Len Ashurst

Len Ashurst, born in Liverpool in 1939, is a member of the LMA Hall of Fame having taken charge of over 1000 matches in the professional game during a distinguished managerial career.

A regular member of the Liverpool schoolboy's team, when winning the English Schools Trophy in 1953, he signed for Liverpool Football Club in the same year.  Ashurst was capped seven times for England Youth before his release by Liverpool in 1957. 

After a brief spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers, he later joined Sunderland in December 1957 where he spent the majority of his playing career making 458 appearances for the club, a record for an outfield player still standing to this day. Len earned England Under 23 honours whilst at the club.

Len turned to management first as ‘Player Manager' at Hartlepool in 1971 then went on to manage in the Football League at Gillingham and Sheffield Wednesday where he built the foundations for future success. Ashurst developed a reputation for developing young players and in his next role at Newport County, he led a side from near the bottom of the Fourth Division to promotion. By winning the Welsh Cup, Newport achieved European qualification and went on to reach the semi-final of the European Cup Winners' Cup.

Cardiff City and then Sunderland followed for Ashurst and he successfully guided Cardiff to promotion back to the Second Division. With Sunderland he led his former club to a League Cup final at Wembley.  After 15 years in management he then managed and coached abroad in Kuwait, Qatar and Malaysia before returning to Cardiff City as manager and Blackpool as assistant manager. Later, Ashurst joined the Premier League Academy structure in 1995 which was established by LMA Chairman, Howard Wilkinson.  Len is currently an appointed Barclays Premier League Match Delegate assessing the referees at the top level.

Len and his wife Valerie now live in retirement at Whitburn in the North East of England after having had an unbroken career in football which is still ongoing lasting over 60 years.

Honours (2)
  • domestic-trophies
    • Newport County:
      • Welsh Cup, (1979-01-01)
  • promotions
    • Newport County:
      • Promotion to Football League Division Three, (1979-01-01)
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