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Eastbourne Borough fans celebrate - August Bank Holiday Monday 2003                                Photograph by Sam Hicks

Ash United FC

Youngs Drive
Shawfield Road

Telephone: 01252 745757


Nickname: United

Clubhouse & covered area

Further cover behind the near goal

New stand viewed from behind the clubhouse goal

A closer view

View along the touchline, showing the dugouts

Ash United were formed in 1911 and for the first sixty years of their existence played at Ash Common. In 1971 however, the club was forced to change grounds and lost their place in the Surrey Senior League as a consequence, briefly dropping into the Aldershot League. Fortunately, with the cooperation of the local council Ash were able to find a new permanent home at Shawfield Road, in the middle of a residential area in Ash Village, and they were readmitted back into the Senior League

In 1978/79 the Surrey Senior League became the Home Counties League, and was renamed the Combined Counties League in 1979/80. Ash United finished as runners-up in both seasons.

The championship came to Youngs Drive in 1982, and the club finished outisde of the top three only once over the next five seasons: winning again in 1987. The club once again became a dominant force in the late 1990s, winning the championship for a third time in 1999; and twice finishing as runners-up.

The well-kept ground is undeniably one of the better in the Combined Counties League, and was improved considerably by the addition of a 100 seat stand in the winter of 2003 with the aid of Football Foundation funding.

Previously the only cover at the ground was behind the near goal, where an older covered shelter (with fascia painted in the club colours), was supplemented by an overhang added to the well appointed clubhouse. This can also be accessed from the reasonably sized car park in front of the ground.

Floodlights were installed in 1996, and there are plans for development of the existing changing rooms and dugouts.

Only a short distance from Aldershot FC, Ash have benefitted from the Shots’ promotion to the Conference and longer travelling distances; with some Aldershot supporters choosing to visit Youngs Drive when they are unable to follow their first club away from home.

Ground details
Capacity: 1,500
Seats: 100
Cover: Yes
Floodlights: Yes

Take the A323 to Ash. Turn left into Shawfield Road, and left again into Youngs Drive.

Rail & bus
Approx. one mile from Ash (BR) and Ash Vale (BR). Stagecoach nos. 20A and 550.