Ashley Vincent

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Ashley Vincent
Personal information
Full name Ashley Derek Vincent[1]
Date of birth (1985-05-26) 26 May 1985 (age 29)[1]
Place of birth Oldbury, England[2]
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Striker / winger
Club information
Current team
Shrewsbury Town
Youth career
2001–2003 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 (0)
2004–2009 Cheltenham Town 113 (8)
2005 Aldershot Town (loan) 3 (0)
2009 Colchester United (loan) 6 (1)
2009–2012 Colchester United 65 (9)
2012–2013 Port Vale 34 (7)
2013–2014 Cheltenham Town 18 (2)
2014– Shrewsbury Town 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 3 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Ashley Derek Vincent (born 26 May 1985) is an English footballer who plays for League Two club Shrewsbury Town. He can play on the wing or as a striker, and is renowned for his pace.

He graduated through the Wolverhampton Wanderers youth system to win a contract with Cheltenham Town in May 2004. He spent the next five years at the club, playing in the 2006 League Two play-off final victory. He was loaned out to Aldershot Town in November 2005 and to Colchester United in March 2009, before he joined Colchester permanently in May 2009. He spent three years with the club, before he moved on to Port Vale in July 2012. He helped the "Valiants" to secure promotion out of League Two in 2012–13, before he re-joined Cheltenham Town in July 2013. He signed with Shrewsbury Town in May 2014.

Playing career[edit]

Oldbury, West Midlands-born Vincent started his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, spending three years at Molineux and playing in the youth and reserve teams.

Cheltenham Town[edit]

In May 2004, Vincent joined League Two side Cheltenham Town on a two year deal; manager John Ward had previously worked on the coaching staff at Wolves.[3] He made his first team debut on 7 August 2004, replacing John Melligan 68 minutes into a 2–0 win over Southend United at Roots Hall.[4] He won his first start three days later, in a 2–0 home defeat to Scunthorpe United.[5] He scored his first goals on 28 September, bagging a brace in a 5–1 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge in the Football League Trophy.[6] He finished the 2004–05 season with three goals in 30 games.

On 18 November 2005, he joined Conference side Aldershot Town on a one month loan.[7] He played three games for Terry Brown's "Shots" in an uneventful stay at the Recreation Ground. Back with Cheltenham, he scored two goals late into the 2005–06 season to put himself back into first team contention. He played 77 minutes of the play-off final at the Millennium Stadium, before he was taken off for Damian Spencer; Cheltenham held on to their 1–0 lead over Grimsby Town to win promotion into League One.[8] Days before the game he signed a new two year contract with the club.[9]

Vincent picked up a serious knee injury during a reserve team match in August 2006.[10] After missing the rest of the 2006–07 season due to the injury, he marked his return to full fitness on 15 August 2007 with a "stunning" equalizing goal against Swindon Town.[11] He played a total of 40 games in 2007–08, finding the net twice. In July 2008, he signed a new contract with the club; manager Keith Downing stated that "The boy's had a cruciate injury and he's a young one as well. He's still growing, getting bigger, better and stronger."[12] Vincent had explained to Downing that he wanted to play as a striker, rather than his previous position on the right side of midfield.[13] On 26 August 2008, Vincent scored against Premier League side Stoke City in a League Cup encounter.[14] Two months later he was sidelined for six weeks after fracturing his wrist in two places.[15] In February 2009, he rejected manager Martin Allen's offer of a new contract and was linked with a loan move to Bradford City.[16] However he suffered a medial knee ligament injury the following month, which prevented the deal from going ahead.[16] Despite this setback he remained insistent on a move away from Whaddon Road.[17]

Colchester United[edit]

In March 2009, Vincent joined Colchester United on loan until the end of the 2008–09 season.[18] Manager Paul Lambert said that "He's got the enthusiasm and hunger and he'll be a big player for us next season. He's got pace, and when you've got that you've always got a chance."[19] In May 2009, Lambert signed Vincent to a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[20] However Lambert left the club after the first game of the season – a 7–1 win over Norwich City – and was replaced by new boss Aidy Boothroyd. Vincent featured just 21 times in 2009–10, scoring three goals. He went on to feature 42 times in 2010–11, scoring a total of five goals.

Vincent missed six weeks at the start of the 2011–12 season with a knee ligament injury.[21] In an interview given after his recovery, he admitted that he had feared the injury could have ended his career, and also hinted at a move to a Midlands club in the summer so as to be closer to his family.[22] In December, he was struck down by a hamstring injury, which kept him out of action for several weeks.[23] His injuries limited him to just 12 appearances in the campaign, as well as an appearance in the final of the Essex Senior Cup (which ended in a shock defeat to Canvey Island[24]). At the end of the season, manager John Ward confirmed that he had played his last game for the club.[25]

Port Vale[edit]

In July 2012, Vincent signed a one-year deal with League Two side Port Vale.[26] He started the 2012–13 season on the wing, opposite Jennison Myrie-Williams, and scored twice in the opening six league games to fire the "Valiants" into second place.[27] After claiming goals against Oxford United and Wycombe Wanderers, he was named as League Two Player of the Month in October 2012, but credited his teammates, saying "this award is as much for them as it is for me".[28]

"There’s been a lot of deserved praise for Tom Pope's goal scoring record, but Port Vale are no 'one man team' and Ashley's contribution this month was clearly worthy of recognition. So often the architect of goal scoring chances, we’re sure Ashley will have enjoyed his goals this month and will want more as the season progresses."

—Emma Collins (npower Sponsorship Manager) explained why the Player of the Month panel picked out Vincent as the star of League Two in October 2012.[29]

He went 12 weeks without a goal before he netted twice in a 3–0 victory over AFC Wimbledon at Vale Park on 5 February 2013.[30] On 12 March, he picked up an ankle injury that kept him out of action until the last day of the season.[31] Vale secured promotion with a third-place finish at the end of the season, with Vincent scoring eight goals in 40 appearances. He was offered a new two-year contract, but chose to reject the offer and to search for a new club.[32]

Return to Cheltenham Town[edit]

Vincent was linked with a move to Notts County, and also had a trial with Scottish Premier League side Motherwell.[33] He re-signed with Cheltenham Town – now in League Two and managed by Mark Yates – on a one-year deal in July 2013.[34] He said the move was a 'homecoming' for him.[35] He was not in the first team for the first half of the 2013–14 season, and had to wait until February before winning his first start in the league.[36] He was soon frozen out of the first team picture once again and was released in May 2014.[37]

Shrewsbury Town[edit]

Vincent joined Shrewsbury Town in May 2014, becoming new manager Micky Mellon's first signing.[38]

Style of play[edit]

Vincent can play as a winger, but prefers a more central attacking role.[39] In either position he likes to exploit his pace to run at defenders.[39] As a striker he is often used alongside a target man.[40]

Statistics[edit]

As of 3 May 2014.
Club Season Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[41] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2003–04[42] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cheltenham Town 2004–05[43] League Two 26 1 1 0 1 0 2 2 30 3
2005–06[44] 16 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 20 2
Aldershot Town (loan) 2005–06[44] Conference National 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Cheltenham Town 2006–07[45] League One 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
2007–08[46] 37 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 40 2
2008–09[47] 29 3 3 2 2 1 1 0 35 6
Total 113 8 7 2 7 1 4 2 131 13
Colchester United (loan) 2008–09[47] League One 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Colchester United 2009–10[48] 19 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 21 3
2010–11[49] 37 5 2 0 2 0 1 0 42 5
2011–12[50] 9 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 12 1
Total 71 10 4 0 4 0 2 0 81 10
Port Vale 2012–13[51] League Two 34 7 2 1 1 0 3 0 40 8
Total 34 7 2 1 1 0 3 0 40 8
Cheltenham Town 2013–14[52] League Two 18 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 21 2
Total 18 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 21 2
Shrewsbury Town 2014–15[53] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 239 27 13 3 14 1 10 2 276 33

Honours[edit]

Individual
with Cheltenham Town
with Colchester United
with Port Vale

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Southend 0-2 Cheltenham". BBC Sport. 7 August 2004. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Cheltenham 0-2 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. 10 August 2004. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Cheltenham 5-1 Dag & Red". BBC Sport. 28 September 2004. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
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  8. ^ "Grimsby 0-1 Cheltenham". BBC Sport. 28 May 2006. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Vincent and Spencer stay at Town". BBC Sport. 26 May 2006. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Vincent injured in reserve clash". BBC Sport. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Ward praise for Vincent equaliser". BBC Sport. 26 August 2007. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Vincent extends Cheltenham stay". BBC Sport. 30 July 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Downing hopeful of Vincent deal". BBC Sport. 25 July 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Cheltenham 2-3 Stoke". BBC Sport. 26 August 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Vincent out for six weeks". This is Gloucestershire. 28 October 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Knee problem sidelines Vincent". BBC Sport. 6 March 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Vincent set to leave Cheltenham". BBC Sport. 11 March 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "Colchester wrap up Vincent deal". BBC Sport. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
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  22. ^ "Ashley Vincent feared end of Colchester United career". BBC Sport. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  23. ^ "Ashley Vincent set for Colchester United first-team return". BBC Sport. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  24. ^ "Canvey Island win Essex Senior Cup". BBC Sport. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
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  27. ^ "Micky Adams pays tribute to wing wonders Jennison Myrie-Williams and Ashley Vincent". The Sentinel. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
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  33. ^ "Family comes first, claims Vincent after Robins move". The Sentinel. 21 July 2013. 
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  35. ^ "Ashley Vincent: Cheltenham move is 'homecoming' for winger". BBC Sport. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  36. ^ "Ashley Vincent unconcerned about Cheltenham Town future". BBC Sport. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  37. ^ "Four released, Jason Taylor transfer listed". Gloucester Echo. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
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  39. ^ a b "Joining Valiants a family affair for Vincent". The Sentinel. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  40. ^ "Vale trio to double efforts with single aim of success". The Sentinel. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  41. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy
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  43. ^ "Games played by Ashley Vincent in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  44. ^ a b "Games played by Ashley Vincent in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  45. ^ "Games played by Ashley Vincent in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  46. ^ "Games played by Ashley Vincent in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  47. ^ a b "Games played by Ashley Vincent in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  48. ^ "Games played by Ashley Vincent in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  49. ^ "Games played by Ashley Vincent in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  50. ^ "Games played by Ashley Vincent in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  51. ^ "Games played by Ashley Vincent in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  52. ^ "Games played by Ashley Vincent in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  53. ^ "Games played by Ashley Vincent in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
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