Ascot United carry ex-Reading, Portsmouth, Leeds, Norwich, Crawley, Oxford keeper out of retirement


Ascot United have managed to carry ex-Reading, Pompey, Leeds, Norwich, Crawley, Oxford keeper Jamie Ashdown out of retirement.

The 42 12 months previous shot-stopper is presently serving to the Mixed Counties League Premier Division North to a brand new membership document, being a part of their record-winning streak of 11 matches.

Ashdown has saved three clear sheets as Ascot sit at as league leaders of the desk, with the successful run going way back to Saturday the eighth once they received 3-1 in opposition to Wokingham and Emmbrook within the league, consists of two Isuzu FA Vase victories and a Cherry Purple Information Premier Problem Cup win.

Ascot additionally managed to grab all three factors in a house win in opposition to fellow title race contenders Burnham originally of November, with 11 factors separating the 2 sides.

Ashdown’s aspect have taken 39 factors from simply 14 matches having received 13 of them and misplaced one, with Reading Metropolis, who they face subsequent Tuesday (sixth of December) are solely some extent behind having received 12 of their 14 video games, drawing twice and shedding none.

Ascot’s successful run:
Wokingham & Emmbrook 1-3 Ascot United (Mixed Counties League)
Ascot United 2-1 Spelthorne Sports activities (Mixed Counties League)
Newport (Isle of Wight) 0-1 Ascot United (FA Vase)
Ascot United 3-1 Broadfields United (Mixed Counties League)
Ascot United 2-0 Holyport (Mixed Counties League)
FC Deportivo Galicia 1-5 Ascot United (Premier Problem Cup)
Ascot United 2-1 Burnham (Mixed Counties League)
Broadbridge Heath 0-3 Ascot United (FA Vase)
Virginia Water 1-2 Ascot United (Mixed Counties League)
Ascot United 7-1 Hilltop (Mixed Counties League)
Ascot United 2-1 London Lions (Mixed Counties League)

On Friday the 2nd of December 2022, Ashdown received the Participant of the Month award, displaying age is not any barrier.

In July 2022, a press release by Ascot mentioned: “We’re delighted to announce that former Premier League and FA Cup winner, Jamie Ashdown has come out of retirement and committed to the club for the season.”

He had beforehand been a goalkeeping coach on the membership, serving to out gamers be in from the women staff, the juniors or youth.

It was in August 2015 that he retired from soccer on the age of 34.

He mentioned through Portsmouth The Information: ‘I was in an era where people got decent money, but I didn’t play sufficient video games or have that high-enough accolade to get massive, massive cash.

‘Regardless, I loved what I used to be doing and received paid very properly for doing it.

‘Money doesn’t final perpetually, although, and I made some investments, however that takes years. When it goes down, it’s troublesome to get that again once more.

‘Whether you have £20m in the bank or a little money, you invest what you’ve received. It’s simply luck of the draw generally.

‘Some folks would possibly lose it. I’ve recognized many individuals which have had tens of millions and tens of millions within the financial institution and wasted it.

‘I’m now engaged on attempting to be sustainable somewhat than having a go at too many alternative issues and throwing cash at it, particularly at the moment with what’s occurring.‘


The Reading-born 25-year-old rose via the ranks along with his hometown membership the Royals however struggled to take the place of Marcus Hahnemann and as an alternative gained expertise throughout numerous mortgage spells at Gravesend, Bournemouth and Rushden & Diamonds.

In June 2004, the 6ft 3ins former England schoolboy signed a four-year contract at Fratton Park and spent a lot of 2005-06 season as Pompey’s first alternative goalkeeper however his probabilities had been restricted with the arrival of Dean Kiely after which David James through the summer time of 2006.

Jamie made his Norwich debut the next day within the 1-0 residence victory in opposition to then-league leaders Cardiff Metropolis. In his second look, he was despatched off because the Canaries fell to a 5-0 defeat at Stoke Metropolis on twenty eighth October 2006

Jamie returned to Portsmouth after a month apparently unwilling to increase his keep at Carrow Highway.

Jamie was primarily understudy to David James however following Pompey’s relegation to the Championship on the finish of the 2009/10 marketing campaign, one wonders if James will keep and if Ashdown will get extra match-time.

As an alternative he was launched by Pompey in Might 2010 however experiences claimed that they may re-sign him particularly if David James leaves.

James then joined Bristol Metropolis and Ashdown was re-signed by Pompey on ninth August 2010. He was their first alternative keeper for the 2010/11 season and was in purpose when Norwich received 1-0 on the 2nd of Might 2011 to win promotion to the Premier League.

Ashdown and Portsmouth had been relegated to League One on the twenty first of April 2012, partly as a result of membership’s perilous funds which had seen them positioned in administration and 10 factors deducted. Ashdown left the membership on the finish of the season


After a trial with Middlesbrough, Ashdown signed a one 12 months contract with Leeds on the twenty fourth of July 2012

Ashdown was launched by Leeds in Might 2014 having made simply 8 appearances for Leeds, all coming in cup competitions.

In July 2014, Ashdown trialled with each Doncaster Rovers, becoming a member of them on their pre-season tour of Portugal, and Blackburn Rovers.

On the twenty ninth of August 2014, Ashdown signed a brief time period contract with Crawley till the tip of December 2014.

Jamie left Crawley in November after making 12 appearances, and on the third of February 2015 signed with Oxford United till the tip of the 2014/15 season.

In 2013, Ashdown arrange a web based enterprise, Trusted Professional Dietary supplements, supplying and providing info to athletes about dietary dietary supplements, as talked about on the ex-canaries web site.

In 2016 he opened a restaurant which went out of enterprise through the Covid-19 lockdown.

He took to serving espresso and making bacon sandwiches in a thriving Camberley-based enterprise, then expanded his Brewpoint cafe in October 2019 by shifting to larger premises.

He then helped out with is Dad’s ironmongery shop in Crowthorne after closing the cafe.

Ashdown instructed The Information: ‘I lost my coffee shop this year. I plunged quite a lot of money into that, it’s all gone now. Coronavirus destroyed it.

‘For four years I had a cafe in Camberley, it was doing great, but I wanted something bigger and better. There really wasn’t anyplace to develop, so I risked it.

‘I decided to get a place in Basingstoke on a trading estate. It was bigger, with massive doors going out into the car park and in quite a good location – but I just didn’t get an opportunity.

‘I got there in October and it took a little while to get going. January and February were a little quiet and then March hit. There’s nothing you are able to do.

‘It depends how long you have been established and if you are willing to wait. With an old-fashioned pub, you are not going to leave it, you’re hopefully going to sit down round and look forward to it to come back again once more.

‘My cafe wasn’t actually that established in Basingstoke, it didn’t have the client base for me to assume “I’ll hold on. If I wait a few months then everyone will come back”.

‘After lockdown, I went back and for the first week-and-a-half it was brutal. I was earning £20-30 a day. There was nobody around.

‘I decided to put another business next to it, so introduced home fuels, selling BBQ stuff, supplies for woodfire stoves and chimineas. I got a bit of stock in for that and made it all look nice.

‘It was half cafe and half of that – and I ended up selling more of the fuel stuff than coffee.

‘Yet food goes out of date quickly. Each day I was throwing away stuff worth £100, such as coffee, milk, all sorts of things.

‘It went completely dead. I couldn’t wait round any longer and didn’t see any gentle on the finish of the tunnel. A grant solely goes up to now with lease.

‘I shut it in August. It took me a good week to clear it all out, selling the equipment, such as an oven you bought for £4-5,000 which you’re now promoting for foolish cash.

‘With hindsight, I should have stayed in Camberley and I would have been fine. But there you go.

‘I have learnt some life lessons that if you throw money at it, it doesn’t work out.

‘Now I’m working for my dad within the ironmongery shop, he’s a necessary store, and you need to put on a masks all day.

‘I’m probably not positive what the long run holds for the time being, it’s simply attempting to get by like everybody else.’


Youth profession
1991–1998 Reading

Senior profession
1998–2004 – Reading
2001 → Gravesend & Northfleet (mortgage)
2002 → Arsenal (mortgage)
2002 → AFC Bournemouth (mortgage)
2003–2004 → Rushden & Diamonds (mortgage)
2004–2012 – Portsmouth
2006 → Norwich Metropolis (mortgage)
2012–2014 – Leeds United
2014 – Crawley City
2015 – Oxford United
2022 – Ascot United

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