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Lee Ealham Appointed Director of Football at AUFC

Lee Ealham Talks about his new position within Ashford United FC.

Lee Ealham has been appointed Director of Football at Ashford United FC.  Lee brings with him a wealth of football experience having been involved in football as a professional player and a very experienced non league footballer having put in some 527 appearances over his non league playing career.

A brief outline of Lee’s early career saw him as a teenager starting on the books at Millwall. He was soon seen by Gillingham and with Lee being an Ashfordian the move to the Gills meant no further hassles with London commuting. Having left Gillingham a transfer to league club Lincoln City ensued. Following injury Lee was in danger of dropping out of football altogether but having made a recovery Lee set out on what turned out to be a quest within the non league system and travelled to varous clubs over the next decade or so.

Clubs played at included Dover Athletic, Tunbridge Wells, Dartford, Folkestone, Margate, Erith and Belvedere, Chatham, Canterbury City and of course Ashford Town. His last game of the 527 total was played in the twilight end of his 30’s for the Ashford Town reserve side that he player/ managed to great success with many an Ashford fan warming to Lee’s  exploits and managerial advice given to that crop of players. Those young players included the likes of Tom and Dan Scorer, Liam Walsh, Dan Morrison, Sam Conlon, Ben Jordan,Ronnie Dolan and Laurence Harvey to name but a few. Many a young player gained invaluable advice through the experience whilst playing for Lee.

Today Lee has a very successful business namely L.E.Building Solutions as well as an interest in an up and coming fitness and health gymnasium based in Ashford.

Don Crosbie has been a long term friend and colleague to Lee over many years and it was Don’s offer to Lee to be a part of the set up at Ashford United Football Club in the role of Director of Football that rekindled Lees wanting  to give something back to the game  from which he earnt a good living  for many a year.

Talking today to Lee as to his role within Ashford United as he sees it Lee replied…. “I see my role as one of an advisor on all things football. I am not coming in to take over the managers role. Indeed i will be working very closely with Paul and John in our quest to bring success on the field for Ashford. I will be having a close look at the footballing scene around Ashford and district as i know full well there will be untapped raw talent out there. I hope to be able to identify that talent and with the exploding population taking effect around Ashford there is bound to be another Chris Smalling, David Beckham or an Ian Wright out there just waiting to be identified. My previous experience will bring to the club a complete look at all things football from the training, the players attitude and discipline, discussion on formations,  player position and their strengths, in fact it’s an endless list.”

“The team that runs Ashford United has worked with me in the past and is a proven set up that works. Don is an out and out football man and his families ownership of the freehold and the stadium gives Ashford a unique advantage over the majority of non league clubs in as much as they actually own the ground and the football club that plays at that ground. There are no landlords and no tennants. I feel sure that we will as a club progress from strength to strength and that my input on all things football will add to that strength.”

We look forward to Lee getting to grips with his role and wish him the very best of luck in all that he does.