Ascot v Kensington and Ealing Boro 180521

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Tue 18 May 2021

Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Cup Semi Final







Yellow and Blue

Navy Blue



Sam Gray (GK)

Alex Sykes (GK)

Sam Hayes (GK)

Aaron Berry

Aiden Higgs

Ben Hodges

Calum Ferguson

Chris Ellis

Dan Bailey

Duarte Surpanu

George Lock

Harry Laflin

Ian Davies

James Haworth

Jonny Denton

Josh Masters

Louis Bouwers

Riccardo Andrady

Rory Merrick

Sam Evans

Shaun Preddie

Taylor Morgan

Jamie Tompkins

Dan Masters

Jamie Ashdown

Bjorn Dunkley

Steve Quelch

Georgia Buddin


Asst. Manager

GK Coach




Juan Federico (GK)

Mohamed Turay

Miguel Des Matos Lopes

Shadrach Williams

Sam Nana Marfo

Adam Hamdi

Joshua Chetwynd

Josiah Valerie

Jabir Lariba

Eva Batousol

Mohammed Belamouadden

Terence Cariba

Adam Nejjay

Jahmal Edwards

Gilbaut Batousol

Ricardo Taylor

Gilbaut Batousol & Mohammed Bakkali

Jeff Clement



Match Officials





Last Match:

Frimley Green


Mon 3 May

W 3-1


Next Match: TBC TBC TBC



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


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


with Simon Negus

A warm welcome to Kensington/Ealing

Borough for today's Cherry Red Records

Combined Counties League Cup fixture.

A warm welcome to you all and especially our visitors from

West London for what feels like our first game of the season

but in reality is our last home game!

It’s been a two stage return to football for us at Ascot Utd. Our

junior teams have been back playing for a few weeks, as have

the senior teams but behind closed doors. It’s only now that it

feels like we are properly back, and here’s hoping we get a full

un-interrupted program next season. For now we’re delighted

to have fans back at The Racecourse tonight, and look forward

to seeing many of you back over the summer whether it’s to

watch Euro 2020 matches on one of our big screens, or to

support one of the many tournaments we will be hosting over

the summer.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the recent sudden

death of Graham Poulter, Secretary at Virginia Water FC and

previous Ascot Utd stalwart. Previous Chairman Mike Harrison

wrote this tribute:

“Graham started his football career at Ascot United soon after

I joined in 1998 and like so many of us he initially coached a

junior team which included his younger son. The Royals

progressed through the age groups and went on to win many

trophies. In 2002 Graham agreed to help the club with the

increasing workload caused by compliance and became our

first Child Welfare Officer. His commitment and diligence

made the club a better and safer place for children. Graham

bought to the club was determination, integrity and honesty in

abundance. If he didn’t agree with something he quickly made

it clear what the correct thing to do and as a result gained

everyone’s respect. Ascot United is indebted to Graham for the

contribution he made but first and foremost he was a family

man and our thoughts are with Wendy, their children and the

many friends and colleagues he had both in and out of

football. Rest in Peace Graham and thank you.”

Ensuring the safety of all of our visitors on site, and to comply

with all of the FA & Government guidelines, has required a

monumental effort for us as it has for all grassroots football

clubs… I’d like to say a massive thanks to all of our staff and

volunteers for all of their efforts on behalf of the club. Enjoy the

game tonight! Simon.


Jamie Tompkins

First Team Manager

Welcome to the players, officials

and supporters of

Kensington/Ealing Borough. Enjoy

the game!

Hello and welcome to Kensington & Ealing Borough FC players, staff and club committee and to all supporters in

attendance this evenings Combined Counties League Cup semi-final fixture.

Our welcome extends to all supporters of non-league football as fans are permitted back into grounds. This evenings

game will be an entertaining one to return too with a place in the final at stake.

Since lockdown 3.0 ended, our playing squad and staff have been in good spirits and have been enjoying the return to

football in the Fripp-Smith trophy, we thank the Combined Counties League for organising this competition which has

given us a release from the outside pressures of the pandemic.

This period has allowed us to experiment on new ideas and offer opportunities to our younger players in our U18

squad. In our recent fixture away at Frimley Green, three players in Lawson Jones, Sam Evans and Tom Bailey, all

featured for the first team having joined the club from the age of 5. Further demonstrating the pathway the club offers

to local players.

Back to the league cup, our route to the semi-final stage has seen us win and progress against Tooting Bec,

Chessington & Hook, Badshot Lea and Sandhurst Town (Bracknell Town), the last of those being a memorable night for

the club versus our local rivals.

Our opponents, Kensington & Ealing Borough surprised the league with a 6-1 win in the quarter final away at Cobham,

clearly a strong side who will travel with confidence and on good form.

Thank you to our sponsors, club officials and volunteers for all the fantastic work and ongoing support towards our

football club.

Enjoy the game! Jamie.


Dan Masters

Assistant Manager

Jamie Ashdown

Goalkeeping Coach

Bjorn Dunkley


Steve Quelch


Georgia Buddin



With Programme Editor Neal Jeffs

Welcome to the players, officials and

supporters of Kensington/Ealing Borough

for this Cherry Red Records Combined

Counties League Cup match.


reading, and

enjoy the

game! Neal


Well, a huge welcome back to The Racecourse to all supporters for tonight’s

league cup semi final. I know it has been a huge wrench for many people for so

long to go without their dose of live action so hopefully tonight’s action will make

up for some of that absence. Being one of the club officials, I’ve been able to

watch some of the recent games and it was a tragedy we didn’t have a crowd in

for the quarter final performance against Sandhurst “Bracknell” Town which was

nothing short of stunning. The whole team raised their game to another level and

it was clear to see the impact new singing and ex-Harrow Borough captain Shaun

Preddie had; he was top drawer. I also can’t go without mentioning Binfield’s run

to the FA vase final, which is on BT Sport this Saturday (12:15). All wins away from

home, 4 penalty shoot outs, quite incredible and with former Yellamen Chris

Grace and Dave Hancock in their side they have a really good chance this


The Boy Done Good! Ex-

Yellaman Luqman Kassim in

action for VPS in the Finnish

2nd tier having signed

professional terms with the

club last year.

The season did, of course, get curtailed. However, some teams will be rewarded

with promotion using an average points per game of the past 2 curtailed

seasons. All I know is that our form this season didn’t match last season when we

led the league and as such over the 2 campaigns we were behind Sutton

Common Rovers and one other team, although I can’t remember if it is Southall or

Spelthorne! In other news, Luqman Kassim (pictured) is now playing

professionally for Vaasan Palloseura in the Finnish 2nd division, whereas James

Richardson is trying out with Chesham United (Southern League South, step 3 of

pyramid). Best wishes to both! Not much else to say, enjoy the game and stay

safe. Make the most of the experience tonight, it’ll probably be another few

months before we watch another first team game here! Neal



Date Opposition

H/A Comp Result Att


01-Sep Christchurch

A FAC XP L 1-1* 143 Higgs

05-Sep Molesey

A COCO W 7-1 60 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 75 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 D 1-1 68 Richardson

20-Oct CB Hounslow United H COCO W 3-1 79 Laflin 2, Higgs

24-Oct Knaphill

H COCO D 1-1 297 Laflin

31-Oct Newhaven

A FAV 1 L 1-4 152 Richardson

03-Nov Chessington / Hook Utd H LC 2 W 4-0 66 Davies 3, Surpanu

05-Dec Egham Town

A COCO A-A** n/a Laflin**

12-Dec Frimley Green

A COCO W 4-0 88 Laflin 2, Surpanu, Davies

10-Apr Fleet Town

H FST L 0-1 -

13-Apr Badshot Lea

H LC 3 W 2-1 - Higgs, OG

17-Apr Sandhurst Town

H FST L 1-6 - Berry

24-Apr Eversley & California A FST D 2-2 - Davies, Higgs

27-Apr Sandhurst Town

H LC QF W 2-1 - Laflin 2

01-May Ash United

H FST L 4-5 - Higgs, Bailey, Davies, Morgan

03-May Frimley Green

A FST W 3-1 - Higgs, Bailey, Laflin

18-May Kensington/Ealing




For the record, we played 5 matches in the end of-season Fripp-Smith Trophy (marked "FST", above). The

competition comprised four groups of five or six teams with the top 2 in each group advancing to a quarter

final knockout. As we only took 4 points from 5 games, we didn’t advance from our group as Sandhurst and

Fleet took the top spots! Last weekend the semi-finals were played; the results are shown on the fixtures and

results page.

* Christchurch won 7-6 on penalties

* Abandoned at half time due to floodlight failure with Ascot leading 1-0 (goalscorer: Laflin, credited in AUFC stats)

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, FST - Fripp-Smith Trophy


Weekend results:

Badshot Lea 0-3 Sandhurst Town Fripp-Smith Trophy

Spelthorne Sports 1-1 (3p2) Abbey Rangers

Fripp-Smith Trophy

Kensington & Ealing Borough 3-2 FC Deportivo Galicia MIDDX COUNTY CUP

Tonight's fixtures:

Ascot United v Kensington & Ealing Borough LC SF

Sheerwater v Abbey Rangers LC QF

Chessington & Hook United v Godalming Town COCO DIV 1 CUP

Obviously not too many results or fixtures to update you on but in addition to the

above we know that in the other half of the league cup draw Sheerwater play

Abbey Rangers in the quarter final (tonight). The winners of that tie will play

Redhill in the semi final, so whoever wins tonight will play one of those three in

the final, scheduled for Saturday 29th May at Cobham FC.

Also note that whilst we've beaten Tooting Bec, Chessington/Hook Utd, Badshot

Lea and Sandhurst Town en route to the semi final, Kensington/Ealing Borough

have beaten Ash United (3-2, away) and Cobham (6-1, away) either side of a

walkover awarded against Dorking Wanderers Reserves.

Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Premier Division Table (final, season curtailed)


1 Sutton Common Rovers 13 11 2 0 29 35

2 Badshot Lea 14 10 1 3 13 31

3 Spelthorne Sports 15 9 2 4 23 29

4 Hanworth Villa 10 8 2 0 18 26

5 Southall 12 8 1 3 19 25

6 Ascot United 13 7 3 3 15 24

7 Knaphill 14 7 3 4 6 24

8 Banstead Athletic 14 5 5 4 3 20

9 Abbey Rangers 12 5 2 5 7 17

10 Sheerwater 13 5 2 6 2 17

11 Cobham 12 5 2 5 -1 17

12 Camberley Town 10 5 0 5 -4 15

13 Egham Town 13 4 2 7 -7 14

14 Redhill 13 4 2 7 -9 14

15 Colliers Wood United 14 3 3 8 -14 12

16 Frimley Green 13 3 2 8 -16 11

17 Raynes Park Vale 11 3 1 7 -13 10

18 CB Hounslow United 10 1 3 6 -13 6

19 Guildford City 9 1 1 7 -12 4

20 Molesey 15 1 1 13 -46 4


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 18 18

D Bailey 23 4 27 4

T Bailey 4 4

A Berry 13 3 21 6

L Bouwers 17 145 11

E Burden 1 32

E Carey 9 50 4

H Cliff 2 2

I Davies 22 12 57 35

J Denton 23 174 19

C Ellis 3 56 1

S Evans 13 15

C Ferguson 4 20 1

S Gray 23 84

J Haworth 20 91 1

S Hayes 1 2

A Higgs 21 10 44 19

B Hodges 17 1 112 10

E Jabbari 3 3

L Jones 3 3

L Kassim 1 47 13

H Laflin 22 15 107 50

G Lock 22 122 5

J Masters 7 8

R Merrick 0 20

T Morgan 14 3 14 3

S Preddie 3 3

J Richardson 15 3 64 12

L Sankoh 1 23 1

D Surpanu 5 2 5 2

A Sykes 1 1

331 53 1374 197

Harry Laflin

recently scored

his 50th goal for

the club in just



Louis Bouwers

(145 apps) and

Aiden Higgs (44

apps) are on

course for



although Jonny

Denton (174

apps) still leads

the way of the

current crop.

Remember Jon

Bennett (262

apps, 171 goals)

leads the alltime


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Preddie good defending as Ascot win 2-1

Saturday 27th April 2021 - Combined Counties League Cup Quarter Final - Ascot

United 2 - 1 Sandhurst Town

Ascot United produced a simply outstanding team performance to beat Sandhurst Town in the Combined

Counties League Cup Quarter Final on Tuesday. Having been hammered by the same team just a week-and-ahalf

earlier, Harry Laflin scored a brace to send his side through at the expense of a Fizzers side once again

boasting a step four line-up.

The visitors were 6-1 victors over Ascot in the Fripp-Smith trophy ten days earlier, so it would take a seismic

shift if the Yellamen were to continue their love affair with league cup competitions of recent seasons.

The first half was a brilliant advert for local non-league football. Full of endeavour and tasty challenges but

light on clear-cut chances, both sides gave 100% and it was rightly all-square at half time. Home marksman

Laflin had two sights of goal in the opening stages – one of them an audacious thunderbolt from at least 35

yards – although his later reward would be a short spell of dazed recovery following a clash of heads just

before half time. For Sandhurst, Joe Grant showed great strength to wriggle clear of Louis Bouwers midway

through the half but Max Herbert’s resultant first-time effort from Grant’s cut-back found the woods behind the

far end of the ground. Seb Bowerman’s effort would meet a similar fate four minutes later and new home

signing Shaun Preddie capped a fine half with a tremendous recovery challenge on Grant just when it looked

as if he would escape into a goalscoring position moments before the break.

The second half began with the home faithful – their committee well represented in the face of a ban on

spectators – contemplating if their side would maintain the workrate against their opponents. And, that they

did in fine style. Laflin had already tested Jason Matthews in the visiting goal before his 52nd minute opener –

a well-taken finish at the second attempt after Matthews had done well to block his initial left-footed attempt.

At the other end, Sam Gray’s moment of the match came with a splendid save to deny Grant when he was

through on goal, but the visitors would level in the scrappiest of circumstances moments later when the ball

trundled in following a corner.

But The Yellamen dug deeper and scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 67th minute. This time,

Taylor Morgan looked to have over-played with unnecessary trickery – although credit to him the ball found its

way to James Haworth on the left wing, Haworth surged into the box and cut the ball back for Laflin who

fashioned the ball into a shooting position before drilling low across Matthews and into the bottom right.

By this point it was the home faithful in a daze, and they looked on as Sandhurst sought another leveller;

Herbert’s direct free kick up and over the wall missed by inches and Preddie was on hand once again to deny

Grant – himself only just back on the field after an earlier stint in the sin-bin. The Yellamen then survived five

minutes of stoppage time to record arguably the result of their season – and definitely the performance of it.

Ascot United: Gray, Lock, Haworth, Evans, Bouwers (Surpanu 79’), D. Bailey, Preddie, Denton, Davies (Higgs 62’),

Laflin, Morgan. Subs unused: Andrady, Berry, Surpanu


A selection of photos from our last game - a win at Frimley Green on Bank Holiday Monday


Clockwise from top left: (1) Laffers

bags the 50th goal of his Ascot

career, (2) Riccardo Andrady on the

attack, (3) Sam Evans with Lawson

Jones and Tom Bailey - 3 players

who have played together at Ascot

since the age of 5, (4) The Gaffer's

generous response when asked

"who is buying the drinks tonight?"


A selection of photos from various matches played behind closed doors since April


Clockwise from top left: Taylor

Morgan scores vs. Ash United, Sam

Gray remains alert vs. Fleet Town,

James Haworth clears vs. Fleet

Town, Aiden Higgs celebrates

scoring against Badshot Lea, Aaron

Berry heads home against

Sandhurst Town in the Fripp-Smith



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

Lisa Phillips

Darcy Young

Kelly Rideout

Freya Johnson

Isabel Woods

Nicole Brown


Ascot United Ladies' season was curtailed back in December having played five matches and won

three. Sadly, as Warsash Wasps resigned from the league, Ascot's victory against them was expunged

leaving them with two wins from four games. For the record, they were in 5th place (out of 9 teams)

when the season ended. In April, the SRWFL introduced an end of season cup competition, which has

seen the ladies back on the pitch after four months' away and they have recorded a win, draw and loss

from their three games.

Meanwhile, the Ascot Ladies Reserves have been in brilliant form as the Thames Valley League

mandated the restart of their league. As such, they have been in frantic action each weekend and last

weekend they played a DOUBLE HEADER at Slough Town - two back to back games on the same

afternoon - and won both of them against a team who had previously only lost once all season (table

below). They've now won SIX games on the trot since the April restart and have one league game in

Division 3 (East) remaining on Sunday 23rd May at The Racecourse vs Bessingby Park, who are bottom

of the league. A tremendous effort from them after a slow start to the season!

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

improving strength and conditioning.


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

Josh Masters - defence

Sponsor: Carrier

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

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


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

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

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

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


Shaun Preddie - defence

Signed for the end of 20/21 campaign and

brings quality and experience having most

recently captained Harrow Borough at Step 3.

Previously with Chipstead and Hanworth Villa

and has played in the US. Weighs in with

occasional goals; a top signing for the club.

Duarte Surpanu - forward

Skilful winger wit lighting quick feet, signed

midway through in the 20/21 season and has

the potential to cause problems for any


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


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

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


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


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.


Established as A.F.C. Hillgate in 2012, the club joined the

Middlesex County League. In 2013–14 they finished third in

Division Two, earning promotion to Division One Central

and East. After finishing sixth in Division One Central and

East in 2014–15, they switched to Division Two of the

Spartan South Midlands League. A fifth-place finish in

2015–16 saw them promoted to Division One. In the

summer of 2016 they were renamed Kensington Borough.

At the end of the 2016–17 season the club were moved to

Division One of the Combined Counties League. At the end

of the 2018–19 season, the club was renamed Kensington

& Ealing Borough.

Tonight's visitors

were eighth in

Division One when

the campaign was

suspended back in


Recently they've been in good form,

winning four end-of-season cup

matches on the trot (below).

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