After twelve years as a player – with seven of those as captain – James Askey and Newcastle Town have decided that it’s time for a new challenge.
James has been a loyal servant to Newcastle Town having made a staggering 437 appearances and scoring 45 goals, since making his debut back in 2011. He leaves with our very best wishes for a successful next stage in his career.
Since his debut as a 19-year-old, James has largely been an ever-present in the first team. Having started off as a right back, he played most of his matches for ‘Castle as a centre half, developing a reputation as a calm influence at the back with exceptional positional sense, who was more than capable of weighing in with a few goals.
Gavin Appleby, chairman of Newcastle Town Football Club, said: “James has been an outstanding player and ambassador for our club for many years and I’m sure he’ll continue to be a success whatever he decides to do next.
“He’s given our supporters many wonderful memories and of course, the Askey name will always be synonymous with this fantastic club and the whole of the Staffordshire area. I personally wish to thank James for his efforts both in the senior section and with the youth side of the club. Thank you James and good luck!”
James said: “I’ve decided that this is a good time to take on a new challenge after an amazing experience at this brilliant club. I’ve enjoyed every minute, but it feels like the right moment to be trying something different. I wish everyone at the club well.”
James will continue his coaching work, so his bond with Newcastle Town will certainly not be breaking any time soon. We look forward to keeping that connection with him for many years to come.
In recognition of his amazing career and continued contribution, we are delighted to announce that we will be organising a testimonial match to thank James for everything he has given to the club. The likely timing for this is next summer.
He leaves us as a player, however, we’ll certainly be seeing him around for a good while yet!
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