NEWS: All good things… Ashbee calls time on Tigers career

City’s longest serving player and captain Ian Ashbee has left the club. He is expected to link up with former Tigers manager Phil Brown at Preston North End before the January transfer window closes.

Ashbee is believed to have requested a transfer yesterday, ending a near 9 year stay that began with City in Division Three, the basement division. He skippered the Tigers in three promotion campaigns, two of them consecutive, and holds the unique distinction of captaining a side in all four professional divisions. Last week at Reading Ashbee made his 500th, and seemingly his last appearance for Hull City, noting “I can definitely feel all 500 games in my legs and body though – that’s for sure.”

The 34 year old missed the entire 2009/2010 Premier League campaign through knee injury but battled his way back to fitness, scoring the first goal of this season in a 2-0 win over Swansea. Ashbee admitted he was advised to retire by medical professionals during the absence, and with boss Nigel Pearson unencumbered by the sentiments fans hold for our longest serving player, was no longer guaranteed a first team place.

Sky Sports reported Preston’s interest yesterday, and with Ashbee’s contract with City due to expire in the summer, he appears willing to leave the KC Stadium to extend his career.

8 replies
  1. Riochatemyhouse
    Riochatemyhouse says:

    With all due respect to the current squad, and despite his limitations, i can’t help but feel we now find ourselves without genuine leadership, and fully expect our season to peter out into 14th position. Hope i’m wrong, mind.

  2. jtw
    jtw says:

    whilst I don’t doubt the validity of this article, i find it very bizarre that there is no story on the OWS yet

  3. Chris
    Chris says:

    We know he had increasing limitations as a player – but to lose our Captain with no suitable replacement amongst our veterans, short-termers and loanees suggests the management are determind not to make the play-offs. If we fail today & Tuesday I will not be happy about giving Tangoman any kind of reception other than a hostile one.

  4. wee bull
    wee bull says:

    Very surprised he hasn’t stuck around til the end of the season, not least for the testimonial he easily deserves.

    Is that just Dawson left now then?

  5. scunnytiger
    scunnytiger says:

    I am lead to believe Mr Pearson’s refusal to discuss a new contract with Captain Ashbee-Legend is why he is looking to secure his future elsewhere. Although coming to the twilight of his career, I am sure he has another year in him at least to keep order and gel loanee’s and youngsters together, as he has done throughout his career. We will be a weaker side without him and hope the club can sort it out.

  6. Cayman Tiger
    Cayman Tiger says:

    “We know he had increasing limitations as a player – but to lose our Captain with no suitable replacement amongst our veterans, short-termers and loanees suggests the management are determind not to make the play-offs.”

    Errr…he handed in a transfer request, Management didn’t release him or anything, I think you’ve got hold of the wrong end of the stick. Best of luck to Ashbee, he’s been a credit to the club through a hell of a ride, but as Les says, all good things……

  7. Chris
    Chris says:

    “Errr…he handed in a transfer request, Management didn’t release him or anything, I think you’ve got hold of the wrong end of the stick.”
    There has been little interest in offering him a further contract, which is a little disrespectful to your club captain especially as he has seen 6 City managers and was nobodys pet. Brown, with impeccable timing, offers him a deal/contract. Ashbee makes this known to Pearson. Pearson advises him to hand in a written transfer request.
    All good things must come to an end – but a team needs a captain.

    Beating Leeds and Preston might soften the blow.

  8. gjhdurham
    gjhdurham says:

    Hi, Les….The Knave here! Very little left to remind AP of the PL now! Thanks Ash…certainly proved me wrong a few times…not least in the PL!!!
    Is it me or this another shambolic transfer window?

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