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A S C O T U N I T E D F C<br />

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ASCOT UNITED vs. RISBOROUGH RANGERS<br />

Tue 24 Aug 2021<br />

Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round Replay<br />

Matchday<br />

Programme<br />

Season<br />

2021/22


T H E Y E L L A M E N<br />

T H E R A N G E R S<br />

Yellow and Blue<br />

Red and White<br />

twitter.com/<strong>Ascot</strong><strong>United</strong>FC<br />

www.ascotunited.net<br />

Sam Gray (GK)<br />

Alex Sykes (GK)<br />

Calum Ferguson<br />

Chris Ellis<br />

Dan Bailey<br />

Dan Price<br />

Danny Walden<br />

Duarte Surpanu<br />

George Lock<br />

Harry Laflin<br />

Ian Davies<br />

Jonny Denton<br />

Josh Masters<br />

Josh Tarrant<br />

Keaton August<br />

Louis Bouwers<br />

Riccardo Andrady<br />

Rory Merrick<br />

Sam Evans<br />

Sean McCormack<br />

Taylor Morgan<br />

Tom Scott<br />

Jamie Tompkins<br />

Dan Masters<br />

Jamie Ashdown<br />

Bjorn Dunkley<br />

Steve Quelch<br />

Chad Smith<br />

Manager<br />

Asst. Manager<br />

GK Coach<br />

Coach<br />

Coach<br />

Therapist<br />

Jack Brooker (GK)<br />

Joel Read<br />

Bertie Squire-Adams<br />

Justin Gordon<br />

Josh Urqhart<br />

Lewis Patrick<br />

Sean Coles<br />

Adam Morris<br />

Alex Kedzierski<br />

Aaron Jewell<br />

Sam Pekun<br />

Davis Haule<br />

Brain Haule<br />

Marcus Wylie<br />

Laurence Clark<br />

Alex Sethi<br />

Asher Yearwood<br />

Brad Walton<br />

Kieron Schmidt<br />

Mark Eaton<br />

Jon Franklin<br />

Paul Bonham<br />

Harry Therkettle<br />

Jason<br />

Giddings-<br />

Match Officials<br />

Oliver<br />

Kaya<br />

Oliver<br />

Hind<br />

Last Match:<br />

<strong>Risborough</strong> <strong>Rangers</strong><br />

A<br />

Sat 21 Aug<br />

1-1<br />

FAC P<br />

Next Match: Reading City H Sat 28 Aug<br />

COCO


ASCOT UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB<br />

IN THE CHAIR<br />

with Simon Negus<br />

Racecourse Ground, Winkfield Road, <strong>Ascot</strong>, SL5 7LJ<br />

Chairman: Simon Negus<br />

Club Secretary: Dan Birchmore<br />

Director of Football: Neil Richards<br />

1st Team Manager: Jamie Tompkins<br />

Assistant manager: Dan Masters<br />

Coaches: Bjorn Dunkley, Steve Quelch<br />

Goalkeeping Coach: Jamie Ashdown<br />

Allied U18 Manager: Josh Nice<br />

Therapist: Chad Smith<br />

Sports Psychology: Izzy Woods<br />

Racecourse Facilities Manager: Jo Gavin<br />

Administration Manager: Emma Paton<br />

Clubhouse Catering: Lisa Richards<br />

Reporting, Comms and Programme: Neal Jeffs<br />

Directors:<br />

Doug Page<br />

Mark Cooper<br />

Rob Jones<br />

Mike Harrison<br />

Phil Wray<br />

Zoe Reilly<br />

Chris Day<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> Football Club Limited. Registered in<br />

England and Wales. Registration No. 6883550<br />

Registered Office: Ternion Court, 264-268 Upper Fourth<br />

Street, Central Milton Keynes MK9 1DP.<br />

Affiliated to the Berks & Bucks F.A. No. Q-B&B0165<br />

A warm welcome to <strong>Risborough</strong> <strong>Rangers</strong> for<br />

today's Emirates FA Cup fixture.<br />

Welcome to The Racecourse ground for tonight‘s FA<br />

Cup replay and a special welcome to our visitors from<br />

<strong>Risborough</strong> <strong>Rangers</strong>.<br />

It was great to visit their ground on Saturday, where we<br />

received a very warm welcome – it was a typical cup<br />

tie with both teams having the opportunity to win in,<br />

and I’m sure tonight's game will be just as competitive.<br />

We now know that an away trip to Hythe or Westfield<br />

awaits in the next round, so lots for us to play for. The<br />

“magic of the cup” really starts to ramp up from here<br />

on it, so let’s cheer the boys on to a positive result…<br />

This week we have welcomed back our junior teams<br />

for pre-season training, all 73 teams from U7 up to U18,<br />

boys and girls. All teams are run by volunteers, as in<br />

most grassroots community clubs, and we should all<br />

recognise the role these people play in making the<br />

club the success it is today. They are hopefully<br />

developing the players who will be representing the<br />

club in the FA Cup in the future, and equally<br />

importantly providing a safe and encouraging<br />

environment for all kids of all abilities to play the<br />

game we all love.<br />

For those visiting the Racecourse Ground for the first<br />

time in a while will have noticed the improvements we<br />

have made over the close season (all three weeks of<br />

it!)… the outside tented area has been improved giving<br />

an even better space to relax after games or to watch<br />

sport on the big screen. Our <strong>Ascot</strong> Sports Bar goes<br />

from strength to strength generating funds that we<br />

can reinvest in improving the footballing facilities we<br />

provide to our members. We are now hosting many<br />

private events, so if you’re looking for a very cost<br />

effective venue for your party or corporate event,<br />

please do get in touch to see what we can offer.<br />

Hope you all enjoy the game tonight…<br />

Simon.


FROM THE DUGOUT<br />

Welcome to the players, officials<br />

and supporters of <strong>Risborough</strong><br />

<strong>Rangers</strong>. Enjoy the game!<br />

Jamie Tompkins<br />

First Team Manager<br />

Hello and welcome to <strong>Risborough</strong> <strong>Rangers</strong> FC players, staff and club committee<br />

and to all supporters in attendance for this evenings’ FA Cup replay in the<br />

Preliminary round.<br />

Following Saturday’s 1-1 draw, tonight’s replay will decide who progresses into the<br />

first qualifying round and I am sure it will prove to be an exciting game to watch.<br />

<strong>Risborough</strong> are a resilient side and having played 85 minutes with 10 men, they<br />

showed a huge amount of desire and energy to take the tie to a replay.<br />

We were not clinical in the final third, an unusual thing for us, so let’s hope we<br />

have been saving the goals for tonight.<br />

We will be doing everything we can to win the game for our supporters and repay<br />

the support we have received in large numbers during our last few home games.<br />

Thank you to our sponsors, club officials and volunteers for all the fantastic work<br />

and ongoing support towards our football club.<br />

Enjoy the game!<br />

ASCOT UNITED FC MANAGEMENT TEAM: PROUDLY SPONSORED BY:<br />

Dan Masters<br />

Assistant Manager<br />

Jamie Ashdown<br />

Goalkeeping Coach<br />

Bjorn Dunkley<br />

Coach<br />

Steve Quelch<br />

Coach<br />

Stuart Britton<br />

Strength/Condition


ON COURSE!<br />

With Programme Editor Neal Jeffs<br />

Welcome to the players, officials and<br />

supporters of <strong>Risborough</strong> <strong>Rangers</strong> for this<br />

Emirates FA Cup match.<br />

Happy<br />

reading, and<br />

enjoy the<br />

game! Neal<br />

W E L C O M E T O T H E R A N G E R S<br />

Welcome to all in attendance tonight for what promises to be an intriguing tie<br />

after Saturday’s tight affair. The 175 fans on Saturday witnessed a gritty<br />

<strong>Risborough</strong> side dig deep to play for 85 minutes with ten men so, assuming they<br />

can keep 11 on the pitch tonight, this will be a tough test for <strong>Ascot</strong>. And the<br />

winners of tonight's game will travel to either Westfield (Woking) or Hythe Town a<br />

week on Saturday; they are also involved in a replay tonight. As I write this it is<br />

uncertain whether Taylor Morgan will have recovered from the groin injury that<br />

forced him off on Saturday although Jamie has plenty of attacking options with<br />

both Duarte Surpanu and Keaton August having plenty of pace. Looking back on<br />

Saturday’s FA Cup results it is so hard to digest the 150+ fixtures, but scanning<br />

down them I noted Jersey Bulls’ 4-0 away win at Newhaven, Step 5 side Harefield<br />

<strong>United</strong> upsetting Step 4 Binfield 2-1, and reformed Macclesfield FC involved in a<br />

ding-dong 6-4 defeat at Squires Gate having led 1-0 and 3-2!<br />

It’s the 150th year of the FA Cup<br />

and if you think about it, tonight's<br />

teams are just 12 wins from an FA<br />

Cup Final date next May! Just<br />

take it a game at a time lads…!!!<br />

Looking ahead, we host Reading City this Saturday before travelling to<br />

Wokingham and Emmbrook next Tuesday evening, a game pushed back from the<br />

traditional Bank Holiday Monday slot. Reading City have resigned hot-shot<br />

Mitchell Parker this season and have a couple of ex-Yellamen in their squad<br />

including Mo Davies, Dan Davies and Kai Stubbs who made a smattering of<br />

appearances between them a few seasons back. Anyway, back to tonight, and<br />

after the crowd of 450 for our opening FA Cup fixture anything near that would be<br />

amazing. I have to give total respect to our visitors for their vocal home support<br />

last Saturday, and it seemed the home faithful added a new song to their<br />

repertoire with each alcoholic beverage consumed! We're expecting a few of you<br />

here tonight and feel free to empty your pockets over the counter at our bar!<br />

Enjoy the game! Neal<br />

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


DAN'S DOODLES<br />

I thought we’d introduce a new column to our<br />

programme this season. A short feature on<br />

footballing events / facts through history and a<br />

little quiz to get the grey matter functioning!<br />

DID YOU<br />

KNOW….?<br />

New Balls Please (1946 and 1947)<br />

At our level of football it is not unusual for us to go through<br />

several balls during a game - often due to clearances or<br />

wayward shots finding their way over the ground boundaries,<br />

but did you know that during both the 1946 and 1947 FA Cup<br />

Finals the match balls actually burst. Thankfully the quality of<br />

the materials and manufacturing has improved somewhat<br />

since then!<br />

1.Where was the first FA Cup Final held and in which year?<br />

2.Which team holds the record for the most games scored in an FA Cup<br />

debut and how many did they score?<br />

3.In which years did <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> and <strong>Risborough</strong> <strong>Rangers</strong> make their first<br />

entry into the FA Cup?<br />

4.Which two fairly local sides hold the joint record for the most times that<br />

they have featured in the FA Cup?<br />

5.Which former premier league manager holds the record for managing<br />

the most number of FA Cup winning sides?<br />

Answers on next page!<br />

QUIZ TIME!


RESULTS AND FIXTURES 21/22<br />

Date Opposition<br />

H/A Comp Result Att<br />

06-Aug Holyport<br />

H FAC XP 3-0 450<br />

14-Aug Southall<br />

A COCO 0-5 50<br />

17-Aug Tadley Calleva<br />

A COCO 5-1 n/k<br />

21-Aug <strong>Risborough</strong> <strong>Rangers</strong> A FAC P 1-1 175<br />

24-Aug <strong>Risborough</strong> <strong>Rangers</strong> H FAC P R<br />

28-Aug Reading City<br />

H COCO<br />

31-Aug Wokingham/Emmbrook A COCO<br />

04-Sep Egham Town<br />

A COCO<br />

11-Sep Hengrove Athletic<br />

A FAV 1Q<br />

18-Sep Wembley<br />

H COCO<br />

02-Oct Edgware Town<br />

A COCO<br />

09-Oct North Greenford <strong>United</strong> H COCO<br />

16-Oct Windsor<br />

A COCO<br />

06-Nov Spelthorne Sports<br />

H COCO<br />

13-Nov Hanworth Villa<br />

A COCO<br />

20-Nov St Panteleimon<br />

H COCO<br />

27-Nov CB Hounslow<br />

A COCO<br />

04-Dec Southall<br />

H COCO<br />

11-Dec Virginia Water<br />

A COCO<br />

18-Dec Reading City<br />

A COCO<br />

27-Dec Wokingham/Emmbrook H COCO<br />

08-Jan Windsor<br />

H COCO<br />

15-Jan Wembley<br />

A COCO<br />

22-Jan Edgware Town<br />

H COCO<br />

29-Jan Spelthorne Sports<br />

A COCO<br />

05-Feb St Panteleimon<br />

A COCO<br />

12-Feb Holyport<br />

H COCO<br />

19-Feb Abbey <strong>Rangers</strong><br />

A COCO<br />

26-Feb Burnham<br />

A COCO<br />

05-Mar Virginia Water<br />

H COCO<br />

12-Mar Holyport<br />

A COCO<br />

19-Mar CB Hounslow<br />

H COCO<br />

26-Mar Tadley Calleva<br />

H COCO<br />

02-Apr North Greenford <strong>United</strong> A COCO<br />

05-Apr Hanworth Villa<br />

H COCO<br />

18-Apr Abbey <strong>Rangers</strong><br />

H COCO<br />

23-Apr Egham Town<br />

H COCO<br />

TBC Burnham<br />

H COCO<br />

Scorers<br />

Laflin, Lock, Surpanu<br />

Laflin 2, Lock, Morgan, Denton<br />

Laflin<br />

QUIZ TIME ANSWERS!!! 1. The first FA Cup Final was held in 1872 at Kennington Oval and featured The Wanderers<br />

v The Royal Engineers. The Wanderers went on to lift the cup after Morton P. Betts (AKA A. H. Chequer) scores<br />

the first ever FA Cup Final goal, this followed on from the first ever disallowed goal from Charles W. Alcock.<br />

2. The record stands at 16 goals and is held by New Crusaders when the defeated Woking by an impressive 16-<br />

0 during their 1905 - 1906 1st qualifying round fixture.<br />

3. <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> 2011 / 2012 and <strong>Risborough</strong> <strong>Rangers</strong> 2015 / 2016<br />

4. Maidenhead <strong>United</strong> and Marlow (139 times)<br />

5. Arsene Wenger has managed a record topping seven sides, all at Arsenal between 1998 and 2017.<br />

COCO - Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Premier Division North, FAV - Buildbase FA Vase, FAC - The<br />

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


SPONSORSHIP<br />

Sponsor a Yellaman! Contact Neil Richards at neil.richards@ascotunited.co.uk.


TODAY'S FIXTURES AND RECENT RESULTS<br />

Weekend fixtures:<br />

Midweek fixtures:<br />

Looking ahead:


LEAGUE TABLES


APPEARANCES AND GOALS<br />

Below are the updated <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> appearance and scorers' records for<br />

this season's squad.<br />

2021-22 All-time<br />

App Goals App Goals<br />

R Andrady 2 0 20<br />

K August 4 0 4<br />

D Bailey 3 0 32 4<br />

L Bouwers 0 0 146 11<br />

I Davies 4 0 63 35<br />

J Denton 4 1 180 20<br />

C Ellis 4 0 61 1<br />

S Evans 1 0 18<br />

C Ferguson 0 0 20 1<br />

S Gray 4 0 90<br />

H Laflin 4 4 113 56<br />

G Lock 4 2 128 7<br />

J Masters 3 0 11<br />

R Merrick 0 0 20<br />

S McCormack 4 0 4<br />

T Morgan 4 1 20 4<br />

D Price 2 0 46 10<br />

T Scott 3 0 3<br />

D Surpanu 4 1 11 3<br />

A Sykes 0 0 1<br />

J Tarrant 1 0 1<br />

D Walden 2 0 2<br />

57 9 994 152<br />

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MATCH REPORT ROUNDUP<br />

TEN-MAN RISBOROUGH HOLD ASCOT TO FA CUP DRAW<br />

Tuesday night replay teed up after clash ends 1-1<br />

Saturday 21st August 2021 - Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round - <strong>Risborough</strong><br />

<strong>Rangers</strong> 1- 1 <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong><br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> and <strong>Risborough</strong> <strong>Rangers</strong> will do it all again on Tuesday evening after a tense one-all draw in the Emirates<br />

FA Cup draw at the B.E.P. stadium on Saturday afternoon. Despite playing 85 minutes with ten men following the early<br />

dismissal of Davis Haule, <strong>Rangers</strong> constantly thwarted <strong>Ascot</strong> and almost won it late-on after earlier fighting back from<br />

a goal down.<br />

Both sides had won an extra-preliminary round tie to set up what was a mouth-watering clash on paper. <strong>Rangers</strong> were<br />

unbeaten in league matches since early 2019 – leading to promotion to join <strong>Ascot</strong> at step five for this season – and<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> arrived off the back of a front-footed 5-1 thumping of Tadley during prior midweek.<br />

And, it was not difficult to see why the home side had made themselves hard to beat. Excellent defending, backed up<br />

by man-mountain ‘keeper Jack Brooker – who was only beaten by Harry Laflin’s second half penalty – earned the<br />

Buckinghamshire side a well deserved second bite of the cherry.<br />

The game was only five minutes old when Haule was ordered off for a high-footed challenge on Sean McCormack and,<br />

although the letter of the law was applied, the home side were aggrieved in such early stages of a full-blooded cup tie.<br />

From that moment <strong>Ascot</strong> should have seized control, but whilst threatening to do that for long spells of the first half,<br />

they never really put <strong>Rangers</strong> to the sword in a frustrating display. Laflin should have opened the scoring in the<br />

fourteenth minute, ghosting onto Jonny Denton’s inviting free kick, but he planted a free header wide with Brooker<br />

rooted to his spot. Tom Scott, once again excellent in midfield, then dragged a shot wide after Taylor Morgan’s cross<br />

had been punched clear by Brooker under pressure from Ian Davies, but the hosts served notice when the other half of<br />

the Haule brothers still on the pitch – striker Brian – header agonisingly wide shortly after the half-hour mark. But<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> should have gone into the break ahead only for George Lock to blaze over after Morgan’s shot was saved, before<br />

Davies completely missed a side-footed chance and McCormack’s header sailed wide on the stroke of half time.<br />

Kicking down the slope, <strong>Rangers</strong> almost punished <strong>Ascot</strong> early in the second half, although Haule could only shoot<br />

straight at Sam Gray after Chris Ellis had played ping-pong between his own feet and lost possession.<br />

But, just after Morgan had seen a shot saved, it was his dangerous cross that struck the arm of defender Berti Squire-<br />

Adams in the 57th minute, paving the way for Laflin to hammer a fine spot-kick high into the top right; although<br />

Brooker’s huge frame still enabled him to get fingertips to the ball on its way in. However, only moments after a<br />

celebratory sigh of relief, The Yellamen switched off from a corner and Haule was on hand to plant a firm header past<br />

Gray and level the tie. Incredibly, defender Joel Read’s audacious 50-yard free kick almost caught out the backpedalling<br />

Gray, who tipped the effort over the bar, before substitute Keaton August almost made an immediate impact<br />

for <strong>Ascot</strong> at the other end only to scoop a first-time effort wide from McCormack’s cross midway through the half. But it<br />

was the home side who looked more dangerous towards the end and <strong>Ascot</strong> were indebted to Gray who got down well<br />

to palm Sam Pekun’s low, bouncing effort around a post in the 88th minute to ensure <strong>Ascot</strong> escaped with a second<br />

chance on Tuesday.<br />

The first qualifying round draw will take place on Monday with both sides in the hat.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong>: Gray, Lock, Masters, Scott, Bailey, Ellis, McCormack, Denton, Davies (Surpanu 58’), Laflin, Morgan (August<br />

67’). Subs unused: Sykes, Ferguson, Andrady, Walden, Evans


PHOTOZONE<br />

A selection of photos from Saturday's 1-1 draw at <strong>Risborough</strong> <strong>Rangers</strong> (shootingstars.co.uk).<br />

From top: Harry Laflin<br />

scores from the spot to<br />

give <strong>Ascot</strong> the lead, Taylor<br />

Morgan runs into space,<br />

Keaton August gets<br />

airborne to no avail.


PHOTOZONE<br />

A selection of photos from Saturday's 1-1 draw at <strong>Risborough</strong> <strong>Rangers</strong> (shootingstars.co.uk).<br />

Clockwise from top left: Sam<br />

Gray remains alert in the <strong>Ascot</strong><br />

goal, Tom Scott commands<br />

midfield, Sean McCormack<br />

attacks down the right, Duarte<br />

Surpanu ghosts past a<br />

defender.


PHOTOZONE<br />

A selection of photos of the travelling supporters last Saturday, including several unruly<br />

hooligans (you know who you are…) (shooting-stars.co.uk).


ASCOT UNITED LADIES<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> Ladies play in the Southern Region Women's’ Football League – the highest level at which<br />

they have competed. The Ladies’ section starts down at the junior level with a host of teams –<br />

beginning with mixed teams at U7 - rising through girls’ sides from U10 up to a senior Development<br />

(reserve) side playing in the Thames Valley League. The junior sides operate on Saturdays or Sundays,<br />

with the Seniors (First and Development) playing on Sunday afternoon. The first team are managed by<br />

Darrel Evans and coached by Alix Todd. The reserve team is managed by Jon Swallow. Find out more on<br />

our website. Sponsorship packages now available - ask a member of the committee!<br />

This season, The Yellawomen begin their SRWFL campaign at Abingdon <strong>United</strong> on Sunday 5th<br />

September (2pm) before their first home match here on Sunday 12th September against Woodley<br />

<strong>United</strong> (also 2pm). Looking further ahead, they've been handed a home draw in the Vitality Women's' FA<br />

Cup when Tilehurst Panthers visit The Racecourse on Sunday 3rd October.


Ian is a Biomechanics coach, supporting players returning from injury and<br />

improving strength and conditioning.


PEN PICS AND SPONSORS - ASCOT UNITED<br />

Sam Gray – goalkeeper<br />

Solid goalkeeper, confident with the ball at<br />

his feet. Established first teamer since 18/19<br />

and was players’ player of the year in 19/20<br />

when he appeared in every league game.<br />

Sponsor:<br />

Josh Masters - defence<br />

Established left-back having broken into the<br />

team in 20/21 following a move from local<br />

rivals Holyport. Sponsor:<br />

Alex Sykes – goalkeeper<br />

Goalkeeping coach and reliable backup. Has<br />

International experience having played for<br />

the England Futsal team. Sponsor:<br />

Dan Bailey – defence<br />

Experienced centre back who skippered<br />

Flackwell Heath in 19/20. Previously played<br />

at a higher level with Marlow and has a level<br />

2 coaching qualification. Sponsor:<br />

Louis Bouwers – defence<br />

A physical and dominant centre half who<br />

signed from Faringdon Town in 16/17 and now<br />

well-established as club captain. Made 146<br />

appearances heading into 21/22 but must<br />

wait to add to that tally whilst he recovers<br />

from injury. Sponsor:<br />

George Lock – defence<br />

A fearless right back previously with Binfield<br />

and Bracknell. Technically strong and a<br />

consistently high performer. Supporters POY<br />

in 18/19 and has now featured in well over<br />

100 games pushing him into the top 15 on the<br />

all-time appearance list. Sponsor:<br />

Chris Ellis – defence<br />

Signed in 18/19, a strong and dominant<br />

defender. Vastly experienced having played<br />

for Camberley Town, Egham Town and<br />

Chipstead. Looking to re-establish himself in<br />

21/22 following a year out with serious injury.<br />

Sponsor: Novem nine<br />

Danny Walden - defence<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> Allied U18 captain who is<br />

expected to feature for the senior side during<br />

21/22. Sponsor: Cox Green Academy<br />

Jonny Denton – midfield<br />

Former <strong>Ascot</strong> Youth team star who returned in<br />

17/18 after a scholarship in the U.S. A dead<br />

ball specialist, he has now twice won the<br />

player of the year award. 'JD' starts the 21/22<br />

season having made 176 appearances.<br />

Sponsor:<br />

Tom Scott - midfield<br />

Signed for 21/22 having had spells with<br />

Harrow Borough and Beaconsfield. A<br />

tenacious ball winner with great<br />

communication. Sponsor:<br />

Calum Ferguson – midfield<br />

Signed in 19/20 having previously starred for<br />

a National League youth side. Also had a spell<br />

with Highworth Town. Sponsor:<br />

Sam Evans – midfield<br />

Played for the U16s and U18s in 19/20 before<br />

making his first team debut in the same<br />

season. Sam has been with the club since his<br />

debut for the U8s and is now an established<br />

part of the senior side with maturity belying<br />

his age. Sponsor:


PEN PICS AND SPONSORS - ASCOT UNITED<br />

Dan Price - midfield<br />

Popular attacking midfielder who returns to<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> for 21/22 having been out for two years<br />

with a serious knee injury. Previously<br />

appeared 44 times in 18/19 when he scored<br />

10 goals. Sponsor:<br />

Sean McCormack - forward<br />

Skilful forward signed from Walton and<br />

Hersham for 21/22 having also played for<br />

Maidenhead <strong>United</strong> and Bracknell Town.<br />

Sponsor:<br />

Taylor Morgan - forward<br />

Pacey forward who impressed whilst playing<br />

against us for Fleet Town during pre-season<br />

20/21. Has played at a higher level including<br />

several seasons in the US Major League.<br />

Previous clubs include Toronto, Ostersunds<br />

(Sweden), Falkirk, Airdrie and Whitehawk.<br />

Sponsor:<br />

Rory Merrick – forward<br />

Signed for 19/20 and continues to improve.<br />

Looking to re-establish himself after injury in<br />

an already-disjointed previous campaign.<br />

Calm and composed figure on the pitch and<br />

has great technical ability. Sponsor:<br />

Keaton August - forward<br />

Signed from Windsor FC for 21/22. Can play<br />

anywhere across the front three and has an<br />

abundance of pace. Has a keen eye for goal<br />

backed up by providing plenty of assists. A<br />

personal trainer, he works hard and is<br />

physically strong. Sponsor:<br />

Ian Davies – forward<br />

Prolific goalscorer who scored 25 goals for<br />

Binfield in 18/19 before top scoring for <strong>Ascot</strong><br />

with 23 goals in the curtailed 19/20<br />

campaign. Netted another 12 from 24 games<br />

in 20/21. Sponsor: Zipcar UK<br />

Harry Laflin – forward<br />

Laffers joined in 18/19 and has become a<br />

goal-machine despite often playing out of<br />

position. Enters the season having scored 52<br />

goals in 109 appearances with an improving<br />

goals-per-game ratio. Has previously won<br />

supporters’ player of the season award.<br />

Sponsor:<br />

Riccardo Andrady - forward<br />

Signed from Basingstoke Town for 20/21.<br />

Pacey and skilful wide player.<br />

Duarte Surpanu - forward<br />

Skilful winger wit lighting quick feet, signed<br />

midway through in the 20/21 season and has<br />

the potential to cause problems for any<br />

defence. Sponsor: Maidenhead <strong>United</strong><br />

Josh Tarrant<br />

Jamie Tompkins – manager<br />

Highly respected throughout the club who<br />

guided the team to league cup glory in 18/19<br />

before taking the team to top of the league<br />

before the 19/20 campaign was curtailed.<br />

Football Development manager at Brentford<br />

FC. Sponsor:<br />

Dan Masters – asst. manager<br />

Dan is in his fourth season with <strong>Ascot</strong> Utd and<br />

is a crucial part of the coaching staff.<br />

Sponsor:<br />

Jamie Ashdown - goalkeeping coach<br />

Needs little introduction, former professional<br />

Jamie began his career with Reading before<br />

making over 100 appearances for<br />

Portsmouth between 2004-2012. A huge<br />

asset to the club where he coaches at all<br />

levels. Sponsor:<br />

Chad Smith - Therapist<br />

Sponsor:


CLUB HISTORY - ASCOT UNITED<br />

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

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

<strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> but nothing to link them directly to the current club. In 1965, the club had gained permission from the<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> Racecourse Trustees to convert the land east of coach park 10 into a football pitch. A wooden clubhouse was built<br />

and this team went on to win many prestigious trophies in the years that followed.<br />

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

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

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

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

League gaining continued promotions to the Senior division and winning various Cups including the Fielden Charity<br />

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

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

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

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

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

floodlights and a stand.<br />

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

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

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

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

we’ve rarely previously achieved.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

winning two team-of-the-month awards, and finishing with league cup glory once again by defeating Windsor 3-1.<br />

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

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

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

establishing what looked like a title-winning margin at the top shortly before the league was aborted due to<br />

Coronavirus. Retaining much of the same squad for 2020-21, Jamie saw his side in and around the challengers before<br />

another pandemic-curtailed season, although they battled through to the league cup final where they were ultimately<br />

beaten on penalties by Redhill.<br />

As <strong>Ascot</strong> enjoy a third season in the Combined Counties League, everyone hopes for a safe and consistent campaign,<br />

and if silverware comes with it then that will surely be a bonus in current times!


CLUB HISTORY - RISBOROUGH RANGERS<br />

<strong>Risborough</strong> <strong>Rangers</strong> Football Club started in 1970 as a team of 12-year olds who wanted to play competitive football.<br />

The main motivators were Life Presidents Tony Elsey and Derek Wallace. Derek was instrumental in forming the<br />

Wycombe Star League that now provides football for hundreds of youngsters in the Wycombe area, and <strong>Risborough</strong><br />

<strong>Rangers</strong> currently have teams at all ages ranging from the Under 10 to Under 16 playing in this league. In the 1975/76<br />

season, the previous years Under 16's went into the Wycombe & District League as a men's team, and in their second<br />

season in adult football won the 3rd Division.<br />

Unfortunately, the team then folded, after which the club provided only boy's football until the Under 16's of 1979/80, having won the <strong>United</strong>-<br />

Carr Cup, went into the Reading Youth League for two seasons, and then the Wycombe & District League. They won promotion in successive<br />

seasons and were followed two years later by the following years Under 16's as a reserve team, who emulated the feats of their predecessor,<br />

ending up in the Ercol Senior League and the FA Walters Premier League consecutively. At around this time, <strong>Rangers</strong> moved to 'Windsors',<br />

their current ground. 'Windsors' had been the home of the now defunct Princes <strong>Risborough</strong> Town FC who were one of the founder members<br />

of the Hellenic league in 1953. Within several years, club members had managed to improve the ground substantially by building the<br />

clubhouse.<br />

In 1989 <strong>Risborough</strong> accepted an invitation to join the South Midlands League Division 1. In the first two seasons the club found the level difficult and<br />

finished second from the bottom and therefore had to apply for re-election. The 1991/92 season saw a great improvement when <strong>Risborough</strong> finished in 8th<br />

position whilst also celebrating its 21st anniversary. In the 1994/95 season, they were promoted to the newly formed Senior Division, after finishing 4th<br />

under the management of Frank Carter and they consolidated with a mid-table position in the next season. In the mid-90s, Bob Rayner became manager for<br />

the first time and saw the establishment of a sound youth policy with an Under 18's team in the Wycombe & South Bucks Youth League. After a reasonably<br />

successful spell, in which the club reached the semi-final of the Senior Division Cup and the quarter final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, Bob was<br />

offered the job of Brackley Town manager in the Southern league and took the opportunity to test himself at a higher level.<br />

After Bob left at the start of the 1998/99 season, former assistant Jon Franklin took over as manager and maintained a consistent level of football at the<br />

club. After Jon’s' departure, the club began to struggle and were eventually relegated to Division Two.<br />

In 2005, chairman Richard Woodward persuaded Bob Rayner to return to the club following his departure from Thame <strong>United</strong>. Finishing fourth in his first<br />

two seasons back and just missing out on the runners up spot in the final game in the second season, Bob has had to rebuild his side from the <strong>Rangers</strong><br />

junior ranks. He has patiently waited for his young side to blossom and the patience began to pay off in the 2010/11 season when <strong>Rangers</strong> achieved a fifthplace<br />

finish and reached the semi-final of the Challenge Trophy, losing 2-0 to the eventual winner and Premier Division champions, Chalfont St Peter. On<br />

route to the semi-final, <strong>Rangers</strong> beat four teams from divisions above them including division one champions Berkhamsted Town.<br />

The 2011/12 season was <strong>Risborough</strong>'s best season of late with a late charge securing runners up spot in the league, and a first cup final reached in over 20<br />

years, losing the Anagram Records Trophy final 1-0 to Baldock Town of the Hertfordshire County Senior League. The next season brought two good cup runs.<br />

<strong>Risborough</strong>'s progress in the Anagram Record's Trophy was halted in the Semi Final by Baldock Town. The rematch of the previous season’s final ended up<br />

with the same score line as Baldock went on to defend the trophy. A second cup final in two years was achieved via the Division 2 cup, although the<br />

prospect of lifting the cup once again alluded <strong>Rangers</strong>, this time losing 2 nil to Aston Clinton. A league finish of fourth was achieved, and with the hard work<br />

off the pitch, including securing the funding for floodlights which were erected in time for the 2012/13 season. In 2016 <strong>Risborough</strong> finally won some<br />

silverware, after several near misses over the last few years. The Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup was claimed after a 2-1 AET win over <strong>United</strong> Counties<br />

League Olney Town. 2016/17 season saw Bob Rayner retire and his son Jamie take charge saw the club finish in a creditable 6th position and reach the<br />

semi-finals of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup before losing on penalties to eventual winners Woodley <strong>United</strong>. The 2017/8 season started with some<br />

promise but sadly this didn’t last with the club finishing in 8th place, the highlight of the campaign, however, was a run in the Challenge Trophy which<br />

included victories over Premier Division sides Leighton Town, Oxhey Jets, Edgware Town and London Colney, but alas were beaten 3-1 in the Final by fellow<br />

Division One side Broadfields <strong>United</strong> at Colney Heath.<br />

In October 2018 then current manager Jamie Rayner decided to step down from his position because of work commitments. The Club advertised the<br />

position and after a healthy response, the Board appointed the former Hemel Hempstead Town, Arlesey Town, Leighton Town Aylesbury <strong>United</strong>, Aylesbury<br />

FC boss Mark Eaton as their new man. When Eaton took over the club were 19th in Division One and a massive negative goal difference but come the end of<br />

the season <strong>Rangers</strong> finished in 7th spot with a positive goal difference as the season was turn on it’s head. The season ended though with some silverware<br />

when London Lions were defeated 2-0 in the final of the Spartan South Midlands League Division One Cup, which was played at Leverstock Green.<br />

Because of the ongoing re-construction of the non-league system the club made a lateral movement to the Hellenic League Division One East from the<br />

Spartan for the start of the 2019/20 season. The 2019/20 season saw <strong>Rangers</strong> unbeaten and top the league by 12 points with a game in hand over 2nd place<br />

Abingdon <strong>United</strong> after playing 23 games out of the full 32. The COVID pandemic put an end to any hopes of promotion to step 5 for the first time in the clubs<br />

history however as the season was officially voided. However, in 2021 the club were promoted to the Premier Division of the Spartan South Midlands<br />

League based on their results in the abandoned 2019–20 and 2020–21 seasons.

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