AUFC Statement Nov 2023
Don Crosbie Retirement
Ashford United Football Club is preparing for a new chapter in the Club’s history.
Over nearly two decades Don Crosbie has been custodian of Ashford United Football Club. Through both tough times and good he is proud to have seen the club have great successes and grow from one team to over twenty-eight regular Ashford United teams. Homelands has become a massive community facility catering for more than 1500 users per week. These include girls and ladies’ teams, boys and men teams, and also our 180 vets who give much enjoyment playing their leagues on a Sunday evening.
Over the previous few years, despite set-backs from would be fraudsters and of course the pandemic, the club has gained planning permission for new and upgraded state of the art facilities, commercial enabling and a new 3G all-weather pitch which has now been installed.
Don is preparing for retirement next year, at the young age of 70, and is looking to sell the club to someone with the youth, enthusiasm, energy and financial backing that can continue to strive for football excellence, support the loyal community of supporters and players and fulfil the expansion plans.
AUFC is actively seeking a new custodian to purchase the dynamic business and excited for its next chapter. The AUFC community will be kept up to date with the transition.
“I have taken the club as far as I can and despite the tough challenges on the way have succeeded in putting the club in a much stronger and financially sound position than when I first purchased the club. The club boasts a rare factor in so much as AUFC own the 14.5 acre freehold and does not have a secondary landlord to stifle growth or expansion. The facility I have created is a sound platform for AUFC to progress but sadly after installing the second artificial pitch I have neither the necessary finance or health to take the club to where it can definitely rise, hence the time has come to hand over the reins to someone that can continue the ambitions of this great club.”