FF 75 – Aston Clinton Football Club

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Aston Clinton Football Club

Aston Clinton FC was formed in 1892 and is one of the oldest clubs in Buckinghamshire.  

In the early days the football club played on the recreation ground in Rosebery Road (which is now Chestnut Close and Beechwood Way) and the playing field in Twitchell Lane (which is now home to the newer Aston Clinton School). 

The early 1970’s saw the local parish council acquire land in London Road and this is what is now known as Aston Clinton Park and has been home to the football club since then. 

During the early years the club played in both the Aylesbury and District (ADL) and the Marsworth Leagues and were Marsworth League winners numerous times between 1933 and 1957.  

In 1957 the club joined the Hellenic League where they played for the next two seasons before leaving to return to the ADL and the Marsworth Leagues before re-joining the Hellenic League in 1965. 

Rising costs forced the club to resign from the Hellenic League in 1980 and join the Wycombe and District Football League. The club enjoyed seventeen years within the Wycombe and District League and were ever present at the top of the table. During this time, they were Wycombe League Cup finalists on six occasions but winners of the cup only once.  

The club have been finalists and winners in numerous local cup competitions including the Rosebery Cup, Marsworth Cup, Thomas Field Shield, Oving Cup and the Berks & Bucks Junior and Intermediate Cups and were the first club to win the Oving Village Cup on three successive occasions in 1948, 1948 and 1950. 

In 2005 the first team joined the Spartan South Midlands Division 2 League and this is where we are still playing. During our time in the SSML we have won the league title twice (2005/06 & 2011/12) and been runners-up on two occasions (2009/10 & 2012/13). Our reserve team also played in the SSML in the reserve league but after this league was folded they joined the Hellenic Division 2 East in 2016. 

In 2016 the football club joined forces with the local youth club and parish council to help renovate what was the Youth Club Hall located within the park. The building is now used as a local community hall and was renamed the Churchill Hall after local heroes Maureen and Brian who spend many years giving their time to the youth of our village. Brian was also a player for the club in the 60’s and 70’s. The football Club now use the hall on match days to provide after match refreshments for players and officials. 

In the summer Aston managed to add a couple of quality additions to a squad already packed with quality for this level. This is manager Jordan King’s (who is the youngest manager in the league at the age of 24) third season in charge of Clinton.  

With King and his coaching staff taking over in the 2015-16 season, it was the mark of the end for the old guard and a fresh influx of young players and new ideas on how the club will be run, so far this has worked well with a commitment to trying to keep village players also involved playing as well.  

Local players Liam Smith, Evan Wakelam and Tommy Howlett still play for either side. Along with Alex McGowan who is the first team captain who came through the youth teams at Clinton. Plus, various other players who have come through the Colt’s teams.  

King managed a seventh-place finish in his first season. In Jordan’s second season they managed to finish joint third (which was the highest finish for five years) and were in the title race for the majority of the season, competing against some very good sides.  

This season’s form has continued the same as last, playing in total eleven games, winning nine of them, drawing one and losing the once. In that period Aston have scored 26 and conceded 15. Along with that good form, they have also managed to knock out higher level opposition in back to back cup games.  

Firstly, beating Hellenic Division 1 East champion Penn & Tyler’s Green on penalties and then following that up by beating third placed Hellenic Premiership side Harpenden town in a 4-3 thriller. As well as securing wins against higher level opposition, Aston managed to beat local rivals Pitstone & Ivinghoe on bank holiday Monday 4-1 along with doing the double over Amersham Town 3-1 and 3-2 respectively.  

Lewis Workman currently leads the scoring charts with 11 goals in 10 games while Chris Shennan and Dave Brown sit respectively behind him with four goals each. Lewis Workman has also made the most appearances so far, appearing in 10 games.  

The progression on and off the pitch in the last three seasons has been outstanding; after finishing second bottom of the SSML Division 2 in the 2014-15 season. The pride has been restored to Aston Clinton, with a first team flying high in the league and also the introduction of a Development team operating in Hellenic Division 2. Something the club did not have previously.  

The attitude towards training has completely changed, with both squads training every week for one hour and a half to two hours. Previously the squad wasn’t training and this has contributed to the improvement of how well the team has been doing.  

The ambition this year is to bring silverware back to Aston!

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