Ducks boss excited by rumours of possible return to old ground

Ducks boss Tony Joyce
Ducks boss Tony Joyce
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Aylesbury United manager Tony Joyce says he would be ‘hugely excited’ by a rumoured return to the club’s former ground at Buckingham Road.

The stadium, which is in a sorry, overgrown state since United’s eviction in 2006, has been the subject of a planning application for a care home and housing but still lays dormant.

Last week, Aylesbury Vale District Council vowed to meet club chiefs to discuss options to help bring the Ducks back to their hometown.

And Joyce said he had heard rumours that a return to Buckingham Road might be on the cards.

“Obviously coming back to Aylesbury would be a massive boost for us,” Joyce said.

“The reports and rumours I have heard are that going back to Buckingham Road could be a viable option, which would be really nice.

“It’s just sat there isn’t it, so I think that could work well.”

The popular boss said the stories about a possible long-awaited return to Aylesbury have not affected his players, though.

“Yes the players know about it and read the websites and the paper and it would be nice. But does it affect the players? Not really I would say,” Joyce said.

“All they are worried about is whether they are playing or not.”

And Joyce is not wrong. On the pitch United are upwardly mobile after leaders Dunstable drew with Tring at the weekend which saw the Ducks climb to second in the Spartan South Midlands Premier, just one point off top spot going into Saturday’s game at Hadley (3pm).