|Full name||Ashley Stuart Ward|
|Date of birth||24 November 1970|
|Place of birth||Middleton, Lancashire, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|1991||→ Wrexham (loan)||4||(2)|
|1992||→ Blackpool (loan)||2||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Ward had a spell with Manchester United in the 1986–87 season, making 16 appearances for the club's Junior B team. He then played for Cheadle Town Youth, and chose to become an apprentice at Manchester City above an offer from Blackburn Rovers.
In 1998, playing for Barnsley in a match at Sunderland, Ward scored, missed a penalty and got sent off in the space of five minutes.
Ward and his wife run a number of businesses, including:
- A commercial property business.
- Operating Abafields, a nursing home in Bolton bought for development but now operating under a manager
- Managing a £15million luxury property development company Bilton Ward Developments. Formed in 2002 the company specialises in the building and renovation of luxury homes, many for footballers including Kevin Campbell and Wayne Rooney. Interior design is often done by former Changing Rooms designer Laura McCree.
Ward is married to former model Dawn. Born in Salford, she is a former school friend of Ryan Giggs. Ward proposed to her in the car park of the pub where she worked when they first met. The couple have four daughters – Darby, Taylor, Charlie and Aston — and used to live in Mill Lane, Mottram St. Andrew. He sold Warford Hall in late 2014.