Jack Ashurst

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Jack Ashurst
Personal information
Date of birth (1954-10-12) 12 October 1954 (age 62)
Place of birth Renton, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1979 Sunderland 140 (4)
1979–1981 Blackpool 53 (3)
1981–1986 Carlisle United 194 (2)
1986–1989 Leeds United 89 (1)
1988–1992 Doncaster Rovers 139 (2)
19?? Bridlington Town (loan) ? (?)
1992–1993 Rochdale 1 (1)
1993–19?? Frickley Athletic ? (?)
Total 616 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 June 2007.

John "Jack" Ashurst (born 12 October 1954 in Renton, West Dunbartonshire) is a Scottish former professional football player. He played as a defender.


Ashurst spent the first seven years of his career with Sunderland, making 140 league appearances for the Roker Park club. In October 1979, he was signed by Stan Ternent's Blackpool for £132,400, breaking the Lancashire club's record transfer fee in the process.

Ashurst made his debut the following month, in a draw at Gillingham, replacing the veteran Peter Suddaby at centre-half.

Over the course of the next season or so, Ashurst was used as a utility player, but then suffered a series of injuries which limited his appearances.

On 21 February 1981, Ashurst scored the only goal of the game in Blackpool's league victory over Walsall at Bloomfield Road.

When former Blackpool player Allan Brown rejoined the club in a managerial capacity, he sold Ashurst to Carlisle United for £40,000 in August 1981. He went on to play for Leeds United, Doncaster Rovers and Rochdale, before moving into non-League football with Frickley Athletic with over 600 League appearances to his name. He retired from playing in the mid-1990s.