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Ashley Grimes (Irish footballer)

Personal information
Full nameAugustine Ashley Grimes
Date of birth2 August 1957(age 59)
Place of birthDublin, Republic of Ireland
Height5 ft 11 in
Playing positionMidfielder
Left back

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Augustine Ashley Grimes (born 2 August 1957 in Dublin) is an Irish former footballer. He won 18 caps for the Republic of Ireland and scored one goal, a spectacular long-range strike against Spain in a Euro 84 qualifier at Lansdowne Road in November 1982.

He also scored two penalties in six appearances for the Republic of Ireland U21 side. Grimes, who played as a defender and midfielder, began his career with junior side Villa United before joining Stella Maris Football club. He had a trial with Manchester United in August 1972, but returned to Bohemians. After a second trial, he joined Manchester United in March 1977 for £35,000.

Between 1977 and 1983 Grimes made 107 first team appearances and scored 11 goals for Manchester United, where he won an FA cup winners medal as a non-playing substitute in the 1983 final against Brighton. He subsequently joined Coventry City for a fee of £200,000. After only one season he moved to Luton Town where he made 117 appearances and scored 4 goals. In 1988 he won a Littlewoods Cup (League Cup) winners medal, coming on a substitute and crossing the ball to set up Luton's last minute winning goal as they achieved a shock 3-2 win over Arsenal to attain the first - and to date only - major trophy of Luton's history.

In 1989 he joined Osasuna, making his La Liga debut on 8 November 1989 against Celta Vigo. Grimes played 15 games for CA Osasuna in total before returning to England. After retiring as a player, he worked on the coaching staff at Stoke City and Huddersfield Town.

He resides in Bolton with his wife Joanne.

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