Aylsham 3 Heigham 1.
A good weekend for Aylsham – with the U13s winning 4 -2 against Dereham and at the same time winning the league with two matches to play, we also have Aylsham Thunder  U14s winning 3 – 1 against Costessy and now joint top of division 2 , well done to both sides.
Todays Line Up –
           Ruben  – James Clark – Louis.
                         Jack – Bryn
           Henry – George – Adam – Ibs
Subs Cole & James Barr.
Goals Scored – Sonny 1 – Ibs  2
Assists            Sonny 1 George 1 Ibs 1
Man of the Match – Ibs.
Todays game was the quarter final of the cup with the winners to play at home against Norman.
Straight from the kick off it was all Aylsham showing our intent against a very strong Heigham side and there was even more at stake as we need to play Heigham twice in the league so progressing to the semi finals and having the bragging rights before the 2 league games a great day all round.
I think we unsettled Heigham early on in the game but as the game progressed they started to pass the ball around and having the lions share of possession, always a threat from free kicks and corners and at one stage hitting the post..
However Josh and his defence kept them at arms length giving todays visitors no clear cut chances, great display by Josh – Ruben – James Clark – Louis  – Jack Gray and Bryn really settling down well , love Rubens tackles an old fashioned right back giving no quarter.
Against the run of play we had a long ball out of our defence chased down by Bryn who slid it down the line to Ibs who took the ball to the by line before crossing for Sonny to clinically hit the ball with the outside of his foot into the far corner, well executed goal.
 The visitors continued to press but kept at a distance with our midfield quartet working over time in the middle of the park closing down and supporting Sonny when required, the second goal again from a high lofted ball which Sonny chased down causing confusion in the visitors defence which allowed Ibs to ghost in and stroke the ball into the empty net
Half Time – 2 – 0 to the good.
In the second half Cole came on from Henry and within 5 minutes from the start we won a corner with George crossing with the wind against the ball not knowing that we were to witness goal of the season, the cross came in and Ibs hit the ball on the volley from a very tight angle finding the back of the net , all over for Heigham as we continued to press and could easily have won more convincingly couldn’t we Sonny.
Man of the match was given to Ibs for his overall performance and for 2 well taken goals including goal of the season, our decision was confirm by the Heigham manager who also chose Ibs, but let not forget  Josh who settled in well at the beginning of the season but is definitely improving showing his passion and disappointed following a controversial goal given to the visitors. . The back 3 for a battling performance against a very big side today with James Clark policing and reading the game , a great performance by all 3. Jack Gray came very close to taking the man of the match trophy home with a solid performance and Bryn is always in the mix every game for man of the match. As a unit Henry – Cole – Georg – Adam and Ibs are very strong working unit in midfield , Adams performances have hit a much higher level of late and were not the same side without captain George Betts
Overall a Great Team performance, made our weekend thank you all.

Mark Wallinger’s latest work arrives in Aylsham

One World, a new work by internationally-acclaimed artist Mark Wallinger, has arrived in Aylsham as a football!

The work was commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary and was inspired by the famous Christmas truce of 1914, when soldiers from both sides emerged from the trenches and met in No Man’s Land to exchange gifts and play football.

Wallinger has taken the football itself as his canvas. He has transformed it into a globe of the world using photography courtesy of NASA. He also takes inspiration from the celebrated image of earth taken during the Apollo 8 lunar orbit on December 24 1968. Captured at the moment of earthrise, it is an image of enduring beauty, depicting a peaceful planet floating in the vastness of space. 

The Football Foundation, which has thousands of grant recipients across the country, selected Aylsham Community Sports which runs Youngs Park, home of Aylsham FC at random, to receive two of the balls. They will be on display at Youngs Park for a period before a decision is made about what to do with them.

Mark Wallinger said: “It is just over 100 years since the Armistice was agreed in 1918, and 50 years since the earthrise photograph was taken on Christmas Eve 1968. One World is my contribution to the legacy of those precious moments – spreading a message of peace for the world. Time to stop fighting and start playing; playing the beautiful game. Let’s take that image of a precious and fragile world into the future and celebrate the joy of playing together.”

Stephen French, Chairman of Aylsham Community Sports (Youngs Park), said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to receive two of these specially-commissioned footballs.

Youngs Park is open every weekend and anyone is welcome to come and see them”


Italian job for young AFC players

Three young Aylsham footballers will head to Italy next summer to represent their country at the home of Juventus, whose star player is sports legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

The trio, 13-year-olds Oli Bates, Tyler Blyth and Adam Waller, have been chosen to represent England in the Juventus World Cup, the world’s largest and most prestigious youth football tournament.

The boys, who all play for Aylsham Football Club’s under-13s’ team, as well as being part of the Future Football Elite squad, were picked for the 15-strong England squad from scores of hopefuls who took part in a Juventus Academy training camp, in London over the autumn half-term break.

The tournament’s opening ceremony, which will be held in the Juventus stadium, is expected to attract more than 50,000 spectators.

“They are all super-excited! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Gus Bates, chairman of Aylsham FC Youth who also manages the under-13s’ team and is Oli’s dad.

“The boys are over-the-moon. For us as a football club it’s massive to have three of our lads going to this. It’s just one of the things we are trying to do to help children get the best opportunities possible through the club.

“It will be a great experience for them and could lead to even bigger and better things.”

England will be among more than 30 other national teams from all over the world heading to Turin for the tournament next June. The Aylsham trio will be attending training camps in the run-up to the event and, as well as playing in the world cup, they’re also looking forward to a Juventus stadium tour. Juventus has been tipped to win the UEFA Champions League this year.

Last season the boys’ own under-13s’ team won both the Norfolk Youth Football league and cup, and it’s currently top of the premier league.

Aylsham FC’s youth section includes 25 teams. Former players include Sam Blair who is now signed to Norwich City FC under 16s as goalkeeper and has also represented the under-18s’ and under-23s’ teams.

Words courtesy of Just Regional.

The young trio who will be heading to Italy next summer.


Aylsham Athletic VS Holt

Holt 1 Aylsham 7.
Following todays local derby with Holt sitting top of the league I wasn’t anticipating such a performance and end result, we had George and Tom both absent today who under normal circumstance would be natural starters.
I would say based on to days performance this was our best performance of the season, we were 1 – 2 up when we went into the second half and I was trying see why we weren’t out of site with numerous opportunities.
Starting Line Up.
         Oliver – James – Ibs
           Louis – Jack Gray
Cole – Adam – Bryn –  James Barr
Subs – Ruben – Henry
Goals – Ibs 2
             Cole 2
             Adam 2
             Sonny 1
Man of the Match – Bryn for his faultless performance in midfield, he was first to the ball, cut everything out and was snapping at the Holt midfield not allowing them to settle.
Also in contention was Cole who took both of his goals really well and was unlucky not to get a third, you still frustrate me however with the defensive part of your game, a little more confidence will give you the top spot.
Adam Smith – from my vantage point Adam was strong in the tackle stopping Holt from playing the ball from the back, apart from the 2 fine goals thought you had your best game todate.
I would also like to mention Josh and not because of the fine penalty save but for his constant talking to the players in front of him and also encouragement, we all need to take a leaf out of Joshs book and be more supportive..
The game was barely 5 minutes old when Louis took control of the ball in midfield before putting a lovely flighted ball over the top for Cole to run onto and smash into the back of the net , brilliant start.
Within 15 minutes we allowed Holt to score a scrappy goal, from my position it appeared that no one wanted to take ownership allowing Holt to walk through and equalise against the run of play.
Disappointing as it was it wasn’t long before Ibs who is now playing in midfield got onto the ball beating 2 men before shooting across the keeper in the far corner 1 – 2 Aylsham.
Half Time Break – Big Thank you to Gavin Gray stepping in today helping Matt, your main part Gav is controlling Matts temper.
Gentleman of the Day – Jack Gray who kindly and unprompted offered to get my crutches from the back of the car. Thank you
Lady of the day – Sandie and Louis mum who dragged a bench out of the shade and into the sunlight allowing me to watch the game in reasonable comfort., thank you
We are now 15 minutes into the game and Im starting to plot my report which was going to read how did this not turn into a goal fest, when Cole broke through firing into the bottom left hand corner ( When done Cole )
As I said earlier this was our best performance todate and yet I cant truly say were we that good or Holt poor, however we have now got a free kick outside of the box and standing over the ball was Adam, in training he constantly clears the bar on this occasion the keeper didn’t see it coming 1 – 4 Aylsham.
I wasn’t expecting such a convincing win so no notes to refer to so may get the goals a little out of sequence, the fifth goal came from a fine effort by Cole matched by a fine save but unfortunately the ball fell to Ibs who returned with venom 1 -5.
The sixth was an individual effort by Adam who cut inside before driving the ball across the keeper into the far corner 1 -6 ( Overall a much improved performance Adam )
The seventh and final goal came from deep when man of the match Bryn won the ball ran down the right before putting in a perfect cross for Sonny to dispatch into the back of the net.
Overall a great performance which will give you bragging right status tomorrow in school , I would also like to say our new signings Bryn – Louis and Josh have all bedded in well and hope you are enjoying your time at Aylsham.
On separate note and finally- Henry and Ibs were invited to trial at the Norwich PDC over a 4 week period and playing in 2 competitive games , I both pleased and proud to say that both boys have progressed and we have 2 additional PDC players in the team.

Aylsham U14s Win Away

Nth Walsham 0 Aylsham 4.
Did you know that we have one of the top 40 players in the Nth Norfolk League in our team Ibs , he is complimented by another 14, for those who didn’t know Ibs was one of 40 boys who trialled for the Norfolk trials, well done Ibs.
We had an Aylsham old boy who progressed in Jack Goddard, a big well done Jack.
Todays Team –
Ruben – James Clark –  Ollie
                  Bryn – Louis
      Cole – George – Adam – Ibs
Subs – Henry – Jack Grey – James Barr ( Absentees Tom Batch )
Apologies to all todays Subs with the lack of playing time in such awful weather, it is a difficult balance were we have to get the right result and consider if changes benefit or weaken the side, when you do get on the pitch you have to seize the moment and make it difficult to leave you out, this also applies in training.
Man of the match – Bryn with an overall great performance , he and Louis have settled in quickly and compliment and support the back three. Man of the match could have been any of the starting 11 who all played extremely well
Scorers – Sonny 2 George 1 Cole 1
Our newly signed keeper Josh had a fine game making 3 or 4 great saves and although we won 4 nil he was in contention for his overall performance marshalling the players in front of him.
James Clark last weeks man of the match had a strange game not responding to defensive headers avoiding at all cost and yet going up for corners he was a constant threats, his challenge in the box resulted in a loose ball which Sonny responded to first firing into the back of the net., one nil to Aylsham.
The second goal came soon after with a clearance from Josh to George who went on a run before sliding the ball through allowing Cole to drive inside the post , 2 nil Aylsham.
In the first half we were playing up a steep incline and would have settled for a nil nil score at halftime but came off 2 to the good.
Half Time – Nth Walsham 0 Aylsham 2.
We started the second half with the same eleven as the boys were playing some quick and snappy football and deserved the opportunity to start.
The third goal came from a role reversal with another clearance from Josh to Ruben who found Cole who slid the ball through for George to get to the bye line before crossing for Sonny to hit a side way volley into the roof of the net – that was the end of Nth Walsham.
We then made the changes with Jack Gray for Sonny, James Barr for Ibs and Henry for Cole, but we weren’t finished yet , with a corner on the left to to near post George reacted first with a back heal flick 4 nil.
Overall it was a great performance by all the boys who have started looking like a well drilled team playing the ball about , its only our second game and we are joint top with 6 points , scored six and conceded none.
A special mention to Adam the enforcer with a tackle that I thought had left the game, it was perfectly timed and solid a joy to see in a competitive game with our nearest neighbours.
Next week we are at home to St Andrews, nice touch by all the boys applauding and team hug to Ibs , well done again from all at Aylsham a great achievement.

Aylsham Athletic U14s

Todays Team –
          Ruben – James Clark – Ollie
                   Bryn         Louis
           Cole – George Adam – Ibs.
Subs – Henry – Tom – Jack – James Barr.
Goals Scored – Sonny – George.
Man of the Match – James Clark.
Todays Results –
Table after first Game-
 Harling Colts F.C.                     3
 Holt United Youth F.C.             3
 St Andrews F.C. Tigers           0
 Swanton Morley F.C.              0
 Cringleford F.C. Titans           0
First of all apologies to todays Subs for the limited playing time today, unfortunately the hard pitch and strong wind limited our chances in front of goal restricting Matt from making changes earlier in the game.
As we chase down our third league title in three years our new recruits in Josh – Louis and Bryn had a faultless performances today , our back 5 were brilliant today limiting todays visitors limited opportunities throughout the game , the first half was always going to be difficult as we played into a strong wind.
Todays visitors finished third last year so we knew we were in for a difficult game but with three additions to our defence  to come away with a clean sheet was most pleasing.
The first half was difficult due to the conditions with neither keeper being tested, Half Time 0 – 0
We started the second half with Tom replacing Cole on the right and within the first minute following a sequence of one – twos between James Clark , Ollie, Bryn and Louis we got our noses in front  with Sonny latching onto the ball and firing into the roof of the net.
Swanton continued to compete in the midfield but the timing of the goal did put some of the visitors players in a defeatist mode.
We dint have to wait long for goal number two when Adam was battling to be on the end of the ball before being pushed in the box and up stepped George to make it 2 nil and the game was visibly ours allowing Matt o put all of the Subs on with Jack Gray upfront , Henry on Right Midfield, James Clark on the left.
Based on the hard pitch and wind not a great deal to report as the conditions had a major fact on the game , however our defensive five complimented with Josh the keeper were brilliant throughout overall faultless
Hope the new additions to the team enjoyed today game in the Aylsham Orange and good luck to Ibs who is again with Norfolk trials next Saturday

Young Norwich goalkeeper on hand at Youngs Park

Young Norwich City goalkeeper Aston Oxborough visited Youngs Park to help the under-12s celebrate a successful season, and to watch a new Aylsham FC goalkeeping group.

Oxborough, 20, who has recently celebrated a new contract with Norwich City tying him to the club until 2020, said: “I played my youth football for Hemsby Hornets, a time I will always remember. It’s great to see youngsters today here at Aylsham celebrating their season.

“I didn’t have facilities like these at Youngs Park when I was playing at this age so the boys and girls are very lucky.”

Reflecting on the coming season Oxborough said: “My plan is to get close to the first-team squad, play well in the under-23s, and maybe a loan spell somewhere will help me achieve this.”

And commenting on Angus Gunn, Norwich City’s first-choice goalkeeper last season, he added: “I have been at Norwich since I was 11 and Angus followed the same route as me. He gave me some technical advice and I hope to follow his path into the first team at Norwich”.

Also joining in the goalkeeping training session was Aylsham’s own Sam Blair. Sam, who is the goalkeeper for Norwich City under-16s, broke into the under-18 squad last season and played in the Hospital Cup win over their Ipswich Town counterparts.

Sam said: “Aylsham will always be my club and it was great to join in with all the young goalkeepers this evening. It is good to see that the club hold training sessions for goalkeepers. Big thanks to Aston for supporting them this evening.”


Aston Oxborough and Sam Blair with some of the Aylsham FC goalkeepers

Aston Oxborough passing on tips to six year old Erin-Rose Craynor.

Aston Oxborough with some of the players and coaches of Aylsham FC Under 12s.



Aylsham FC bags £2000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme

Aylsham FC is delighted to announce it has bagged £2000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £43 million to over 10,000 local community projects.

Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed Aylsham FC has been awarded £2000.

Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

Club chairman Ian Potter said: “Many thanks to all of the Aylsham folk who used their blue tokens to help our project.

“We have worked hard since Youngs Park opened to ensure that it is a safe environment for all of the young children who use it. Now thanks to this grant we can finally fence off the final part of the facility to keep our children safe from any traffic”.

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout November and December with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down the UK to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit

Ian Potter – who expressed his thanks to all who voted for the project.


Aylsham FC calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco fund

Aylsham FC is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores – being awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Our football club is one of the groups on the shortlist.

We are looking to receive a grant to help towards fencing off the part of Youngs Park which is adjacent to the road. This is a big project and we are a pleased that we now have the chance to make it a reality and make the field a more enclosed and safer environment for children.

Ian Potter, chairman of Aylsham FC said: “We are delighted and extremely grateful to Tesco for this opportunity. We have achieved much since opening Youngs Park but desperately want to enclose the park to make it safer and more secure for our youngsters.”

Voting is open in the Tesco store throughout November and December. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £36 million to nearly 8,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for November and December. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”


AFC Youth to become smoke free club

Aylsham Football Club is to become a smoke free site thanks to a tie up with a county wide project which discourages smoking outdoors.

The Norfolk Smokefree Sidelines project aims to get people to keep their cigarettes away from football clubs, both inside and outside.

The theory is that children and young people who see adults using tobacco think that smoking is more common than it actually is. In addition smoking in front of children and young people can make them think that it is normal, acceptable or OK to smoke.

There is also the well known documented issue with second hand smoke.

Smokefree Sidelines is a voluntary scheme and has come about as a result of a collaboration between Norfolk County FA, Active Norfolk, Smoke Free Norfolk, Healthy Norwich at Norwich CCG, Norfolk County Council Public Health and Broadland District Council.

Gus Bates, youth section chairman at Aylsham, said: “The youth sides practice hard and are well coached and looked after at Aylsham.

“But we also want to make sure these young boys and girls can play their football in the healthiest environment possible – so having no smoking on our sidelines during training and games

or indeed anywhere else on the site, has clear and obvious benefits.

“We’re really pleased to be part of this scheme and I know other clubs in the county are doing the same.

“I’d encourage as many clubs as possible to find out more from the team at Norfolk FA.”

Aylsham will be a Broadland District Champion of the Smokefree Sidelines project and will advertise the scheme at its games using promotional flags and branded tee shirts.

The Chair of NHS Norwich CCG, Tracy Williams, said: “Children are influenced by what they see, they copy what adults do and young people are most at risk of becoming smokers themselves if they grow up in communities where smoking is the norm.

“The most effective way to prevent young people from becoming smokers is to encourage adult smokers to quit and to remove young people’s exposure to smoking.”

Words courtesy of Just Regional.