Wednesday, 17 November 2010

192 Jack Ashurst

Position :  Centre  half

Played : 1992-93

Appearances : 1

Goals : 0

Jack was an old team-mate of assistant-manager Mick Docherty at Sunderland brought in after being released by Doncaster to cover an injury to Paul Butler. He started out with Sunderland in the 70s spending 8 seasons there without really establishing himself in the side. In 1979 he was bought by Blackpool for a club record £132,400. Eighteen months later he was sold on to Carlisle for £40,000. Jack was very popular at Brunton Park, an automatic first team choice making 194 appearances and inspiring the fanzine So , Jack Ashurst Where’s My Shirt (No, I don’t know what that’s about) . In 1986 Billy Bremner took him to Leeds and made him captain despite him being 32 at the time. He made 89 appearances before Howard Wilkinson let him go to Doncaster two years later where he soon came under Bremner again. He was released in 1990 and went to Bridlington Town but Rovers soon called him back again and he played another two seasons for them.

Jack first appeared in a pre-season game at Southport where, in the absence of a tannoy man, he was identified by my sharp-eyed friend Mr Wilbraham. He played in the one league game away at Wrexham, where our late scrambled consolation goal was initially credited to him but later re-assigned to Steve Whitehall, and in a League Cup tie against Crewe. He didn’t let us down but at nearly 38 he was hardly one for the future. When Alex Jones was re-signed he went on his way to Frickley Athletic.

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