Jamie Ashdown

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Jamie Ashdown
Personal information
Full name Jamie Lawrence Ashdown
Date of birth (1980-11-30) 30 November 1980 (age 33)
Place of birth Reading, England
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Free Agent
Youth career
1991–1998 Reading
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2004 Reading 13 (0)
2001 Gravesend & Northfleet (loan) 0 (0)
2002 Arsenal (loan) 0 (0)
2002 Bournemouth (loan) 2 (0)
2003–2004 Rushden & Diamonds (loan) 19 (0)
2004–2012 Portsmouth 109 (0)
2006 Norwich City (loan) 2 (0)
2012–2014 Leeds United 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:35, 4 May 2012 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Jamie Lawrence Ashdown (born 30 November 1980 in Reading, England) is an English footballer who is currently a free agent following the expiration of his contract at Leeds United.

Career[edit]

Reading and the loans[edit]

Ashdown began his career at Reading, where he established a reputation as an exciting prospect. Following loan spells at Gravesend & Northfleet, Bournemouth and Rushden & Diamonds, and a work experience placement at Arsenal, Ashdown broke into Reading's first team squad as a result of an injury to first choice 'keeper Marcus Hahnemann. He made 13 appearances for the Royals but in the summer of 2004, Ashdown declined Reading's offer of a new contract and instead signed for Premier League club Portsmouth before the start of the 2004–05 season to provide competition for Shaka Hislop, with a view to replacing the veteran on his retirement.

Portsmouth[edit]

Ashdown started his first season at Portsmouth as substitute goalkeeper but gained a starting place after an injury to Hislop. After the departure of Harry Redknapp as manager and alleged comments by Hislop, a new goalkeeper, Konstantinos Chalkias was bought to the club and given the first team place. After a number of poor performances by Chalkias, Ashdown was again restored to the first team and remained there for the remainder of the season.

In August 2005, Portsmouth signed another goalkeeper, Sander Westerveld and Ashdown was in competition with him at the beginning of the 2005–06 season for a first team place. Westerveld started the season as first choice 'keeper. However, after a number of poor performances by Westerveld he was dropped and Ashdown was again called on as Portsmouth's number one goalkeeper. With the return of former manager Harry Redknapp, Ashdown was dropped to second choice again after the arrival of Dean Kiely from Charlton Athletic in January 2006. In the 2006–07 season Ashdown faced even more competition from new high-profile signing David James.

Norwich City (loan)[edit]

Due to the large competition for the goalkeepers spot at Fratton Park, Ashdown was given the opportunity to go out on loan, Portsmouth decided that this would help his career and joined Norwich City. He played the first game of a loan spell with Norwich City on 21 October 2006 in a 1–0 win against Cardiff City at Carrow Road, replacing Paul Gallacher in the starting XI. However, he was sent off in his next match, which Norwich went on to lose 5–0 against Stoke City and did not play again for the Canaries, returning to Pompey on 20 November 2006.

Return to Portsmouth[edit]

Ashdown returned in late 2006 and was still nowhere near the first team due to the incredible performances of David James during the 2006/2007 season. These performances put Pompey at the top of the table in the early parts of the season. Ashdown picked up an FA Cup winners' medal with Portsmouth in 2008, although this was subsequently stolen.[1] However, after the stolen medal never surfaced, the FA reissued Ashdown a winners medal[2] Despite not playing in the FA Cup win he made 3 appearances in the 2007/2008 season. In the 2008/2009 season Portsmouth played their first ever European Match against Vitória de Guimarães which they won and qualified for the group stages of the Uefa Cup. Ashdown was the second choice goalkeeper after David James. Ashdown did not feature in the competition or in the League that season. After playing six league games during Portsmouth's 2009–10 Premier League relegation season, he was released by the club.[3] However, before the start of the following season, he re-joined Portsmouth as their first choice goalkeeper after David James' departure to Bristol City.[4]

After returning to Portsmouth, Ashdown got more game time as first choice, with 50 appearances including the League Cup and FA Cup in a season which Portsmouth finished 16th in the Championship. Ashdown's proudest moment in a Portsmouth shirt was when he broke a post-war club record for most minutes without conceding a goal (636 minutes) between February and March 2011.[5]

In the following season, Ashdown struggled for form, which led to the manager to drop him in favour of new signing Stephen Henderson. Henderson remained a first choice goalkeeper but in March 2012 Henderson was loaned to West Ham United to reduce the wage bill of financially stricken Pompey, Ashdown was established as number one for the rest of the 2011/12 season as the only goalkeeper for Portsmouth. Later in the 2011/12 season, Portsmouth was relegated to League One after losing to Derby County 2–1 on 21 April 2012. This was a second time Ashdown experience relegation at Portsmouth in the last two season. At the end of the season, Ashdown was released along with Ricardo Rocha and Benjani after being told that they won't be offered a new contract due to their ongoing financials problem.[6] After being released, Ashdown says it was difficult decision to leave Portsmouth and wished the club every success in the future.[7]

Leeds United[edit]

After a trial at Middlesbrough[8] but on 23 July 2012, Ashdown joined Leeds United along with Andy Gray following a trial at Leeds. Ashdown will join up former Portsmouth team-mates Jason Pearce, David Norris and Luke Varney and will face competition from newly signing goalkeeper Paddy Kenny to earn the first choice goalkeeper ahead of the new season.[9] Ashdown was allocated the number 12 shirt for the 2012–13 season on 3 August.[10]

Ashdown made his debut for Leeds on 28 August in a League Cup match against Oxford United.[11] With regular keeper Paddy Kenny out injured, Ashdown came into the starting line-up for Leeds 2–1 victory against Premiership side Everton on 25 September.[12]

On 16 May 2014, Ashdown was released by Leeds United.[13]

Honours[edit]

Portsmouth[edit]

Winner:

Runner up:

Charity Work[edit]

In the summer of 2013, Ashdown along with ex England and Leeds United player Danny Mills are set to row the English Channel in a rowing boat for charity, to raise awareness of Melanoma skin cancer, in memory of former Leeds United fitness coach Bruce Craven, who died of the disease aged 32.[14]

Outside football[edit]

In 2013, Ashdown set up an online business supplying and offering information to athletes about nutritional supplements that do not feature on banned substance lists and are believed not to be harmful.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 25 September 2012
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[16] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Reading 2000–01 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2001–02 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
Total 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 5 0
Bournemouth (loan) 2002–03 2 0 - - - - - - 2 0
Total 2 0 - - - - - - 2 0
Reading 2002–03 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 - - - - - - 1 0
Rushden & Diamonds (loan) 2003–04 19 0 - - - - - - 19 0
Total 19 0 - - - - - - 19 0
Reading 2003–04 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Total 10 0 - - - - - - 10 0
Portsmouth 2004–05 16 0 1 0 4 0 - - 21 0
2005–06 17 0 0 0 1 0 - - 18 0
Total 33 0 1 0 5 0 - - 39 0
Norwich City (loan) 2006–07 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Portsmouth 2007–08 3 0 0 0 2 0 - - 5 0
2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2009–10 6 0 0 0 2 0 - - 8 0
2010–11 46 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 50 0
2011–12 21 0 - - 0 0 0 0 21 0
Total 76 0 1 0 7 0 1 0 85 0
Leeds United 2012–13 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Career Total 145 0 3 0 14 0 3 0 165 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FA Cup winners' medals stolen". BBC News Online. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "Medal thieves won't spoil another FA Cup final for Glen Johnson if Liverpool win". Daily Mail (London). 
  3. ^ Jackson, Jamie (19 May 2010). "Portsmouth offer David James new deal as part of plan to rebuild squad". London: Guardian. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Portsmouth re-sign goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown". BBC News Online. 9 August 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Bristol City 2 Portsmouth 1: Jamie Ashdown's clean sheet record shattered as Robins record fourth straight win". London: Daily Mail. 8 March 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Trio Exit Fratton". Portsmouth Homepage. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ashdown ready for new challenge". Sky Sports. 9 June 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Boro check on Ashdown". Sky Sports. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Gray and Ashdown to join up permanently...". Leeds United. 22 July 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "New squad numbers announced". Leeds United A.F.C. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "OXFORD LIVE". Leeds United A.F.C. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "UNITED SINK EVERTON". Leeds United A.F.C. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "SEVEN RELEASED BY UNITED". Leeds United AFC. 16 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Ashdown and Mills take to the seas...". Leeds United Official Site. 25 April 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "Championship: Leeds goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown launches business". Sky Sports. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  16. ^ Including League Trophy and UEFA Cup

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