Ian Davies announces retirement

#WeAreAscot.

Ian Davies accepts a runners up medal at the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup Final Photo: Berks & Bucks FA

Ian Davies, Ascot striker, took to Instagram to confirm his retirement from football having had an illustrious career in Berkshire football before ending it as a Yellaman here at Ascot United.

Davies has featured for a number of successful Berkshire sides beginning his senior career at Thatcham Town, as well as pulling on his boots for Binfield, Woodley United, Marlow, Bracknell Town and finally here at Ascot.

In his post he confirmed, “After 21 years of senior football I’ve had a great crack at it and enjoyed every second. I certainly have no regrets”.

“Ian has been one of the best, and most prolific, goalscorers in the local non-league game for many years. Not just a great player, but a brilliant guy with so much knowledge and experience so we have been delighted to see him play his final few years with us.

Congratulations on a great career. Enjoy your wedding and family time!”

Thoughts from Jamie Tompkins, Men’s First Team manager
Ian Davies celebrates Photo: NG Sports Photography
Ian Davies with a classic celebration. Photo: NG Sports Photography

He included a thank you to Ascot in his statement, “Also, a special thank you to Ascot United…I spent my last 3 years here and met some amazing people. You welcomed me and my family with open arms and having a photo with my twin boys in an Ascot shirt after our cup final is a photo that will stay on my wall forever.”

You can hear more from Ian and his career in the Football in Berkshire podcast interview he did here.

Ian’s impact on the first team and the broader club has been immense over the last few years. He brought a much needed maturity and competitive edge to the squad when he signed in 2019/20, scoring some memorable goals and helping to develop the young players around him. Off the field he is one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. Ian always had time for our fans and youth players and also had a spell at coaching one of our youth teams. We hope to see Ian back in a coaching role when he is ready, nevertheless he will always be welcome at Ascot United. “

Thoughts from Neil Richards, Director of Football

We would like to thank fan favourite, Ian, for his tenure at Ascot United and hope to see him on the side-lines soon. We wish him, Anna, Luke and Elliott all the best as they begin the next chapter in life.

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