Ashley Ward

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Ashley Ward
Personal information
Full name Ashley Stuart Ward
Date of birth (1970-11-24) 24 November 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Middleton, Lancashire, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Cheadle Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1991 Manchester City 1 (0)
1991 Wrexham (loan) 4 (2)
1991–1992 Leicester City 10 (0)
1992 Blackpool (loan) 2 (1)
1992–1994 Crewe Alexandra 61 (25)
1994–1996 Norwich City 53 (18)
1996–1997 Derby County 40 (9)
1997–1998 Barnsley 46 (20)
1998–2000 Blackburn Rovers 54 (13)
2000–2003 Bradford City 84 (17)
2003–2005 Sheffield United 33 (5)
Total 388 (110)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ashley Ward (born 24 November 1970) is a retired English footballer who played centre forward.

Early life[edit]

Ward was born in Middleton, Lancashire, the son of a coal mining engineer. He attended William Hulme's Grammar School, which opted for Rugby and Lacrosse as the school sports over football.[1]

Football career[edit]

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.[1]

He played for at least a dozen different clubs in a long career, including Crewe Alexandra, where he made his name, Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers and Bradford City. He retired in the summer of 2005.

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.

After retirement[edit]

Ward and his wife run a number of businesses, including:

  • Developing fashion boutique Apparel in Wilmslow. After wanting some trousers altered, Ward's wife returned to find the shop closed. She did a deal with landlord Robert Bilton. Now sold to friend Clare Sudweeks[2]
  • A commercial property business, in partnership with Robert Bilton. The portfolio extends from Manchester to Marbella
  • Operating Abafields, a nursing home in Bolton bought for development but now operating under a manager[3]
  • Managing a £15million luxury property development company Bilton Ward Developments. Developed with business partner Robert Bilton,[3][4] he has now been bought out by the Wards.[5] Formed in 2002 the company specialises in the building and renovation of luxury homes, many for footballers including Kevin Campbell and Wayne Rooney.[6] Interior design is often done by former Changing Rooms designer Laura McCree.

Personal life[edit]

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.[1][4] The couple have four daughters – Darby, Taylor, Charlie and Aston[7] — and used to live in Mill Lane, Mottram St. Andrew. He currently lives at Warford Hall near Alderley Edge, Cheshire.[8]

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