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Jamie Ashdown

Jamie Ashdown

Clubs played for: Reading, Gravesend & Northfleet (loan), Arsenal (loan), Bournemouth (loan), Rushden & Diamonds (loan), Portsmouth, Norwich City (loan), Leeds United, Crawley Town, Oxford United (1991-2015)

Born: 1980

Birthplace: Reading

Position: Goalkeeper

Biography: Reading first gave local lad Ashdown his first taste of league action and he seemed to be set to become a regular fixture in the Berkshire club’s side until he turned down the offer of a new contract and chose to join Pompey instead. An injury to Shaka Hislop presented an opportunity for him to show what he could do but it took several years and a succession of competitors, including Greek flop Chalkias, Westerveld, Kiely and finally David James, before finally enjoying a regular run of games. It was duriung this sequence that he managed to break the club record for the number of minutes without conceding a goal (636 minutes). Relegation from the Championship in 2012 triggered the relese of a number of players and he was one of them. After a trial with Middlesbrough, Leeds offered the chance to link up with former team mates Jason Pearce, David Norris and Luke Varney but this, disappointingly, only resulted in two years of bench warming. Crawley and Oxford United turned out to be his last employers before retiring from the game. In recent years, Jamie has been a big supporter of One Glove and their “Pulse” goalkeeper glove. A percentage of all sales is donated to charity. He also acts as goalkeeper’s coach at Ascot United, runs his own academy based at Charters School in Sunningdale and runs the Brewpoint Café at the Basepoint Business Centre in Camberley.

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