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.