Jack Ashley (footballer)

William John "Jack" Ashley (14 May 1890 – 3 December 1968) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Port Adelaide in the SAFL.

John Ashley
Personal information
Full name William John Ashley
Nickname(s) Jack, Spud
Date of birth 14 May 1890
Place of birth Fisherville, South Australia[1]
Date of death 3 December 1968 (age 78)[2][3]
Place of death Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Original team(s) Balmain
Position(s) Follower, Ruck Shield
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1907–1909 Balmain
1910–1911 East Sydney
1912–1915 Port Adelaide
1919 Port Adelaide
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1911 New South Wales 4
1914-1919 South Australia 7
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1919.
Career highlights
Source: AustralianFootball.com

Early life

He was born in South Australia in 1890 but moved to Sydney with his family early the next decade.

Sydney football

Ashley was a star footballer in the local Sydney Australian rules football league.

1911 Interstate carnival

He represented New South Wales at the inaugural state carnival.

Port Adelaide

A follower, Ashley would later become a regular for South Australia at interstate level. He was a best and fairest winner at Port Adelaide in 1914 and also won that year's Magarey Medal. The war interrupted the SAFL but when it returned in 1919 so did Ashley and he won another best and fairest award before retiring at the end of the season.


  1. William John Ashley, son of William Ashley and Alice Emma Hayman. Australia, Birth Index, 1788-1922
  2. "He Slipped Under the Radar". NSW Australian Football History Society Inc. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  3. "Deaths". The Sydney Morning Herald. 5 December 1968. p. 24.
  4. "FOOTBALL". The Express And Telegraph. XLIX, (14, 604). South Australia. 2 May 1912. p. 6. Retrieved 7 June 2017.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)

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