History of Ashridge Park FC
Ian Neilson’s son had been playing for Wokingham Youth, but was rarely selected.
During a BBQ, Ian discussed this with his next door neighbour, and a family friend, and by the end of their day, they had agreed to form Ashridge Park Football Club with Mr Peter Edwards as Chairman, David Lindsay as Treasurer and Ian Neilson as Club Secretary.
2nd Season in local football, with Ashridge Park operating 5 teams at various age groups.
Size of club quickly reaches 100 members, over 8 teams in 6 age groups.
The first Ashridge Park Summer Tournament was held at St. Crispin's.
The Club went on a number of tours as well, the first was a trip to Germany playing on some sort of chalk pitches. Ashridge Park represented Wokingham vs. our twin town Erfstadt.
In future years there were to be trips to Bournemouth for tournaments, and we also represented Wokingham in a Twinning Tournament held in France, in which we won all of our games. The Trophy is on display to this day at the Town Hall.
Ian McKenzie and Rosie Ramsay were appointed as Chairman and Secretary respectively.
Ashridge Park Men’s section was formed and played in the Bracknell Sunday Men’s League.
The original Ashridge Park website was set-up.
Ashridge Park Soccer School was introduced for under 6s. By this time, the Club had 200 members over 11 age groups from under 6 up to Adult.
Steve Jones and Ian Blackham were appointed as Chairman and Vice Chairman, with Ian becoming Chairman in 2010.
The FA Charter Status was achieved. Neil Coupe was appointed as Secretary, becoming Chair in 2014
The first Ashridge Park Girls teams were formed.
The 20th Year Anniversary was celebrated, and the Club had grown to around 300 members in 25 teams.
The Club achieved FA Charter Community Status, the highest level for a grassroots football club
The Club started the season with approximately 325 members playing for a record 28 teams, including 2 men’s teams and 2 girls’ teams.
Ady Dolan was appointed as Club Secretary, and the brand new website was launched - www.ashridgepark.co.uk which you are looking at now.