Ryan Ashford

Ryan Ashford
Personal information
Full name Ryan Marc Ashford
Date of birth (1981-10-13) 13 October 1981 (age 39)
Place of birth Honiton, Devon, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
1996–2000 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Southampton 0 (0)
2002 Torquay United 2 (1)
2002–2003 Weymouth 20 (0)
2003–2006 Eastleigh 140 (19)
2006–2011 Sholing 106 (26)
2011–2013 Lymington Town 15 (2)
Total 283 (48)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ryan Marc Ashford (born 13 October 1981) is an English former professional footballer. He was born in Honiton, Devon.

Ashford began his career as a trainee at Southampton, making his first team debut for the Saints in a League Cup game on 26 September 2000 against Mansfield Town. He did not last the first 45 minutes as he received a knock and was stretchered from the field.[1] Saints manager Glenn Hoddle was quoted as being an admirer of Ashford's "sweet left peg",[citation needed] but in March 2002, having failed to make another first team appearance, Ashford signed for Torquay United on non-contract terms.[1]

He played twice for Torquay the following month, coming on as a late substitute for Lee Canoville in the 3–0 win at home to Rochdale and starting the game at home to Halifax Town, which Torquay lost 4–2, despite Ashford scoring the opening goal.[2]

Ashford was released by Torquay at the end of the season[3] and signed for Weymouth on 16 August 2002, moving on to Eastleigh the following June.

He remained with Eastleigh until October 2006 when he was released and joined VT F.C..


  1. ^ a b c Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology Publishing. p. 475. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X.
  2. ^ Torquay 2–4 Halifax
  3. ^ Torquay reduce squad by seven Archived 29 October 2004 at the Wayback Machine

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