Neil Ashton

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Neil Ashton
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Ashton playing for Wrexham in 2011
Personal information
Full name Neil John Ashton
Date of birth (1985-01-15) 15 January 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5ft 8 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Full back, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Southport
Number 3
Youth career
2001–2003 Tranmere Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Tranmere Rovers 1 (0)
2004–2005 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 24 (0)
2005–2009 Shrewsbury Town 133 (3)
2008 Macclesfield Town (loan) 19 (1)
2009–2010 Chester City 0 (0)
2010–2015 Wrexham 204 (9)
2015–2016 Barrow 7 (0)
2016– Southport 20 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:40, 24 September 2016 (UTC).

Neil John Ashton (born 15 January 1985) is an English semi-professional footballer who plays for Southport. He typically plays as left-back, but occasionally acts as a midfielder.

Career[edit]

Tranmere Rovers[edit]

Neil Ashton started his career with Tranmere Rovers as a youth player in 2001 and turned professional in 2003, he was part of the senior squad until 2005 making just one league appearance during his time at Prenton Park. In the 2004–2005 season he was loaned out to Shrewsbury Town and made 24 appearances.

Shrewsbury Town[edit]

At the start of the 2004–05 season, manager at that time, Gary Peters bought in Ashton on loan from Tranmere Rovers to offer competition to left back Trevor Challis. By the end of that season, the deal was turned into a permanent one, which saw Ashton make over 130 appearances in all competitions, before his subsequent move to Macclesfield Town.[1]

Macclesfield Town (Loan)[edit]

In January 2008 Ashton joined Macclesfield Town on loan for the rest of the 2007–2008 campaign in a bid to find first team football.[2] Ashton made 19 appearances scoring once in his spell with Macclesfield.

Chester City[edit]

In the summer of 2009 Ashton signed for Chester City[3] who had recently been relegated to the Conference Premier. However Ashton was without a club on 26 February 2010 after Chester were expelled from the Football Conference after breaching five league regulations. This meant the club was wound up after the clubs finances proved to much for the club to handle.[4]

Wrexham[edit]

After the demise of Chester, Ashton joined the club's fierce rivals Wrexham on trial playing twice for the reserves, impressing then manager Dean Saunders. He signed for the Conference club ahead of the 2010–2011 campaign.[5] He took the number 3 shirt and was a regular in the side and in his first season with the Dragons Ashton made 42 appearances including playing in both legs of the defeats to Luton Town in the Conference Play-off semi-finals.[6] In the 2011–2012 season Ashton was part of the Wrexham side that finished second in the league gaining 98 points, but like the previous season they lost in the play-off semi finals to Luton Town, but as a consolation to Ashton he earned the Wrexham FC player of the year award for the season after making 48 appearances including an FA Cup 3rd round match against Brighton & Hove Albion at the AMEX and replay back at The Racecourse when they narrowly lost on penalties.[7] He scored his first goal for Wrexham from the penalty spot, making it a 5–1 win against Braintree Town in what was virtually the last kick of the regular season. In the 2012–2013 season Ashton stayed at the Racecourse and was still a regular in the Dragons defence. After the departure of regular penalty taker Jake Speight to Mansfield Town[8] Ashton took over penalty duties scoring his first in a 2–1 loss to Blackpool in a pre-season match. He scored his first goals in the 2012–2013 season in a game away to Stockport County where he scored two penalties but due to "over celebrating" he picked up a second yellow card and was sent off.[9] On 6 November 2012 Ashton signed a new 3-year contract with Wrexham which would last until 2015.[10] His next goal came in a 4–2 FA Cup first round loss to Alfreton Town. On 8 December 2012 Ashton scored his first goal in open play against Nuneaton Town before scoring a second in the match from the penalty spot in a memorable 6–1 win.[11] In March 2013 Ashton picked up his first career honour by winning the FA Trophy with Wrexham, Ashton played in every round but missed the final at Wembley due to injury. A month and a half later Ashton played at Wembley in a Wrexham shirt, in a 2–0 loss to Newport County in the Conference play-off Final. Ashton was released by Wrexham on 14 May 2015.

Barrow[edit]

On 8 June 2015, Ashton signed for Barrow for their return to the National League.[12]

Career honours[edit]

Wrexham

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Neil Ashton signs. – blue-and-amber". proboards.com. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  2. ^ http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2008/01/11/ashton-to-benefit-from-loan-switch/
  3. ^ "Neil Ashton". chester-city.co.uk. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Chester expelled from Conference". 26 February 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2016 – via bbc.co.uk. 
  5. ^ "Daily Post: Latest North Wales news, sport, what's on and business". dailypost.co.uk. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Luton 2–1 Wrexham (agg 5–1)". 11 May 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2016 – via bbc.co.uk. 
  7. ^ "Wrexham player Neil is fans' choice". leaderlive.co.uk. 22 April 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Jake Speight re-joins Mansfield Town from Wrexham". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Stockport 2–3 Wrexham". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Defender Neil Ashton signs new Wrexham contract". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "Wrexham 6–1 Nuneaton". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  12. ^ Randall, Liam (14 May 2015). "Wrexham FC's Neil Ashton 'gutted' at being released after almost five years at the club". dailypost.co.uk. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 

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