Jamie Ashdown interview


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Six Random Royal Connections

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“In 2003, I worked with Andre Bikey, who was 18 years old at that time. So I followed his career and I still have a very good relationship with him.”

Former Reading manager José Gomes made a number of interesting comments in his recent interview with BBC Radio Berkshire, but that might just have been the most bizarre.

Who knew that the Portuguese boss had previously coached the Cameroonian defender, long before either of them had probably even heard of Reading.

It got me thinking – which other former Royals have previously been teammates at other clubs, but never featured together for Reading? Read on to find out more on the Gomes/Bikey partnership plus five other random connections…

José Gomes and Andre Bikey

As Gomes explained, he first coached Bikey in 2003, when the pair were at Portuguese Liga side Pacos de Ferreira.

Both had joined the club that summer – it was Gomes’ first job as a first team manager, whilst Bikey had never played top-flight football before. However neither stuck around very long.

Gomes was sacked after losing seven of the first eight games of the season (two of which Bikey played in). The defender never played for the club again after Gomes’ departure, leaving in the January transfer window to join José at his new club, second tier side Aves.

Sadly the pair never reunited again after they both left Aves a few months later, as their respective careers became characterised by short spells at clubs in a number of different countries.

Gylfi Sigurdsson, Danny Williams and Sandro Wieser

After Gylfi Sigurdsson’s quite incredible breakthrough season at Reading in 2009-10, supporters were almost resigned to losing him in the summer, and he eventually left on deadline day for a club record sale fee to German Bundesliga side Hoffenheim. Despite starting just 13 games in his debut campaign, the midfielder was voted the club’s player of the season after scoring ten times.

In the summer of 2011, Hoffenheim bolstered their midfield options even further by signing Danny Williams from SC Freiburg. But as he settled in to life at his new club, Sigurdsson was enduring a difficult second season and the pair only played five games together (W1, D2, L2) before the Icelander joined Swansea City on loan in the January transfer window.

As Sigurdsson departed, one Sandro Wieser arrived from FC Basel. The Lichtenstein international’s most notable contribution in a Reading shirt was getting sent off in an under-23s game, and his impact for Hoffenheim was equally embarrassing, as his only appearance came in a 7-1 defeat to Bayern Munich, which Williams also featured in.

The American would go on to join Reading in 2013, with Wieser following him to Berkshire (via Swiss side FC Thun) three years later.

Nelson Oliveira and Ola John

In total, these two former Reading loanees spent four years together at Benfica, but actually only played together once – indicative of how little playing time both got at the Estádio da Luz.

Oliveira came through the academy at the Portuguese side to make his debut in 2011, while John signed from FC Twente in 2012, but their solitary shared appearance came in 2014 against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League. John played the full 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw, and Oliveira came on as a 76th minute substitute.

Benfica won the Primeira Liga that season, with John getting a medal after making 26 league appearances. He would make the temporary switch to Berkshire the following season. Meanwhile, Oliveira had departed on loan to Swansea in the January transfer window and left permanently for Norwich in 2016.

Liam Moore and Matt Mills

A boyhood Leicester City supporter, current Reading captain Liam Moore made his senior debut for the Foxes alongside former Royals skipper Matt Mills in a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in January 2012.

It was one of just two appearances for the teenage centre-back that season, after he had spent the first half of the campaign on loan at Bradford City. Meanwhile, Mills had moved to the King Power Stadium from Berkshire the previous summer following defeat in the play-off final to Swansea.

A month after the Palace game, Mills was involved in a bust-up with manager Nigel Pearson leading to him being stripped of the captaincy, forced to train with the academy and never play for the club again. Stay classy, Matt.

Andy Griffin, Yakubu and Jamie Ashdown

At the heart of Portsmouth’s side (well, three players’ worth) in their second Premier League season in 2004-05 were a trio of Royals alumni.

The South Coast club had signed goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown from Reading that summer, along with right-back Andy Griffin from Newcastle, who would go on to win the Championship with the Royals in 2012. Yakubu, scorer of that FA Cup goal against Derby in 2015, had already been at Fratton Park for 18 months.

The Nigerian featured the most that season, scoring 16 goals in 32 appearances – Griffin featured in half of those games, and Ashdown in nine. All three played together on just three occasions though (W2, L1).

After Yakubu’s departure to Middlesbrough in summer 2005, Ashdown and Griffin featured alongside each other 13 more times in 2005-06, keeping two clean sheets.

Nick Blackman and Dave Kitson

In signing both Nick Blackman and Dave Kitson in the summer of 2012, Sheffield United (then of League One) created a rather fruitful strike partnership between two players who both enjoyed hot goalscoring streaks at the Madejski Stadium.

The two played together for the Blades on 18 occasions (W8, D7, L3) before Blackman made the move to Reading in the January transfer window, scoring a combined total of 12 goals in those matches. This included Kitson assisting Blackman on three occasions, and Blackman setting up his partner once. Quite fittingly, their last appearance together came against Reading in the FA Cup.

Speaking in October 2012, Blackman said of Kitson: “Dave is so experienced, he never stops talking to me throughout the game, which only benefits my performance and he has also done really well.”

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Video interview: I’ll stick with Doncaster vows Dickov

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SportFootballDoncaster RoversThursday, 24th July 2014, 1:13 pm

Dickov has been left to effectively pick up the pieces after lining up a number of players ahead of the expected takeover to join the club, only to now be hastily revert to Plan B with a much-reduced playing squad just a few weeks to go until the start of the Football League season.

Similar problems last season saw the Rovers chief forced to scramble around for signings in the build-up to last season, with the scenario this time around much worse with his squad wafer-thin and a host of senior players having left with more set to follow.

Dickov has confirmed that he will not play Richie Wellens for the rest of the pre-season programme, with the key midfielder ly to activate a relegation release clause, aliong with Paul Quinn.

Club stalwart James Coppinger, who had verbally agreed a deal if the takeover went ahead, is also expected to have played his last game for the club.

Several players remain on trial including forward Nathan Tyson, but Dickov has confirmed that another trialist, former Leeds United keeper Jamie Ashdown, will not be joining the club.

Categorical about his own future being at Doncaster, he said: “I am a lot tougher than a lot of people think. It’s a challenge here, but it’s one that I am up for.

“I love being here and love working with everybody involved at the club. It (leaving) has never crossed my mind.

“There’s been a little bit of disruption over the past week, but you deal with it and get on with it.

“Through no-body’s fault really (here), we are left in the situation where the takeover fell through, which nobody was expecting.

“But I had a long meeting with Terry (Bramall) and David Blunt on Tuesday and the budget has been set for me and as a club, you deal with it and move on.”

On the takeover collapse, he added: “I think it was a shock for everybody as talks had been going on for a long time and the completion date had been set and press conferences held. But it didn’t happen.

“It’s a difficult situation. I’m not going to lie. But as a manager you deal with it and make sure everyone sticks together as from the outside looking in, it looks as if it’s an unstable club. But it isn’t.

“We have to be positive and move on together now.”

On Wellens, he said: “The situation with Richie is that a lot of players, he’s had to take a drop in wages because of relegation. He has a release clause that he can activate until the 31st of August as has Paul Quinn.

“For me, preparing for the season now, it’s going to be very difficult now involving Richie or Paul in the games we have got coming forward.

“Richie was my captain last year and someone I have known for a long time. But looking to the future, if say for instance Richie played in the friendlies against Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham, he might then get a phone call to activate his clause and go somewhere else.

“When players have clauses, you have to plan without them.”

Source: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/sport/football/doncaster-rovers/video-interview-ill-stick-doncaster-vows-dickov-1837980

Jamie Ashdown – Latest breaking news, rumours and gossip

Jamie Ashdown interview

Oxford United sign goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown on short-term contract

Goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown, 34, signs for Oxford United on a free transfer.

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Sports Mole rounds up the action from the Football League Trophy as Bristol City, Tranmere, Gillingham and Leyton Orient all progress to the area semi-finals.

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Half-Time Report: Peterborough United overturn one-goal deficit

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Gary Bowyer reveals that neither Carlos Cuellar nor Jamie Ashdown will be joining Blackburn Rovers, but Jordan Spence is still training with the Ewood Park club.

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Midfielder Michael Brown and striker El-Hadji Diouf are among seven experienced players that have been released by Leeds United.

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Jamie Ashdown signals his intention to leave Leeds United at the end of the season by tweeting that he has taken part in his “last training session” at the club.

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Match Analysis: Leeds United 1-5 Chelsea

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Result: Chelsea outclass Leeds United to reach Capital One Cup semi-finals

Chelsea come from behind to beat Leeds United 5-1 in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals at Elland Road.

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Preview: Leeds United vs. Chelsea

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Dec 17, 12:24

Team News: Four alterations for Leeds United

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Duo closing in on Leeds United switch

Leeds United manager Neil Warnock is reportedly close to signing free agents Andy Gray and Jamie Ashdown.

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Apr 17, 21:46

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Mar 31, 16:58

Michael Appleton prevented from offering new deals

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Mar 20, 21:46

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Robert Koren strikes to give Hull a 1-0 win over ten-man Portsmouth at the KC Stadium.

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Jamie Ashdown: The Big Interview

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Jamie Ashdown played 123 games for Pompey from 2004-12 u0013 a spell that saw him break the clubu0019s post-war league record of 636 minutes without conceding

And it is a measure of the player and the man that he’s remembered favourably by the Fratton faithful for his work on and off the pitch.

A 123-game, eight-season stay at the Blues began in earnest for the recently-retired 35-year-old goalkeeper back in 2004.

Having arrived at Harry Redknapp’s Premier League newcomers as Shaka Hislop’s understudy, Ashdown had to fight for his right to earn a place in between the posts for Pompey.

And that initial duel developed into a seemingly never-ending battle as Kostas Chalkias, Sander Westerveld, Dean Kiely, David James and Asmir Begovic took it in turns to provide competition.

Ashdown said: ‘I was contract at Reading and seeking to play a higher standard of football.

‘I met a couple of managers, including Harry Redknapp, and being from down south it suited me well to come to Pompey.

‘This was a club willing to spend some money and at the time also looking to get a new stadium, so I jumped at the chance.

‘We had Shaka, who I watched when I was in my Reading youth days, and was in awe of him.

‘Harry also loved him and I knew I wasn’t going to go straight into the side because of Shaka’s experience – it was a matter of me plugging away that first season.

‘We then had Chalkias, though, and after that it was Westerveld.

‘Then it was Dean Kiely and David James, and in the background we had Asmir Begovic, so it was a constant battle!’

While James was Pompey’s most successful goalkeeper in Ashdown’s time at the club – winning the FA Cup in 2008 and returning for another final appearance in 2010 – he wasn’t always the easiest team-mate to get along with.

Ashdown said: ‘David James was fantastic, although there were difficult days with him in training.

‘He was a big personality, and being such an athlete he also had a confidence about him as well.

‘I had to tread carefully around him when he was playing – a lot of the players.

‘I found a way of getting on with him, though, so I did something that a lot of people couldn’t!’

What Ashdown was unable to do, though, was take James’ Wembley place – although he came mightily close in 2010.

With Pompey’s regular stopper struggling with a calf injury, Ashdown played in the Blues’ league games preceding the FA Cup semi-final and final, only for James to declare himself fit to start on both of the big occasions.

Indeed, England’s former No1 gestured to the bench in the first half of Pompey’s 1-0 final defeat to Chelsea, he was struggling with an injury – with Ashdown sent for a half-time warm-up, only for James to play through the pain.

‘I played a few games in the lead up to both the semi-final and final – and remember coming off the bench at Tottenham in the league just before our semi-final against them,’ said Ashdown.

‘But Jamo just turned up for the semi and the final as well.

‘In fact, about 25-30 minutes in against Chelsea he signalled to the bench his calf was gone.

‘There was a worry he was not going to be able to continue, so I went and warmed up at half-time.

‘I would have been ready and enjoyed it if I had come on.

‘I didn’t have nerves or anything that but it wasn’t to be.’

While the Blues lost out in 2010, it wasn’t to be Ashdown’s day two years previously either, despite the famous 1-0 triumph over Cardiff.

Having to watch on from the bench left the sub stopper unable to fully appreciate the winners’ medal that was initially stolen from him, before the FA replaced it.

He said: ‘Winning the Cup still doesn’t mean a massive amount to me because I didn’t play.

‘But being in the squad and witnessing what happened that day was quite something – it was a big triumph for a small club really.

‘Having trained day in, day out, Pompey were my team, and even if you are the doctor or masseur you still share in the moment.

‘That said, I left the medal in my jacket and put it in one of the cloakrooms, and lo and behold someone pinched it!

‘Thankfully, I got it back after calling the FA and getting one reissued – it all worked out fine.’

While a sense of achievement was missing for Ashdown from the Blues’ Cup glory, his post-war league record of 636 minutes without conceding a goal in the 2010-11 Championship season is one he is rightly proud to tell his children about.

After 42 scattered Premier League appearances for the Blues in the previous six seasons, the perennial back-up man was finally made an ever-present under Steve Cotterill and repaid the manager’s faith in fine style in a 50-game campaign.

Ashdown said: ‘I kept six consecutive clean sheets and broke the club’s post-war record for longest run without conceding.

‘That’s the sort of record you can take home and tell your kids.

‘And until it gets broken, it’s something I’ll remain proud of.

‘There aren’t many people who can say they have done that.

‘Van der Sar did it for 14 games but at top teams Manchester United that’s a bit more expected.

‘In the Championship, most of the games are full of goals.

‘You get the odd clean sheet but six in a row is brilliant, really.’

Now retired, though, Ashdown is able to give more thought to specific games and one in particular often comes to mind.

The 2-2 draw at Southampton in April 2012 may be best remembered by Blues fans for David Norris’ last-gasp equaliser, but for the midfielder to have even salvaged a point owed much to the continued heroics of man-of-the-match Ashdown.

He said: ‘It was an emotional day – derby games always are.

‘Time goes really quickly and things in the game seem to happen very quickly, so for me it was just about keeping my concentration.

‘You make a save and then move onto the next one, that’s the job.

‘I must have done okay that day because there’s always Pompey fans saying to me they remember that Southampton game.

‘I certainly remember the David Norris volley.

‘I think if it was at home I probably would have run into the crowd to celebrate with the others.

‘I can’t blame being too tired because as a goalkeeper you don’t have to do too much running!’

Ashdown, instead saved his running around for off-the-field endeavours as he threw his weight and money behind the liquidation-threatened club’s fan takeover under the Pompey Supporters’ Trust.

His contribution was telling as he convinced at least 11 Blues team-mates, including Norris and Joel Ward, to make Trust pledges in the successful fight to raise funds.

It’s a selfless and meaningful act which has not been forgotten by the Fratton faithful, although Ashdown is quick to downplay his efforts.

He added: ‘I got all of the boys involved in it – the ones I could.

‘I wanted to give support to the idea and just felt it was the right thing to do for the club.

‘It’s great to have played a little part in helping out Pompey and the fans, and if in any way I got a few more people involved by showing player support then that’s pleasing.’

Ashdown somewhat ironically left Pompey a matter of weeks later at the end of the 2011-12 season, after being released as a result of the Blues’ ongoing financial problems.

But the love affair between player, club and fans meant he was constantly linked with a return, with the Blues having a loan offer rejected by Leeds only a matter of months after leaving Fratton Park.

Spells at Crawley and Oxford followed, before Ashdown decided to call it quits at the start of this season, aged 34 after failing to hold down a No1 spot at the U’s.

Now 35, Ashdown is taking his first steps into the world of coaching, and also enjoying his role as ambassador for charity Football For Cancer, based in Portsmouth.

‘Now I am retired I would to continue to give back to the community,’ said Ashdown.

Source: https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/jamie-ashdown-big-interview-1275011

Jamie Ashdown Interview

Jamie Ashdown interview

Full Name: Jamie Ashdown
Date of Birth: 30th November 1980
Age: 34
Current Club: Oxford United
Place of Birth: Reading
Nationality: British
Height: 6ft 4inches

How old were you when you first started playing football and did you always want to be a goalkeeper?
I was about 11 when I first starting playing as a striker for local side Sandhurst. I didn’t always want to be a goalkeeper no, we needed a goalkeeper for a training game and I went in goal and the manager thought best if I would be the sides GK.

Where and when did you get your big break?
I got my first real chance when I went to Rushden & Diamonds where I picked up invaluable experience playing every week, then I got called back to Reading FC because of an injury to the 1st team gk and played the last 10 games that season. These games lead to getting a move to Portsmouth which was in the Premiership.

Did you face any obstacles along the way, ever think you weren’t going to make it to where you are now and if so how did you get past the obstacles?
When I was in the youth team at Reading I completely shattered my index finger which lead to having a complicated surgery back then, and at the time wasn’t sure if I would be given a pro contract. But I was very determined to play through any pain to get the chance to be a pro. Also when I was at Portsmouth I had quite a few back problems which I had quite a long lay off with but I had great support from all the staff at Portsmouth that got me through it.

Who was your biggest influence growing up?
My dad would always drive me to every game which lead to opportunities for me. In terms of goalkeepers Peter Shilton, Nigel Martyn, Neville Southall and David Seaman were all goalkeepers I grew up wanting to be .

How do you prepare for a big game?
I’ve always needed a good weeks training to prepare right for a game. A good night’s sleep the night before a game is very important and good nutrition.

Any tips on warm-ups?
Warm ups should be tailored to the individual and work on things you may expect from the opposition on the day. Staying relaxed in a warm to avoid any tension which can lead to possible injuries.

Are you superstitious or do you have any pre-game rituals?
Being on time is my only ritual I have but I don’t have superstitions.

What techniques do you employ to keep focused for the full 90 minutes?
Talking to the defence helps with focus I find.

What goalkeeper gloves do you wear and how important is the right goalkeeper glove to you?

I wear TheOneGlove Company Pulse gloves which I co designed with TheOneGlove. I wanted to give back to the sport and also help others. We are currently helping jacks 1st steps, who is a little boy that needs surgery to help him walk for the first time.

What are the main features you look for in a goalkeeper glove?
Good grip, comfort, easy to clean, what the brand stand for, the One Glove which wanted to help others which are less fortunate than us.

Since you’ve started playing what is the most important bit of advice you’ve been given and by whom?
My dad always told me to keep grounded and that I hope has stuck with me.

What’s been your biggest career highlight(s) so far?
Playing in the Premier League

Who is/has been your toughest opponent and do you prepare differently to face them? (Team and player)?
Chelsea were very difficult to play against, so many different styles they can play with fast thinking players.

You can prepare mentally which is very important.

But the good players always do something different to what they had done in previous games so if you studied to hard, and they do what you weren’t predicting you would look stupid, so best way you can prepare is to prepare to expect the unexpected.

Any advice you could give to young goalkeepers trying to break through?
Never think you have made it and work hard you always have a point to prove to yourself and other goalkeepers/players.

What football club do you support?
Reading, it’s where I grew up.

Away from the football pitch and training ground what do you enjoy doing?
I own a nutrition company that sells informed sport only products to athletes and armed forces.
I also to spend time with my 3 children and taking them to various hobbies that they have.

You’ve recently teamed up with TheOneGlove who are donating a proportion of all Pulse Glove sales to ‘Jack’s First Steps’ how did you get involved in the charity and what can you tell us about it?
The One Glove Company got in contact with me to see if I wanted to endorse their gloves. After a few discussions we came up with donating a percentage of glove sales of the pulse to my chosen charity – Jacks 1st Steps. In the future we are hoping to build our own charity and see if we can make a difference.

Where do you see Oxford United finishing this year and did you have any pre-season aims as a club and individual for where you want to finish?
I’ve only been at oxford a short while and at present the main aim would be stay up and then build for next season with the group of players that have only been together a couple of months. I’m convinced next season will be a vast improvement on this season.

Do you see yourself staying with Oxford after your contract ends?
I would love to stay at oxford it’s a fantastic club which I can see doing well next season.

Thanks Jamie!

Source: https://www.keeperportal.co.uk/jamie-ashdown-interview/