14 Nov 2001
An attack-minded right-back by trade, Harrison Ashby has been a fixture in West Ham United's Academy sides since the 2017/18 season.
After making his debut at Chelsea in November 2017, three days after his 16th birthday, Ashby was capped by Scotland at U17 level, making his debut in Greece in March 2018.
Son of former Watford, Brentford and Gillingham defender Barry, Ashby made his Scotland U19 debut in a friendly draw with Japan in Murcia on 5 September 2019, before doing likewise for West Ham's U23s just days later in dramatic fashion.
When a fellow defender pulled out during the warm-up against Valencia 'B' in the Premier League International Cup, Ashby sprung into action as an auxiliary centre-back, partnering 15-year-old and fellow debutant Jamal Baptiste to help the Hammers to a vital clean sheet in a 1-0 win.
Ashby's Premier League 2 debut followed in a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion just five days later, while he continued to play an important role for the U18s, netting a brace in their last game of the season against Leicester.
Ashby subsequently signed his first professional contract with West Ham in the summer of 2020, and his 2020/21 season began in unforgettable fashion for the young Scot.
After impressing manager David Moyes in the U23s' pre-season and early Premier League 2 games, the then-18-year-old was handed his first-team debut for West Ham United in a 3-0 Carabao Cup second-round win over Charlton Athletic.
The week after "the best night of [his] life", Ashby followed that six-minute cameo with his full West Ham debut, widely as he played just shy of 70 minutes in the 5-1 third-round win over Hull City.
Ashby was subsequently called up to the Scotland Under-21 squad for the first time in September 2020.
*Stats are U23 Premier League 2 Division 1 matches only