Former footballers remember stalwart Ashy
More than a 100 former amateur players, referees and administrators attended a reunion night to remember the life of football stalwart Dave '˜Ashy' Aspden.
A long-serving ex-manager and secretary of local clubs Hesketh Arms and Ribbleton Avenue Methodists in the 1960s to 1980s, Aspden sadly passed away earlier this year.
On the night, a new “Ashy-dedicated” award in the form of a shield was presented to Paul Whelan, who is the chairman of Preston Schools’ Football Association.
This shield willl be contested for each season by the Under-12s age group of the city’s school football teams.
Sponsored by Preston-based firm Trade Windows, the evening – which was held at St Anthony’s Social Centre on Cadley Causeway –raised £700 for charity, which will be divided between Vine House Cancer Care, in Cromwell Road and Preston Schools’ FA.
One of the night’s attendees Wilf Riley said: “It was a great night and everybody enjoyed themselves. We had a good time reminiscing about our playing days and in particular remembering Ashy.”