Jack Ashurst was with Sunderland at the time of their FA Cup win
over Leeds in 1973, and followed his manager Bob Stokoe to
Blackpool and Carlisle before being picked up by Leeds at the age
of 31. He was a solid and unspectacular centre half who did a
decent job as Leeds tried to climb out of Division 2, and captained
the side when Mark Aizlewood and Ian Snodin were unavailable. He
obviously felt a lot of loyalty to his managers, since he followed
Billy Bremner to Doncaster after Bremner's sacking.
Luke Doggin says: I work with him and I think he is a great guy.
He doesn't speak much about his football but he sure is one hell of
a guy. I give him a lot of respect and will always remember him as
the Leeds United Captain.
Big Billy says: I remember his goal v Derby and his great play
agin Plymouth one day at Elland Road when he stormed out of
defence, beckoned Ian Baird forward, planted the ball on his head
and Bairdy powered it in. Brilliant. I also remember the tears
after we lost the 1987 FA Cup semi-final - great days
Javaid Mehar says: He went on a belting run, put in a super
cross for Bairdy to nod in. Bairdy got a hatrick against Plymouth
that day. We were superb.I don't know anyone in the ground who
wasn't shocked by Jacks run (including Jack I reckon).This was a
week before we played Coventry in the semi. If I remember correctly
Jack liked the band Queen.