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FA Vase, Sky Sports and the FA Cup – the Lamb & McGrotty era at Ascot United FC

Ascot United confirmed in a statement on Wednesday morning that managers Jeff Lamb and Paul McGrotty has decided to step down – with speculation growing as to who will take over at the Racecourse ground.

In the meantime, we’ve had a quick look in the archives and picked out some special moments from their historic time in charge of the Yellamen.

The 5 year spell at the Racecourse led to several spectacular Vase runs, cup wins and national recognition in the FA Cup.

It has unarguably been the most successful period in the history of senior football in a town where so often the camera’s focus is on the famous old racecourse, rather than the club within it’s ground.

So here’s to Jeff and Paul..

When the Sky camera’s came to the Racecourse Ground

The palace of racing versus the home of football..

Which you can watch IN FULL (2 hours and 30 minutes) here if you so wish:

When they were this excited about an FA Vase third round win in 2012

Ascot United celebrate an FA Vase third round win at Colliers Wood United. Photo: Mark Pugh.

Ascot United celebrate an FA Vase third round win at Colliers Wood United. Photo: Mark Pugh.

They eventually reached the quarter finals, losing a replay against Shildon 4-1.

When they did it all again two seasons later

Typical Gracie.. this time they were beaten 3-2 at a packed St Austell in the quarters.

There was this seasons BEST EVER FA Cup run

Ascot United's Paul Coyne takes a penalty against Tonbridge Angels in the FA Cup. Photo: Mark Pugh.

Ascot United’s Paul Coyne takes a penalty against Tonbridge Angels in the FA Cup. Photo: Mark Pugh.

The heavy replay defeat at Tonbridge Angels in the First Qualifying Round should never detract from the fact they were a penalty kick from winning the original tie.

And not forgetting that epic late FA Vase winner at Hollands & Blair

Ascot United FC celebrate winning the FA Vase First Round tie at Hollands & Blair. Photo: Mark Pugh.

Ascot United FC celebrate winning the FA Vase First Round tie at Hollands & Blair. Photo: Mark Pugh.

And then of course there’s the 2015/16 Floodlit Cup Final..

Ascot United captain Dave Hancock lifts the Floodlit Cup. Photo: Mark Pugh.

Ascot United captain Dave Hancock lifts the Floodlit Cup. Photo: Mark Pugh.

All the best Jeff and Paul for the future, from FootballinBracknellAll images by Mark Pugh.

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Tom Canning

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