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

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Sat 16 Apr 2022<br />

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

Matchday<br />

Programme<br />

Season<br />


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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 />

Rory Merrick<br />

Sam Evans<br />

Sean McCormack<br />

Charlie Morgan<br />

Taylor Morgan<br />

Toby Thompson<br />

Tom Scott<br />

T H E R O Y A L I S T S<br />

White and Black<br />

Conaill Ryan<br />

Eric Sowolona<br />

lewis Francis<br />

Isaac Charles<br />

Luke Paris<br />

Luke Appleton<br />

Matt Stockill<br />

Jake Hammond<br />

Excelence Muhemba<br />

Danny Horscroft<br />

Lindell Stewart<br />

Ben Smyth<br />

Ben Hall<br />

Tom Hennah<br />

Morgan Cooper<br />

Pawel Kotwica<br />

Jamie Tompkins<br />

Dan Masters<br />

Jamie Ashdown<br />

Bjorn Dunkley<br />

Steve Quelch<br />

Chad Smith<br />

Gavin<br />

Collins<br />

Manager<br />

Asst. Manager<br />

GK Coach<br />

Coach<br />

Coach<br />

Therapist<br />

Match Officials<br />

Gareth<br />

Burton<br />

Mark Cooper<br />

Luke Brooks-Smith<br />

Craig Turner<br />

Malcolm Williams<br />

Garry<br />

Collins<br />

Last Match:<br />

Hanworth Villa<br />

H<br />

Tue 5 Apr<br />

1-1<br />

COCO<br />

Next Match: Abbey Rangers H Mon 18 Apr<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 />

<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 />

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

Scores and Stats<br />

* Pen Pics<br />

* Match reports - Allied U18 round up from 3 matches!<br />

* Club histories<br />

* Plus more


Simon Negus<br />

Chairman<br />

A warm welcome to <strong>Windsor</strong> for<br />

today's Cherry Red Records<br />

Combined Counties League<br />

Premier Division North fixture.<br />

A warm welcome to you all for todays Combined Counties match… I hope your<br />

Easter weekend has been good so far, and you get to see a great game today.<br />

We are proud to provide football at <strong>Ascot</strong> Utd from four years old in our<br />

Foundation Academy right through to our two veterans teams. With 75 teams<br />

being fielded on a weekly basis (all run by volunteers), we hope to be able to<br />

provide a safe and enjoyable environment for ALL players whatever their<br />

standard or aspiration. We can provide a clear pathway through to Senior<br />

Adult Football for boys and girls, but equally importantly we can provide<br />

community football for those boys and girls who prefer that approach. Our<br />

Ladies section has been hugely successful this season and with the girls<br />

section being the fastest growing in the club, we expect this success to<br />

continue in the future. Our Vets section is also growing and it’s been great to<br />

see so many of them volunteering at the club.<br />

With the help from the local community and The Football Foundation, our<br />

facilities at The Racecourse have really developed over the past few years<br />

mainly under the stewardship of my predecessor Mike Harrison. We are<br />

rightly proud of what has been built, but are constantly challenging ourselves<br />

to keep moving forward and developing. Watch this space…<br />

We are all looking forward to our County Senior Cup Final against Reading <strong>FC</strong> -<br />

this is on 7th May and tickets are available now from our website. We hope to<br />

take a large crowd of supporters to Slough for what’s sure to be a great event -<br />

clearly we start as the underdogs but we’re not just there to make up the<br />

numbers, and as we saw in the semi final anything is possible. I know JT will<br />

be keen to ensure we go into the game with confidence which is why the game<br />

today is so important.<br />

I hope you enjoy your afternoon and hope to see you again soon. Simon


Welcome to the players, officials<br />

and supporters of <strong>Windsor</strong>. Enjoy<br />

the game!<br />

Jamie Tompkins<br />

First Team Manager<br />

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

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

The players have had some time away to recover, relax and reset for the end of<br />

season run in and in preparation for our final. We are back in action and looking<br />

forward to playing with fresh legs in the team to continue our unbeaten run of 6<br />

games.<br />

We were very encouraged with our performance against league winners Hanworth<br />

Villa and I felt we had more than matched them on the night. A late goal secured a<br />

point and was the reward for the energy, bravery and quality of possession<br />

throughout the game. If only we had scored 10/15 minutes earlier…<br />

Last Monday evening, we found out it will be Reading <strong>FC</strong> in the County Cup Final and<br />

the game will be played on Saturday 7th May, at Slough Town <strong>FC</strong>. I hope to see another<br />

big following from around the club and be our 12th man on the day so get your tickets<br />

early to avoid disappointment! (tickets available on our website).<br />

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

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

Enjoy the game! Jamie<br />

ASCOT UNITED <strong>FC</strong> 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 />


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

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

ON COURSE!<br />

With Programme Editor Neal Jeffs<br />

Welcome to the players, officials and<br />

supporters of <strong>Windsor</strong> for this Cherry Red<br />

Records Combined Counties League Premier<br />

Division North match.<br />

Happy<br />

reading, and<br />

enjoy the<br />

game! Neal<br />

Welcome to The Racecourse as we run into towards the end of our league<br />

programme. Given our games on Easter Saturday and Monday you will see the<br />

content of the programme is fairly similar for both matches. We’re guaranteed a<br />

top-six finish and with a fair wind we might even finish 5th or even higher<br />

especially as we play Abbey Rangers and Egham Town in our run-in. <strong>Windsor</strong><br />

easily beat us in the reserve fixture having already lost to us in the County Cup<br />

and they’ll be looking to cement a top-half finish. Abbey Rangers beat us 1-0 last<br />

month in a frustrating night for us so we’ll no doubt be looking to avenge that<br />

result. However, I know the cup final will be in the back of our players’ minds and<br />

with the squad being stretched recently it’ll be understandable if we rest a few<br />

players and maybe bring some of the Allied U18s into the team for experience.<br />


the image to visit the<br />

ticketing portal for the<br />

Berks and Bucks Cup<br />

Final!<br />

Looking around the leagues it seems likely that the 4 teams [I believe] being<br />

promoted from the Combined Counties Division 1 to our level (ordinarily 2 into<br />

Premier North and 2 into Premier South) will be Hilltop, London Lions, Rayners<br />

Lane and Wallingford Town. Whether they end up being spread into the Premier<br />

Division North and South depends on geography – Wallingford being an outlier in<br />

my opinion. The first 3 clubs are all North-West London based so there could be<br />

some reshuffling between Premier North and South to accommodate, but there<br />

are still many variables before the end of season shake-up. Finally, remember to<br />

get your tickets booked for the 7th May – let’s fill Arbour Park with noise! Enjoy<br />

the Easter weekend and don’t eat too much chocolate. Neal


Date Opposition<br />

H/A Comp Result Att<br />

Scorers<br />

06-Aug Holyport<br />

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

14-Aug Southall<br />

A COCO 0-5 50<br />

17-Aug Tadley Calleva<br />

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

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

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

28-Aug Reading City<br />

H COCO 2-2<br />

Laflin 2<br />

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

Laflin 2<br />

04-Sep Hythe Town<br />

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

11-Sep Hengrove Athletic<br />

A FAV 1Q 2-0<br />

August, Laflin<br />

18-Sep Wembley<br />

H COCO 1-1*<br />

Laflin<br />

21-Sep <strong>Windsor</strong><br />

H BBT 1Q 3-1 120 T. Morgan 2, Laflin<br />

25-Sep Tadley Calleva<br />

A FAV 2Q 4-1<br />

August, Bailey, McCormack, Nortey<br />

28-Sep Burnham<br />

H COCO 5-0<br />

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

02-Oct Edgware Town<br />

A COCO 4-2<br />

Laflin, August, Bailey, T. Morgan<br />

09-Oct North Greenford <strong>United</strong> H COCO 3-2 101 Laflin 2, McCormack<br />

16-Oct <strong>Windsor</strong><br />

A COCO 1-3<br />

Everiss<br />

23-Oct Wallingford Town<br />

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

Nortey, Laflin<br />

30-Oct Egham Town<br />

A COCO 1-1<br />

Nortey<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 />

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

20-Nov St Panteleimon<br />

H COCO 3-1<br />

Laflin 2, T. Morgan<br />

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

August 2, Bailey<br />

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

Laflin 2, August<br />

04-Dec Southall<br />

H COCO 2-2<br />

Laflin 2<br />

18-Dec Reading City<br />

A COCO 2-3<br />

T. Morgan, Scott<br />

27-Dec Wokingham/Emmbrook H COCO 4-2 159 Gutteridge 2, Bailey, Scott<br />

15-Jan Wembley<br />

A COCO 2-1<br />

T. Morgan, Bailey<br />

22-Jan Edgware Town<br />

H COCO 3-1<br />

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

25-Jan Thatcham Town<br />

H BBT 2 3-0<br />

Laflin 2, Bailey<br />

29-Jan Spelthorne Sports<br />

A COCO 2-1<br />

Laflin, Surpanu<br />

05-Feb St Panteleimon<br />

A COCO 3-2<br />

Laflin, Surpanu, Scott<br />

22-Feb Didcot Town<br />

A BBT QF 3-1 197 T. Morgan 2, McCormack<br />

26-Feb Burnham<br />

A COCO 4-0<br />

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

01-Mar Holyport<br />

H COCO 1-0<br />

T. Morgan<br />

05-Mar Virginia Water<br />

H COCO 1-1<br />

Surpanu<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 Tadley Calleva<br />

H COCO 2-2<br />

August, T. Morgan<br />

29-Mar Virginia Water<br />

A COCO 2-0<br />

Surpanu, McCormack<br />

02-Apr North Greenford <strong>United</strong> A COCO 3-0 Richardson, C. Morgan, O.G.<br />

05-Apr Hanworth Villa<br />

H COCO 1-1 McCormack<br />

16-Apr <strong>Windsor</strong><br />

H COCO<br />

18-Apr Abbey Rangers<br />

H COCO<br />

23-Apr Egham Town<br />

H COCO<br />

07-May Reading <strong>FC</strong><br />

N BBT F<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


Midweek results:<br />

Today's fixtures:<br />

Looking ahead:


Combined Counties League Premier Division North<br />

P W D L GD PTS<br />

1 Hanworth Villa 33 29 4 0 70 91<br />

2 Southall 31 22 4 5 49 70<br />

3 Egham Town 31 18 8 5 25 62<br />

4 Abbey Rangers 30 20 1 9 24 61<br />

5 <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> 31 16 8 7 18 56<br />

6 North Greenford <strong>United</strong> 31 17 4 10 36 55<br />

7 Edgware Town 31 12 7 12 11 43<br />

8 <strong>Windsor</strong> 32 12 7 13 -1 43<br />

9 Reading City 32 11 8 13 -3 41<br />

10 St Panteleimon 30 11 5 14 2 38<br />

11 Tadley Calleva 31 11 5 15 -1 38<br />

12 Spelthorne Sports 32 11 5 16 -7 38<br />

13 Burnham 33 9 7 17 -46 34<br />

14 Wembley 34 9 6 19 -24 33<br />

15 Virginia Water 33 9 4 20 -27 31<br />

16 Wokingham & Emmbrook 32 7 6 19 -22 27<br />

17 CB Hounslow <strong>United</strong> 33 7 4 22 -66 25<br />

18 Holyport 32 7 3 22 -38 24<br />

Combined Counties League Premier Division South<br />

P W D L GD PTS<br />

1 Beckenham Town 35 27 5 3 70 86<br />

2 Walton & Hersham 36 26 7 3 59 85<br />

3 Raynes Park Vale 35 23 6 6 53 75<br />

4 Jersey Bulls 35 21 9 5 59 72<br />

5 Badshot Lea 35 21 9 5 47 72<br />

6 Redhill 35 19 9 7 32 66<br />

7 Horley Town 35 17 6 12 4 57<br />

8 Sheerwater 36 15 5 16 -10 50<br />

9 Balham 33 13 5 15 4 44<br />

10 Camberley Town 36 13 5 18 -13 44<br />

11 Farnham Town 35 12 6 17 -8 42<br />

12 Knaphill 36 9 15 12 -13 42<br />

13 Cobham 35 10 10 15 -9 40<br />

14 Colliers Wood <strong>United</strong> 36 11 5 20 -21 38<br />

15 Guildford City 35 10 6 19 -30 36<br />

16 Fleet Town 35 11 2 22 -22 35<br />

17 Frimley Green 34 10 5 19 -34 35<br />

18 A<strong>FC</strong> Croydon Athletic 36 7 11 18 -35 32<br />

19 Banstead Athletic 34 5 6 23 -47 21<br />

20 Molesey 35 2 6 27 -86 12


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 40 8 40 8<br />

D Bailey 39 6 68 10<br />

L Bouwers 24 - 170 11<br />

E Carey 5 - 55 4<br />

I Davies 17 1 76 36<br />

J Denton 29 3 205 22<br />

C Ellis 28 - 85 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 43 - 129 -<br />

M Gutteridge 2 2 25 4<br />

A Hall 2 - 2 -<br />

R Hamid 12 1 12 1<br />

J Harper 12 - 12 -<br />

H Laflin 30 29 139 81<br />

G Lock 39 5 163 10<br />

J Masters 25 - 33 -<br />

S McCormack 39 9 39 9<br />

R Merrick 18 - 38 -<br />

C Morgan 2 - 2 -<br />

T Morgan 36 13 52 16<br />

J Nice 3 - 5 1<br />

D Nortey 23 3 23 3<br />

D Price 2 - 46 10<br />

J Richardson 9 - 73 12<br />

T Scott 27 5 27 5<br />

D Surpanu 40 5 47 7<br />

A Sykes 2 - 3 -<br />

J Tarrant 1 - 1 -<br />

T Thompson 3 - 3 -<br />

D Walden 5 - 5 -<br />

K Walters 4 - 34 3<br />

625 92 1,731 257<br />

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Allied Counties Champion of Champions Cup –<br />

Tuesday 12th April<br />

Strong opposition, Injuries and absences prove too much<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> 0<br />

Didcot Town 4<br />

Click here for league table<br />

Champions Cup<br />

The Champion of champions trophy involving the 5 winners of the<br />

Allied leagues, in a knockout competition, began last week when<br />

Didcot town beat Farnham to setup a semi final with the Yellamen.<br />

The game came during the Easter holiday period and with 2-3<br />

players away and a couple of key injuries, the <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> team<br />

had a huge mountain to climb.<br />

Didcot (aka Procision academy) started the game showing they<br />

were a well oiled and well drilled team, however it was <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong><br />

that had the early chances. In fact with better finishing <strong>Ascot</strong> could<br />

have been at least 2-3 goals to the good. Three times the attackers<br />

had one on one chances but each time failed to hit the target and<br />

on other occasions when the target was hit the ball was struck<br />

directly at the keeper or blocked.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> were likely to rue these 5 or 6 chances and so this proved. Four poor individual errors by <strong>Ascot</strong> players in a rampant 20 minute spell from the<br />

Didcot team finished the game off, even before the half time whistle blew. On 25 mins a long ball upfield which should have been intercepted in the<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> Midfield was inexplicably let bounce. This surprised the defenders, who it evaded and the Didcot attacker couldn’t believe his luck, as he ran<br />

on to the bouncing ball and lobbed the on rushing <strong>Ascot</strong> keeper.<br />

A few minutes later it was two when a ball across the back line was miscontrolled. The advancing Didcot player took full advantage taking the ball<br />

forward and then sat down two sprawling defenders before slotting the ball past the keeper. Some of the <strong>Ascot</strong> players seemed to be shell shocked<br />

with these two quick goals and it soon became 3. A high line of <strong>Ascot</strong> defenders seemed to be in control as the ball was played over the top, but as<br />

the appeal for offside was called for, a deep lying player played everyone onside, allowing a free run in on goal and a cool finish past the keeper.<br />

At 3-0 the game was almost over and a 4th just before half time finished what faint hopes the <strong>Ascot</strong> fans had. The young yellamen were caught in<br />

possession about 25 years from goal. The Didcot attacker still had much to do however as he ran into the area but using three defenders as a<br />

screen the attacker curled a lovely effort passed the Diving keeper and the 3 defenders, into the far corner of the net. The half time whistle couldn’t<br />

come soon enough to give a chance for the management team to get the <strong>Ascot</strong> players minds re-focussed.<br />

No changes at half time and <strong>Ascot</strong> again started brightly with 2-3 well worked shots but again every shot were straight at the keeper or wide of the<br />

target. The Didcot movement and ball play continued to cause <strong>Ascot</strong> real problems however the Yellamen did begin to show some fight and spirit,<br />

as a few substitutions were made.<br />

Credit to some of the players who although fighting a losing battle continued to try and make something happen for <strong>Ascot</strong> but the effort was left<br />

unrewarded. It was however Didcot that came closest to scoring through the second half hitting the woodwork twice. The young Yellamen managed<br />

to avoid conceding any more and were probably slightly unlucky not to score at least one themselves as the half progressed!<br />

Procision academy at Didcot Town however fully deserved the win and some of the younger <strong>Ascot</strong> players will hopefully learn from this. Individual<br />

errors at this level will be punished against good teams and Didcot were excellent. On this showing they are very likely to go on and win this<br />

competition. Management will probably wonder this morning, on reflection, ‘what could have been’, with a full and fully fit team.<br />

Next game: Tuesday 19th April @ The Racecourse, <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> Youth u18 v Badshot Lea u18, Allied Counties Subsidiary Cup


Allied Counties Subsidiary Cup – Tuesday 5th April Wokingham U18 v <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> U18<br />

Youth Champions brought back to earth<br />

After the triumphant league title celebration <strong>Ascot</strong> returned to action in the Allied<br />

Counties Subsidiary Cup. Drawn in a group made up of the Yellamen along with<br />

Wokingham, <strong>Windsor</strong>, Aldershot and Badshot Lea their first test was a tricky away trip to<br />

Wokingham who were the only team to defeat <strong>Ascot</strong> in their league title success.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> started with a much changed team and a number of under 16 players coming into<br />

the squad Against an older, physical Wokingham side it was always a tough ask.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> started brightly but with few chances and the long ball game employed to try and<br />

allow for the bumpy pitch and to utilise the pace out wide for the Yellamen, the game had<br />

few early chances.<br />

In fact it was from an <strong>Ascot</strong> attack that Wokingham opened the scoring with a quick break<br />

down their right side before a cross was tuned passed keeper Docherty at the near post.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> continued to struggle on the pitch but kept battling and managed to start creating a<br />

bit more. It was Wokingham however who doubled their lead on 35 minutes when their<br />

centre forward who had been kept quiet for so long found a yard of space and from 20<br />

yards turned and hit a low powerful drive past the <strong>Ascot</strong> defence, who could only watch as<br />

the ball flew in!<br />

Half time at 2-0, which was an improvement on the last visit to Wokingham, but meant<br />

there was a lot of work to do in the second half.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> began the second as they had in the first but this time managed to half the deficit<br />

when on 56 minutes Fairbairn broke the offside trip and the <strong>Windsor</strong> high line, bearing<br />

down on the keeper and struck the ball goal ward. Although the keeper got a strong block,<br />

the ball trickled towards goal and eventually and agonisingly in to the net.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> made some subs to try and save the game. This lifted <strong>Ascot</strong> but as they took more<br />

chances, gaps opened and after a soft free kick was given away, out wide, the subsequent<br />

free kick was crossed in and through a bundle of players a Wokingham head reached the<br />

ball. There seemed no danger but in the confusion of bodies it seemed to elude <strong>Ascot</strong>’s<br />

substitute keeper and bounce somehow into the corner of <strong>Ascot</strong>s goal.<br />

At 3-1 down <strong>Ascot</strong> had no answer and could not get back into the game and the jinx of<br />

playing away at Wokingham struck again.<br />

Full Time – Wokingham U18 Youth 3 <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> Youth 1


Allied Counties Subsidiary Cup – Thursday 7th April: <strong>Windsor</strong> v <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> U18<br />

Youth – Red card and late goal seals dramatic win<br />

There was no time to dwell on the defeat to Wokingham as just 2 days later the young Yellamen travelled a short<br />

distance for a local derby with <strong>Windsor</strong>.<br />

In front of big crowd of roughly 150+ with huge support for both teams, larger than many adult non-league teams<br />

get, the derby did not fail to live up to expectations with bookings, a sending off, drama, physical battles and a late<br />

winning goal.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> were able to field a stronger team than was available on Tuesday and although still missing a few through<br />

injury and illness the team started off very much on the front foot. After 20 minutes due to good goalkeeping, poor<br />

finishing and some <strong>Windsor</strong> luck the score remained at 0-0. By this time if it had been 3-0 to the young Yellamen<br />

there could have been no complaints from either team.<br />

It was however <strong>Windsor</strong> that took the lead on 25 minutes when a strike from 25 yards flew past the despairing dive<br />

of the replacement <strong>Ascot</strong> keeper Nathan and into the top corner of the net. This seemed to shock <strong>Ascot</strong> and 2<br />

minutes later only a fantastic last ditch tackle stopped <strong>Windsor</strong> going 2 up. Chances dried up for <strong>Ascot</strong> and <strong>Windsor</strong><br />

gained confidence but the score remained 1-0 at half time.<br />

No changes at the break but some strange referee decisions (even stranger than the first half) seemed to disjoint<br />

the game in the second half. These strange moments by the officials were encapsulated in a decision in55 minutes<br />

when Hall was clear through on goal and a sliding <strong>Windsor</strong> defender took his legs away as he was about to shoot.<br />

The large appeals from <strong>Ascot</strong> and the despairing look on the faces of <strong>Windsor</strong> staff and players was a clear<br />

indication of what had to be an obvious penalty, but the ref waved play on. This sparked an altercation in the box and<br />

in the melee a red card was brandished by the ref. Initially it looked as if Hall and Jones had both been sent off but<br />

once the confusion had calmed it transpired that it was just Hall dismissed for what the ref described as “baiting”.<br />

Being down to 10 men and feeling hard done by appeared to suddenly inspire <strong>Ascot</strong> and the game dynamic<br />

changed. The young Yellamen suddenly began to fight, battle and press far more than they had earlier. On 70<br />

minutes Pandhor got a deserved equaliser when the ball came to him about 15 yards out and he struck a shot firmly<br />

past the keeper.<br />

This only went to push 10 man <strong>Ascot</strong> on further and with subs coming on, the game became end to end with both<br />

teams having half chances to score but with the Yellamen undoubtedly having the far better of the game. <strong>Windsor</strong><br />

players obviously sensed they were vulnerable and a number of their players went down looking for the ref to stop<br />

the game. Much to <strong>Ascot</strong>’s frustration the officials seemed to stop play far more than many others possibly would<br />

have.<br />

As 90 minutes ticked passed no one was sure how many minutes the referee would add on and certainly nobody<br />

expected him to add 11-12 minutes that he eventually did.<br />

The drama wasn’t over however, when on 94 minutes a free kick from Thompson was lofted towards the edge of the<br />

<strong>Windsor</strong> area and a few defenders tried to clear. One of these clearances came off a <strong>Windsor</strong> head and deflected<br />

into the feet of Bailey. <strong>Windsor</strong> claimed offside position but he was undoubtedly played on by the fact it was a<br />

defender who played it through to him.<br />

He drove into the box and struck a ball across gaol where Hurdwell and a defender challenged and the ball<br />

deflected into the net. Scenes of celebration ensued similar to the Westfield celebrations a few weeks back. While<br />

the ref tried to get the <strong>Ascot</strong> players back on the pitch and away from the celebrating subs and fans, <strong>Windsor</strong><br />

surrounded the linesman appealing for the offside. A nervous few seconds for the <strong>Ascot</strong> faithful was relieved when<br />

the goal was rightly awarded.<br />

With such a late gaol <strong>Windsor</strong> went all out attack. Somehow the officials found another 8 minutes of injury time and<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> lived off their nerves with some last ditch challenges and clearances but in the 12th minute of injury time the<br />

ref blew the final whistle to end an incident packed game.<br />

Full Time – <strong>Windsor</strong> Youth 1 – <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> Youth 2

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Last-gasp McCormack goal salvages 1-1 draw against champions Villa<br />

Tuesday 5th April 2022 - Combined Counties League Premier Division North - <strong>Ascot</strong><br />

<strong>United</strong> 1 - 1 Hanworth Villa<br />

Sean McCormack rescued a point for <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> as The Yellamen came<br />

from a goal down to draw 1-1 with unbeaten league champions Hanworth<br />

Villa on Tuesday evening. Trailing 1-0 at the break, The Yellamen produced a<br />

dominant second half performance to become one of just four teams to take<br />

points off Villa this season.<br />

After a frantic start from both sides it was the visitors who took an early lead<br />

when Sami Gagan’s header from a tenth minute corner gave home ‘ keeper<br />

Sam Gray no chance.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> enjoyed spells of good possession with McCormack involved in the<br />

thick of it, and he might have drawn <strong>Ascot</strong> level just before half-time only to<br />

sting the palms of visiting ‘keeper Terry Buss; a man proving hard to beat as<br />

Villa had kept clean sheets in their five previous games.<br />

Aiming to preserve their own decent run of just two defeats in seventeen<br />

matches coming into the game, <strong>Ascot</strong> came out firing in the second half and<br />

after chances for Morgan who almost caught out Buss, McCormack, and then<br />

man-of-the match Tom Scott whose show was well saved, McCormack<br />

deservedly levelled post with virtually the last kick of the game. This time, he<br />

was on hand to capitalize on an uncharacteristic error from Buss to slide<br />

home at the far post to the delight of the majority of the 150-plus crowd.<br />

There was little time for the home side to force a winner, but they<br />

nonetheless joined an elite group containing only Burnham, Edgware and<br />

Wokingham who can boast of drawing with the seemingly invincible<br />

champions.<br />

The Yellamen are now not in action until Easter Saturday when they entertain<br />

local rivals <strong>Windsor</strong> <strong>FC</strong>.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong>: Gray, Lock, Masters, Scott, Bouwers, Bailey, McCormack,<br />

Surpanu (Hall), T. Morgan, August, C. Morgan. Subs unused: Richardson,<br />

Sykes, Nortey


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 />



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 <strong>Windsor</strong> <strong>FC</strong> 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 <strong>Windsor</strong> <strong>FC</strong> 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 />

<strong>FC</strong>.<br />

James Richardson - forward<br />

Former England schoolboys international<br />

who returned in 2022 for his 2nd spell at<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> after gaining experience at higherlevel<br />

Chesham <strong>United</strong>. Hugely talented with<br />

dazzling skills and weighs in with important<br />

goals.<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.


<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 <strong>Windsor</strong> 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!


Summer 2011 and it’s rather ironic that 100 years of senior football<br />

at Stag Meadow should be celebrated by the birth of a brand new<br />

club, <strong>Windsor</strong> <strong>FC</strong>, which came to be following the sad demise after<br />

118 years of <strong>Windsor</strong> & Eton <strong>FC</strong>.<br />

During the final death throes of the previous club it became apparent, following several<br />

well attended supporters’ meetings, that the will was there to continue to host a senior<br />

football club in <strong>Windsor</strong> for the community to embrace and, therefore, on February 4th<br />

2011 W<strong>FC</strong> Football Community Development Ltd was registered with Companies House<br />

with the aim of achieving that objective. Founding Director Kevin Stott and a newlyappointed<br />

management committee then set about the long and sometimes arduous task<br />

of turning that dream into a reality.<br />

A business plan centred around self-sustainability was formulated and presented to the<br />

Football Association which eventually led to acceptance for the new club at level 5 of the<br />

non-league system and an allocation to compete in the Premier Division of the Cherry<br />

Red Records Combined Counties League for season 2011/12. Now the new club had been<br />

accepted it needed a name and invitations were extended to the people of <strong>Windsor</strong> to<br />

nominate and then vote on the new naming process and thus <strong>Windsor</strong> <strong>FC</strong> was born.<br />

Self-sustaining and community are the two key elements behind the ethos of the new<br />

setup and the provision of a 3rd generation artificial surface training area/small-sided<br />

games pitches at the Great Park end of the ground, when completed, will form the first<br />

brick in the foundations of the self-sustainability module as well as providing a muchneeded<br />

facility for the community to use. The other main development thus far on the<br />

community side is welcoming on board the 34 teams and over 300 players of New<br />

<strong>Windsor</strong> Youth <strong>FC</strong> who will now be known as <strong>Windsor</strong> <strong>FC</strong> Youth, adopting the club badge<br />

and colours and providing a progression pathway from small-sided through to senior<br />

football for the youth of the town of <strong>Windsor</strong>.<br />

Other innovative community involvement schemes saw a charity partner displayed on<br />

our shirts instead of a sponsors’ name and we were proud to be involved with Alexander<br />

Devine Children’s Hospice Service.<br />

We continue to support both local and national charities by way of our Free Entry<br />

matches, most recently fundraising for the <strong>Windsor</strong> Homeless Project.<br />

We also have our very own club mascot ‘Scotty the Stag’ who regularly appears at local<br />

school fetes and other events publicising the club as well as supporting the fund raising<br />

activities of the club in general. In his spare time Scotty is becoming a bit of a celebrity<br />

taking part in races such as the Mascot Grand National and despite some close finishes<br />

is yet to claim his first win but if medals were given for effort then Scotty would be No.1 on<br />

the podium! (continued on next page...)


(continued from previous page) Our founding season turned out to be a very exciting one,<br />

eventually finishing as runners-up to worthy Champions Guildford City in the league and<br />

we also made it to the semi-finals of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy so it was close but<br />

no silverware to show for it, although that is not entirely true as Ryan O’Toole won the<br />

Golden Boot as top scorer in the Premier Division and Hayden Wheelers’ efforts in editing<br />

our programme led to it being voted best programme in the Premier Division.<br />

Several weeks into season 2012/2013 a major decision to operate without a budget was<br />

taken to free up funds for the regeneration plans at the ground and the management<br />

team and all but three of the playing squad left immediately. Mick Woodham was<br />

appointed as our new manager and had two days to get together a squad before our next<br />

league game. Despite some heavy defeats early in his tenure as he built a squad of local<br />

youngsters the club never lost faith and Mick eventually put together a squad that was to<br />

finish a very creditable 6th in the league as well as another appearance in the semifinals<br />

of the county Senior Trophy competition whilst our Under 18’s side made it all the<br />

way to the CCL’s Grant McLellan Youth Cup Final eventually losing to a very strong<br />

Camberley Town side.<br />

Recognition from the league away from football itself was achieved with a Groundsman<br />

of the Year award for the CCL and this was added to in August 2013 when our groundsman<br />

Lewis Clements won the FA Groundsman of the Year Award for the whole of Step 5 and 6<br />

football nationally, something both he and the club are justifiably proud of whilst also<br />

giving some extra publicity to the CCL.<br />

This building process continued in 2013/14, and it was in this season that Mick Woodham<br />

guided us to our first ever trophy. A resounding 3-0 victory over Reading Town in the<br />

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy Final. The success was repeated the following season when<br />

Woodham’s young guns defeated a talented Flackwell Heath side 3-2 in the final at<br />

Burnham <strong>FC</strong>’s Gore ground.<br />

The football club experimented with a Senior Reserve side for one season before<br />

committing to a long-term link up with the Cox Green Academy and the re-focusing on an<br />

Under 18 team. The aim to offer a clear path to all youngsters to the Senior First team.<br />

Over the past two seasons this approach has paid huge dividends. In 2017/18 <strong>Windsor</strong> <strong>FC</strong><br />

made it through seven rounds of the FA Vase before losing to eventual runners-up<br />

Stockton Town in the Quarter Finals.<br />

2018/19 saw another good FA Vase run making it through to the last 16 and a top 6 finish<br />

in the league. At the end of the season manager Mick Woodham decided to leave the club<br />

which saw the appointment of Mark Cooper as manager.<br />

Both 2019/20 and 2020/21 were seriously disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic leaving<br />

Cooper and his team two incomplete seasons.<br />

2021/22 will hopefully see a full season completed with Cooper in charge with the<br />

chance to show what his squad is capable of.


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