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

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Tue 16 Aug 2022<br />

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

Alex Sykes (GK)<br />

Sam Gray (GK)<br />

Jamie Ashdown (GK)<br />

Adam Everiss<br />

Brendan Matthew<br />

Dan Bailey<br />

Dan Price<br />

Elliott Carey<br />

George Lock<br />

Harry Grant<br />

Harry Laflin<br />

Harry Tucker<br />

Jay Welch<br />

Jordan Ajanlekoko<br />

Josh Masters<br />

Kai Walters<br />

Keaton August<br />

Louis Bouwers<br />

Marcus Mealing<br />

Ollie Harris<br />

Rory Merrick<br />

Sean McCormack<br />

Toby Thompson<br />

Usman Lalustani<br />

T H E B L U E S<br />

Grey and Red<br />

Sam House (GK)<br />

Ademide Baruwa<br />

Sam Molyneaux<br />

Georgie Brown<br />

Nico Campbell<br />

Joe Mills<br />

Charlie Mitchell<br />

Jack Blackman<br />

Rob Hastings<br />

Harry McCorkell<br />

Samir Shaffi<br />

Dan Clifton<br />

Mason McBride<br />

Christopher Martin Thomas<br />

Samuel Brown<br />

Jeffrey Twumasi<br />

Elliott Byrne<br />

Jake Sobalak<br />

Harvey Killeen<br />

Sammy Olanipekun<br />

Perry Price<br />

George Harmes<br />

Austin Schofield<br />

Ryan Burke<br />

Simeon Beckford<br />

Lewis Logan<br />

Harrison Okwu<br />

Jamie Tompkins Manager Paul Mills / Gary Brown<br />

Dan Masters Asst. Manager<br />

Jamie Ashdown GK Coach Mark Warwick<br />

Steve Quelch Coach Terry Schofield<br />

Stuart Britton Coach Simon Wright<br />

Chad Smith Physio Dino Pashias<br />

Reece<br />

Woodham<br />

Match Officials<br />

Daniel<br />

Bishop<br />

Charles<br />

Walker<br />

Last Match:<br />

Windsor<br />

A<br />

Sat 13 Aug<br />

5-1<br />

COCO<br />

Next Match: Holyport A Sat 20 Aug<br />



Racecourse Ground, Winkfield Road, <strong>Ascot</strong>, SL5 7LJ<br />

Chairman: Simon Negus<br />

Club Secretary: Dan Birchmore<br />

Director of Football: Neil Richards<br />

1st Team Manager: Jamie Tompkins<br />

Assistant Manager: Dan Masters<br />

Coaches: Stuart Britton, 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 />

Physio: Chad Smith<br />

Marketing Manager: Abi Ticehurst<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 and Programme: Neal Jeffs<br />

Directors:<br />

Doug Page<br />

Mark Cooper<br />

Rob Jones<br />

Donna Graham<br />

Phil Wray<br />

Graham Jones


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

<strong>Greenford</strong> <strong>United</strong> for today's<br />

Cherry Red Records Combined<br />

Counties League Premier<br />

Simon Negus<br />

Chairman<br />

Welcome to The Racecourse for this evenings Combined Counties League game<br />

and a special welcome to our visitors from <strong>North</strong> <strong>Greenford</strong>.<br />

The season has started very strongly for Jamie and the first team, with Cup and<br />

League wins. We hope to maintain the positive momentum tonight ahead of<br />

what could be a very busy few weeks on the pitch - our new signings seem to<br />

have settled in well alongside some older faces, and we are playing attractive<br />

football.<br />

We are still a couple of weeks away from the start of the season for our Juniors<br />

and Ladies sections, but it’s been great to see many of them in pre-season<br />

action - we will be fielding a record number of teams this year (over 80), and as<br />

the club grows we need to make sure we have the structures in place to support<br />

all of our volunteers. The hours and hours of work that my Board colleagues and<br />

wider volunteers put in on a weekly basis is remarkable, all supported by our<br />

hard working staff.<br />

A quick reminder - our popular Holiday Camps continue for another couple of<br />

weeks, all bookable via the website.<br />

Enjoy the game this evening. Simon


Jamie Tompkins<br />

First Team Manager<br />

Welcome to the players, officials<br />

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

<strong>Greenford</strong> <strong>United</strong>. Enjoy the<br />

game!<br />

Good evening everyone<br />

Welcome back to the Racecourse Ground for our second league game of the<br />

season.<br />

We are approaching this term on a game by game basis and remain focused on<br />

the task at hand. Our derby day win against Windsor on Saturday was an<br />

encouraging performance, and delighted for Brendan scoring a hat-trick on his<br />

league debut for the club, but we quickly move onto the next game knowing we<br />

need to prepare right for <strong>North</strong> <strong>Greenford</strong> <strong>United</strong>.<br />

Our opponents were unstoppable at times last season, a young, energetic,<br />

fearless and talented team that had an attacking mind set with the aim of outscoring<br />

every other team but at the cost of conceded many goals. The game we<br />

played here at home was a very entertaining spectacle ending with us winning 3-<br />

2. We expect a very similar type of game this evening.<br />

We look forward to seeing and hearing more great support tonight, and to the<br />

make the most of the game seeing as our next five games are away! But I am sure<br />

that won’t stop you following the team and we thank those who made the short<br />

trip to Windsor on the weekend, we appreciate your fantastic support.<br />

Enjoy the game! Jamie<br />


Dan Masters<br />

Assistant Manager<br />

Jamie Ashdown<br />

Goalkeeping Coach<br />

Stuart Britton<br />

Strength/Con. Coach<br />

Steve Quelch<br />

Coach<br />

Chad Smith<br />


W E L C O M E T O T H E B L U E S<br />

W E L C O M E T O T H E B L U E S<br />

ON COURSE!<br />

With Programme Editor Neal Jeffs<br />

Welcome to the players, officials and<br />

supporters of <strong>North</strong> <strong>Greenford</strong> <strong>United</strong> for this<br />

Cherry Red Records Combined Counties<br />

League Premier Division <strong>North</strong> match.<br />

Happy<br />

reading, and<br />

enjoy the<br />

game! Neal<br />

One league match down, 37 to go! Last weekend’s result and performance was<br />

excellent and even more impressive given the heat that we kept pushing for the<br />

full 90 minutes. One thing that is clear is that if we are to sustain our position it<br />

will be a squad effort as we won’t be able to do it off 15-16 players as we will need<br />

the depth to see us through the inevitable injuries, suspensions and<br />

unavailabilities. Our bench was super-strong on Saturday and all five of them<br />

played their part. Delayed congrats to Jamie [Ashdown] for becoming a father<br />

again after the birth of Riley James, hopefully the sleep deprivation won’t impact<br />

performances between the sticks! Last weekend, <strong>North</strong> <strong>Greenford</strong> lost at home<br />

against Reading City (3-2) but we shouldn’t forget the are a strong side who led<br />

the table last season before eventually falling away.<br />

DID YOU KNOW: <strong>Ascot</strong> 'keeper<br />

Jamie Ashdown featured for<br />

Oxford <strong>United</strong> during his<br />

professional career. On his debut<br />

for The U's in 2015 he played<br />

against Adebayo Akinfenwa, who<br />

recently retired with Wycombe<br />

Wanderers<br />

There was also a win for Egham Town, for whom a certain James Richardson<br />

scored twice inside the opening 17 minutes on the way to a 4-1 win over<br />

Flackwell Heath. Our game there next Tuesday already looks an important<br />

one. Also, promoted sides Hilltop and London won on their debuts at step 5.<br />

Our fixture list has changed already so take a look at the fixtures page<br />

within. We now don’t have a game on bank holiday Monday and are due to<br />

face Langley here in the Berks and Bucks Cup a week later. Anyway, I’m not<br />

here tonight but will be following avidly from the Hungarian capital where it<br />

is forecast to be just as hot as it was here last weekend; fortunately its<br />

cooling off in the UK and we won't need our very own Dave Thompson to step<br />

in as he did at Windsor when one of the assistants wilted with heatstroke at<br />

half time. Up the Yellamen! Neal

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Date Opposition<br />

H/A Comp Result Att<br />

Scorers<br />

05-Aug Cribbs<br />

H FAC XP 2-1 209 Lalustani, Matthew<br />

13-Aug Windsor<br />

A COCO 5-1<br />

Matthew 3, Lalustani, OG<br />

16-Aug <strong>North</strong> <strong>Greenford</strong> <strong>United</strong> H COCO<br />

20-Aug Holyport<br />

A FAC P<br />

23-Aug Egham Town<br />

A COCO<br />

27-Aug Long Crendon<br />

A FAV 1Q<br />

03-Sep Harefield <strong>United</strong><br />

A COCO<br />

06-Sep Langley<br />

A* BB<br />

10-Sep Hilltop<br />

H COCO<br />

17-Sep Wembley<br />

A COCO<br />

TBA FC Deportivo Galicia A LC 1Q<br />

* Langley v <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> - match to be played at <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> FC<br />

COCO - Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Premier Division <strong>North</strong>, FAV - Isuzu FA Vase, FAC - The<br />

Emirates FA Cup, BB - Berks&Bucks Cup, LC - Cherry Red Records Premier Challenge Cup.


Latest results:<br />

Midweek fixtures:


Combined Counties League Premier Division <strong>North</strong><br />

P W D L GD PTS<br />

1 <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> 1 1 0 0 4 3<br />

2 Egham Town 1 1 0 0 3 3<br />

3 Hilltop 1 1 0 0 3 3<br />

4 London Lions 1 1 0 0 3 3<br />

5 Edgware & Kingsbury 1 1 0 0 2 3<br />

6 Reading City 1 1 0 0 1 3<br />

7 Broadfields <strong>United</strong> 1 1 0 0 1 3<br />

8 Wembley 1 1 0 0 1 3<br />

9 Harefield <strong>United</strong> 1 0 1 0 0 1<br />

10 Holyport 1 0 1 0 0 1<br />

11 Oxhey Jets 1 0 1 0 0 1<br />

12 Spelthorne Sports 1 0 1 0 0 1<br />

13 Wallingford & Crowmarsh 2 0 1 1 -1 1<br />

14 Wokingham & Emmbrook 2 0 1 1 -2 1<br />

15 <strong>North</strong> <strong>Greenford</strong> <strong>United</strong> 1 0 0 1 -1 0<br />

16 Virginia Water 1 0 0 1 -1 0<br />

17 Burnham 1 0 0 1 -3 0<br />

18 Flackwell Heath 1 0 0 1 -3 0<br />

19 Chalfont St Peter 1 0 0 1 -3 0<br />

20 Windsor 1 0 0 1 -4 0<br />

Combined Counties League Premier Division South<br />

P W D L GD PTS<br />

1 Colliers Wood <strong>United</strong> 2 2 0 0 4 6<br />

2 Jersey Bulls 2 1 1 0 2 4<br />

3 Farnham Town 2 1 1 0 1 4<br />

4 Raynes Park Vale 1 1 0 0 4 3<br />

5 Redhill 1 1 0 0 2 3<br />

6 Badshot Lea 1 1 0 0 2 3<br />

7 Frimley Green 1 1 0 0 2 3<br />

8 Knaphill 1 1 0 0 2 3<br />

9 AFC Croydon Athletic 1 1 0 0 1 3<br />

10 Balham 2 1 0 1 0 3<br />

11 Alton 1 0 0 1 -1 0<br />

12 Banstead Athletic 1 0 0 1 -1 0<br />

13 Cobham 1 0 0 1 -1 0<br />

14 Camberley Town 1 0 0 1 -2 0<br />

15 Guildford City 1 0 0 1 -2 0<br />

16 Abbey Rangers 1 0 0 1 -2 0<br />

17 Fleet Town 1 0 0 1 -2 0<br />

18 Horley Town 1 0 0 1 -2 0<br />

19 Tadley Calleva 1 0 0 1 -3 0<br />

20 Sheerwater 1 0 0 1 -4 0


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

this season's squad.<br />

Season 2022/23<br />

All-time<br />

App Goals App Goals<br />

S Gray - - 133 -<br />

J Ashdown 2 - 2 -<br />

A Everiss - - 26 1<br />

B Matthew 2 4 2 4<br />

D Bailey 2 - 74 10<br />

D Price - - 46 10<br />

E Carey - - 55 4<br />

G Lock 1 - 167 10<br />

H Grant 1 - 1 -<br />

H Laflin 2 - 141 81<br />

H Tucker 2 - 2 -<br />

J Welch 2 - 2 -<br />

J Ajanlekoko 2 - 4 1<br />

J Masters 2 - 39 -<br />

K Walters - - 36 3<br />

K August 2 - 46 9<br />

L Bouwers 2 - 176 11<br />

M Mealing 2 - 2 -<br />

O Harris 2 - 2 -<br />

R Merrick 1 - 43 -<br />

S McCormack 1 - 44 10<br />

T Thompson - - 3 -<br />

U Lalustani 2 2 40 13<br />

A Sykes - - 3 -<br />

30 6 1,089 167<br />

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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 />




‘A-star’ performance as B nets three in 5-1 rout<br />

Saturday 13th August 2022 - Combined Counties League Premier Division <strong>North</strong> - Windsor<br />

FC 1 - 5 <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong><br />

Brendan Matthew scored a hat-trick as <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> powered to a 5-1 win over Windsor at a sweltering<br />

Stag Meadow on Saturday. The Yellamen trailed early-on, but had the game wrapped up by half time<br />

and even missed a penalty and struck the woodwork in the second half.<br />

The Yellamen made a couple of changes from the side that had beaten Cribbs in the FA Cup eight days<br />

earlier; George Lock and available-again Sean McCormack in for Rory Merrick and Keaton August. In an<br />

eventful first half, <strong>Ascot</strong> almost took the lead in the eighth minute when Usman Lalustani squeezed a<br />

deft flick past home ‘keeper Conaill Ryan only for defender Adam Jeffries to clear off the line. Windsor<br />

then took advantage of statuesque defending two minutes later when OJ Senessie rose highest to plant<br />

a firm head past Jamie Ashdown from Harry Maple’s right wing free-kick.<br />

But the Yellamen were soon level and virtually out of sight by half time with a powerful, dominant<br />

display. First, Marcus Mealing wrapped his left foot to swing the ball across for Matthew to head into<br />

the top left hand corner in the 17th minute, before Matthew started and finished a fine move in the 22nd<br />

minute; Jordan Ajanlekoko and Mealing combining in between. Jacob Adeyimi should have levelled just<br />

before the midpoint drinks break following indecision in the <strong>Ascot</strong> defence – Adeyimi firing over – and<br />

when play resumed <strong>Ascot</strong> were back in control. They were denied a clear penalty when Matthew was<br />

tripped just after the half-hour mark, but got their reward soon after when Matthew picked out<br />

Lalustani’s run and he cut back onto his right foot from the by-line before firing a deflected effort past<br />

Ryan. And 3-1 became 4-1 in first half injury time when Senessies’s attempted clearance from Jay<br />

Welch’s miscued shot wrong-footed Ryan and found the bottom right hand corner.<br />

Three minutes after the restart, Ryan saved Mealing’s spot-kick which was awarded after Dan Bailey’s<br />

header had been handled, although Ashdown was soon equally alert at the other end to smother Joe<br />

Blunt’s low shot. Substitute Ollie Harris’s fine run almost ended with Matthew converting at the far post,<br />

although Matthew missed arguably his easiest chance after another substitute - Keaton August – had<br />

pressurized Windsor into losing possession after Ryan and Senessie tried to play their way out of the<br />

six-yard box. The replacements continued to impress – Harry Laflin’s touch and shot across the box<br />

would have been a wonder strike but sailed wide, before the sensational Matthew thumped a header<br />

onto the crossbar from Harris’s corner. Ryan then saved from substitute Harry Grant as <strong>Ascot</strong>’s<br />

relentless pressure continued, and they would finally be rewarded with an injury-time fifth when<br />

Harris’s mazy run through a mass of defenders ended with a cross that Matthew gleefully tucked home<br />

at the far post.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong>: Ashdown, Lock (Grant 46’), Masters, Ajanlekoko, Bailey, Tucker (Bouwers 68’), McCormack<br />

(Harris 62’), Welch, Mealing (Laflin 68’), Matthew, Lalustani (August 62’).

Clockwise from top: Usman Lalustani scores,<br />

celebrations, Ollie Harris tees up Brendan<br />

Matthews' hat-trick, Matthews in the net<br />

after scoring, Tucks with Usman and Sean,<br />

Harris on the run, Keaton August delivers a<br />

cross.<br />



<strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> U18's<br />

will compete in the<br />

Allied Counties Youth<br />

League (Central)<br />

Division after a<br />

lateral move from the<br />

Southern section,<br />

which they won.<br />

Josh Nice led his young side to title glory in 2021/22 after a neck-and-neck<br />

battle with close rivals Westfield. The pivotal moment of the season came<br />

with a handful of games remaining when they faced Westfield at home.<br />

Trailing 3-2 in injury time and knowing that defeat would put the destiny of<br />

the title in the visitors’ hands, they bagged a late, late dramatic equaliser to<br />

swing the pendulum back in their favour. They still needed to win their final<br />

two games at Virginia Water and Fleet Spurs (celebrations pictured<br />

afterwards, below) in March – but that they did – and more silverware came<br />

back to The Racecourse.<br />

Allied Counties Youth League (South) - final table 2021/22<br />

P W D L GD PTS<br />

1 <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> 14 11 2 1 25 35<br />

2 Westfield 14 10 3 1 28 33<br />

3 Wokingham & Emmbrook 14 9 2 3 30 29<br />

4 Fleet Town 14 5 2 7 -11 17<br />

5 Abbey Rangers 14 5 0 9 -5 15<br />

6 Virginia Water 14 4 3 7 -21 15<br />

7 Frimley Green 14 3 3 8 -17 12<br />

8 Fleet Spurs 14 1 1 12 -29 4


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 />

The 2022/23 season is team’s 17th in existence,<br />

having enjoyed a fine campaign in 2021/22.<br />

They reached the first round proper of the<br />

women’s FA Cup for the first time in their<br />

history, hosting Chichester and Selsey Ladies<br />

from Step 3 of the pyramid, and put up a fine<br />

display despite a 4-0 defeat. A gutsy 3-2 league<br />

cup quarter final exit at Abingdon <strong>United</strong> on<br />

13th March signalled the end of their season<br />

but their final league placing of 4th wasn't<br />

confirmed until later when teams around them<br />

played their games in hand. Manager Darrel<br />

Evans has added a few new faces during preseason<br />

in the hope they can go even further<br />

this campaign, which starts in September.<br />

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

junior section means there is competition for<br />

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

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

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

olds – Tia Johnson – made the seamless<br />

transition to first team football in early 2022<br />

and even scooped a player of the month award<br />

after scoring 4 goals in 4 games!<br />

League:<br />

Southern Region Women's<br />

Football League Premier<br />

Level on Pyramid:<br />

5<br />

Manager:<br />

Darrel Evans<br />

League position 21/22:<br />

4th<br />

Above: Laura Spark<br />

Below: Izzy Woods - pre-season against Brentford


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

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

the Thames Valley Counties League as<br />

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

way to the league title and promotion!<br />

They almost extended an alreadyincredible<br />

winning sequence (dating<br />

back to December 2020), only to lose<br />

against Division 1 Champions Badshot<br />

Lea in the league cup final on 3rd April.<br />

This was John Swallow's side's last<br />

outing of the season, and in the end-ofseason<br />

shake-up there was talk of them<br />

being promoted 2 levels to the Division 1,<br />

a sensible move given their total<br />

dominance of Division 3 (East) and also<br />

having beaten a Division 1 side earlier in<br />

the League Cup run.<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 1<br />

Level on Pyramid:<br />

7<br />

Manager:<br />

John Swallow<br />

League position 21/22:<br />

1st (Div 3 East Champions)<br />

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

Below: Kat Webb


Jamie Ashdown – goalkeeper<br />

Needs little introduction. Ex-Premier League<br />

goalkeeper who has come out of retirement<br />

for the 22/23 season after several seasons<br />

as <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> goalkeeping coach. Made<br />

over 100 appearances for Portsmouth<br />

between 2004-12 Sponsors: Wayne McNight<br />

and <strong>Ascot</strong> Vets<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 and<br />

has been almost ever-present since<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 and vice-captain.<br />

Previously played at a higher level with<br />

Marlow and has a FA level 2 coaching<br />

qualification. A great communicator who<br />

shows incredible commitment and<br />

leadership on the pitch.<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. Recovered<br />

from injury during the 21/22 season to take<br />

his tally of appearances to 174 heading into<br />

the current campaign<br />

George Lock – defence<br />

A fearless right back previously with Binfield<br />

and Bracknell. Technically strong and a<br />

consistently high performer who likes to get<br />

forward and has weighed in with important<br />

goals. Previously voted supporters POY.<br />

Sponsor: Dave Bucktrout<br />

Rory Merrick – defence/midfield<br />

Signed in 18/19 and continues to improve.<br />

Calm and composed figure on the pitch and<br />

has great technical ability with the<br />

versatility to play in various positions.<br />

Worked exceptionally hard to come back<br />

from injury<br />

Harry Tucker – defence<br />

Strong, commanding defender who oozes<br />

confidence on the ball and has excellent<br />

distribution. Previously with Kings Langley<br />

and Thame <strong>United</strong>.<br />

Toby Thompson - defence<br />

A product of the Under 18 Youth Team in<br />

21/22 when Toby also stepped up to senior<br />

football. Was loaned out to Chalvey Sports<br />

towards the end of 21/22 to gain first team<br />

experience at Step 6 and will continue to<br />

improve<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. Likes to get forward and has<br />

proved a strong competitor for the left-back<br />

position<br />

Adam Everiss - defence<br />

Strong left-back who likes to get forward.<br />

Arrived in 21/22 following a spell with<br />

Basingstoke Town. Starts 22/23 recovering<br />

from a long term injury


Ollie Harris - midfield<br />

An exciting addition having signed from near<br />

neighbours Binfield. Was a huge part of The<br />

Moles' run to the FA Vase final in 20/21 and<br />

adds more depth with step 4 experience<br />

Jay Welch - midfield<br />

New addition for 22/23, a versatile player<br />

who can play in defence or midfield. Bundles<br />

of energy and tenacity alongside great<br />

technical ability. Previously with Marlow<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. Recovering from a knee injury heading<br />

into 22/23<br />

Harry Grant - midfield<br />

A Rolls Royce of a player and an excellent<br />

addition to the club. Ex-professional at<br />

Gillingham, winning EFL League 2 and the FA<br />

Vase with Thatcham Town in 2017/18.<br />

Kai Walters - midfield<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 />

Dan Price - midfield<br />

Popular attacking midfielder who returned<br />

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

years. Previously appeared 44 times in 18/19<br />

when he scored 10 goals, including the<br />

breakaway strike that sealed <strong>Ascot</strong>'s league<br />

cup final victory over Windsor FC<br />

Harry Laflin - midfield<br />

Needs little introduction, 'Laffers' returns for<br />

22/23 after leaving midway through the<br />

21/22 campaign for brief stints at<br />

Leatherhead and Guildford City. A proven<br />

goalscorer he has scored 81 goals in 138<br />

games heading into the current season<br />

Jordan Ajanlekoko – midfield<br />

Cultured midfielder who signed for 22/23<br />

after step 3 experience with Beaconsfield.<br />

Previously featured for the Yellamen on loan<br />

with 2 appearances in 17/18 and is a<br />

fantastic permanent addition for 22/23<br />

Brendan Matthew - forward<br />

Exceptionally quick and a proven goalscorer.<br />

Signed for the 22/23 season after helping<br />

Egham Town to a 3rd place finish with a near<br />

goal-a-game scoring record in the 2nd half<br />

of their campaign<br />

Keaton August - forward<br />

Signed from Windsor FC in 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 />

Usman Lalustani - forward<br />

Rejoined The Yellamen for 22/23 after<br />

featuring in 18/19 and 19/20 when he netted<br />

11 goals from 38 appearances. Maintains<br />

high fitness levels and on his day will cause<br />

problems for any defence. Returns after<br />

most recently featuring for Holyport<br />

Sean McCormack - forward<br />

Skilful forward signed from Walton and<br />

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

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

Voted players and supporters player of the<br />

year in his first campaign after dazzling on<br />

the right wing. Incredible workrate and<br />

vision and tracks back to cover the defence<br />

Marcus Mealing - forward<br />

Previous clubs include Marlow, for whom he<br />

scored a glut of goals at step 4. A proven and<br />

prolific striker with great strength and vision<br />

to hold and lay off the ball


Jamie Tompkins – manager<br />

Highly respected throughout the club and<br />

guided the team to league cup glory in 18/19<br />

before taking the team to the brink of the<br />

title in 19/20 when the campaign was<br />

curtailed by COVID. Senior Manager of<br />

Football Development at Brentford FC<br />

Dan Masters – asst. manager<br />

Joined in 2018/19, Dan has a wealth of<br />

experience and knowledge in local football.<br />

A key member of the management team.<br />

Previously part Maidenhead <strong>United</strong> and<br />

Berks&Bucks U18 rep teams.<br />

Stuart Britton - s&c coach<br />

Joining in the summer of 2021, 'Stu' joined to<br />

focus on the fitness, recovery and injury<br />

prevention and rehabilitation of the squad.<br />

Steve Quelch - coach<br />

Many years of experience in the local game<br />

with Chalvey Sports and UEFA B coach, joined<br />

the club from the 2019/20 season.<br />

Chad Smith - physio<br />

Joining in the summer of 2021, Chad is an<br />

excellent and experienced physiotherapist.<br />

A great character around the club


<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<br />

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

and 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 in 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 men’s senior team enjoyed early success through the East Berks League gaining<br />

continued promotions to the Senior division and winning various Cups including the Fielden Charity Cup in 1996/7. In<br />

2001, the First Team join the Reading Senior League, were awarded FA Charter Standard status in 2004, and won the<br />

Reading Evening Post Senior Cup at the Madejski Stadium in 2006. Promotion to the Hellenic League Division 1 soon<br />

followed in 2007, before promotion to the Premier Division in 2009. The club today has grown to become one of the<br />

largest Community football clubs in the UK with over 1,000 registered players and over 70 teams playing every weekend<br />

embracing all ages and abilities from 5 year olds through to veterans. A new clubhouse opened in September 2010,<br />

together with an improved main pitch, floodlights and a stand.<br />

“The Yellamen” made their debut in the FA Cup in 2011 with a home tie against Wembley FC. The game attracted 1,149<br />

people to The Racecourse on a Friday evening where the famous trophy itself was on display, and the match was<br />

streamed live on Facebook. In 2012-13 and 2015-16 we reached the Quarter Final of the FA Vase twice, enjoyed two topthree<br />

finishes in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division, and won both the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup and<br />

Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup. After finishing 2017-18 in style, in the following season new manager Jamie Tompkins led his<br />

side to the top of the table for long spells, winning two team-of-the-month awards, and finishing with league cup glory<br />

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 />

In 2021-22 <strong>Ascot</strong> finished 6th in the league, but the highlight was an eye-catching run to the final of the Berks and Bucks<br />

Senior Cup Final where they defeated three sides from higher divisions, including Wycombe Wanderers in the semi-final<br />

front of a club-record crowd of 1,267. For the current season, <strong>Ascot</strong> have strengthened their squad and made further<br />

ground developments; hopes are high that they will now push for the promotion they were cruelly denied in 2019-20.<br />

The club has also enjoyed much success at all levels particularly in the Ladies and Girls Section where they are<br />

regularly winners of leagues and county Cups. Our senior Ladies won promotion to the Premier Division of the Southern<br />

Region Women’s’ Football League in 2017-18 and enjoyed their best season on 2021-22 with a top-four finish and a run to<br />

the First Round Proper of the FA Cup. Meanwhile, our Ladies Reserves won every league match of their Thames Valley<br />

League Division 3 campaign to secure promotion, also reaching the league cup final.


The club was founded in September 1944 as a youth team. The following season saw the formation of a senior side<br />

with the club entering the Harrow League and later the Middlesex County League. In 1983 the club was promoted to<br />

the Spartan League but in 1994 it resigned to re-join the Middlesex League. Keen to regain Senior Status, ground<br />

improvements were undertaken, including the installation of floodlights, and in 2002 the club was elected to the<br />

Combined Counties League.<br />

In 2003/04, managed by Steve Hawkins, the club were runners up in the Premier Challenge Cup losing 4-1 to AFC<br />

Wimbledon in front of a crowd of over 5,000 at Woking FC. In 2004/05 the club finished League runners-up and in<br />

the following year reached the League Cup semi-final. In 2006/07 the team, under Mick Harvey, went one better, but<br />

unfortunately lost 4-1 to Merstham in the final.<br />

Steve Ringrose took over the Manager’s job at the beginning of season 2008/09. In his first season Steve led the<br />

team to second place in the Premier League with the club finishing Runners-up to Bedfont Green. Season 2009/10<br />

proved the most successful in the club’s history when the First Team became Combined Counties Champions,<br />

earning promotion to the newly-formed Southern Football League Division One Central, as well as winning the MFA<br />

Charity Cup beating Enfield Town 1-0 at Hampton & Richmond’s ground in front of a large crowd.<br />

Despite having a difficult first season at the higher level the First Team succeeded in retaining its Step 4 status.<br />

However, despite notable cup successes, the first half of season 2011/12 saw the club struggling in the league.<br />

Steve Ringrose was replaced by Neil Shipperley in December 2011 and Shipps managed to successfully steer the<br />

side away from the threat of relegation.<br />

Experiencing an even more difficult time at the start of season 2012/13, Neil Shipperley was re-appointed for a<br />

second term replacing Jon-Barrie Bates as First Team Manager. However, the team continued to struggle but, after<br />

losing 14 league matches on the trot, our campaign that year was saved by an amazing end-of-season run which<br />

saw the team finish 19th – above the relegation places.<br />

In 2013/14 we were hoping to continue where we left off but, again after excellent cup runs, we struggled in the<br />

league and narrowly escaped the drop after crucial wins against our two fellow relegation contenders, Chertsey<br />

and Ashford Town (Middx). Reserve Team Manager Paul Palmer, supported by Don Bennett, replaced Shipps<br />

following Neil’s resignation midway through the season.<br />

Following an indifferent start to the 2014/15 campaign it was decided to part company with Paul and ask Don to<br />

take over. Results though did not improve and in December 2014 Don tendered his resignation. Reserve Manager<br />

Barry Morris took over assisted by coaches George Bouhet and Fitzroy McLeod. After an initial struggle, another<br />

impressive end-of-season run saw the team finish four points clear of bottom club AFC Hayes, and we were granted<br />

a reprieve by the FA.<br />

Barry and his team were re-appointed for the forthcoming campaign, but in September Barry resigned and George<br />

took over. Unfortunately, poor results again left the club rooted at the bottom of the table, and in November 2015 the<br />

committee appointed two ex-<strong>Greenford</strong> players – Ricky Pither and Danny Bennell – as joint First Team managers to<br />

replace George. Despite some promising performances, results still did not improve, and four wins and six draws<br />

were not enough to secure the points needed to avoid the drop. On this occasion there was to be no chance of<br />

another reprieve.<br />

We were offered a place in the Combined Counties Premier Division after successfully appealing against an FA<br />

decision to place the club in the Hellenic League and, with their wide knowledge of local clubs and players, Ricky<br />

and Danny’s team were invited to continue in their roles, with Mark Chandler taking over as joint manager following<br />

Danny’s resignation. Unfortunately, due to poor league results which left the club languishing at the foot of the CCL<br />

Premier Division table, the NGU committee reluctantly decided to part company with Ricky and Mark at the<br />

beginning of October 2016.


The experienced management team of Danny Vincent and Colin Murphy were offered and accepted the position.<br />

They were duly appointed in time to take charge of the Chertsey Town home game on 11th October. After the poor<br />

start the club eventually finished the 2016/17 season in a creditable 13th position on 58 points. Unfortunately we<br />

became the league’s draw specialists the following season, dropping points in games we should have won.<br />

Season 2017/18 will be most remembered for appalling weather conditions with the season extended to the<br />

second week in May 2018. Despite ending the campaign on a high with four wins on the spin, overall this had been a<br />

disappointing season with the team again finishing 13th but with fewer points than the previous year.<br />

Two major changes were then forced on the club. Danny and Colin unexpectedly resigned followed by an FA<br />

decision to move us to the Spartan League Premier Division. On the management side we were quick to re-appoint<br />

Paul Palmer and Matt Penfold who had just won promotion from the SSMFL Division One with Southall. Neither were<br />

new to the club and with the experienced squad they had brought to the club, we had high expectations at the start<br />

of the 2018/19 campaign.<br />

Unfortunately, these were not realized, and the team became embroiled in a relegation fight. Although three late<br />

wins helped secure our survival as a Step 5 club, a 16th place finish with just 34 points on the board left the<br />

committee with no choice but to again make managerial changes. Following two extremely successful seasons as<br />

Under 18’s manager, the decision was taken to offer the First Team post to Colin Jones a position which Colin,<br />

supported by his full Youth management team, accepted.<br />

That team, led by Colin, remained in post, with Dino Pashias taking over the role of Youth Team manager, hoping the<br />

re-run of the Covid-19 abandoned 2019/20 season would lead to a much improved league performance!<br />

Unfortunately, a further Covid-19 lockdown again led to the early termination of the 2020/21 season, the highlight<br />

of which was a magnificent run in the FA Vase when, for the first time in the club’s history, the First Team reached<br />

the Third Round Proper.<br />

In April 2021 Colin Jones decided, for personal reasons, to resign as First Team Manager. The Committee met<br />

shortly afterwards and agreed unanimously to offer the position to Assistant Managers Paul Mills and Gary Brown.<br />

Paul and Gary accepted the offer, agreeing with each other to share the responsibilities of the post.<br />

With the FA having decided to go ahead with its NLS re-structuring plans, it was confirmed in May that, as expected,<br />

the club would be placed in the newly formed Combined Counties Premier Division <strong>North</strong>. The club were pleased to<br />

be re-joining the CCFL confident we would do well with Paul and Gary at the helm.<br />

As it happened season 2021/22 proved the most successful since the club were crowned CCFL champions back in<br />

2010. At the turn of the year the Blues were holding on to second place behind runaway leaders Hanworth Villa.<br />

But, despite some disappointing results during the second half of the season the team still managed to finish in<br />

5th place, a tremendous achievement for Paul, Gary and their players.<br />

After excellent performances and an unbeaten run in the pre-season friendlies, we firmly believe that with Paul and<br />

Gary still at the helm, supported by Terry Schofield on his return to the club, the side will do even better this season.


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