IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - 1.CHRIS ASHTON
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Date: 29 May, 2017 12:15

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Re: IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - 1.CHRIS ASHTON
Posted by: Highbury Saracen (IP Logged)
Date: 29 May, 2017 13:52

Top man & a fantastic winger
& try scorer
Toulon are getting a guy at very top of his game & he will be greatly missed
Good luck Chris smiling smiley



European champions 2016 & 2017

Re: IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - 1.CHRIS ASHTON
Posted by: Sara'sman (IP Logged)
Date: 29 May, 2017 13:56

Beautifully written DG, a fitting tribute to one of our stars. I don't think yours is the only heart with a soft spot for Ash.

I get quite angry when I reflect how English rugby has treated Chris. He is a bit of a numpty certainly, his Splash is not particularly to my taste and his tackling far from perfect. But none of this merits the abuse, verbal at grounds and written on these forums, that he is subjected to so regularly. In a game where many thugs are revered, the hatred shown by too many "fans" to an effervescent character is sad. His defence (tackling aside) is outstanding; I've lost count of the number of times he has closed down overlaps with well timed bumps, intersections or drifts, his reading of the game is top class.

His treatment by the authorities has consistently been far from fair. I was angry when for Northampton he received the same yellow card as Tuilagi for taking two unanswered punches on the chin. That a "young" Tuilagi was then given a lenient sentence (3 weeks?) did nothing for my blood pressure. His "eye contact" offence has indeed been reduced for others since his excessive punishment (though he received an additional week to discourage others!) and Waller's bleating after deliberately raking Ashton's mouth angers me as much as Grewcott's punishment for biting a fish hook all those years ago. There has to be a difference between seeking to bite and reacting to a hook, if that is what he did.

We'll miss Chris. His tries, his support play, his kicking, his reading of the game, his enthusiasm, his passion and his love of our club. His charity work should be rammed down his critics' throats!

One final point. There is a young man with Downs Syndrome for whom Ash is his favourite player. He stands near the corner of the pitch. When he scored against Newcastle Chris turned and smiled in the guy's direction. Class.

Re: IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - 1.CHRIS ASHTON
Posted by: Waldo (IP Logged)
Date: 29 May, 2017 14:12

Great article DG

Re: IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - 1.CHRIS ASHTON
Posted by: The Bard (IP Logged)
Date: 29 May, 2017 18:54

Brilliant piece about a brilliant player. Him and Sarries have truly great for each other.

Re: IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - 1.CHRIS ASHTON
Posted by: King Zak (IP Logged)
Date: 29 May, 2017 21:31

I have long been a massive Ashton fan, even when he played for Saints! He is a rare individual talent who works tirelessly for the team (in the hope that he may score of course!). That's the point and the biggest change in his game whilst with Saracens, he is now so much more aware of what other options are available - not just his own chances of scoring. I have had many 'discussions' with opposition fans about him; they all have reasons not to like him but are unable to make a constructive argument that he isn't a very good rugby player. My favourite response was from a Sale fan, who eventually confessed his reason for disliking Ashton was, "well, he's from Wigan isn't he!"



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Re: IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - 1.CHRIS ASHTON
Posted by: Squawker2 (IP Logged)
Date: 30 May, 2017 17:31

I have always raged for so many reasons about that 10 weeks - the idea of being able to overtly add weeks merely pour encourager les autres I consider monstrously unjust, let alone the absurd non evenness.

A nice goodbye piece - would have loved to see the conversion!



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Re: IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - 1.CHRIS ASHTON
Posted by: Saint BB (IP Logged)
Date: 31 May, 2017 12:41

Really good tribute to a great player DG and spot on.

I loved watching him play for Saints - he had that predatory brilliance from his first game. He actually took 3 punches from Tuilagi and refused to lay down (hence none of the incompetent officials realised at the time that he was blame-free in the incident). I've even sneakily enjoyed his fantastic play for Sarries and believe that his cheeky gestures and showmanship are actually part of what makes him so good.

Never properly appreciated by the English hierarchy and he will be sorely missed.

Re: IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - 1.CHRIS ASHTON
Posted by: Wrench (IP Logged)
Date: 01 June, 2017 11:49

Excellent write up. As a Saints fan I was incredibly sad (and a touch angry I'll admit at the time) when he left us but have continued to have huge admiration for him as a player. I've been lucky enough to see some incredible wing men play for the Saints over the years but he'd be a shoe-in for my all star team across the ages that I've witnessed.

He's been totally vindicated in his move to Saracens, both in terms of medals in his cabinet, and in finding an environment where he could be understood and accepted as the distinct individual he is, flaws and all.

I wish him all the luck in the world in Toulon, and am glad we won't have to deal with him in Premiership games anymore (although can't say I fancy our chances of containing Liam Williams either...)

Re: IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - 1.CHRIS ASHTON
Posted by: derbyshire fan (IP Logged)
Date: 01 June, 2017 12:59

Great tribute, DG, to a great player - I for one will really miss him; but wish him all the best the other side of the channel

Re: IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - 1.CHRIS ASHTON
Posted by: Dave Jackson (IP Logged)
Date: 02 June, 2017 08:35

Good story. The guy has a natural instinct for the game and seems to know where to be and when. When he was at Saints his tackling at times seemed to be a weak point but he has clearly worked hard on his technique. You can certainly never doubt his workload and desire to get around the field.

Re: IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - 1.CHRIS ASHTON
Posted by: TonyTaff (IP Logged)
Date: 03 June, 2017 18:36

Splendid article, well researched, DG.

I hope the users of this site understand that she also does much of the publishing work on this site. We need people to help us out with publishing articles - old gits like me can't go on forever!



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Re: IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - 1.CHRIS ASHTON
Posted by: Ricardo121 (IP Logged)
Date: 06 June, 2017 12:48

Great article - and someone who will be missed at Sarries. He always seemed able to find a gap although the try against Australia was something else.

You make a good point about the Saxons tour, and one that I felt a lot of critics (conveniently?) missed. He was due to be a father and that, compared to a Saxons tour, well it's in a different ball park. (I've no idea how Chip made it to the game 2 hours after he'd become a Dad. I had the grumps about a work trip to Paris four weeks after mine was born)

All the best in France Chris

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