It almost escaped everyone, but club captain Louis Bouwers made his 100th appearance for the Yellamen in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Knaphill - you can forget Steve Smith, cricket and the Ashes - this is the most important stand anyone will make!
He’s so committed to his team, he even turned out with two black eyes and a head bandage despite having his face glued together in the early hours of the previous Wednesday morning, following a nasty clash of heads at Fleet Town. And, earlier on Saturday he was unselfishly out and about supporting some of Ascot’s younger players during the morning’s junior matches.
Bouwers has become a mainstay in the Ascot defence and is a huge reason why the Yellamen have conceded just one goal in five league games this season. However, it’s not just at the back where he’s made his mark, he’s also scored ten goals in those 100 appearances – including three this term – as his partnership with fellow central defender Chris Ellis flourishes.
Manager Jamie Tompkins was equally keen to recognise his skipper with his own testimony, saying “Congratulations to Louis Bouwers on reaching his 100th appearance for our football club!
Louis has demonstrated fantastic commitment over the last few seasons and has become a colossal defender in his role as club captain, a leader, a great person and his impact on and off the pitch is extremely valuable to the football club.”
Louis made his debut at Thatcham Town in on 5th November 2016 before going on to make 12 appearances that season. “El Capitano” then turned out 42 and 37 times in 17/18 and 18/19 respectively. His Ascot debut will also be remembered by defeating the then league leaders 2-1 thanks to James Goodey’s 91st minute winner, but the telling contribution came from the back on a day when the match report read “…the visiting defence looked otherwise assured, boosted by debutant Louis Bouwers.”
Bouwers has also stuck with the club through difficult times and the supporters are incredibly grateful for his commitment, attitude and leadership over his four seasons at The Racecourse. Here’s to the next 100 Louis…and thank you.