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

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

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neil graham photography<br />

HEROES<br />

ASCOT UNITED vs. TADLEY CALLEVA<br />

Sat 26 Mar 2022<br />

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

Matchday<br />

Programme<br />

Season<br />

2021/22


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

Calum Ferguson<br />

Chris Ellis<br />

Dan Bailey<br />

Dan Price<br />

Danny Walden<br />

Denis Nortey<br />

Duarte Surpanu<br />

Elliot Carey<br />

George Lock<br />

Ian Davies<br />

James Harper<br />

James Richardson<br />

Josh Masters<br />

Kai Walters<br />

Keaton August<br />

Louis Bouwers<br />

Rashid Hamid<br />

Rory Merrick<br />

Sam Evans<br />

Sean McCormack<br />

Taylor Morgan<br />

Toby Thompson<br />

Tom Scott<br />

T H E T A D D E R S<br />

White and Black<br />

Craig Atkinson<br />

Ayman Bouzerai<br />

Lukas Burt<br />

Andrew Charsley<br />

Callum Cleary<br />

Kalum Cousins<br />

Ousman Darboe<br />

Brett Denham<br />

Max Elward<br />

Jack French<br />

Jordan Goater<br />

Aiden Harris<br />

Scott Kinge<br />

Kieran Maylen<br />

Brad Neal<br />

Aaron Parfitt<br />

Jacob Rolfe<br />

Ryan Stephens<br />

Tom Walsh<br />

Ben Wright<br />

Jamie Tompkins<br />

Dan Masters<br />

Jamie Ashdown<br />

Bjorn Dunkley<br />

Steve Quelch<br />

Chad Smith<br />

Steven<br />

Conway<br />

Manager<br />

Asst. Manager<br />

GK Coach<br />

Coach<br />

Coach<br />

Therapist<br />

Match Officials<br />

Samuel<br />

Gregory<br />

Joe Lawlor / Ben Dillon<br />

Darren Heath<br />

George Coffin<br />

Carolyn Tuttle<br />

Mark<br />

Roberts<br />

Last Match:<br />

Wycombe Wanderers<br />

H<br />

Tue 22 Mar<br />

0-0 (3p1)<br />

BBT SF<br />

Next Match: Virginia Water A Tue 29 Mar<br />

COCO


ASCOT UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB<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 U18s Team Manager: Josh Nice<br />

Veterans Team Manager: Dave Good<br />

Ladies Team Manager: Darrel Evans<br />

Ladies Reserves Team Manager: John Swallow<br />

Therapist: Chad Smith<br />

Sports Psychology: Izzy Woods<br />

Football Operations Manager: Emma Dunbar<br />

Private Events Manager: Sam Knight<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 />

Donna Graham<br />

Phil Wray<br />

Graham Jones<br />

"Laters. Just gotta get ready<br />

for a cup final right now…."<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> Football Club Limited. Registered in England and Wales. Registration No. 6883550. Registered Office: Ternion<br />

Court, 264-268 Upper Fourth Street, Central Milton Keynes MK9 1DP. Affiliated to the Berks & Bucks F.A. No. Q-B&B0165<br />

Here's a preview of what's inside this week's edition:<br />

*<br />

*<br />

*<br />

*<br />

*<br />

*<br />

Chairman Simon, 1st Team Manager Jamie and Programme Editor Neal pick up their pens<br />

Scores and Stats<br />

Photozone - 5 pages celebrating our historic midweek win!<br />

Pen Pics<br />

Club histories<br />

Plus more<br />

"OK, OK! Seeing as<br />

you are an EFL club I'll<br />

let you beat me once -<br />

but once only. It's MY<br />

night tonight."


IN THE CHAIR<br />

Simon Negus<br />

Chairman<br />

A warm welcome to <strong>Tadley</strong><br />

<strong>Calleva</strong> for today's Cherry Red<br />

Records Combined Counties<br />

League Premier Division North<br />

A warm welcome to all our visitors to The Racecourse this afternoon for this<br />

Combined Counties Premier Division fixture.<br />

It’s certainly been an interesting week for all involved with <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> – the buzz<br />

about the place from Tuesday evening will live long in the memory and it was<br />

amazing to see the success on and off the pitch. The challenge for us all now is to<br />

capitalise on the success and hopefully bring many more nights like that to the<br />

club.<br />

One of the most pleasing aspects of Tuesday was the way the whole club community<br />

came together to help – our facility manager Jo Gavin led all of the organisation of<br />

the event and worked tirelessly in the build-up to ensure everything ran smoothly.<br />

There are too many volunteers to mention by name but I would like to make special<br />

mention to our hard-working catering staff who not only managed to serve up the<br />

usual high quality food associated with <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> but also did so in a calm<br />

efficient and professional way. And I was also delighted to see so many of our Vets<br />

team volunteer on the evening and a number of people commented on how well run<br />

everything was.<br />

We have received an enormous amount of coverage on social media this week<br />

which hopefully you have had a chance to see and I hope this wave of goodwill<br />

continues going forward. If just 20% of the crowd from Tuesday night started<br />

coming to our games regularly it would make a huge difference to the club on and<br />

off the pitch.<br />

A final huge thank you to our players, management team, fans volunteers, staff, and<br />

directors of the club – none of what we have achieved and continue to achieve<br />

would be possible without all of the club pulling together as one. Simon<br />

#oneclub #weareascot


FROM THE DUGOUT<br />

Welcome to the players, officials<br />

and supporters of <strong>Tadley</strong> <strong>Calleva</strong>.<br />

Enjoy the game!<br />

Jamie Tompkins<br />

First Team Manager<br />

Hello and welcome to <strong>Tadley</strong> <strong>Calleva</strong> players, committee and supporters for this<br />

afternoon’s Combined Counties Premier North fixture.<br />

What a night it was on Tuesday! Thank you for your amazing support and for creating an<br />

incredible atmosphere whilst breaking our club record attendance. 1267, wow! It was the<br />

most memorable game in football that I have been involved and it was a very special to see<br />

the Racecourse Ground full of so many <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> youth team players, parents and<br />

coaches. It was a night for our club to showcase who we are and what we do but also<br />

highlight how good non-league football is!<br />

Thank you to all our volunteers who had worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the<br />

evening go as well and as smoothly as it went. It’s great credit to them and I am delighted<br />

we could repay their efforts on the pitch.<br />

The players worked so hard and were outstanding. Winning on penalties against an EFL<br />

club Wycombe Wanderers, and the pitch invasion that followed, is something the players<br />

will not forget anytime soon! I am delighted that they will have the opportunity to compete<br />

in a final, our third in three years, against another EFL club in Reading or MK Dons so we<br />

hope we can get your support leading up to and at the final!<br />

Back to today and we will be looking to use this energy to keep performing well and get our<br />

first league win after a couple losses and draws.<br />

Enjoy the game! Jamie<br />

ASCOT UNITED FC MANAGEMENT TEAM<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 />

Therapist


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

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

ON COURSE!<br />

With Programme Editor Neal Jeffs<br />

Welcome to the players, officials and<br />

supporters of <strong>Tadley</strong> <strong>Calleva</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 to The Racecourse on ‘Non League Day’ for what will hopefully be a less<br />

dramatic game than we saw midweek, and probably with even better weather!<br />

When we played <strong>Tadley</strong> twice earlier in the season they were not in the best of<br />

form (we won 5-1 and 4-1 in the league and FA Vase respectively) and I think we<br />

feared for them even at such an early point in the season. However, step forward<br />

to March and they have raised themselves into 11th – and there is a good chance<br />

they will finish as high as 8th – which is a huge credit to their new management<br />

team and playing staff. During midweek Hanworth Villa’s 94th minute winner<br />

against Southall secured them the league title and promotion to Step 4; 1-0 the<br />

result and well done to them. Back to us, and looking back we can say that<br />

Tuesday’s game against Wycombe was a huge success on and off the pitch.<br />

SHARING THE MOMENT! <strong>Ascot</strong><br />

<strong>United</strong> Ladies Reserves were able<br />

to celebrate their title with a halftime<br />

lap of honour at The<br />

Racecourse on Tuesday in front<br />

of 1,267 supporters.<br />

On the pitch, the lads did us proud and could have won it in 90, but even to hold<br />

their nerve during penalties was amazing. Off the pitch, the whole logistics<br />

before, during and after the game were brilliant. We had the Ladies Reserves<br />

doing a lap of honour on the pitch at half time after winning their league title,<br />

Jamie was on BBC Radio Berkshire on Wednesday night, and the whole week has<br />

oozed professionalism. Now we are waiting to see who we play in the final –<br />

Reading and MK Dons are scheduled to meet on 11th April as per the Berks and<br />

Bucks County website. This Monday our Youth Team have their BIG game at Fleet<br />

Spurs so we want as many of you down there are possible. The maths are simple,<br />

only a win will give them the league title. We love our football! Enjoy the football<br />

today and hopefully see you back here again soon. Neal


PHOTOZONE<br />

Neil Graham captured the from the incredible midweek win over Wycombe<br />

Wanderers (www.neilgrahamphotography.com).<br />

Clockwise from top left: Duarte Surpanu<br />

celebrates after scoring his penalty, Sean<br />

McCormack shares the moment,<br />

Manager/Magician/Master, our wonderful<br />

fans in full voice.


RESULTS AND FIXTURES 21/22<br />

Date Opposition<br />

H/A Comp Result Att<br />

06-Aug Holyport<br />

H FAC XP 3-0 450<br />

14-Aug Southall<br />

A COCO 0-5 50<br />

17-Aug <strong>Tadley</strong> <strong>Calleva</strong><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 1-1*<br />

21-Sep Windsor<br />

H BBT 1Q 3-1 120<br />

25-Sep <strong>Tadley</strong> <strong>Calleva</strong><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 <strong>United</strong> H COCO 3-2 101<br />

16-Oct Windsor<br />

A COCO 1-3<br />

23-Oct Wallingford Town<br />

A FAV 1 2-2**<br />

30-Oct Egham Town<br />

A COCO 1-1<br />

06-Nov Spelthorne Sports<br />

H COCO 0-2<br />

13-Nov Hanworth Villa<br />

A COCO 0-3<br />

16-Nov Newport Pagnell Town H BBT 2Q 8-2<br />

20-Nov St Panteleimon<br />

H COCO 3-1<br />

23-Nov AFC Croydon Athletic A LC 3-5<br />

27-Nov CB Hounslow <strong>United</strong> A COCO 3-0<br />

04-Dec Southall<br />

H COCO 2-2<br />

18-Dec Reading City<br />

A COCO 2-3<br />

27-Dec Wokingham/Emmbrook H COCO 4-2 159<br />

15-Jan Wembley<br />

A COCO 2-1<br />

22-Jan Edgware Town<br />

H COCO 3-1<br />

25-Jan Thatcham Town<br />

H BBT 2 3-0<br />

29-Jan Spelthorne Sports<br />

A COCO 2-1<br />

05-Feb St Panteleimon<br />

A COCO 3-2<br />

22-Feb Didcot Town<br />

A BBT QF 3-1 197<br />

26-Feb Burnham<br />

A COCO 4-0<br />

01-Mar Holyport<br />

H COCO 1-0<br />

05-Mar Virginia Water<br />

H COCO 1-1<br />

08-Mar Abbey Rangers<br />

A COCO 0-1<br />

12-Mar Holyport<br />

A COCO 0-3<br />

19-Mar CB Hounslow <strong>United</strong> H COCO 0-0<br />

22-Mar Wycombe Wanderers H BBT SF 0-0*** 1267<br />

26-Mar <strong>Tadley</strong> <strong>Calleva</strong><br />

H COCO<br />

29-Mar Virginia Water<br />

A COCO<br />

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

05-Apr Hanworth Villa<br />

H COCO<br />

16-Apr Windsor<br />

H COCO<br />

18-Apr Abbey Rangers<br />

H COCO<br />

23-Apr Egham Town<br />

H COCO<br />

TBA Reading/MK Dons<br />

TBA BBT F<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, Morgan<br />

Laflin 2, McCormack<br />

Everiss<br />

Nortey, Laflin<br />

Nortey<br />

McCormack 2, Laflin 2, Denton, Morgan, Hamid, Davies<br />

Laflin 2, Morgan<br />

August 2, Bailey<br />

Laflin 2, August<br />

Laflin 2<br />

Morgan, Scott<br />

Gutteridge 2, Bailey, Scott<br />

Morgan, Bailey<br />

Morgan, O.G., Laflin<br />

Laflin 2, Bailey<br />

Laflin, Surpanu<br />

Laflin, Surpanu, Scott<br />

Morgan 2, McCormack<br />

August, Lock, Scott, O.G.<br />

Morgan<br />

Surpanu<br />

*Abandoned due to serious injury with 12 minutes remaining. Result stands.<br />

**Lost 6-5 on penalties (no extra time).<br />

**Won 3-1 on penalties (no extra time).<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


TODAY'S FIXTURES AND RECENT RESULTS<br />

Midweek results:<br />

22/3 Hanworth Villa 1-0 Southall L<br />

22/3 Virginia Water 4-3 Burnham L<br />

22/3 <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> 0-0 (3p1) Wycombe Wanderers BBT<br />

22/3 Uxbridge 4-1 St Panteleimon MIDDX<br />

23/3 North Greenford <strong>United</strong> 1-4 Southall LC<br />

Today's fixtures:<br />

26/3 <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> v <strong>Tadley</strong> <strong>Calleva</strong> L<br />

26/3 Edgware Town v Holyport L<br />

26/3 Egham Town v Burnham L<br />

26/3 Spelthorne Sports v Virginia Water L<br />

26/3 St Panteleimon v Southall L<br />

26/3 Wembley v North Greenford <strong>United</strong> L<br />

26/3 Windsor v CB Hounslow <strong>United</strong> L<br />

26/3 Wokingham & Emmbrook v Reading City L<br />

29/3 Virginia Water v <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> L<br />

29/3 Wembley v Southall L<br />

30/3 St Panteleimon v Burnham L<br />

Below: Captain, Leader, Hero. No other words necessary.


PHOTOZONE<br />

Top: Captain Dan Bailey leads the chat. Bottom: Elliot Carey 'negotiates' with the<br />

opposition…


LEAGUE TABLES<br />

Combined Counties League Premier Division South<br />

P W D L GD PTS<br />

1 Hanworth Villa 30 27 3 0 64 84<br />

2 Abbey Rangers 27 18 1 8 17 55<br />

3 Southall 25 17 3 5 37 54<br />

4 Egham Town 27 16 6 5 20 54<br />

5 North Greenford <strong>United</strong> 28 16 4 8 40 52<br />

6 <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> 27 14 6 7 13 48<br />

7 Edgware Town 28 12 7 9 16 43<br />

8 Reading City 29 10 6 13 -4 36<br />

9 Windsor 28 10 6 12 -6 36<br />

10 St Panteleimon 27 10 4 13 -1 34<br />

11 <strong>Tadley</strong> <strong>Calleva</strong> 28 10 4 14 -3 34<br />

12 Wembley 29 9 6 14 -3 33<br />

13 Burnham 29 9 6 14 -33 33<br />

14 Virginia Water 30 9 3 18 -23 30<br />

15 Spelthorne Sports 28 8 5 15 -14 29<br />

16 Wokingham & Emmbrook 29 7 4 18 -20 25<br />

17 CB Hounslow <strong>United</strong> 30 6 4 20 -61 22<br />

18 Holyport 29 6 2 21 -39 20<br />

Combined Counties League Premier Division North<br />

P W D L GD PTS<br />

1 Walton & Hersham 31 23 5 3 56 74<br />

2 Beckenham Town 29 23 4 2 63 73<br />

3 Badshot Lea 30 19 9 2 51 66<br />

4 Jersey Bulls 29 19 7 3 55 64<br />

5 Raynes Park Vale 29 19 6 4 45 63<br />

6 Redhill 29 16 7 6 30 55<br />

7 Horley Town 30 16 3 11 4 51<br />

8 Sheerwater 33 15 4 14 -5 49<br />

9 Knaphill 32 9 13 10 -8 40<br />

10 Cobham 30 9 9 12 -3 36<br />

11 Farnham Town 32 10 6 16 -9 36<br />

12 Guildford City 31 10 6 15 -18 36<br />

13 Camberley Town 33 10 5 18 -20 35<br />

14 Balham 28 10 4 14 -3 34<br />

15 Colliers Wood <strong>United</strong> 32 10 4 18 -19 34<br />

16 Fleet Town 30 9 1 20 -24 28<br />

17 Frimley Green 28 8 3 17 -35 27<br />

18 AFC Croydon Athletic 31 5 10 16 -35 25<br />

19 Banstead Athletic 29 4 6 19 -42 18<br />

20 Molesey 34 2 6 26 -83 12


APPEARANCES AND GOALS<br />

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

this season's squad.<br />

2021-22 All-time<br />

App Goals App Goals<br />

D Amate 7 - 7 -<br />

R Andrady 2 - 20 -<br />

K August 36 7 36 7<br />

D Bailey 35 6 64 10<br />

L Bouwers 20 - 166 11<br />

E Carey 5 - 55 4<br />

I Davies 16 1 75 36<br />

J Denton 29 3 205 22<br />

C Ellis 26 - 83 1<br />

S Evans 8 1 25 1<br />

A Everiss 26 1 26 1<br />

L Farhall 1 - 1 -<br />

C Ferguson 11 - 31 1<br />

W Frank 2 - 2 -<br />

B Gill 1 - 1 -<br />

O Graham 6 - 6 -<br />

S Gray 39 - 125 -<br />

M Gutteridge 2 2 25 4<br />

A Hall 1 - 1 -<br />

R Hamid 12 1 12 1<br />

J Harper 10 - 10 -<br />

H Laflin 30 29 139 81<br />

G Lock 38 5 162 10<br />

J Masters 21 - 29 -<br />

S McCormack 35 7 35 7<br />

R Merrick 15 - 35 -<br />

T Morgan 31 12 47 15<br />

J Nice 3 - 5 1<br />

D Nortey 22 3 22 3<br />

D Price 2 - 46 10<br />

J Richardson 6 - 70 12<br />

T Scott 23 5 23 5<br />

D Surpanu 36 4 43 6<br />

A Sykes 2 - 3 -<br />

J Tarrant 1 - 1 -<br />

T Thompson 3 - 3 -<br />

D Walden 5 - 5 -<br />

K Walters 3 - 33 3<br />

571 87 1,677 252<br />

Taylor Morgan<br />

has now<br />

reached 47<br />

appearances<br />

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

<strong>United</strong> and so<br />

his halfcentury<br />

will<br />

not be too far<br />

away. If he<br />

features in the<br />

next 3<br />

matches<br />

(including<br />

today) then he<br />

will reach that<br />

milestone next<br />

weekend at<br />

North<br />

Greenford.<br />

Need a room for your function?<br />

The Clubhouse is a perfect<br />

choice for hosting work or<br />

leisure events, please email<br />

events@ascotunited.net to<br />

explore availability and pricing.


PROUD SPONSORS OF CHRIS ELLIS


ASCOT UNITED LADIES<br />

The club were formed in the 2005/06 season,<br />

joining the Surrey County Women's League.<br />

They moved into the Thames Valley Counties<br />

Football League in 2007/08. After some ups and<br />

downs they eventually achieved promotion to<br />

Division 1 of the SRWFL and later to the Premier<br />

Division for the 2017/18 season, which is where<br />

they have remained.<br />

League position 21/22:<br />

3rd (currently)<br />

The 2021/22 season is team’s 16th in existence,<br />

and they have enjoyed a fine campaign. They<br />

reached the first round proper of the women’s<br />

FA Cup for the first time in their history, hosting<br />

Chichester and Selsey Ladies from Step 3 of the<br />

pyramid, and put up a fine display in a 4-0<br />

defeat. They have now fulfilled all their fixtures<br />

and lie 3rd in the league, although it is likely<br />

they will finish 4th as their nearest rivals<br />

(Eastleigh) still have 2 games to play and will<br />

undoubtedly leapfrog them. A gutsy 3-2 league<br />

cup quarter final exit at Abingdon <strong>United</strong> on Above: Georgia Luckhurst-McCord<br />

13th March signalled the end of their season. Below: Izzy Woods<br />

The team have demonstrably improved and<br />

play some excellent football. Player-coach Alix<br />

Todd has added a sharper edge to their game,<br />

captain and goalkeeper Lisa Phillips is one of<br />

the best Number 1’s at this level, and the<br />

existence of a reserve team and talented junior<br />

section means there is competition for places.<br />

Our Girls Under 16’s reached the Surrey County<br />

Cup Final where they lost 3-1 against mighty<br />

Crystal Palace, whilst one of our 16 year olds –<br />

Tia Johnson – made the seamless transition to<br />

first team football in 2022 and even scooped<br />

the player of the month award with 4 goals in 4<br />

games!<br />

League:<br />

Southern Region Women's<br />

Football League Premier<br />

Level on Pyramid:<br />

5<br />

Manager:<br />

Darrel Evans


ASCOT UNITED LADIES RESERVES<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> Ladies Reserves have had<br />

an incredible season in Division 3 (East)<br />

of the Thames Valley Counties League as<br />

they have won all 18 league games on<br />

their way to the league title and<br />

promotion! Their overall winning<br />

sequence extends back to December<br />

2020 – a run of over 30 games in all<br />

competitions.<br />

However, their biggest test is yet to come<br />

when they travel to Badshot Lea on<br />

Sunday 3rd April in the league cup semifinal.<br />

Badshot Lea have already won the<br />

Division 1 title so John Swallow’s side<br />

must bridge a 2-division gap to advance<br />

to the final. However, his side have<br />

already disposed of Division 1 high-fliers<br />

Long Crendon Ladies in the quarter final,<br />

so they’ll go into the game with<br />

confidence.<br />

Anyone interested in joining <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong><br />

Ladies can reach out to either first team<br />

manager Darrel Evans<br />

(dmhhevans@ntlworld.com) or reserve<br />

team manager John Swallow<br />

(swallow127@btinternet.com). Both<br />

teams are on our website, and have their<br />

own twitter feeds (@<strong>Ascot</strong>LadiesFC and<br />

@<strong>Ascot</strong>LadiesRes).<br />

League:<br />

Thames Valley League<br />

Division 3 (East)<br />

Level on Pyramid:<br />

9<br />

Manager:<br />

John Swallow<br />

League position 21/22:<br />

1st (Champions)<br />

Above: Hot-shots Freya Johnson and Clodagh Farrell<br />

Below: Kat Webb


Clockwise from top left: Jam-packed<br />

terrace, Rory Merrick celebrates<br />

netting his penalty, "Locky Love", Sean<br />

McCormack is tripped - the only way to<br />

stop him, midfield general Elliot Carey<br />

gets stuck in, Hero Bouwers sends us<br />

through.<br />

PHOTOZONE


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


Photographs from<br />

recent games are<br />

available via Robert<br />

Mack's website. Visit<br />

his website or for<br />

general enquiries<br />

telephone 07801<br />

298941.


MATCH REPORT ROUNDUP<br />

ASCOT STUN WYCOMBE TO REACH COUNTY CUP FINAL<br />

Ainsworth’s men humbled as Yellamen win on penalties<br />

Tuesday 22nd March 2022 - Berks and Bucks Senior Cup Semi Final - <strong>Ascot</strong><br />

<strong>United</strong> 0 - 0 (3p1) Wycombe Wanderers<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> caused a huge upset by beating League One side Wycombe Wanderers<br />

in the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup Semi Final on Tuesday evening. In front of a clubrecord<br />

crowd of 1,267, Club captain Louis Bouwers scored the decisive penalty to set<br />

up a cup final clash with either Reading or Milton Keynes Dons.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> came into the game off the back of a four-game winless streak; hardly good<br />

preparation to face a side six levels above them on the football pyramid. However,<br />

having caused two shocks in four matches to reach the last four, manager Jamie<br />

Tompkins and his troops harboured hopes of causing an upset to trump all others in<br />

the club’s history.<br />

Littered with quality and first team experience, Wanderers were more than matched<br />

by their hosts and only had Jess Olukolu’s free-kick over the bar to show for their<br />

early endeavours. At the other end, <strong>Ascot</strong> caused their visitors problems as Taylor<br />

Morgan’s shot deflected wide from Sean McCormack’s excellent cross before<br />

creating an almighty goal-mouth scramble which Wanderers somehow survived<br />

soon after.<br />

Chris Ellis produced a fantastic block to deny Sullay Kaikai as Wycombe threatened<br />

again, although <strong>Ascot</strong> nearly had the last laugh of an energetic first half when Tom<br />

Scott’s freekick squirmed away via a deflection at the near post.<br />

With the home fans behind the goal in the second half <strong>Ascot</strong> were roared forwards,<br />

although there were few chances early-on. Scott’s shot was easily saved by visiting<br />

‘keeper Adam Pryzbek midway through the half, and his side were soon forced to<br />

reshuffled when the excellent Adam Everiss hobbled off, but that would only<br />

galvanise Tompkins’ men.<br />

The visitors might have only needed one chance - and so it came when Sam Gray’s<br />

simply outstanding save kept <strong>Ascot</strong> in it late-on - before substitute Duarte Surpanu<br />

fashioned an even later chance at the other end; before penalties ensued. Both<br />

teams missed their opening spot-kicks – but Gray was the hero and Surpanu, Merrick<br />

and then finally Bouwers netted under excruciating tension to send <strong>Ascot</strong> through to<br />

a cup final that they and their fans will be savouring before, during, and after it<br />

happens.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong>: Gray, Lock , Everiss (Surpanu), Carey (Bouwers), Bailey, Ellis,<br />

McCormack, Merrick, Morgan (August), Scott, Masters. Sub unused: Nortey


Clockwise from top left: Keaton<br />

August takes the plaudits, Taylor<br />

Morgan on the attack, penalty box<br />

pandemonium, George Lock<br />

focuses, THAT save from Sam Gray,<br />

more pandemonium as <strong>Ascot</strong><br />

threaten.<br />

PHOTOZONE


PEN PICS AND SPONSORS - ASCOT UNITED<br />

Sam Gray – goalkeeper<br />

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

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

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

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

Josh Masters - defence<br />

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

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

rivals Holyport.<br />

Alex Sykes – goalkeeper<br />

Goalkeeping coach and reliable backup. Has<br />

International experience having played for<br />

the England Futsal team.<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.<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.<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> <strong>United</strong> Allied U18 captain who is<br />

expected to feature for the senior side<br />

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

Elliot Carey - midfield<br />

Fearless, combative midfielder who rejoined<br />

early in 2022. Likes to dominate in the centre<br />

of the park and will leave nothing out on the<br />

pitch.<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.<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 />

Norris


PEN PICS AND SPONSORS - ASCOT UNITED<br />

Dan Price - midfield<br />

Popular attacking midfielder who returns to<br />

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

with a serious knee injury. Previously<br />

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

10 goals.<br />

Sean McCormack - forward<br />

Skilful forward signed from Walton and<br />

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

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

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 <strong>United</strong>, 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.<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.<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 />

Kai Walters - forward<br />

Rejoined early in 2022 having previously<br />

made 30 appearances in 2 previous spells<br />

with the club. Talented player who gives<br />

another attacking option.<br />

Duarte Surpanu - forward<br />

Skilful winger with 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 Town<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 />

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 <strong>United</strong> and Rayners Lane.<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.<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.<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.


Clockwise from top left: U10s mascots<br />

line up, skipper Dan Bailey in<br />

possession, Duarte Surpanu on the<br />

attack in front of a packed Saints<br />

Pavilion, Chris Ellis takes ownership,<br />

more heroes including injured Adam<br />

Everiss, George 'Locks on'.<br />

PHOTOZONE


CLUB HISTORY - ASCOT UNITED<br />

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

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

<strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> but nothing to link them directly to the current club. In 1965, the club had gained permission from the <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> <strong>United</strong> over the years up to 1988, and 1992 the East Berks 7-a-side Association<br />

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

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

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

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


CLUB HISTORY - TADLEY CALLEVA<br />

Ed. says: As taken from our visitor's website, but doesn’t<br />

take account of recent history which included promotion<br />

to Step 5 for 2018/19 when they finished 8th in the Wessex<br />

Premier, before 2 abandoned seasons due to COVID, and<br />

then a lateral transfer to the COCO Premier North for the<br />

2021/22 campaign.<br />

<strong>Tadley</strong> has had a football team since the early 1900’s. In the modern era the team<br />

was re-formed in 1989 and played in the Basingstoke and North Hants Leagues<br />

before winning promotion to the Hampshire League.<br />

The club was formed as <strong>Tadley</strong> F.C. in 1989. They joined the Hampshire League<br />

Division Three in 1994, finishing runners-up in 1995–96, gaining promotion to<br />

Division Two.<br />

The club changed it’s name to <strong>Tadley</strong> Town F.C. in 1999 and joined Division One upon<br />

re-organisation. In 2004, they changed their name to their present name and<br />

entered the Wessex Football League Division Three.<br />

Division Three was re-named Division Two in 2006, and the club finished runners-up<br />

in 2007. In the 2007–08 season, they won the Wessex League Division One title but<br />

were denied promotion as their ground did not meet the requirements for the<br />

Premier Division. The Reserve side was also very successful in the same season by<br />

taking the Wessex Combination League title.<br />

Since then the team has remained in Division One and has steadily been making<br />

progress on and off the field year on year. They narrowly missed out on promotion in<br />

2014-15 and 2015-16 respectively by finishing in 3rd positions in both seasons.<br />

In the 2010–11 campaign they reached the final of the Basingstoke Senior Cup<br />

losing to Thatcham Town 4–1. The club then went on to win the same cup in 2013-14<br />

beating local rivals AFC Aldermaston 3-2 (aet) in the final. In September 2014, the<br />

club recorded probably the best result of its modern history, defeating Conference<br />

South Basingstoke Town on penalties in the Hampshire FA Senior Cup at the Soccer<br />

AM Stadium (formerly ‘The Camrose’) after a 2-2 draw in 90 minutes.


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