Norwich snapped up third choice Portsmouth goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown
on a month-long loan deal on 20th October 2006, making him Peter
Grant's first signing as manager. He would compete with Paul
Gallacher and Lee Camp for the number
one spot at Carrow Road
The Reading-born 25-year-old rose through the ranks with his
hometown club the Royals but struggled to displace Marcus Hahnemann
and instead gained experience during various loan spells at Gravesend,
Bournemouth and Rushden & Diamonds.
In June 2004 the 6ft 3ins former England schoolboy signed a four-year
contract at Fratton Park. He spent much of 2005-06 season as Pompey's
first choice goalkeeper but his chances were limited with the
arrival of Dean Kiely and then David James during the summer of
Grant said: "He is an excellent keeper. This is about
increasing the competitive edge and getting the keepers fighting
for that jersey. We have got three quality and experienced keepers.
Jamie was a young 'keeper at Reading when I was there and I was
impressed with his quality then. We also had him on loan at Bournemouth,
but he only played a couple of games then got injured. I've been
following his career closely and he is an excellent goalkeeper.
He's now got some Premiership experience under his belt with Portsmouth
as well, which is important."
Jamie made his Canaries debut the following day in the 1-0 home
win over league leaders Cardiff City. In his second appearance,
he was sent off as the Canaries crashed 5-0 at Stoke City on 28th
Jamie returned to Portsmouth after a month apparently unwilling
to extend his stay at Carrow Road.
Jamie was primarily understudy to David James but following Pompey's
relegation to the Championship at the end of the 2009/10 season,
one wonders if James will stay and if Ashdown will get more matchtime.
Instead he was released by Pompey in May 2010 but reports suggest
that they might re-sign him especially if David James leaves.
James did indeed leave, to join Bristol City and Ashdown was
re-signed by Pompey on 9th August 2010. He was their first choice
keeper for the 2010/11 season and was in goal when Norwich won
1-0 on 2nd May 2011 to win promotion to the Premier League.
Ashdown and Portsmouth were relegated to League One on 21st April
2012, partly due to the club's perilous finances which had seen
them placed in administration and 10 points deducted. Ashdown
left the club at the end of the season
After a trial with Middlesbrough, Ashdown signed a one year contract
with Leeds on 24th July 2012
Ashdown was released by Leeds in May 2014. He had made just 8
appearances for Leeds, all coming in cup competitions.
In July 2014 Ashdown trialled with both Doncaster Rovers, joining
them on their pre-season tour of Portugal, and Blackburn Rovers.
On 29th August 2014, Ashdown signed a short term contract with
Crawley until the end of December 2014. "Jamie is very
experienced and is a great guy to have around a club,"
said Reds boss John Gregory. "He is a very positive person
who is still as motivated now as he was when he started out in
Jamie left Crawley in November after making 12 appearances, and
on 3rd February 2015 signed with Oxford United until the end of
the 2014/15 season.