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Abingdon United Open Forum Night - 22 May

Abingdon United are having a open forum night at their Northcourt Road club house on Monday 1st June at 7pm.

Chair Person Debbie Blackmore advises: "This will be to ask questions about the football club, and the future of the football club".

United Seek New Management Team - 18 May

Following a meeting with the current first team management it was decided that Abingdon United would look for a new manager.

debbie blackmore abingdon united hellenic footballChair Person Debbie Blackmore (pictured right) comments: "The team of Gary Ackling, Andy Lyne and Rob Wytchard did exactly what was asked of them last season, which was to stay up in the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier league. They were brought in to do a job and that is what they did. Abingdon United will always be extremely grateful to the management team for what that have done for us but now is the time to move on. We are now seeking to look for a young local manager with contacts to local players. We will be looking to have someone who will take on the club’s youth policies that have been recently introduced."

Persons interested in applying for the management position please email john.blackmore2@ntlworld.com


lewis noiceNoice 'Keeper For Abingdon United - 14 March

With goalkeeper Eddie Cavanagh being recalled by Oxford United, the Abingdon management team has moved quickly to bring in 20 year old Lewis Noice from Vanarama Conference Premier side Eastleigh.

Noice originally a trainee at Southampton played a prominent part in Wantage’s promotion push last season whilst on loan there and earned himself a squad number at Eastleigh during the summer, where he has been understudy to Ross Flitney. He suffered a set back in September 2014, breaking his ankle in a freak training ground injury. An operation was required to set the break, but the player is now fully recovered and back to playing.

We welcome Lewis to Abingdon and again thank Eastleigh and Richard Hill for their assistance.


Smith Joins Abingdon - 4 March

Abingdon United have completed the dual registration of central defender Jack Smith who is an asset at Vanarama Conference club Eastleigh.

20 year old Smith, who has recently been out on loan at Evo-Stik Southern League Fleet Town, is expected to make his debut at Flackwell Heath this weekend. Smith was added to the Eastleigh Conference squad this summer after impressing through their academy system.

Assistant Manager Andy Lyne said. “ Jack was involved with me for a spell at Wantage, he’s a great lad and a no nonsense defender who is very highly regarded by Eastleigh. Our thanks to Spitfires Manager Richard Hill for his co-operation and help in sorting this so quickly”.


sam collier hellenic league football Collier Sign For Abingdon - 13 February

Abingdon United have secured the services of Sam Collier following his resignation as player-manager of Shrivenham.

Coiiler, who tyrned 28 this week, has previously played Southern League football for Swindon Supermarine, Hungerford Town, Cirencester Town, Thatcham Town and Abingdon United previously. It is hoped that both Sam and Richie Guy, who also signed this week, will figure for United at Bracknell Town this coming Saturday.

Manager Gary Ackling is delighted with his two new acquisitions. “This represents a good weeks business for us. Comments Ackling. "Having worked with both Richie and Sam before I know what we are getting. They are both good lads who will improve our firepower. Their arrival will give the squad a massive lift as we enter the most critical period of the season” .


richie guy hellenicNew Guy At Abingdon - 12 February

Abingdon United have completed the transfer of striker Richie Guy from fellow Premier Division club Newbury FC.

27 year old Guy scored 17 times for Wantage Town when they won last season’s Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division crown. He departed Wantage signing for Newbury in October 2014. A quick and hard-working striker with an eye for goal, Guy scored on his debut for Newbury and followed that with a hat trick in the Floodlit Cup.

luc riccioRiccio In Squad - 9 January 2015

Luca Riccio is back in the Abingdon United squad following a hamstring injury as they host Thatcham Town in Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division tomorrow.

Tom Butler and Carl Evans also return, but they are without Cameron McNeil and Ryan Jackson-Wilde due to injury, while Ben Brown has returned to parent club Oxford City.

Both Abingdon and Thatcham decided to relinquish Southern League status and step down to the Hellenic League, and both have struggled to come to terms with the football. Abingdon United manager Gary Ackling was in charge at Thatcham for four years during thier Southern League tenure.

Abingdon United from: from Cavanagh, Steedman, Threlfall, Alder, S Davis, Melledew, Evans, Butler, Mundy, Deabill, Odhiambo, Hardwick, Riccio, Haines, Cochrane.


ben brown hellenic reading qpr oxfordCity Defender Signs On With United - 2 December

Abingdon United have come to a loan arrangement with Oxford City for central defender Ben Brown. Brown who signed a one year contract with City in the summer, initially comes in on a one month deal.

He is a talented defender who is strong, athletic and composed on the ball. He was a scholar at Reading FC before spending three years as a professional with QPR. Brown made an impressive debut in the 4-1 home win over Ascot last Saturday.

the fa vaseVase Game For New Manager - 1 November

Abingdon United’s new boss Gary Ackling will be looking to make it back-to-back wins when his side travel to Farnham in the first round of the FA Vase today.

On Wednesday, Abingdon won 3-0 at Shrivenham in his first match since he took charge having resigned from Wantage Town earlier this month.

He has brought a number of players from Wantage Town's Evo-Stik Southern League team, namely ex-skipper Tom Melledew, Jimmy Deabill, Jon Steadman, Lee Farrow and Adam Garner.

Craig Rutherford, Adam Doyle and Steve Davis return for this afternoon's Vase game, though Jamie Mundy (cup tied), Tom Booker (unavailable) and Josh Crooks (groin) miss out.


gary ackling hellenicAcko's Back - 28 October

Gary Ackling takes over at the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division strugglers Abingdon United, having resigned as manager of Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West side Wantage last week.

His former assistants at Alfredian Park, Andy Lyne and Rob Wytchard, have also made the switch, with Andy Wallbridge and Ellis Langford stepping down as coaches at Abingdon.

Despite dropping down a division, Ackling is confident he’s made the right decision in returning to a club where he helped out past manager Richie Bourne for a period two seasons ago. “We obviously weren’t looking to go back to the Hellenic League again having worked so hard to get out of it last season,” he said. “It’s difficult because we were in the Southern League and were loath to give that up. But when I met with John and Debbie Blackmore that’s really what clinched it for me, just their desire to get the club back up into the Southern League.”

Ackling has already started his recruitment drive at Northcourt Road as he seeks to transform the side’s fortunes, bringing in Wantage captain Tom Melledew.


andy zoldan hellenic footballZoldan Vacates Abingdon Management – 14 October

Andy Zoldan has decided to step down as Manager of Uhlsport Premier Division Abingdon United Football Club.

The club extend their thanks for the efforts and the commitment of Andy over the last 10 months. He pulled United away from relegation last season and started this season with a great F A Cup run.

Abingdon seek to appoint a new manager as soon as possible. Applicants for the position should contact club Chairperson Debbie Blackmore on 07912085893 or email secretaryaufc@virginmedia.com


andrew younie and tom butler abingdon unitedUnited Build On Experience - 30 July

After a shock start to the season last year Abingdon United continue to bring experienced players in to the club to avoid the same this season.

Season 2013/14 saw United return to the uhlsport Hellenic League after taking voluntary relegation from the Southern League. Their "homecoming" was possibly not as expected, with them struggling at the bottom area of the table for the season.

To avoid the same outcome this season Manager Andy Zoldan continues to bring in experienced players. Club Captain Scott Davis has committed to the club for a further year. The defender has a Southern league back ground, having played for United during their time in the step 4 league and also with Hungerford Town.

Tom Butler (pictured with Zoldan) a left sided player that can play left midfield or at full back. Played for Wantage Town’s Hellenic title winning team, he will add both experience and goals for the team.

Nick Thorne who joined from Southern League Didcot Town late last season, and was with Ardley United in previous seasons has re-signed. Zoldan said. "Nick can play in midfield or up front, he loves to run with the ball to get good crosses into the box". 

Though the up and comimng players still have a place at the Nothcourt Road ground. Josh Crook has been re-signed, the 19 year old mid fielder is described by Zoldan as a - "Tenacious player with good vision. He works hard, has good feet and is a good passer of the ball."


Last Seasons Top Scorer Signs - 25 July

Abingdon United retain the services of last seasons club top goal scorer Graham Edney for season 2014/15.

United manager Andy Zoldan, who was Edney’s assistant boss when both were involved at Wantage Town, commented on the player. “Graham did really well after we took over last season, he can play out wide or through the middle.”


Players ReUnited - 24 July

Former players Anaclet Odhiambo and Julian McCalmon rejoin Uhslport Hellenic League Premier Divison club Abingdon United.

Forward Odhiambo is one of United's top goal scorers of all time and is a hard working player but comes alive in the penalty box.

Ohiambo has been playing his trade with Didcot Town, AFC Hinksey and Wantage Town in recent seasons.

Julian McCalmon signed after playing for Hinskey last season, a midfielder who can win the ball and use it all ways around to find another player.

Defender Tom Rowe has signed on at the Northcourt after playing for League Winners Wantage Town last season, he is a strong defender, who gets his fair share of goals from dead ball set pieces.


andrew younie and andy zoldan abingdonYounie Signs For The Yellows - 11 July

Former Wantage Town midfielder Andrew Younie has joined Abingdon United for the uhlsport Hellenic Premier League Season 2014/15.

Younie scored a crucial goal which took Wantage to the top of the Premier Division on April 26. Playing against Ascot United at the Racecourse ground, Wantage needed three points to outweigh Ardley United in the title race. With the game at 1-1 Younie scored with four minutes to go. Had the game ended in a draw it would have been Ardley finishing the season as League champions.

This is Andrew's second spell at Abingdon. He started his career as a scholar at Oxford United then signed for Abingdon United in 2007, before playing at Witney and Wantage Town.

United manager Andy Zoldan (pictured together with the player) said. "Andrew will bring quality to the team".

Younie will be in the squad for United's first pre season game tomorrow when they play Division One West Clanfield at Northcourt Road.


john blackmore FA community awardSecretary Receives FA Award - 13 June

Abingdon United Football Club stalwart, John Blackmore, was presented with a Meritorious Award at the 2014 Berks & Bucks FA Community Awards night on Wednesday.

The awards ceremony, part of the FA Community awards scheme in association with McDonald's, was held at Wycombe Wanderers FC.

The evening celebrated the fantastic work and successes of grassroots football clubs and volunteers, and was an opportunity for partners of the Berks & Bucks FA to join them in congratulating the winners at the event. 

This season saw the introduction of the FA Meritorious Award, as a mark of recognition for services to grassroots football in the BBFA. John now holds the honour of being it's first ever recipient within the County FA.

John was presented with the award by BBFA Vice Chairman, John Horsley.

Flackwell Heath's Terry Glynn was also a winner on the night, County FA Groundsman of The Year at Step 5/6 level.


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