ASH UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB was founded in 1911 and started playing their first competitive matches at Ash Common. Ash United soon became well established in the Surrey Intermediate League, winning every honour possible.
After the Second World War Ash United restructured and in the 1947/48 seasons they had the most successful season in their short history, winning the League Championship and four-cup competitions.
Ash United had to wait almost twenty years for their next successful campaign. During the 1966/67 seasons Ash United dominated the Surrey Intermediate Premier "A" League, winning the title with only two points being dropped out of a possible fifty two. As the points suggest, Ash United's achievements included a long unbeaten record with 121 goals for and only 19 against. Not to be outdone the reserve team also had a terrific season. They won the Division "A" title and scored an amazing 137 goals in only 26 games, an average of 5 per game and some incredible scores. With the first team and the reserves doing well this gave the club a good squad of players, all competing for first team places. In 1968 Ash United won promotion to the Surrey Senior League, and in their first season they finished runners up, and also finished as runners-up in the cup.
This successful start in the Surrey Senior League came to an abrupt end in 1971 when Ash United were forced to change grounds, this meant they lost their place in the Senior league and had to drop into the Aldershot League. Ash United managed to find a new permanent home with the co-operation of the local council at Shawfield Road, which remains their home to date. Having a permanent home meant that Ash United United were re-admitted to the Surrey Senior League.
During the late 1970's Ash United had several successful seasons, in the 1977/78 season Ash United won the Charity Cup defeating Dorking 2-1 in the final, the following season Ash United finish runners-up in the newly named Combined Counties League as well as reaching the finals of the Philips Football Floodlighting Competition. It took Ash United several years before they managed to win the Combined Counties League, which they eventually won in the 1981/82 seasons. Ash United also finished runners-up in the Concours Trophy and the George Allen Trophy during that year.
The 1984/85 seasons saw Ash United getting through to the quarterfinals of the Surrey Senior Cup as well as being runners-up in the Concours Trophy again. During the 1985/86 season Ash United had a creditable run in the FA Vase, followed by a great league performance in 1986/87. Ash United won the League for the second time under the management of Chris Penny. Ash United produced their best run in the FA Vase in 1993/94 by reaching the second round only failing to go further by losing to Littlehampton in a replay.
The 1996/1997 season saw improvements in the facilities at Shawfield Road, most notably was the installation of floodlights and further improvements to the changing rooms, dugouts, and fencing.
The 1997/98 seasons was Ash United's best for several years, with new manager Jamie Horton bringing his considerable experience to good effect. He brought together a squad of players that won the Challenge Cup and the Fair Play Trophy in his first season as player/manager. The team also created a new league and club record with 29 games unbeaten in league and cup, which included a run of 21 straight wins.
The following season Jamie formed a side that took the League title by a massive 13 points. His team also won the Aldershot Senior Cup beating Fleet Town and reached the last 32 of the FA Vase before losing to the Holders & winners Tiverton Town in front of a record crowd at Shawfield Road.
Jamie Horton had a second stint as manager during the 2001/2002. He then took Ash United to their highest points total for a season when they reached 100 but it still wasn't good enough to take the title and they finished runners-up to AFC Wallingford. They however did regain the Aldershot Senior Cup beating 3 RSME Regiment and also reached the last 32 of the FA Vase before losing to Tow Law Town. There was more silverware for the club as the Reserves won the Division One Title.
The 2004 to 2006 seasons saw ex-Aldershot Town player Stuart Udal take charge of the team. Great progress was made with Ash United finishing 3rd in the League. The Reserve team won the Reserve Premier Cup beating Sandhurst Town.
Season 2007/2008 saw Danny Rolfe take over the manager's position and although Danny's tenure as manager was only to last one season he carried on the good work achieved by his predecessors with a credible mid table finish.
Ash United reserves were narrowly beaten into 2nd place for the Suburban league title for 2007/2008. However, their outstanding season has been rewarded with promotion to the Suburban League Premiership division. The committee are hopeful that the new reserve team manager, Clive Gladwell, will continue the momentum of past seasons and take Ash United reserves to even greater achievements.
Paul (Bonzo) Bonner, ably assisted by ex Ash United and AFC Wimbledon player Matt Everard, has now taken over the first team manager's role. Paul has 18 years service as a player with Ash United so it is only fitting that his time should now come as first team manager. We all look forward to Paul's unique management style and wish him and Matt all the very best for the coming seasons.
Ash United continue to support youth football with the creation of an 11-a-side boys team in the 2008/2009 season. Under the stewardship of manager Trevor Macallan the team has seen consistent success. This in turn has helped attract other Youth teams to play under the Ash United banner, where in the 2011/2012 season we also have teams at Under 12s, Under 16s and Under 18s.
On-pitch changes have been augmented with off-pitch changes; a new senior committee has been elected who have a combined vision and commitment to progress Ash United to new levels.
The Combined Counties Football League » Premier Division
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