Oh Ian Ashbee

Last updated : 18 August 2008 By Steve B

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Ian Ashbee (Photo © message board user 'Chin of Ben Burgess')
Since the inception of the Premiership up until 16th August 2008, there had reportedly been only two players to play for the same club in all four divisions of the Football League: David Wetherall of Bradford City and Sean Davis of Fulham. Hull City's line-up against Fulham on Saturday more than doubled that tally by adding Boaz Myhill, Andy Dawson and Ian Ashbee to the list, Myhill becoming the first goalkeeper to achieve the feat (Ryan France will also join them, should he make a league appearance for City this season).

Additionally, Ian Ashbee did something thought to be unique: captaining the side in all four divisions of the Football League, bottom to top. Rate him or hate him (and whatever you think, four successive City managers have made him skipper), this is a fantastic, unprecedented record and Ash deserves enormous congratulations - especially when you consider his battle back from a career-threatening injury a couple of years ago.

Every time we've gone up a division, fans have questioned whether Ashbee can "cut it at this level". He loves to prove the doubters wrong, and in leading the side to a 2-1 victory in City's first ever top-flight match he's done so again - for now. Ash may not be the most skillful player, but if the rest of the squad show anywhere near the drive, determination and sheer bottle of our inspirational Captain, we've got nothing to fear in this division.

Beware, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Cesc Fabregas - Ashbee's gonna get you!

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