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Ron Ashman

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Full nameRonald George Ashman
Date of birth19 May 1926
Place of birthWhittlesey, England
Date of death21 June 2004(age 78)
Place of deathScunthorpe, England

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Ronald George Ashman (19 May 1926 21 June 2004) was an English professional footballer and football manager. Born in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, he spent his entire playing career with Norwich City F.C. and was later their manager. He went on to manage Scunthorpe United and Grimsby Town.

Ashman played 662 games for Norwich, scoring 56 goals. 590 of those games were league appearances a club record. He made his debut at Carrow Road against Aldershot F.C. on 4 October 1947. Ashman was a centre-forward at that early stage of his career, but went on to play at full-back for many years. He was the captain of the Norwich team that reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 1959 as a third division side, won promotion to the second division in 1960 and won the Football League Cup for the first time in 1962. He was selected to play for the Third Division South team against the North in 1955/56. When George Swindin resigned as manager in November 1962, Ashman was appointed acting manager and was eventually given the job on a permanent basis on Boxing Day 1963. By then, he had played his last game for the club on 19 October 1963. Ashman remained manager until the end of the 1965-66 season, when his departure ended twenty years of service to the club.

Ashman was manager of Scunthorpe United for six years from 1967 to 1973 and a further five years from 1976 to 1981. In between those two spells, he was Grimsby Town manager for two years.

In 2002, Ashman was made an inaugural member of the Norwich City F.C. Hall of Fame.

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