Academy Quickfire Questions: Harrison Ashby


Each week, we'll be firing some of football's true 'need-to-know' questions towards promising products of the Academy of Football.

This week, it's the turn of 19-year-old full-back Harrison Ashby...

Quick Fact: An adventurous full-back who normally plays on the right, but is equally adept on the left, Ashby’s U23s debut arrived only as recently as 2019/20… as a centre-back!

The Scotland youth international was originally named amongst the substitutes for the Premier League International Cup game against Valencia ‘B’ in September 2019, but following an injury in the warm-up, partnered fellow U23s debutant Jamal Baptiste – then 15-years-old – and 17-year-old Keenan Forson in the Hammers’ backline. The young trio kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 win! 

Ashby's subsequent impressive form for the U18s and U23s led to his first professional contract last summer, and a first-team debut in the Carabao Cup second round win over Charlton Athletic in September 2020.

On the Field

Who got you into football?
My Dad [Barry Ashby] - he was a player himself, so football was a no-brainer

Favourite player growing up?
David Beckham - I copied every single haircut he got!

Strongest attribute?
My range of passing ability

Want to get better at?
My decision-making

Best moment of your career so far?
Making my senior first-team debut in September 2020 against Charlton. The feeling is unreal - it's what you've worked for since you were seven

Biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The career you want doesn't come easy; you have to go and grab every opportunity

Off the Field

Favourite other sport?

Favourite account to follow on Instagram?
@ladbible - some of the content is so interesting

You’re watching at the moment…
I've just re-watched Peaky Blinders for a third time - it's the second best show after Game of Thrones!

If you weren’t a footballer you’d be…
A stock trader, or in clothing with my own brand

If you had one last meal?
McDonald's chocolate milkshake, with Five Guys bacon hot dog, then a massive red velvet cheesecake from STK!



Around the Academy

Best touch?
Conor Coventry

Sam Caiger

Future manager?

Most committed?
Aji Alese

Better than they think they are?
They're all humble!

Three teammates you’d be stuck on a desert island with?
Caiger, Will Greenidge and Ossama Ashley

Quickfire Questions

YouTube or Instagram?

Cats or dogs?

New trainers or fresh trim?
Fresh trim

Messi or Ronaldo?

Win the Champions League or World Cup?
World Cup

Classic 40-yarder or dribble past everyone to score?
Score from 40 yards

For Club and Country