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Ardley United-A Brief History

Ardley United formed in 1945,just as the Second World War was ending.From humble beginings,playing mainly in the Lord Jersey Football League,the Club has progressed through the Oxfordshire Senior League to Step 5 of the football pyramid,in The Hellenic League.

Under the generous patronage of the Chairman Norman Stacey,Ardley have flourished since gaining Hellenic League status.Proudly providing one of the finest playing surfaces at this level,plus excellen off pitch facilities for both players and supporters.Added to that,the Club have earned a reputation for being one of the most hospitable clubs to visit.

In the last 25 years,Ardley have won the Oxfordshire Senior League Division One title on three occasions as well as the Junior Shield,also on three occasions.Apart from a barren period between 1973 and 1983 the club has won trophies almost every season throughout it's history.

The club were in the "old" Division One of the Hellenic League for siz years,winning the league in consecutive seasons 1996/7 and 1997/8.Also winners of the Division One Cup for four consecutive season's between 1994/5 and 1997/8,a record of achievement never previously attained,and unlikely to be supassed with the introduction of the combined Premier and Division One Challenge Cup competition.

1997/8 also saw the Ardley Reserve side as Champions of their league,and promotion to Division One of the Reserve Section.League restructuring and facility requirements towards the end of the 1990s,saw Ardley in the new First Division.

The club worked hard to improve the facilities,which was rewarded with promotion to the Hellenic Premier League in season 2003/4.The following year,the Club was rewarded for it's achievements being awarded the Hungerford Cup for the greatest improvement for facilities and playing.Further accolade came in the same season,being awarded the Non League Papers "National Game Award" for the most improved facilities.

Season 2006/7 proved to be one of the best in the Clubs history,finishing third in the Premier Division and also winning the Supplementary Cup.

Season 2007/8 provided mixed fortunes,the League position was not as great as previous seasons,but further success in Cup competition was rewarded with finalist places in both the Floodlit and Supplementary Cups.The Supplimentary Cup Final was the last match in charge for Manager Dan Still,who had guided the team to three seasons of success.

Though the club secured the services of one of the most successful non-league Managers in the area,Kevin Brock.The ex Newcastle United professional is using his experience to bring the Club further accolade.Now entering his fifth season in charge,Kevin will be looking to build on the Clubs past success,and secure the elusive Hellenic Premier League Title at last.


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