Message from the Chairman to ALL players at Ashton FC
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Ashton Football Club - Group Experience Club Day
We were delighted to see up to 600 of us from Ashton Football Club brave artic conditions at the Bristol City v Ipswich Town match at Ashton Gate Stadium on Saturday 17th March. Around 200 players with their families attended the Group Experience event which included Flag waving before kick off and half time, meet the player and pitch side parade. The players were treated to being put on show in front of a crowd of 21,509 and the amount of people we had at the match gained recognition from Bristol City Football Club Vice-Chairman Jon Lansdown amongst many others.
At half time Club Secretary Mitch Ford spoke with PA Announcer Downsy who told the crowd it was a proud moment for the football club to have so many attending the stadium for this event and it was only half the club that was there! He went on to mention the close ties between the two football clubs and that many of the age groups use Greville Smyth Park for training and matches in close proximity to Ashton Gate Stadium.
Huge thanks must go to Martin Peters from Ashton Football Club and Vicky Barlow from Bristol Sport for organising this for us which was such a mammoth task. We sincerely hope everyone had a great and enjoyable day!
Congratulations Luke Russe
Former Ashton Boys players makes Bristol Rovers Debut
Ashton Football Club would like congratulate former Ashton Boys player Luke Russe on making his first team debut for Bristol Rovers FC. Luke, who joined Bristol Rovers academy aged 10 has come through the academy system at Bristol Rovers to make his first team debut away to MK Dons on March 3rd 2018.
Luke told the Bristol Post, "I'm over the moon to be honest". Luke continued, "I found out at just around 1pm, at the team hotel. The Manager showed us all the team and I saw that my name was the on the board in the starting eleven. At that time, I didn't really think too much about it. I didn't have any nerves, just pure excitement when I first read out my name on the teamsheet." Luke, now 18 was escalated to the first team after injuries to other regular first team players and has won plaudits from Darrell Clarke and fans alike.
Luke's former Ashton Boys manager Gary Sollars commented, "Luke was a total pleasure to coach." Ashton Club Chairman Ian Jones continued, "It's great to see Luke has made his debut for Bristol Rovers. He continues the trend with the talent at the club coming through to first team pro with George Dowling recently making his debut for Bristol City." "I'm sure Luke is not the last from Ashton Boys to make it pro with the talent we have at the club. We would like to extend a huge congratulations to Luke on his success and wish him well for the future and have a long and successful career."
Dates for your diary 2018
Here are the all important dates for your diary's for this years major events.
First off on June 9th will see the prestigious Ashton Football Club presentation awards evening again at the Lansdown Suite, Ashton Gate Stadium. We are once again expected to welcome a total of 1200 people through the doors over two sittings with family and friends joining the players from U6 to U18 whilst they collect their awards.
Wristband sales will be announced soon as well as the times doors open for your event.
Secondly will be the Ashton FC 'The Tournament' again to be held in Greville Smyth Park, Ashton Gate. The adults kick off the tournament on July 13th 5:30pm with the main event taking place on July 14th and 15th. This years tournament will have a European feel to it and looks to be the biggest and best yet! Tournament invites have been sent out and places are already filling fast.