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Ashton Joins FC United Revolution


By Mark Heys
August 21 2006

Sam Ashton's cameo appearance in the Bolton first team last season turned a few heads so it came as no surprise to see the teenager making headlines once more at non-league FC United. The 19-year old goalkeeper will go down in Wanderers history for playing out of position as an outfield player during last January's FA Cup win over Premiership new boys Watford.

Bolton manager Sam Allardyce decided to bring Ashton off the bench for the final few moments of the win at Vicarage Road in a game which proved to be his one and only appearance at senior level for his hometown club and boyhood idols.

Nowadays Ashton is playing his part in helping the Manchester United fans club FC United maintain their unbeaten start to the new North West Counties league season and so far he has featured in the wins over St Helens Town, Nelson and Nantwich.

This all came about after the local lad was told that his days at the Reebok Stadium where numbered and trials with Cambridge United and Radcliffe Borough came to nothing.

The Wanderers connection with one of football's newest and most talked about clubs doesn't end there as former Bolton youth players Jamie Pheonix and Steven Spencer also ply their trade with the Gigg Lane based outfit.

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