Carl Ashton was the archetypal mid-noughties midfielder. Good on the ball, gangly, highlights, he had the lot.
He joined the club a couple of months into the 2004-5 season from Cheshunt, where he’d been a key member of their promotion-winning team the season before.
Injury, combined with the step up to the Isthmian Premier made Carl somewhat surplus to requirements at Theobalds Lane, and Hakan Hayrettin was delighted to capture his signature, together with a glowing reference from Marvin Walker, who’d been playing with him the previous season.
He made his debut away to Erith and Belvedere in a 3-1 win, and looked like he’d again be pulling the strings in midfield to help Forest up the table.
He was a mainstay in the Forest team, but perhaps not offered the same levels of protection as he was at Cheshunt, he was fairly ineffective in what turned out to be a disappointing season all-round.
He managed to make 28 starts for Forest (and two more as a substitute), but was taken off during a staggering 14 of those starts.
He departed Forest at the end of the season, and hasn’t been seen playing regularly at a senior level since. There was however a Carl Ashton playing for Welwyn Garden City’s reserves in the last few years, and it would not be unreasonable to assume it is the same player.
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