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Jamie Ashdown

Goalkeeper

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Biography

Date of birth

30/11/1980

Signed

03/02/1998

Country

England

Ashdown began his career with his hometown club Reading, joining our youth system in 1991 at the age of eight.

His Royals and Madejski Stadium debut came during the 2000/01 season when first-choice keeper Phil Whitehead had to be substituted due to injury, Ashdown played the remaining 16 minutes of the game against Division Two side Oldham.

He was sent out on loan several times in the following seasons to clubs including Arsenal, Bournemouth and Ebbsfleet.

Only making a handful of appearances in a Reading shirt, his chance came again when this time number one jersey wearer Marcus Hahnemann picked up an injury. The Reading-born keeper stepped up to the plate to make ten appearances in the 2003/04 season prior to deciding to join the Premier League with Portsmouth for the start of the subsequent campaign, but not before keeping a clean-sheet in his final Madejski Stadium appearance against West Brom that May.

His boss at Fratton Park was none other than Harry Redknapp, but again Ashdown found himself second favourite for the majority of his stay. Despite this however, he still managed 123(+1) appearances for Pompey as poor performances from the likes of Shake Hislop and Sander Westerveld led to spells of first team opportunities.

The arrival of David James for the 2006/07 season meant that a starting spot became even more limited, although five games that season was enough to grant the former Reading man an FA Cup medal as they beat Cardiff 1-0 in the final.

He also achieved the honour of runners-up in the Community Shield that year and the same feat in the FA Cup later on in 2010.

His time with the south-coast club came to an end in 2012 when due to financial issues he wasn’t offered a new contract and instead, opted to join Leeds United in July.

After two season with the Whites he moved on to Crawley Town and then Oxford United where in February 2015 he signed a contract until the end of the season, aged 34. 

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