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Jamie Ashdown

Born: 30th November 1980 
Nationality: English 
Position: Goalkeeper 
Royals first team debut: Reading 5-0 Oldham – 12/09/00 
Appearances: 15(+1) 
Clean Sheets: 5 

Ashdown’s Story:
Ashdown joined Reading’s youth system in 1991, eight years before the club was granted with official Academy status. 

An exciting young prospect, he made his first team debut early on in the 2000/01 season when Phil Whitehead came off injured in the 74th minute of a game against Oldham. 

He made only a handful of appearances for Reading in the following season in between loan spells with Arsenal, Bournemouth and Rushden & Diamonds. 

When first team keeper Marcus Hahnemann was injured, Ashdown sprang into action, making ten appearances in 2004 before deciding to join up with Premier League club Portsmouth at the start of the 2004/05 campaign.   

Beyond the hoops:
Under Pompey manager Harry Redknapp, Ashdown found himself second favourite to former Royal Shaka Hislop, but upon suffering an injury, the Reading-born shot stopper got his chance in the spot light. 

He made 39 appearances across his first two seasons, a loan spell with Norwich separated a season where on return to Fratton Park, Ashdown was placed second choice again, this time behind England international David James. 

Despite only making five appearances that season, the Royals Academy product picked himself up an FA Cup winner’s medal, watching on from the bench as Portsmouth edged a 1-0 win over Cardiff City at Wembley. He also attained a runners-up medal in the Community Shield that year as well as the same achievement in the FA Cup in 2010. 

Ashdown swapped the south coast for the north with Leeds United in 2012 and then Crawley Town two years later. 

His latest transfer has brought him to Oxford United where in February 2015 he signed a contract until the end of the season, aged 34.