William John Ashley

Last edited on 6th February 2019.

Nickname:Jack or Spud
Place of birth:Fisherville, South Australia, Aust
Born:14th May 1890
Died:3rd December 1968
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Born in South Australia and came to Sydney with his family as a boy where he learned his football in Sydney. He belonged to the Balmain club,and when it folded at the end of 1913, he 'threw in his lot' in with East Sydney and became the best exponent of the game in Sydney. In May 1910 the Arrow Sporting Newspaper said of him: "Jack Ashley gave a superb exhibition of all-round football. Well endowed physically, he runs speedily, is very dodgy, good in the air, and a magnificent kick (drop or place) with either foot. The ex-Balmain player has been very prominent for several seasons, but in the past never showed anything like his present form. He was the star of the 36, his clever work bringing forth repeated plaudits from the spectators. It is safe to say he will be the means of raising the two flags on many occasions for E.S." In July 1911, the Sun newspaper said "Jack Ashley is the paragon of Australian footballers, and his methods and demeanor on the field are worthy of imitation by all players of the national, game." He takes hard bumps with a smile, and is never heard in expostulation with umpire or opponents." Jack represented. New South Wales in the 1911 Australasian Carnival, at Adelaide, and displayed form of such a high order that the Port Adelaide Club sought him out.

He was a best and fairest winner at Port Adelaide in 1914 and also won that year's Magarey Medal. The WWI interrupted the SAFL but when it returned in 1919 so did Ashley and he won another best and fairest award at Port before retiring at the end of the season. A boilermaker by trade.

Ashley has been playing for the Ports with marked success, and is looked upon as one of the greatest players in the champion State's representative team. He was very popular in Sydney and the competition in Adelaide went into recess because of WWI, returned for one season to captain the Balmain club which had be resurrected after some years of war influenced recession.

Whilst waiting for his clearance to come through from the Port Adelaide Club, Jack turned out with Balmain Rugby League Club playing in the first grade early in the 1916 season and was still recorded as playing Rugby League with Balmain in late June of that year.

He returned to Adelaide and played in a minor competition until the SANFL recommenced.

Ashley represented South Australia on many occasions and played in Port Adelaides 1914 premiership team.

In 1920 he was badly injured when a charabanc overturned and could not play. In 1921 he umpired in an Adelaide suburban league with some success. He played two games with Port Adelaides reserves in late 1922 and apparently his knee withstood the pressure. However he continued to umpire in the suburban league.

Ashley eventually returned to his family in Sydney some years later where he died in 1968.

Clubs


Timeline


Games played

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1908-06-20
New South Wales
VS
Norwood FC
6 - 6 (44)
12 - 12 (84)
Sydney Cricket Ground
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Position: FF Rank: Player Goals: 1 Points:
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1909-08-07
Combined Sydney
VS
South Melbourne FC
10 - 10 (79)
7 - 10 (52)
Erskineville Oval (old ground)
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Position: FP Rank: Player Goals: 0 Points: Best
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1909-08-11
New South Wales
VS
Geelong FC
12 - 12 (89)
15 - 12 (102)
Erskineville Oval (old ground)
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Position: HFF Rank: Player Goals: 0 Points:
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1909-08-18
New South Wales
VS
Collingwood FC
3 - 3 (28)
12 - 12 (84)
Erskineville Oval (old ground)
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Position: FB Rank: Player Goals: 1 Points: Best
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1909-09-04
New South Wales
VS
Queensland
6 - 6 (46)
11 - 21 (87)
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Position: Foll Rank: Player Goals: 1 Points: Best
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1910-06-11
New South Wales
VS
Queensland
9 - 9 (69)
5 - 7 (37)
Brisbane Cricket Ground
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Position: HBF Rank: Player Goals: 1 Points: Best
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1910-07-30
Combined Sydney
VS
North Broken Hill FC
9 - 9 (65)
9 - 8 (62)
Erskineville Oval (old ground)
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Position: CHF Rank: Player Goals: 0 Points: Best
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1910-08-10
New South Wales
VS
Geelong FC
19 - 19 (128)
16 - 12 (108)
Erskineville Oval (old ground)
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Position: HFF Rank: Player Goals: 3 Points: BOGBest
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1910-08-13
New South Wales
VS
Fitzroy FC
6 - 6 (44)
6 - 17 (53)
Erskineville Oval (old ground)
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Position: CHF Rank: Player Goals: 1 Points: Best
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1910-08-17
Combined Sydney
VS
Fitzroy FC
6 - 6 (47)
9 - 14 (68)
Erskineville Oval (old ground)
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Position: CHB Rank: Player Goals: 2 Points: Best
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1910-08-20
Combined Sydney
VS
Combined Riverina
13 - 13 (99)
8 - 4 (52)
Erskineville Oval (old ground)
Position: CHF Rank: Player Goals: 1 Points:
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1911-07-22
Combined Sydney
VS
Kalgoolie Railway FC
10 - 10 (66)
13 - 11 (89)
Erskineville Oval (old ground)
Position: CHF Rank: Player Goals: 3 Points: Best
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1911-07-28
Combined Sydney
VS
Broken Hill FL
6 - 6 (48)
1 - 5 (11)
Jubilee Oval - Broken Hill
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Position: Foll Rank: Player Goals: 0 Points:
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1911-08-02
New South Wales
VS
VFL
11 - 11 (72)
13 - 18 (96)
Adelaide Cricket Ground
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Position: Foll Rank: Player Goals: 2 Points: Best
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1911-08-07
New South Wales
VS
Western Australia
8 - 8 (66)
9 - 13 (67)
Adelaide Cricket Ground
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Rank: Player Goals: 3 Points: Best
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1911-08-09
New South Wales
VS
South Australia
2 - 2 (21)
12 - 20 (92)
Adelaide Cricket Ground
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Rank: Player Goals: 0 Points: Best
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1911-08-10
New South Wales
VS
Tasmania
3 - 3 (27)
15 - 11 (101)
Adelaide Cricket Ground
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Position: Foll Rank: Player Goals: 0 Points: Best