Aylesbury United Ladies FC - A Brief History
Aylesbury United Ladies FC was re-established in 2002 as the ladies team of Aylesbury United, following the demise of Berkhamsted Ladies, after a number of years without a team.
The side struggled during its’ first season in the South West Combination and were relegated but the team showed tremendous spirit and refused to give in despite losing heavily every game.
The following season the club established itself in the Southern Region Premier Division and were runners up in the League Plate Final.
In 2004 the club increased in size with the introduction of a reserve team playing in the more local Thames Valley League and while the first team continued to make progress in the Southern Premier, the second team reached the semi-final of the Thames Valley League Plate Competition narrowly losing on penalties.
Following the departure of the entire first team in the summer of 2005 the club faced an uncertain future, however sterling work from the management saw the club not only continue but expand with the addition of an Under 16 team which swept to the Oxford Girls League title at the first attempt, winning every match until the last day of the campaign, whilst the ‘new’ first team claimed runners up spot in the Thames Valley Division Two North securing promotion to the top flight with a victory on the final day of the season.
In 2006/07 the club ran three teams with the Under 16s finishing runners up and the re-introduced reserves helping the first team retain its place in Division One.
En route the team claimed the largest giant killing act in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup, beating Southern Premier side Carterton and the club won its’ first ever senior silverware at the end of the season with a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Wolverton Wasps in the final of the Thames Valley League Plate Competition.
Following a period of League reorganisation and team stabilisation the Ladies had a very successful season in 2009/10, securing promotion back to Division One with a sequence of six consecutive victories in the final run in.
The Club has maintained its position in the top flight since and in the Summer of 2013 long serving manager Andy Foster ‘moved upstairs’ and Mark Rogers took over the helm and in his first year in charge the First team finished in their highest ever position in the Thames Valley League
At the beginning of the 2014/15 season the club merged with local junior side Vale Reds FC. This formed Aylesbury United Ladies & Girls FC, offering football to females from under 10 through to Ladies Open Age and this has already proved successful with a number of junior players progressing through to the senior team
Success was achieved on the pitch as the Ladies won the Thames Valley League Plate again with a last minute winner against Bracknell and the U16 side reached the final of the County competition were they faced Reading Ladies FC
The hard work and efforts of the volunteers involved with the club since it’s inception have been well worthwhile and the club is now on a firm footing for the future with 8 teams from U9s upwards and over 100 players registered.