Editor’s Comment: Time to bring home the Ducks

Roger Hawes
Roger Hawes

So that’s that then. The Germans are back with vengeance promising to dominate world football for decades to come.

And what a fantastic, exciting tournament the World Cup turned out to be, goals galore and plenty of shock results, plus an historic first ever European win in South America.

In my household things have returned to normal after weeks of awesome football.

My son, a teenage walking factfile has finally stopped spurting football trivia at me and my wife has returned to the lounge to dominate the TV agenda once more.

At work where I have managed to hold my own as a well informed football pundit for more than a month, things have also settled down as a new season approaches and I once again return to my laid back football ignorance, oblivious to what team is doing what, with whom, and why.

England’s performance, or lack of it in Brazil, has become a dim and distant memory but once again we are battered and bruised by a failure to achieve on the world stage.

So the debate begins again as to why in a country of nearly 70 million we cannot produce a better national team.

Supporting grass roots football has been hailed as the answer to our woes.

Get more money pumped in at a community level, kick out expensive foreign players in the Premier League, coach the kids at an earlier age, and allow a free flow of natural born talent to rise to the top.

So how can Aylesbury do its bit to help?

Back in 1988 the once ‘great’ Aylesbury United played host to England at its Buckingham Road ground as a warm up for the European Championships in what was then West Germany and in 2002 its ground was used for training by Sven-Göran Eriksson’s England including none other than David Beckham.

With a reputation for one of the best non league pitches in the country Aylesbury United was riding the crest of a wave offering exciting community football for the community and opportunities for bigger things to come. Today however the youth of the town has very little to inspire them.

The one-time 100+ year old flagship Aylesbury United, still play good quality football but at a ground in Leighton Buzzard miles from its fan base while rivals Aylesbury FC run out at a ground in Haywood Way only attracting meagre attendances.

So what will put Aylesbury football back on the map?

It’s simple. The historic Aylesbury United reborn, playing in a quality community run stadium in Aylesbury, supported by the community.

I am a supporter are you?

Come on home United.