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

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Sat 6 Nov 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 />

Adam Everiss<br />

Alex Hall<br />

Calum Ferguson<br />

Chris Ellis<br />

Dan Bailey<br />

Dan Price<br />

Danny Walden<br />

David Amate<br />

Denis Nortey<br />

Duarte Surpanu<br />

George Lock<br />

Harry Laflin<br />

Ian Davies<br />

James Harper<br />

Jonny Denton<br />

Josh Masters<br />

Josh Nice<br />

Keaton August<br />

Louis Bouwers<br />

Oliver Graham<br />

Rashid Hamid<br />

Rory Merrick<br />

Sam Evans<br />

Sean McCormack<br />

Taylor Morgan<br />

Toby Thompson<br />

Tom Scott<br />

Will Frank<br />

S P E L L Y<br />

Sky Blue and Navy Blue<br />

Henry Poole (GK)<br />

Joe Axten<br />

Jack Buckle<br />

Oliver Davison<br />

Tanaka Gabaza<br />

Rayan Djouadj<br />

Conor Lee<br />

Daniel Lewis<br />

Harrison Livingstone<br />

Ellis Pringle<br />

Josh Remedios<br />

Jake Brown<br />

Matt Hogg<br />

Louis Spearing<br />

Cameron Shawyer<br />

Jamie Fuller<br />

Jordan Pinder<br />

Courage Mukandi<br />

Jamie Tompkins Manager Mark Harper<br />

Dan Masters Asst. Manager Daren Bulman<br />

Jamie Ashdown GK Coach<br />

Bjorn Dunkley Coach Andrew Viney<br />

Steve Quelch Coach Jason Tucker<br />

Chad Smith Therapist Devon West<br />

Steven<br />

Hart<br />

Match Officials<br />

Stephen<br />

Matthews<br />

Peter<br />

Kelly<br />

Last Match:<br />

Egham Town<br />

A<br />

Sat 30 Oct<br />

1-1<br />

COCO<br />

Next Match: Hanworth Villa A Sat 13 Nov<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 />

Zoe Reilly<br />

Phil Wray<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>Spelthorne</strong> Sports for<br />

today's Cherry Red Records Combined<br />

Counties League Premier Division North<br />

fixture.<br />

Welcome to The Racecourse ground for todays<br />

Combined Counties League game and a special<br />

welcome to <strong>Spelthorne</strong> Sports.<br />

After a disappointing couple of results on the road, we<br />

hope to get a positive result today as we maintain our<br />

push towards the top of the division. The league table<br />

is still difficult to read with teams having played<br />

different number of games, but we know we will be<br />

right in the mix if we can win our games in hand. I<br />

know Jamie is looking forward to having a fully fit<br />

squad to select from again, something that we’ve<br />

lacked in recent weeks.<br />

Our 80 junior teams will also be in action this<br />

weekend in various leagues across the South of<br />

England. We start with our academy for U5’s/U6’s and<br />

then provide opportunities for the community all the<br />

way through to U18’s. Our pathway to senior football is<br />

well established with members of our U18 Allied<br />

Counties Squad often featuring in First Team games,<br />

but we also provide an excellent pathway into<br />

professional clubs – it was great to see one of our<br />

young boys sign for Reading FC this week, hot on the<br />

heels of three of our junior girls signing for Reading<br />

Ladies and Arsenal. Our ability to cater for all abilities<br />

at <strong>Ascot</strong> Utd really is one of our strengths.<br />

Just a reminder that if anyone is planning a corporate<br />

meeting or special event, our <strong>Ascot</strong> Sports Bar is<br />

available to hire at very reasonable rates. We have an<br />

excellent facility available and have recently<br />

appointed Sam Knight to be our Events Co-ordinator so<br />

please contact her to discuss any requirements you<br />

might have.<br />

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



Welcome to the players, officials<br />

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

Sports. Enjoy the game!<br />

Jamie Tompkins<br />

First Team Manager<br />

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

attendance for this afternoon’s league fixture.<br />

Back at the Racecourse Ground after 3 away games and 3 games without a win. A derby day loss and<br />

an FA Vase exit is a dip in our recent form but what followed was a more encouraging performance and<br />

a draw against an in-form Egham Town.<br />

We took the opportunity to meet as a squad before training this week and realign our thoughts and<br />

focus ahead of this weekend. Two positive training sessions and the squad are raring to go and claim<br />

the 3 points today.<br />

<strong>Spelthorne</strong> Sports have enjoyed a good couple seasons but recent form has not been kind to them<br />

without a win in 5 games. Not to say they will be an easy opponent, far from it, because as we have<br />

experienced lately, all teams raise their game when coming over to us and they will confident that<br />

they can get back to winning ways themselves.<br />

Finally, congratulations to Louis Bouwers for making his 150th appearance today! It has been a long<br />

time coming after 5 months out with injury but another milestone for our club captain whose loyalty,<br />

commitment and dedication is faultless. We are delighted to have Louis back in the team.<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! Jamie<br />


Dan Masters<br />

Assistant Manager<br />

Jamie Ashdown<br />

Goalkeeping Coach<br />

Bjorn Dunkley<br />

Coach<br />

Steve Quelch<br />

Coach<br />

Chad Smith<br />


W E L C O M E T O S P E L L Y<br />

W E L C O M E T O S P E L L Y<br />

ON COURSE!<br />

With Programme Editor Neal Jeffs<br />

Welcome to the players, officials and<br />

supporters of <strong>Spelthorne</strong> Sports for this<br />

Cherry Red Records Combined Counties<br />

League Premier Division North match.<br />

Happy<br />

reading, and<br />

enjoy the<br />

game! Neal<br />

Welcome back to the Racecourse for what is only our fourth home league game of the<br />

season against a <strong>Spelthorne</strong> side who traditionally give us a close game. After 3<br />

winless games it will be great to pick up 3 points but I can’t imagine it will be easy.<br />

This is, of course, FA Cup first round weekend. Last night Sudbury played Colchester<br />

and there are plenty of other non-league sides involved in ties today, tomorrow and<br />

Monday. I think National League Wrexham will have a good go at Division Two<br />

Harrogate, Southern League Banbury will upset Barrow in this afternoon’s late kick off,<br />

and Stratford Town have a god chance against League One strugglers Shrewsbury<br />

tomorrow. Let’s see how wrong I am! I also read this week about the plight of Durham<br />

City FC. Whilst the women are doing pretty well in the WSL 2, the men’s team are in<br />

dire straights and suffered a humiliating 16-1 defeat last Tuesday evening in the<br />

Northern League Division 2. That’s 14 defeats and 1 draw in 15 games for them, with a<br />

goal difference of minus 79.<br />

Tough night: Durham City's<br />

midweek fixture at Carlisle City<br />

wasn't the easiest day at the office.<br />

Six-nil down after 23 minutes, they<br />

did at least reduce the rate of<br />

goals conceded!<br />

Looking overseas I have always been interested in the French Cup. It is a colossal<br />

competition that begins in July with village teams from the depths of the French<br />

football pyramid entering – over 7000 teams enter – resulting in a huge task for the<br />

organisers such that it is split into regional admin departments in its early stages.<br />

Such is the extent of it, there are teams competing from the FIFTEENTH tier of French<br />

football, and to put it in context in the UK we only have teams from as low as the tenth<br />

tier entering the English FA Cup. It’s currently at the seventh round stage where 2nd<br />

division sides enter, and there are 3 surviving tenth tier sides – 2 of whom are drawn<br />

against each other. Who knows, one of them might get through and then get drawn<br />

against PSG and face Messi and Neymar… Anyway, back to today, and enjoy the game.<br />

Hopefully any fireworks are saved for later! Neal


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

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

28-Aug Reading City<br />

H COCO 2-2<br />

31-Aug Wokingham/Emmbrook A COCO 2-1<br />

04-Sep Hythe Town<br />

A FAC 1Q 0-1 278<br />

11-Sep Hengrove Athletic<br />

A FAV 1Q 2-0<br />

18-Sep Wembley<br />

H COCO A-A*<br />

21-Sep Windsor<br />

H BBT 1 3-1 120<br />

25-Sep Tadley Calleva<br />

A FAV 2Q 4-1<br />

28-Sep Burnham<br />

H COCO 5-0<br />

02-Oct Edgware Town<br />

A COCO 4-2<br />

09-Oct North Greenford United H COCO 3-1 101<br />

16-Oct Windsor<br />

A COCO 1-3<br />

23-Oct Wallingford Town<br />

A FAV 1 2-2 (5p6)<br />

30-Oct Egham Town<br />

A COCO 1-1<br />

06-Nov <strong>Spelthorne</strong> 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 <strong>Spelthorne</strong> 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 (TBC)<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 />

Scorers<br />

Laflin, Lock, Surpanu<br />

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

Laflin<br />

Scott, Lock, Evans<br />

Laflin 2<br />

Laflin 2<br />

August, Laflin<br />

Laflin<br />

Morgan 2, Laflin<br />

August, Bailey, McCormack, Nortey<br />

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

Laflin, August, Bailey, McCormack<br />

Laflin 2, McCormack<br />

Everiss<br />

Nortey, Laflin<br />

Nortey<br />

TBC Newport Pagnell Town H BBT 2<br />

*Abandoned due to serious injury (1-1)<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.


Recent results:<br />

Weekend fixtures:<br />

Looking ahead:


Premier North:<br />

Premier South:


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 />

D Amate 1 0 1<br />

R Andrady 2 0 20<br />

K August 15 3 15 3<br />

D Bailey 15 2 44 6<br />

L Bouwers 3 0 149 11<br />

I Davies 8 0 67 35<br />

J Denton 15 2 191 21<br />

C Ellis 12 0 69 1<br />

S Evans 8 1 25 1<br />

A Everiss 3 1 3 1<br />

L Farhall 1 0 1<br />

C Ferguson 10 0 30 1<br />

W Frank 1 0 1<br />

O Graham 7 0 7<br />

S Gray 18 0 104<br />

A Hall 2 0 2<br />

R Hamid 4 0 4<br />

J Harper 5 0 5<br />

H Laflin 16 15 125 67<br />

G Lock 18 4 142 9<br />

J Masters 11 0 19<br />

S McCormack 16 3 16 3<br />

R Merrick 1 0 21<br />

T Morgan 12 4 28 7<br />

J Nice 4 0 6 1<br />

D Nortey 7 3 7 3<br />

D Price 2 0 46 10<br />

T Scott 9 1 9 1<br />

D Surpanu 16 1 23 3<br />

A Sykes 0 0 1<br />

J Tarrant 1 0 1<br />

D Walden 3 0 3<br />

Louis Bouwers<br />

will be making<br />

his 150th<br />

appearance for<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> United<br />

today. Well<br />

done skipper<br />

and thanks for<br />

your<br />

commitment to<br />

the club both as<br />

captain and as<br />

an active squad<br />

member<br />

assisting in the<br />

development of<br />

our younger<br />

talent.<br />

246 40 1185 184<br />

Need a room for your<br />

function? The Clubhouse<br />

is a perfect choice for<br />

hosting work or leisure<br />

events, please email<br />

events@ascotunited.net<br />

to explore availability and<br />





Yellamen drop points on road against in-form Sarnies<br />

Saturday 30th October 2021 - Cherry Red Records Premier Division North -<br />

Egham Town 1 - 1 <strong>Ascot</strong> United<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> United battled back from a goal down to draw with Egham Town on Saturday on a day when they<br />

created enough chances to end their hosts’ thirteen-game unbeaten run stretching back to the end of<br />

August.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> were the better side in the first half, but wasted a succession of good chances as they rallied<br />

following Egham’s freak-goal early on, although finally got their rewards shortly before the break.<br />

Duarte Surpanu should have given <strong>Ascot</strong> the lead in the tenth minute when, in acres of space from<br />

Jonny Denton’s pass, he cut onto his right foot and fired over when well-placed. The home side then<br />

took the lead two minutes later when Danny Campion’s cross from near the corner flag somehow<br />

found its way over Sam Gray and looped into the far left hand corner. But after that it was one-way<br />

traffic. Michael Edegbe made a brilliant save to deny Denis Nortey who looked to have slotted past the<br />

home ‘keeper from Denton’s through ball, only for him to stick out a foot and deny the workmanlike<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> striker.<br />

Denton himself then found the net with a precise left-footed finish only to see his effort chalked off for<br />

a marginal chest/handball infringement in the build-up, before Rashid Hamid fired another effort<br />

over. At the other end Louis Bouwers was well-placed to clear off the line after Jordan Kelly had played<br />

in Jake Sobalar who rounded Sam Gray only to see his shot cleared at the near post, before <strong>Ascot</strong><br />

levelled two minutes before the break when Nortey rose highest to nod home at the far post from<br />

another Denton delivery; Denton was simply a cut above the rest in a man-of-the-match display.<br />

The second half looked like being completely devoid of chances until Egham threatened shortly<br />

before the end of the game. Before that, neither side could take control, and home defender and<br />

captain Reece Yorke won virtually every aerial challenge to which he was subjected. It was the home<br />

fans behind the goal that probably earnt the most credit. Raising themselves, they sung for their side,<br />

but up until a few minutes before the end their team scarcely looked like a side unbeaten in two<br />

months. That said, Egham’s Maluna Masembe should have planted a free header into the net only to<br />

somehow head wide, before Gray rescued a stumbling Bouwers in injury time when he raced clear to<br />

thwart another attack. But <strong>Ascot</strong> also had their chances in added time. Just before Gray’s intervention,<br />

substitute David Amate couldn’t get enough power on Dan Bailey’s downward header to trouble<br />

Edegbe, before Lock might have won it with the last action of the game when his attempted glancing<br />

header form Sean McCormack’s cross sailed harmlessly over the bar.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> United: Gray, Lock, Everiss, Harper (Evans), Evans, Bouwers, Bailey, McCormack, Denton, Nortey<br />

(Morgan), Hamid (Amate), Surpanu (Frank). Sub unused: Ferguson


A selection of photos from the 1-1 draw at Egham Town last weekend (shootingstars.co.uk).<br />

Clockwise from top left: Rashid Hamid on the ball, Izzy<br />

Woods studies the landscape, Denis Nortey celebrates,<br />

Sam Gray is rounded…but Louis was on the line!, Denis<br />

Nortey shoots.


More photos from the 1-1 draw at Egham Town last weekend (shooting-stars.co.uk).<br />

Clockwise from top: The home<br />

'keeper flaps at a cross, George Lock<br />

crosses, Denis Nortey celebrates<br />

with Adam Everiss, David Amate<br />

looks for a late winner.


<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 />

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 7th: <strong>Ascot</strong> United v<br />

Wycombe Wanderers (Southern Regional<br />

Womens Football League, Racecourse,<br />

2pm), Hawley Ladies v <strong>Ascot</strong> United<br />

Ladies Reserves (Thames Valley League<br />

3E, Hawley, 2pm)<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong><br />

United<br />

4<br />

Oxford City<br />

0<br />

FA Womens Cup 3QR<br />

Results - last matches<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong><br />

United<br />

Reserves<br />

Holyport<br />

17<br />

1<br />


St Kitts Veterinary Group proudly sponsor <strong>Ascot</strong> United Ladies<br />

striker Sarah Leonard. The Group have practices in<br />

Basingstoke, Yateley, Church Crookham and Hartley Wintney.<br />

Visit stkittsvet.co.uk

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 />

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 />

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: Dave<br />

Bucktrout<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: Lydia Baker<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: Dave<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 United and Bracknell Town.<br />

Sponsor:<br />

James Harper - midfield<br />

A former professional with Premier League<br />

experience, Harper played 316 times for<br />

Reading between 2001-2010. Also featured for<br />

Sheffield United, Hull City and Doncaster<br />

Rovers before beginning his non-league<br />

journey in 2014. Signed from Windsor FC in<br />

Sept '21.<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 />

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 />

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 />

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 />

Denis Nortey - forward<br />

Striker who signed in Sept '21 and scored on<br />

his debut having previously played for<br />

Eversley & California, London Tigers,<br />

Aylesbury United and Rayners Lane.<br />

Rashid Hamid - forward<br />

Lively forward who signed from Burnham, for<br />

whom he scored 3 goals in 11 appearances in<br />

the curtailed 20/21 season.<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 Portsmouth<br />

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

where he coaches at all levels. 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 />



<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 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!

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