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

#WeAre<strong>Ascot</strong><br />

shooting-stars.co.uk<br />

chris ELLIS / sam EVANS<br />


Sat 28 Aug 2021<br />

Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Premier Division North<br />

Matchday<br />

Programme<br />

Season<br />


twitter.com/<strong>Ascot</strong>UnitedFC<br />

www.ascotunited.net<br />

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

Yellow and Blue<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 />

T H E C I T I Z E N S<br />

Blue and White<br />

Charlie York (GK)<br />

Liam Baker<br />

Eddie Lazarczuk<br />

Johnny Hathaway<br />

Alfie Grant<br />

Michael Butcher<br />

Ellis Cowd<br />

Rhys York<br />

Dan Davis<br />

Lewis Bebb<br />

Leyton Basterfield<br />

Ethan O'Kelly<br />

Josh Baines<br />

Josh Blackwood<br />

Connor Suckling<br />

Joe Wigmore<br />

Mo Davies<br />

Joe Pilling<br />

Jude Van Spall<br />

Josh Blackwood<br />

Will Okine Peters<br />

Max Laschok<br />

Teigan Rosenquest<br />

Tyler D'Cruz<br />

Jemel Johnson<br />

Kai Stubbs-Alleyne<br />

Mitch Parker<br />

Jamie Tompkins<br />

Dan Masters<br />

Jamie Ashdown<br />

Bjorn Dunkley<br />

Steve Quelch<br />

Chad Smith<br />

Matthew<br />

Barrett<br />

Manager<br />

Asst. Manager<br />

GK Coach<br />

Coach<br />

Coach<br />

Therapist<br />

Match Officials<br />

Joe<br />

Wright<br />

Simon Johnson<br />

Michael Butcher<br />

Louie King<br />

Andrew<br />

Beeney<br />

Last Match:<br />

Risborough Rangers<br />

H<br />

Tue 24 Aug<br />

3-2<br />

FAC P R<br />

Next Match: Wokingham/Emmbrook A Tue 31 Aug<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> United 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 />


with Simon Negus<br />

A warm welcome to <strong>Reading</strong> <strong>City</strong> for today's<br />

Cherry Red Records Combined Counties<br />

League Premier Division North fixture.<br />

Welcome to The Racecourse ground for todays<br />

Combined Counties League game and a special<br />

welcome to our visitors from <strong>Reading</strong> <strong>City</strong>.<br />

After the euphoria of our FA Cup win on Tuesday<br />

evening, it’s good to get our home league campaign<br />

under way today. The league remains the “bread &<br />

butter” for the season, and whilst a cup run is always<br />

welcomed I know Jamie and the squad are focused on<br />

the next couple of league games before our trip to the<br />

seaside for the next round of the cup.<br />

There were many highlights for me from the game on<br />

Tuesday – firstly the atmosphere created by our fans,<br />

many of them part of our junior membership… they do<br />

get very involved in the game, and is a testament to<br />

the links the First Team have built with the juniors<br />

over the past two seasons. And secondly it was great<br />

to see the winning goal scored by one of our home<br />

grown talents – 17 year old Sam Evans has been at the<br />

club since U5’s and I know him and his family well…<br />

we have a number of players in the first team squad<br />

who have come up through the club, and I hope that’s<br />

maintained going forward.<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 today…<br />



Welcome to the players, officials<br />

and supporters of <strong>Reading</strong> <strong>City</strong>.<br />

Enjoy the game!<br />

Jamie Tompkins<br />

First Team Manager<br />

Hello and welcome to <strong>Reading</strong> <strong>City</strong> FC players, staff and club committee and to all supporters in<br />

attendance for this afternoons league fixture.<br />

Well, I hope you have recovered from Tuesday nights thriller! A typical cliché of a game of two halves and<br />

the magic of the FA Cup coming to life at the Racecourse Ground!<br />

2-0 down at half-time, we were right up against it and it would be fair to say that the majority of the crowd<br />

thought the tie was over. But we knew if we gave our supporters something to cheer about then there was<br />

always hope and our intensity, desire and quality came through to get us back in the game.<br />

An inspiring moment for any youth player at the game would have seen Sam Evans score the winning, and<br />

his first for the club, goal in the 93rd minute and having been involved with the club since the age of 4, it<br />

again demonstrates how strong our pathway into senior football really is.<br />

There were many notable performances in the second half and all cheered on by another strong crowd of<br />

277 supporters, the atmosphere was fantastic and really made a difference to the team. Thank you.<br />

To today’s game, it is the first time for a few years that we play <strong>Reading</strong> <strong>City</strong> and like us, they have a young<br />

talented side with lots of potential so yet again it is a tough test in front of us to earn 3 points.<br />

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

towards our football club.<br />

Enjoy the game!<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 />


W E L C O M E T O T H E C I T I Z E N S<br />

W E L C O M E T O T H E C I T I Z E N S<br />

ON COURSE!<br />

With Programme Editor Neal Jeffs<br />

Welcome to the players, officials and<br />

supporters of <strong>Reading</strong> <strong>City</strong> for this Cherry<br />

Red Records Combined Counties League<br />

Premier Division North match.<br />

Happy<br />

reading, and<br />

enjoy the<br />

game! Neal<br />

Welcome back for what is hopefully a match more easy on the old ticker after the<br />

midweek madness against Risborough Rangers – more on that in a minute. I<br />

can’t be here today having finally found a short UK staycation with my family but<br />

I’ll be refreshing twitter every minute or so between 3pm and 5pm! Whilst we<br />

beat one Spartans South Midlands league side at home in the FA Cup on Tuesday<br />

night, <strong>Reading</strong> did the opposite and lost to Broadfields United (1-3). After an<br />

impressive opening day win against Southall they lost their next two league<br />

games so, like us, will be eager to put points on the board today. Last Tuesday<br />

was an amazing evening. With another 250+ gate, our fourth on the trot, we are<br />

really gaining momentum and the atmosphere in the 2nd half was fantastic. To<br />

battle back like we did and win it at the death was true FA Cup magic and<br />

although we have a long, difficult trip to Hythe Town next weekend I doubt that<br />

will phase anyone.<br />

THAT goal line clearance!!! I<br />

don't think many people in the<br />

ground expected this to be kept<br />

out last Tuesday but Chris Ellis<br />

take a bow. Looks like he took<br />

half the rubber crumb with him<br />

too!<br />

We’ve also got another league game before then, away at Wokingham and<br />

Emmbrook on Tuesday evening, and we just need to take it one game at a time<br />

and keep ourselves fit and well for the tie in Kent. Hythe are one level above us in<br />

the Isthmian League South East, having played just one league game so far<br />

(which they lost), and of course they drew and then won in the FA Cup. Finally, if<br />

you fancy a football fix on Bank Holiday Monday then most of the Combined<br />

Counties League games kick off at 11.30am, including the Windsor v Virginia<br />

Water Stag Meadow derby, and at 3pm it is the Isthmian League derby between<br />

Binfield and Bracknell Town. That’s it from me, see you all soon! Neal

DID YOU KNOW….?<br />

QUIZ TIME!<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 />

Footballing Event:<br />

“Bryn” the dog credited with saving Torquay United (1987)<br />

During the 1987 - 1988 season Torquay United needed to salvage something from their<br />

last game of the season in order to stay up and to avoid being relegated from the<br />

Football League.<br />

Torquay was 2-0 down, but pulled one back through Jim McNichol just after half-time<br />

from a well taken deflected free-kick. What happened next was something no-one<br />

could have predicted.<br />

As McNichol ran towards the touchline chasing a dying ball, a German Shepherd dog<br />

name Bryn ran onto the field of play out of nowhere and bit the former right-back.<br />

Apparently it is believed that Bryn thought that the defender was running in to attack<br />

his handler, and hence, bit McNichol’s leg. As a result of the injuries sustained the fullback<br />

was down for 5 minutes to receive treatment.<br />

As luck would have it, Paul Dobson then went on to score the equaliser in the final<br />

minute of subsequent added time, which was just enough to keep Torquay up and<br />

ensure that the dog will be forever fondly remembered by all at the club. 17 stitches<br />

and 3 holes on Jim McNichol’s leg was perhaps worth the pain.<br />

1. Which six teams have never been relegated from the English Premier League since its<br />

formation?<br />

2. What year did the Premier League start?<br />

3. Which player holds the record for the most goals in consecutive Premier League games?<br />

4. Who scored the first ‘perfect hat-trick’ (left foot, right foot, and header) in the Premier<br />

League?<br />

5. What player scored four goals in 12 minutes after coming on as a sub versus Nottingham<br />


Quiz time<br />

- answers<br />


Date Opposition<br />

H/A Comp Result Att<br />

Scorers<br />

06-Aug Holyport<br />

H FAC XP 3-0 450 Laflin, Lock, Surpanu<br />

14-Aug Southall<br />

A COCO 0-5 50<br />

17-Aug Tadley Calleva<br />

A COCO 5-1 n/k Laflin 2, Lock, Morgan, Denton<br />

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

24-Aug Risborough Rangers H FAC P R 3-2 277 Scott, Lock, Evans<br />

28-Aug <strong>Reading</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

H COCO<br />

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

04-Sep Hythe Town<br />

A FAC 1Q<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 United 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 <strong>Reading</strong> <strong>City</strong><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 Rangers<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 United A COCO<br />

05-Apr Hanworth Villa<br />

H COCO<br />

18-Apr Abbey Rangers<br />

H COCO<br />

23-Apr Egham Town<br />

H COCO<br />

TBC Burnham<br />

H COCO<br />

TBC Egham Town<br />

A COCO<br />

1. Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur<br />

2. 1992<br />

3. Jamie Vardy<br />

4. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink<br />

5. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer<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


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


Midweek results:<br />

Weekend fixtures:<br />

Looking ahead:



Below are the updated <strong>Ascot</strong> United 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 5 0 5<br />

D Bailey 4 0 33 4<br />

L Bouwers 0 0 146 11<br />

I Davies 5 0 64 35<br />

J Denton 5 1 181 20<br />

C Ellis 5 0 62 1<br />

S Evans 2 1 19 1<br />

C Ferguson 1 0 21 1<br />

S Gray 5 0 91<br />

H Laflin 5 4 114 56<br />

G Lock 5 3 129 8<br />

J Masters 4 0 12<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 4 1 4 1<br />

D Surpanu 5 1 12 3<br />

A Sykes 0 0 1<br />

J Tarrant 1 0 1<br />

D Walden 2 0 2<br />

70 12 1007 155<br />

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Yellamen mount stirring comeback from 2-0 down<br />

Tuesday 24th August 2021 - Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round Replay - <strong>Ascot</strong><br />

United 3 - 2 Risborough Rangers<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> United produced a stunning second half comeback to beat Risborough Rangers 3-2 in Tuesday<br />

night’s Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round replay. Trailing 2-0 at the break and looking dead-andburied,<br />

the Yellamen were level inside an hour before substitute Sam Evans scored at the death to set<br />

up a first qualifying round tie at Hythe Town.<br />

Saturday’s initial encounter had ended one-all despite Rangers playing for over 85 minutes with ten<br />

men, and in terms of personnel <strong>Ascot</strong> made two changes to their starting line-up with Duarte Surpanu<br />

and Keaton August coming in for Sean McCormack and Taylor Morgan.<br />

Unfortunately for <strong>Ascot</strong>, the writing looked on the wall early-on and only an incredible back-tracking<br />

goal-line clearance from outstanding defender Chris Ellis prevented Rangers from taking a fourth<br />

minute lead. Incredibly, history almost repeated itself when Kieron Schmidt only saw yellow for a bad<br />

fifth minute tackle on Surpanu, but this time Risborough would survive with eleven men. Sam Gray<br />

then saved from Marcus Wylie but it was <strong>Ascot</strong> who should have taken the lead against the run of play<br />

when an unmarked Ian Davies could only side-foot wide from Keaton August’s cross following Ellis’s<br />

sensational defence-splitting pass. But that miss would soon be punished when defender Bertie<br />

Squire-Adams volleyed home from long-range in the nineteenth minute before a quick-fire break led<br />

to Rangers’ second in the 35th minute after Schmidt had released Adam Morris, who in-turn fed Sam<br />

Pekun to curl a deliciously audacious effort home from the edge of the box.<br />

Half time saw Jamie Tompkins ring the changes as Evans joined Calum Ferguson on the pitch; Davies<br />

and Surpanu making way. And, this shuffle of the pack would ultimately end with a diamond finale. Just<br />

three minutes into the half, Tom Scott – who has grown in stature since his arrival pre-season –<br />

cracked a fine volley past Jack Brooker to give his side a glimmer of hope. That glimmer was further<br />

stoked when <strong>Ascot</strong> broke in the 59th minute and George Lock put the icing on a fine move by deftly<br />

flicking home this third goal of the season, sending the Racecourse faithful wild.<br />

At this point all the momentum was with <strong>Ascot</strong> although Evans – who had earlier been driven to the<br />

match from his family holiday in Dorset – gifted Rangers the chance to regain the lead only for Wylie<br />

to shoot wide after the youngster had lost possession. After a stale period where both sides huffed<br />

and puffed – Ellis would superbly snuff out anything Rangers had left to offer whilst the visitors’<br />

increasingly shaky looking rearguard did the same – extra time looked a formality. But as 90 minutes<br />

ticked past, <strong>Ascot</strong> won a corner. Roared on by vocal support both on the sidelines and behind the goal,<br />

one final cup-tie-melee in the penalty area ended with match-winner Evans in the right place at the<br />

right time to slot home the winner, sparking pandemonium both on and off the field.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> United: Gray, Lock, Masters, Scott, Bailey, Ellis, Surpanu (Ferguson), Denton, Davies (Evans), Laflin,<br />

August. Subs unused: Sykes, Andrady, Morgan, McCormack, Walden


A selection of photos from Tuesday's 3-2 win over Risborough Rangers (shootingstars.co.uk).<br />

Captions not really needed this week…!!!


A selection of photos from Tuesday's 3-2 win over Risborough Rangers (shootingstars.co.uk).<br />

Captions not really needed this week…!!!


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

which 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<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

FA 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.


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<br />

injury. Sponsor: Novem nine<br />

Danny Walden - defence<br />

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

expected to feature for the senior side<br />

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

Jonny Denton – midfield<br />

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

in 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<br />

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

established part of the senior side with<br />

maturity belying his age. Sponsor:


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 United 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 goalmachine<br />

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 United<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 <strong>Reading</strong> before<br />

making over 100 appearances for Portsmouth<br />

between 2004-2012. A huge asset to the club<br />

where he coaches at all levels. Sponsor:<br />

Chad Smith - Therapist<br />



<strong>Ascot</strong> United 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 played as long ago as 1928 under the name<br />

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

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

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

Various youth teams represented <strong>Ascot</strong> United 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 Cup<br />

in 1996/7. 2001 saw the 1st team join the <strong>Reading</strong> 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!


Prior to 2018, the club was called Highmoor Ibis and the decision to change to <strong>Reading</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong> Football Club was not taken lightly however the community of <strong>Reading</strong> had yearned<br />

for a semi-professional club behind <strong>Reading</strong> Football Club to represent <strong>Reading</strong> and give<br />

local players the opportunity to play for a <strong>Reading</strong>-based team as <strong>Reading</strong>.<br />

Highmoor is a small village in South Oxfordshire that has a population of less than 300 and is home to a small but very attractive cricket and<br />

football ground, this is where our journey began. Most of the original football team came from the neighbouring villages of Sonning<br />

Common, Stoke Row, and Woodcote. Tracing back over the records, a Highmoor Football Club can be found in existence until just after the<br />

war, with the club that is now called <strong>Reading</strong> <strong>City</strong> Football Club being formed in 1967.<br />

Prior to 1990, the club enjoyed little success and it the late 1980s was very close to extinction as they struggled to fill the 2 teams. It was<br />

during this period that the current club secretary, Chris Gallimore took over and recruited now Club Chairman, Martin Law, to become 1st<br />

team manager, and between them, they assembled a strong squad of players and success was to follow.<br />

As the club progressed through the divisions and into the <strong>Reading</strong> Senior League (now Thames Valley Premier League), they outgrew their<br />

original home in Highmoor and in 2001 proposed a merger with Ibis Football Club based at the Ibis Club (now Rivers Health Club) in Scours<br />

Lane, <strong>Reading</strong> next to our current home the Rivermoor. The Ibis FC was formed in 1913 and is the sports and social club of Prudential<br />

Assurance Company. The Ibis name some say because many rowing clubs took the names of waterfowl. Others believe it derived from the<br />

cry Come on the Ibis which habitually drowned out the supporters of the OBs in departmental team events. (IB standing for the Industrial<br />

Branch and OB standing for the Ordinary Branch of the Prudential).<br />

Since 2001 the club has achieved various successes including winning the <strong>Reading</strong> Senior League (now Thames Valley Premier League),<br />

twice, Maidenhead Norfolkian Senior Cup, BTC Intermediate and Senior Cups, and <strong>Reading</strong> Invitation Challenge Cup Senior as well as the A<br />

team winning league and cup competitions.<br />

The 2003/04 season saw the club be crowned winners of the <strong>Reading</strong> League Senior Division (now Thames Valley Premier League) without<br />

losing a match but sadly because facilities at Scours Lane didn’t meet the Hellenic League ground requirements and had no alternative<br />

pitch we were unable to accept the promotion and would therefore stay in the <strong>Reading</strong> League Senior Division (now Thames Valley Premier<br />

League).<br />

In 2005/06 the club won the <strong>Reading</strong> Senior Cup in 2005–06, beating Woodley Town 4–1 in the final at the Madejski Stadium. After finishing<br />

as runners-up in 2006–07 and 2008–09, Highmoor were champions of the <strong>Reading</strong> League Senior Division again in 2010–11 earning us<br />

promotion to Division One East of the Hellenic League. Since becoming Highmoor Ibis, our home games were played Ibis Club (now Rivers<br />

Health Club) , but following promotion to the Hellenic League Division One East in 2011 an opportunity we weren’t going to miss, after having<br />

had to turn down a promotion in 2004 as we didn’t meet the Hellenic League ground requirements due to not have a stand or floodlights and<br />

therefore did not meet the league requirements and having secured a lease at the Palmer Park Stadium, a general use stadium including a<br />

780-seat stand and athletics track around the pitch in East <strong>Reading</strong> were unable to move up to the Hellenic Football League. The 2011/12 saw<br />

us competing in the Hellenic League for the first time in our clubs rich history and what a fantastic inaugural season we had, not only did we<br />

secure promotion to the Hellenic Football League Premier Division where we remain today having finished runners up to Newbury, we were<br />

also runners up in the Hellenic League’s Supplementary Cup and the <strong>Reading</strong> Invitation Challenge Senior Cup.<br />

At the end of the 2014/15 season, we finished as runners up to Flackwell Heath in the Hellenic League Premier Division and remained in the<br />

league until the end of the 2020/21 Season. In the summer of 2018, we took the difficult decision to rebrand from Highmoor Ibis to <strong>Reading</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong>. The rebrand ended a long chapter of success and setbacks with the intent of becoming a non-league club the whole town can be proud<br />

to be associated with. Our ambition as a club is to become the football club that everybody under <strong>Reading</strong> Football Club wants to aspire to<br />

play for and be involved in.<br />

When interviewed in 2018 about the name change, Club Chairman Martin Law told the <strong>Reading</strong> Chronicle "With every organisation you have<br />

to have commercial branding associated with your location". Since then we have worked tirelessly to ensure the brand is well recognised<br />

within the local community, the hard work paid off last season as the club won the coveted 2018/19 EPC Bracknell Football Award for Best<br />

Social Media and Website. The Football Association laterally moved us to the newly formed Combined Counties League Premier Division<br />

North as part of their overhaul of the National League System. <strong>Reading</strong> <strong>City</strong> made history by kicking the first-ever ball in the Combined<br />

Counties League Premier Division North against Southall FC, here at the Rivermoor on the 31st July 2021 with a 3-1 win.

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