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Ashton retirement confirmed


Filed: Friday, 11th December 2009
By: A Different Staff Writer


The club has, as expected, confirmed the retirement of Dean Ashton.

Speaking on whufc.com, club CEO Scott Duxbury said: "This is a sad day and our thoughts are with Dean.

"I would like to place on record our thanks to him for all his efforts and wish him the very best. I would also like to thank the fans for their patience and understanding during what has been a difficult time."

Ashton originally broke his ankle in a training accident involving Shaun Wright-Phillips in August 2006, causing him to miss 2006/07. Although he returned for the 2007/08 season the ankle proved troublesome throughout and, only four matches into 2008/09, he was forced to seek further treatment. Sadly he was never to return to first-team action and, at the ludicrously young age of 26, he has been forced into retirement.

kumb.com would like to wish Deano and his family all the best for the future at this difficult time.





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by Ham Sandwich
04:17AM 12th Dec 2009
''Just as we say Sir Trevor Brooking was the finest manager we never had, Deano was the finest centre forward we never truely had either.

Best of luck in the future Dean, your performance at the Millenium and elsewhere will guarantee your place at West Ham forever.

Ole Ole Ole Ole DEANO, DEANO!''

by Steve
03:07AM 12th Dec 2009
''It's a crying shame - you would have been in another class. Good luck Deano. I hope you manage to get that ankle back into working order.''

by miki
09:29PM 11th Dec 2009
''I can't even begin to imagine how he must be feeling. We lost a real talent, not just at West Ham but football at large. I hope you find success and happiness in whatever you do now, Deano!''

by Dan
05:54PM 11th Dec 2009
''Good luck with your future, Deano.''

by Nick Giles
05:18PM 11th Dec 2009
''Deano was great, he could have been the best English striker since Shearer.

I know what he's going through, I had major surgery, almost died and was forced to retire from the Fire Service after 5 1/2 years service at only 24. It hit me hard with depression and then having to find another job and hardly any money (doubt he has no money in the bank).

Chin up Deano, stay positive as things could always be worse. You're still alive!''

by rugbyking1
01:22PM 11th Dec 2009
''I would just like to wish you all the best, you've been a great player to watch and always felt we had a shout of a goal with you on the field.

Hope to see you involved in the game in some way in the future.''

by dean parrott
12:07PM 11th Dec 2009
''So the worst kept secret in football is finally confirmed. Best wishes go to Deano for the future.

A real shame because an injury free Ashton was phenomenal. Sadly we only saw glimses of it. One match in particular stands out and that was the quarter final against Man City away when he was simply unplayable.

So another day and more bad news, I look foward to that bright sunny day when i get up open the paper, turn on the telly or log on to the internet and read fantastic cheery news about our club because this big black cloud that seems to have been hanging over us since I dont know when is really getting boring now. But the chances of that at the moment seem as remote as a Scott Parker goal or us winning the Champions League!''

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