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Tue 25 Jan 2022

Berks and Bucks Senior Trophy 2nd Round








Yellow and Blue

Sam Gray (GK)

Alex Sykes (GK)

Adam Everiss

Calum Ferguson

Chris Ellis

Dan Bailey

Dan Price

Danny Walden

Denis Nortey

Duarte Surpanu

George Lock

Harry Laflin

Ian Davies

James Harper

James Richardson

Jonny Denton

Josh Masters

Keaton August

Louis Bouwers

Rashid Hamid

Rory Merrick

Sam Evans

Sean McCormack

Taylor Morgan

Toby Thompson

Tom Scott


Blue and White

Jack Hopwood (GK)

Tinashe Gwavava

Cameron Rohart-Brown

Liam Campbell

Luke Donville

Carl Jenner

Josh Edwards (c)

Mo Ceesay

Lamar Koroma

Nathan Jones

Zeid Hannachi

Daniel Fosu

Harvey Harry

Lamin Ceesay

Alex Miller

Glenn Gabriel

Simeon Weekes

Kai Stubbs

Jamie Tompkins

Dan Masters

Jamie Ashdown

Bjorn Dunkley

Steve Quelch

Chad Smith




Asst. Manager

GK Coach




Match Officials



Jamie Leacock

Yashwa Romeo

Sean Allaway

Declan Downing



Last Match:

Edgware Town


Sat 22 Jan



Next Match: Spelthorne Sports A Sat 29 Jan



Racecourse Ground, Winkfield Road, Ascot, SL5 7LJ

Chairman: Simon Negus

Club Secretary: Dan Birchmore

Director of Football: Neil Richards

1st Team Manager: Jamie Tompkins

Assistant manager: Dan Masters

Coaches: Bjorn Dunkley, Steve Quelch

Goalkeeping Coach: Jamie Ashdown

Allied U18 Manager: Josh Nice

Therapist: Chad Smith

Sports Psychology: Izzy Woods

Racecourse Facilities Manager: Jo Gavin

Administration Manager: Emma Paton

Clubhouse Catering: Lisa Richards

Reporting, Comms and Programme: Neal Jeffs


Doug Page

Mark Cooper

Rob Jones

Zoe Reilly

Phil Wray

Graham Jones


with Simon Negus

A warm welcome to Thatcham Town for

today's Berks and Bucks Senior Trophy


Welcome to The Racecourse ground for tonight’s County

Cup game and a special welcome to players, officials and

fans from Thatcham.

The tragic news out of Slough/Binfield last week came too

late for me to mention it in my programme notes at the

weekend, but we joined the rest of the local football world

in paying our respects to Christian Rowe. Christian had

many links with Ascot Utd and his family live locally, so his

loss was felt very personally to many of us. All of our

thoughts continue to be with his friends and family at this


After a fantastic win on Saturday to move into the top six

in the league, we hope to continue our recent good form

in the Cup tonight. The winners tonight will be rewarded

with the trip to Didcot in the next round, surely a big

motivation for all involved!?

Ascot United Football Club Limited. Registered in

England and Wales. Registration No. 6883550

Registered Office: Ternion Court, 264-268 Upper Fourth

Street, Central Milton Keynes MK9 1DP.

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

Elsewhere in the club, it was great to see our Boys U16’s

SYL team beat Sutton Utd in the League Cup on Sunday –

beating a team from the league above, in the cup, and on

penalties, is always satisfying… could that be a sign of

things to come tonight! Well done to Neil Mason and his

team anyway.

In the Girls and Ladies section, both senior teams secured

high scoring wins but I wanted to highlight the excellent

run that Mick Parker’s U15 Crystals are on – stretching

their unbeaten run to 11 games with a hard fought win at

Horsley Girls.

Just a reminder that if anyone is planning a corporate

meeting or special event, our Ascot Sports Bar is available

to hire at very reasonable rates. We have an excellent

facility available and have recently appointed Sam Knight

to be our Events Co-ordinator so please contact her to

discuss any requirements you might have.

Hope you all enjoy the game today…



Welcome to the players, officials

and supporters of Thatcham

Town. Enjoy the game!

Jamie Tompkins

First Team Manager

Hello and welcome to Thatcham Town FC players, staff and club committee and to all supporters

in attendance for this evenings Berks & Bucks FA Cup second round fixture.

We had fantastic support on Saturday and it really helped the team continue their hard work for

the three points. Every player played their part and in particular, an outstanding performance

from Rory Merrick, drafted in out of position and played his first 90 minutes for some time.

Thatcham Town play in the league above and they are a team/club we aspire to be better than

over the next few years so the game tonight will be a great test for our squad. They currently sit

mid-table and had mixed results recently, but they certainly have talent in their side who can

make the difference.

Finally, we are delighted to announce our new signing and a warm welcome to former Yellaman

James Richardson. James will feature in the squad this evening and will make his second debut to

the club. Having played over 50 times for the club as a young and promising player, James has

tested himself at a higher level but the attraction to ‘come home’ was too much for him so we will

look forward to seeing him dazzle defenders for the remainder of the season.

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

support towards our football club.

Enjoy the game! Jamie


Dan Masters

Assistant Manager

Jamie Ashdown

Goalkeeping Coach

Bjorn Dunkley


Steve Quelch


Chad Smith





With Programme Editor Neal Jeffs

Welcome to the players, officials and

supporters of Thatcham Town for this Berks

and Bucks Senior Trophy match.


reading, and

enjoy the

game! Neal

A warm welcome to Thatcham Town for a midweek fixture under the lights and a

chance to test ourselves against Isthmian League opposition, one level above us

in the pyramid. I didn’t check my records but I am pretty sure we beat Thatcham

3-0 or 3-1 here in this competition a few years back when Nathan Minhas scored

a corker somehow wrapping his feet around a shot near the edge of the box. This

season’s competition is now hotting up and the winners tonight will travel to

Didcot Town in the quarter finals, the other quarter final ties being Chesham v

Reading, Long Crendon v Wycombe Wanderers and Beaconsfield v MK Dons.

Thatcham are currently 13th out of 19 teams in the Isthmian League South-

Central having won just 5 of 22 league games, but as we all know the gap

between step 4 and 5 is massive so they will still be favourites to progress


RIP Christian Rowe: We are saddened

by the tragic death of Christian in a

road traffic accident. Christian was

from Ascot and formerly with our

youth set up before moving on, most

recently impressing for Slough and


Looking back at last weekend we did really well against a lively Edgware side

and what was most pleasing was Rory Merrick’s fine display for 90 minutes

which is probably as good a game as I’ve seen him play for us. . Tonight look out

for an old favourite in the squad as the massively talented James Richardson

makes his 2nd homecoming. He has the talent to turn games around and

certainly made an impact when he was unleashed from the bench a few times

during his previous stint. Also last weekend it was great our Ladies’ teams both

won and the Reserves now only need 4 wins from 6 to guarantee the title

although in reality they might only need 2 or 3. However, I am sure they want to

try and go through the season with a 100% record and still have a cup interest to

maintain. Back to tonight, and hopefully it’s another step on our cup journey

seeing as this is the last chance of silverware this season! Enjoy the game! Neal


Date Opposition

H/A Comp Result Att

06-Aug Holyport

H FAC XP 3-0 450

14-Aug Southall

A COCO 0-5 50

17-Aug Tadley Calleva

A COCO 5-1 n/k

21-Aug Risborough Rangers A FAC P 1-1 175

24-Aug Risborough Rangers H FAC P R 3-2 277

28-Aug Reading City

H COCO 2-2

31-Aug Wokingham/Emmbrook A COCO 2-1

04-Sep Hythe Town

A FAC 1Q 0-1 278

11-Sep Hengrove Athletic

A FAV 1Q 2-0

18-Sep Wembley

H COCO 1-1*

21-Sep Windsor

H BBT 1Q 3-1 120

25-Sep Tadley Calleva

A FAV 2Q 4-1

28-Sep Burnham

H COCO 5-0

02-Oct Edgware Town

A COCO 4-2

09-Oct North Greenford United H COCO 3-2 101

16-Oct Windsor

A COCO 1-3

23-Oct Wallingford Town

A FAV 1 2-2 (5p6)

30-Oct Egham Town

A COCO 1-1

06-Nov Spelthorne Sports

H COCO 0-2

13-Nov Hanworth Villa

A COCO 0-3

16-Nov Newport Pagnell Town H BBT 2Q 8-2

20-Nov St Panteleimon

H COCO 3-1

23-Nov AFC Croydon Athletic A LC 3-5

27-Nov CB Hounslow

A COCO 3-0

04-Dec Southall

H COCO 2-2

18-Dec Reading City

A COCO 2-3

27-Dec Wokingham/Emmbrook H COCO 4-2

15-Jan Wembley

A COCO 2-1


22-Jan Edgware Town

H COCO 3-1

25-Jan Thatcham Town


29-Jan Spelthorne Sports


05-Feb St Panteleimon


12-Feb Holyport


19-Feb Abbey Rangers


26-Feb Burnham


05-Mar Virginia Water


12-Mar Holyport


19-Mar CB Hounslow


26-Mar Tadley Calleva


02-Apr North Greenford United A COCO

05-Apr Hanworth Villa


18-Apr Abbey Rangers


23-Apr Egham Town


TBC Windsor


TBC Virginia Water


Maidenhead United H BBT 1 H-W


Laflin, Lock, Surpanu

Laflin 2, Lock, Morgan, Denton


Scott, Lock, Evans

Laflin 2

Laflin 2

August, Laflin


Morgan 2, Laflin

August, Bailey, McCormack, Nortey

McCormack 2, Laflin, Denton, Lock

Laflin, August, Bailey, Morgan

Laflin 2, McCormack


Nortey, Laflin


McCormack 2, Laflin 2, Denton, Morgan, Hamid, Davies

Laflin 2, Morgan

August 2, Bailey

Laflin 2, August

Laflin 2

Morgan, Scott

Gutteridge 2, Bailey, Scott

Morgan, Bailey

Morgan, O.G., Laflin

Awarded to Ascot (MUFC forfeit tie).

*Abandoned due to serious injury with 12 minutes remaining. Result stands.

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

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


A selection of photos from last weekend's win over Edgware Town (shooting-stars.co.uk).

Clockwise from Top Left: Taylor Morgan opens the scoring, Edgware gift

Ascot an own goal to make it 2-1 to the hosts, Duarte Surpanu in possession,

Rory Merrick - who starred for Ascot despite playing out possession - on the

ball, George Lock crosses from the right wing.


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


Recent results:

**There are no other fixtures this evening involving Combined Counties Premier Division North sides

Next weekend's fixtures:


Premier North:

Premier South:


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

this season's squad.

2021-22 All-time

App Goals App Goals

D Amate 7 0 7

R Andrady 2 0 20

K August 25 6 25 6

D Bailey 24 5 53 9

L Bouwers 12 0 158 11

I Davies 13 1 72 36

J Denton 26 3 202 22

C Ellis 18 0 75 1

S Evans 8 1 25 1

A Everiss 15 1 15 1

L Farhall 1 0 1

C Ferguson 11 0 31 1

W Frank 2 0 2

B Gill 1 0 1

O Graham 6 0 6

S Gray 28 0 114

M Gutteridge 2 2 25 4

A Hall 1 0 1

R Hamid 12 1 12 1

J Harper 9 0 9

H Laflin 27 25 136 77

G Lock 27 4 151 9

J Masters 12 0 20

S McCormack 27 6 27 6

R Merrick 4 0 24

T Morgan 21 9 37 12

J Nice 3 0 5 1

D Nortey 17 3 17 3

D Price 2 0 46 10

T Scott 14 3 14 3

D Surpanu 26 1 33 3

A Sykes 1 0 2

J Tarrant 1 0 1

T Thompson 3 0 3

D Walden 5 0 5

413 71 1375 217

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Happy homecoming as Yellamen triumph 3-1

Saturday 22nd January 2022 - Cherry Red Records Premier Division North -

Ascot United 3 - 1 Edgware Town

Ascot United enjoyed a winning return to the Racecourse as they beat Edgware Town 3-1 in their

first home match of 2022. The visitors hit the woodwork at either end of the match, but it was a

generally comfortable afternoon for Jamie Tompkins side who completed a league double over

the North London outfit.

Ascot, having last played at home almost one month earlier were looking for a win to leapfrog

Edgware in sixth place, although it would be a tough prospect against a side who had lost just

four league matches all season and who had raced into a two-goal lead in the return fixture. In

that fixture, Ascot eventually fought back to win 4-2, but on this occasion they drew first blood

after surviving a scare when Hafid Bounyafe stuck an upright for Edgware ten minutes into the


Taylor Morgan had already seen a first-time effort saved after Duarte Surpanu had turned

provider, but the tall striker made no mistake in the 20th minute when he raced onto Harry Laflin’s

sublime pass, kept his balance and rounded Donnahban Green before slotting home. Surpanu

then shot straight at Green as Ascot impressed, but Edgware always looked a threat and duly

levelled when Novell Sony-Bruce applied the telling touch following an unchallenged shortcorner

routine; 35 minutes played. But Ascot responded immediately and restored what would

eventually be a half-time lead when defender Stephen Ellery could only bundle George Lock’s

cross into his own net under pressure from Surpanu.

Sadly, Morgan’s afternoon lasted less than an hour as he was replaced holding his hamstring by

Denis Nortey ten minutes after the restart; Nortey would be his usual menacing self in attack.

There was then controversy when the referee missed a blatant handball from Chris Ellis’s long

throw-in as Ascot screamed for a penalty midway through the half, before Edgware missed a

sitter at the other end when defender Yannick Bitsindou somehow planted a free header over

from a corner. Laflin then had the ball in the net for Ascot only for the referee to disallow the

advantage that had led to it – cue more consternations from the hosts – but it proved academic as

Jonny Denton’s subsequent delivery to the far post ended with Laflin nodding home when it was

harder to miss.

As for Edgware, Moe Khadum’s shot was tipped away by Sam Gray and the same player’s free kick

hit a post deep in stoppage time but the lively visitors were largely kept at bay in a deserved win

for the hosts. Ascot United: Gray, Lock (Walden), Everiss (Masters), Merrick, Bailey, Ellis,

McCormack, Denton, Morgan (Nortey), Laflin (Thompson), Surpanu (Davies).


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

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

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

(reserve) side playing in the Thames Valley League. The junior sides operate on Saturdays or

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

managed by Darrel Evans and coached by Alix Todd. The reserve team is managed by Jon Swallow.

Find out more on our website. Sponsorship packages now available - ask a member of the


It was another Super Sunday for both of Ascot Ladies’ teams

who recorded emphatic victories.

Ascot United Ladies led 3-2 at the interval against Oxford City

Ladies courtesy of goals from Alix Todd (2) and Sarah Leonard,

but the second half was one-sided as Nicole Brown, Claire

Couzins, Georgia Luckhurst-McCord and Leonard again all

scored to complete a 7-3 rout in their third win over City this

season. The Yellawomen remain 4th on a day where results

went with the form book in the SRWFL.

Meanwhile, it’s 12 wins from 12 for the indomitable Reserves

who won 9-2 on the road at 5th-placed Holyport in a TVL3E

clash. Scorers were Freya Johnson (2), Clodagh Farrell (2), Lou

Pullen (2), Amy Cogdon (2), and Darcey Young. The win keeps

them seven points above Ruislip Rangers, and with six of 18

league matches remaining the title countdown has surely

begun. Next matches (30th Jan): AUFC v Southampton Reserves -

league cup /Slough Ladies v AUFC Reserves - league cup.

Ascot United 7

Oxford City


SRWFL Premier (23rd Jan)



Ascot United


TVL 3E (23rd Jan)


Results - last matches



St Kitts Veterinary Group proudly sponsor Ascot United Ladies

striker Sarah Leonard. The Group have practices in

Basingstoke, Yateley, Church Crookham and Hartley Wintney.

Visit stkittsvet.co.uk

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

improving strength and conditioning.


Sam Gray – goalkeeper

Solid goalkeeper, confident with the ball at

his feet. Established first teamer since 18/19

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

when he appeared in every league game.


Josh Masters - defence

Established left-back having broken into the

team in 20/21 following a move from local

rivals Holyport. Sponsor:

Alex Sykes – goalkeeper

Goalkeeping coach and reliable backup. Has

International experience having played for

the England Futsal team. Sponsor:

Dan Bailey – defence

Experienced centre back who skippered

Flackwell Heath in 19/20. Previously played

at a higher level with Marlow and has a level

2 coaching qualification. Sponsor:

Louis Bouwers – defence

A physical and dominant centre half who

signed from Faringdon Town in 16/17 and now

well-established as club captain. Made 146

appearances heading into 21/22 but must

wait to add to that tally whilst he recovers

from injury. Sponsor:

Chris Ellis – defence

Signed in 18/19, a strong and dominant

defender. Vastly experienced having played

for Camberley Town, Egham Town and

Chipstead. Looking to re-establish himself in

21/22 following a year out with serious

injury. Sponsor: Novem nine

George Lock – defence

A fearless right back previously with Binfield

and Bracknell. Technically strong and a

consistently high performer. Supporters POY

in 18/19 and has now featured in well over

100 games pushing him into the top 15 on the

all-time appearance list. Sponsor: Dave


Danny Walden - defence

Ascot United Allied U18 captain who is

expected to feature for the senior side

during 21/22. Sponsor: Cox Green Academy

Jonny Denton – midfield

Former Ascot Youth team star who returned

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

ball specialist, he has now twice won the

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

season having made 176 appearances.


Tom Scott - midfield

Signed for 21/22 having had spells with

Harrow Borough and Beaconsfield. A

tenacious ball winner with great

communication. Sponsor: Lydia Baker

Calum Ferguson – midfield

Signed in 19/20 having previously starred for

a National League youth side. Also had a spell

with Highworth Town. Sponsor:

Sam Evans – midfield

Played for the U16s and U18s in 19/20 before

making his first team debut in the same

season. Sam has been with the club since

his debut for the U8s and is now an

established part of the senior side with

maturity belying his age. Sponsor: Dave



Dan Price - midfield

Popular attacking midfielder who returns to

Ascot for 21/22 having been out for two years

with a serious knee injury. Previously

appeared 44 times in 18/19 when he scored

10 goals. Sponsor:

Sean McCormack - forward

Skilful forward signed from Walton and

Hersham for 21/22 having also played for

Maidenhead United and Bracknell Town.


James Harper - midfield

A former professional with Premier League

experience, Harper played 316 times for

Reading between 2001-2010. Also featured for

Sheffield United, Hull City and Doncaster

Rovers before beginning his non-league

journey in 2014. Signed from Windsor FC in

Sept '21.

Rory Merrick – forward

Signed for 19/20 and continues to improve.

Looking to re-establish himself after injury in

an already-disjointed previous campaign.

Calm and composed figure on the pitch and

has great technical ability. Sponsor:

Keaton August - forward

Signed from Windsor FC for 21/22. Can play

anywhere across the front three and has an

abundance of pace. Has a keen eye for goal

backed up by providing plenty of assists. A

personal trainer, he works hard and is

physically strong. Sponsor:

Ian Davies – forward

Prolific goalscorer who scored 25 goals for

Binfield in 18/19 before top scoring for Ascot

with 23 goals in the curtailed 19/20

campaign. Netted another 12 from 24 games

in 20/21. Sponsor: Zipcar UK

Harry Laflin – forward

Laffers joined in 18/19 and has become a goalmachine

despite often playing out of

position. Enters the season having scored 52

goals in 109 appearances with an improving

goals-per-game ratio. Has previously won

supporters’ player of the season award.


Taylor Morgan - forward

Pacey forward who impressed whilst playing

against us for Fleet Town during pre-season

20/21. Has played at a higher level including

several seasons in the US Major League.

Previous clubs include Toronto, Ostersunds

(Sweden), Falkirk, Airdrie and Whitehawk.


Jamie Tompkins – manager

Highly respected throughout the club who

guided the team to league cup glory in 18/19

before taking the team to top of the league

before the 19/20 campaign was curtailed.

Football Development manager at Brentford

FC. Sponsor:

Duarte Surpanu - forward

Skilful winger with lighting quick feet, signed

midway through in the 20/21 season and has

the potential to cause problems for any

defence. Sponsor: Maidenhead Town

Denis Nortey - forward

Striker who signed in Sept '21 and scored on

his debut having previously played for

Eversley & California, London Tigers,

Aylesbury United and Rayners Lane.

Rashid Hamid - forward

Lively forward who signed from Burnham, for

whom he scored 3 goals in 11 appearances in

the curtailed 20/21 season.

Jamie Ashdown - goalkeeping coach

Needs little introduction, former professional

Jamie began his career with Reading before

making over 100 appearances for Portsmouth

between 2004-2012. A huge asset to the club

where he coaches at all levels. Sponsor:

Dan Masters – asst. manager

Dan is in his fourth season with Ascot Utd and

is a crucial part of the coaching staff.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

floodlights and a stand.

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

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

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

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

we’ve rarely previously achieved.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

beaten on penalties by Redhill.

As Ascot enjoy a third season in the Combined Counties League, everyone hopes for a safe and consistent campaign,

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


Thatcham Town Football Club was founded in 1894. The club were

originally known as Thatcham, with Town being added to its name in

1974. In the early years Thatcham played at The Marsh on Dunston

Green, Brownsfield (home of the Cricket Club) and Station Road, before

moving to Lancaster Close in 1949. Floodlights were erected in January

1983 with Fulham FC visiting for a commemorative friendly match. To

provide improved facilities, the club moved to Waterside Park in

1992/93, with the ground becoming known as The Stacatruc Stadium

from August 2019.

Jamie Leacock

The club joined the Reading Temperance League in 1896, winning Division Two in 1905/06. In 1953 Thatcham became founder members

of the Hellenic League and won promotion to the Premier Division as Division 1 champions in 1958/59, 1964/65 & 1972/73. The club then

won the Hellenic Premier Division title in 1974/75. Following spells in the Athenian and London Spartan Leagues, the club joined the

newly formed Wessex League in 1986 and won the title in 1995/96. After finishing second in 2005/06, ground requirements were met

and promotion to step four achieved.

The Kingfishers spent eight seasons in the Southern League Division One – seven in the South & West Division and one (2012/13) in the

Central. After sixth-placed finishes in 2006/07 and 2008/09, the club achieved its highest ever position in 2010/11. Despite being in

the bottom half of the table at Christmas, the club earned 38 points from the final 15 matches to finish in fifth, however Thatcham were

beaten at Sholing in the play-off semi-final.

Once safety was assured in 2013/14, the club resigned from the Southern League to cut costs by playing at a lower level. Town finished

twelfth in their first campaign back in the Hellenic Premier, then second and fourth in the following seasons. However in 2017/18 the

club embarked on an incredible 40 game unbeaten run which saw them overtake long-time leaders Highworth Town and eventually pip

Bracknell Town to the title in a thrilling end to the season, on goal difference.

After a season adjusting to step four football, in 2019/20 Thatcham sat on top of the Southern League D1 South table with eleven games

to play. But with the club looking certain to achieve its highest ever finish, and promotion to step three a strong possibility, the

Coronavirus pandemic struck, causing the season to be terminated.

After the subsequent departure of the club’s management and many senior players, the 2020/21 season was set to be one of rebuilding

with greater use of young, local players planned. With that season terminated after only 8 games, 2021/22 will again feel like a new

start for the Kingfishers, especially with the club being transferred into the Isthmian League South Central Division.

Thatcham Town FC have enjoyed some memorable success in Cup competitions over the years. In 1989 the club reached the last eight

of the FA Vase before losing to local rivals Hungerford Town. In the same competition a record attendance of 1,400 was set when

Aldershot Town won 1-0 at Waterside Park in 1993/94.

However in 2017/18 Thatcham went all the way and lifted the trophy at Wembley Stadium on a brilliant day for the club. Victory over

Bromsgrove Sporting brought realisation the club could be on the verge of something special, then over 2,200 attended the quarterfinal

win at Melksham Town as cup fever swept the town. Thatcham beat 1874 Northwich 1-0 and 3-2 in the two legged semi-final, and

took over 5,000 fans to Wembley as Stockton Town were defeated 1-0 in the final.

While the club are yet to progress beyond the Second Round Qualifying of the FA Trophy, 1996/97 saw Thatcham’s best FA Cup run as

they reached the Fourth Round Qualifying stage. In September 2019 the First Round Qualifying tie at home to Salisbury was streamed

live by the BBC which gave the club further national exposure, but unfortunately the visitors ran out narrow 3-2 winners.

Thatcham completed the Hellenic League and Cup double, by lifting the Hellenic First Division Cup in 1972/73 and the Premier Division

Cup in 1974/75. During 2017/18 the club reached both League Cup finals, losing to Bracknell in the Challenge Cup and Binfield in the

Floodlit Cup. Meanwhile during the 1990s Thatcham won the Wessex League Cup on four occasions, completing the double in 1995/96.

In 1974/75 the club were beaten in the final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup but were awarded the trophy following a dispute between

the victors, Wycombe Wanderers, and the Berks & Bucks FA.

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