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.

Thursday, 20th April 2017, 2:15 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:49 pm
Paul Whelan, second left, is presented with the Ashy Shield by from the left, Bernard McNaboe, Dave Aspdens brother Michael Aspden and John Kerrigan, who donated the shield PHOTO: Eamonn McNamara

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.

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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.”