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FA Chairman Visits Ascot United - 11 December

Ascot United were delighted to welcome FA Chairman Greg Clarke to The Racecourse Ground on Saturday afternoon.

Greg joined some of the directors for a buffet lunch and met a number of our volunteers including AGCs and Team Managers. He also spent time with the Fairford Town Chairman and officials and met the match officials and team managers after the game.

It was a really good afternoon seeing a rejuvenated Ascot team beating Fairford 4-2 in a hard fought but very entertaining match.

Image L/R: Doug Page, Mike Harrison, Greg Clarke and Neal Jeffs. Not often you see two Leicester City supporters at the club!!!


"Age is just a number" - 4 December

Ascot United match reporter and programme editor Neal Jeffs is hoping is running exploits will continue to show others than age is no barrier to success.

The 42-year old has enjoyed something of a purple patch in competitions this year. In May, he won the veteran 40+ category in the Bracknell half marathon, before winning a 5k whilst in the U.S and then finishing fourth overall in the Henley half marathon in October when he came close to his personal best. And, as recently as two weeks ago, he ran alone at the front to break 3 hours in a low-key midweek full marathon in Walton on Thames – before going to work in the afternoon!

“I have to work hard to stay in shape but I also think there is more to come. I’m inspired by players such as Barry Hayles who is still knocking the goals in for Windsor at 45. I remember going with my Dad to see him play for Stevenage against Woking when I was a teenager, and that was before I even started running seriously. Here he is still going strong. I want to shake his hand next time I see him. I read all this stuff about “veteran goalkeepers” at 31 years of age and it makes me laugh. So what? If you’ve still got the desire and appetite for it and you look after yourself then it’s just a number. Even our former boss Jeff Lamb who is now at Bracknell was turning out for us regularly, and I think everyone had lost count of his age!”


neil richards ascot united manager hellenic elagueConfident Of Improved Results - 30 November

Ascot United manager Neil Richards remains confident his side can haul themselves out of trouble in the Uhlsport Hellenic League.

The Yellamen are joint bottom of the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division with more than half their fixtures completed following their 2-0 reverse at Longlevens on Saturday and on current form, it's not looking bright for a club more used to being in the top six.

However, Richards remains optimistic about the rest of the season, particularly as he has started to strengthen his squad. Last week he signed Trevor Muerto, previously with league rivals Highmoor Ibis and a product of Reading FC's Academy, having earlier brought in experienced striker Ben Harris and seen Matt Jones return after a long lay-off with a knee injury.

Richards said: "Our performances over the last few weeks have been getting better and with Matt back and Ben now here, we should have the cutting edge that's been lacking. I am absolutely confident we can get out of trouble and climb the table. Just a couple of wins or so will take us up. We are looking more solid at the back these days and not losing heavily. When we get players back from injury and the new players settle in then I think we will be in good shape."

The Yellamen certainly gave an encouraging display against a Milton Keynes Dons side containing six professionals when losing 2-0 in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup on Wednesday of last week. "I was really pleased with our performance," added Richards. "The lads acquitted themselves very well and I was pleased with their effort. We were unlucky not to have got a goal or two back. There were some really good quality in their team, so it was a good test for our lads to go up against players like that."

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