Player Profile - Ashley Stott
Beginning his football career in the youth system at Preston North End, Ash Stott, has gone on to represent a number of high-profile clubs and has even played in European competition.
Born in Withington, the 29-year-old striker has been a giant capture for Stockport Town FC in the North West Counties Football League, as the club looks ahead to the 2017/18 campaign.
Signed after the end of the 2016/17 season from Division One side, Daisy Hill FC, Ash has had numerous prolific seasons under his belt, notching over 30 goals last season, and is in the prime of his playing career.
Joining the Lions ahead of the new campaign Ash is raring to go for his new club. He said: “Settling in to the club has been brilliant, the lads are top and I knew a few of them anyway, it’s a really good dressing room.
“To be honest I had no intention of leaving Daisy Hill, but the main reason i am here today is Dave Wild [Stockport Town Manager]. He told me that he wanted me and that he trusts me, and that’s all I needed to know.”
Ash represents one of the most experienced players ever to have played for Town, having a playing career that took him to from a youth career at Manchester United, to a number of years in the Welsh Premier League, including an appearance in the Europa League (UEFA Cup) for Bangor City at the qualifying stages.
More recently Stott has been on the books at clubs closer to home such as Curzon Ashton FC, Trafford FC and Northwich Victoria FC.
Stott has been involved in a busy preseason with his new Stockport teammates and is excited at what is to come in the 2017/18 campaign. Ash said: “We have had a lot of rotation and a lot of various players performing . Some results have been pleasing and I think the season ahead is exciting for Stockport Town.
“My aspirations personally is to win the golden boot and get promoted, and I’m driven to do that. I don't have massive plans to move higher in ranks, I just want to play and enjoy my football.”
Linking up with Dave Wild was a deciding factor in Stott pulling on a Lions shirt and Wild is a man that Ash holds in high regard, he added: “Dave is a man who knows what he wants and is very driven to get that.
“I wouldn't have come here if I didn't trust him and what he will do. He’s a really good manager and a good person as well.”
Stott will line up for his first home appearance in the league at Stockport Sports Village on Monday evening as Stockport Town host Prestwich Heys in the First Division, kick-off 8pm.
“The first game of the season is all I have been looking forward to, but it’s important we get off in the right way because consistency is key in this league.”