/9. Amongst long serving stalwarts such as Dave Tippetts who first joined the club in the

1980’s, the pride of place on the clubhouse wall goes to a painting of Reg Madgwick, who served as

player, committee member and fund raiser. When he died in 1995, he requested his ashes be

scattered on the pitch and left all his worldly possessions to the club and the decision was made

to rename the ground The Reg Madgwick Stadium in his honour. The Club won the Combined

Counties Premier League Challenge Cup in 2001/2 beating Bedfont FC 3-2. After the stand went up

in 2004, the club was a mainstay in the Combined Counties under the overall guidance of the late

Ken Reed who died in 2018. After a new committee was elected in 2015, the club has built its Junior

football with 16 sides to compliment the men’s team and the new seated stand, new fencing and

the dual turnstile were put in during April 2016 to allow the ground to achieve a Grade D (Step 4)

rating. 2017/2018 saw the club promoted for the first time in its history to the Combined Counties

Premier Division under the stewardship of Sam Merison and the introduction of an U23 side to

support the first team. Indeed, the Hammers most recent silverware was in 2018/19 when the

Cobham Under 23’s beat SCR FC Under 23’s on Penalties to win the Development League Cup. The

Summer of 2019 saw the Hammers become an FA Charter Standard Club. With many of the towns

businesses now on board as sponsors and suppliers, the Hammers are on a firm footing for

progression and are delighted to have Committee members who have so many ties between them

and their families who have the club and town at heart.

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