Ashley Sammons

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Ashley Sammons
Personal information
Full name Ashley George Sammons
Date of birth (1991-11-10) 10 November 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Solihull, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Worcester City
Youth career
–2009 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Birmingham City 0 (0)
2012 Hereford United 9 (1)
2012–2013 Worcester City 1 (0)
2013 Redditch United 7 (2)
2013– Worcester City
National team
2007 England U17 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:00, 25 August 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Ashley George Sammons (born 10 November 1991)[1] is an English footballer who currently plays for Conference North side Worcester City, where he plays as a midfielder.

He made his first-team debut in the League Cup in September 2009, and has represented his country at under-17 level.

Personal life[edit]

Sammons was born in Solihull where he attended Langley School.[2] His older brother Greg played rugby union for Leicester Tigers.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Sammons joined Birmingham City's youth academy after being spotted playing for his local under-10s team.[2] He progressed through the academy teams, playing for the under-18s while still a schoolboy,[4] and was in the starting eleven for the 5–0 victory over Burton Albion in the final of the Birmingham Senior Cup; though nominally a reserve team, several first-team players were included.[5] In November 2008 Sammons signed his first professional contract, to expire in the summer of 2011.[2] He was given a squad number and included among the substitutes for the FA Cup match against Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2009, but remained unused.[6] He captained the under-18 team to the semi-final of the 2008–09 FA Youth Cup, in which they lost 6–1 on aggregate to their Liverpool counterparts; Sammons scored Birmingham's goal, "curling a 30-yard shot" past the Liverpool goalkeeper.[7]

Though included in the squads for pre-season friendlies,[8] he did not initially receive a squad number for the 2009–10 season.[9] After manager Alex McLeish named only six of the permitted seven substitutes for the League Cup match at Southampton, because they "could fill the squad with younger players that have just stepped up from the Academy but they're not ready",[10] Sammons told the Birmingham Mail that he disagreed, feeling that he, Jordon Mutch and Mitchell McPike were all capable of playing first-team football.[11] Three weeks later he was named on the bench for the Premier League match at Hull City, but again remained unused.[12] He made his first-team debut in the starting eleven for the League Cup third-round match at Sunderland on 22 September 2009,[13] McLeish describing the player as "a disciplined passer of the ball [who's] got good energy", stressing that although he didn't "just want to throw young players jerseys every time we have an injury crisis", in this case it was deserved.[14]

He made no further first-team appearances before a knee injury disrupted his 2010–11 season, at the end of which he signed a new one-year contract.[15] He was released when that contract expired at the end of the 2011–12 season.[16] On 10 August 2012, Sammons signed for Football Conference side Hereford United.[17]

He was released by Hereford on 8 October 2012 after making nine appearances and scoring one goal.[18]

Sammons then joined Football Conference North side Worcester City on 27 December 2012.[19]

After a short stay with Worcester City Sammons left to join Redditch United in March 2013.

International career[edit]

As a 15-year-old, Sammons played three matches for the England under-17 team in the 2007 Nordic Tournament, against their Icelandic, Finnish and Swedish counterparts.[20]

Honours[edit]

Birmingham City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Player Profiles". Birmingham City F.C. Archived from the original on 8 October 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "Sammons' Leap Forward". Birmingham City F.C. 14 November 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  3. ^ Tattum, Colin (14 March 2009). "Ashley Sammons in brotherly sporting rivalry". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Terry's End Of Term Report". Birmingham City F.C. June 2007. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Birmingham Senior Cup – Birmingham City 5 Burton Albion 0". Birmingham Mail. 8 April 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Birmingham 0 Wolverhampton 2". Birmingham City F.C. 13 January 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Dalla Valle double downs Birmingham". The Football Association (The FA). 24 April 2009. Archived from the original on 5 October 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "Cheltenham Town 0 Birmingham City 4". Gloucestershire Echo. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
    Tattum, Colin (10 August 2009). "Birmingham City 0 Sporting Gijon 0". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "Squad Numbers Announced". Birmingham City F.C. 12 August 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "Team News For Carling Cup-Tie". Birmingham City F.C. 25 August 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  11. ^ Walker, Andy (29 August 2009). "Ashley Sammons in plea for place in Birmingham City first team". Birmingham Mail. Archived from the original on 4 October 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  12. ^ Walker, Andy (21 September 2009). "Hull City 0 Birmingham City 1 – Post analysis". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  13. ^ "Sunderland 0–0 Birmingham". BBC Sport. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  14. ^ "Sammons In-Line To Make Debut". Birmingham City F.C. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  15. ^ "Sammons Leap of Faith". Birmingham City F.C. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  16. ^ "Murphy's Deal Extended". Birmingham City F.C. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "Hereford United sign Ashley Sammons and Tom Nichols". Hereford United F.C. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Bulls Release Sammons". Hereford United F.C. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "SAMMONS HANDED CITY CHANCE". Pitchero Non League. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  20. ^ "Ice cool Donaldson". The FA. 30 July 2007. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
    "Sheldon's fine finish". The FA. 31 July 2007. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
    "U17s miss out on final". The FA. 2 August 2007. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 

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