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Ashley Young Was Nearly Released by Watford!

In an otherwise very slow news day, Graham Taylor has spoken on AVTV about former Watford and now Villa wing wizard Ashley Young.

The former England, Watford and Villa manager said:

'We had him as a boy in my second spell at Watford. He was coming through the set-up. The youth team coach Chris Cummings had a lot to do with his development. After I left, they were going to release him and it was only through Chris - and Ashley himself - that they kept him on amateur forms. For six months, Ashley kept going to the club, rather than getting another job, and proved he was well worth a contract.'



Adding, 'Watford owe a lot to Chris for getting that money for Ashley. Martin O'Neill admitted at the time that he probably paid too much - but it's already been proved that he didn't.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday June 23 2008

Time: 12:35PM

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Makes you wonder how many more of us slipped through the net....
Villan444
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23/06/2008 12:37:00

Makes you wonder how many more of us slipped through the net....
Villan444
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23/06/2008 12:37:00

A player with his talent and flair would have been picked up by someone. Thank Christ we have him.
col8
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23/06/2008 12:38:00

A player with his talent and flair would have been picked up by someone. Thank Christ we have him.
col8
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23/06/2008 12:38:00

Shows great determination from Ashley though to keep fighting.
industrial_musical
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23/06/2008 13:14:00

Shows great determination from Ashley though to keep fighting.
industrial_musical
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23/06/2008 13:14:00

.........and the guy that saw the brilliance in him to fight to keep him at the club. thanks again watford, and especially too Chris Cummings
Stig
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23/06/2008 13:24:00

.........and the guy that saw the brilliance in him to fight to keep him at the club. thanks again watford, and especially too Chris Cummings
Stig
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23/06/2008 13:24:00

HE ACTUALLY WAS RELEASED! he was let go because it was thought that he was too small,, and then he was taken back again after being given another chance,, my cousin went to the same school as him, lewis hamilton was also in there class!
villavillavilla
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23/06/2008 14:55:00

HE ACTUALLY WAS RELEASED! he was let go because it was thought that he was too small,, and then he was taken back again after being given another chance,, my cousin went to the same school as him, lewis hamilton was also in there class!
villavillavilla
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23/06/2008 14:55:00

That's true yeah, because I remember reading about what Lewis Hamilton said. "I went to school with Ashley Young, but I was a better footballer than him. I just decided to race instead". How cocky is that!!!?
Villan-in-Cyprus
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23/06/2008 15:25:00

That's true yeah, because I remember reading about what Lewis Hamilton said. "I went to school with Ashley Young, but I was a better footballer than him. I just decided to race instead". How cocky is that!!!?
Villan-in-Cyprus
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23/06/2008 15:25:00

!!! Lewis hamilton has turned into a bit of a**** lately?
industrial_musical
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23/06/2008 15:34:00

!!! Lewis hamilton has turned into a bit of a**** lately?
industrial_musical
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23/06/2008 15:34:00

Lots of player are released and go on to become successful.
still skeggy
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23/06/2008 15:42:00

Lots of player are released and go on to become successful.
still skeggy
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23/06/2008 15:42:00

I don't t hate anyone as much as Hamilton, I hope he gets aids all over his legs and he can't press a car peddle down
PTP
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23/06/2008 17:07:00

I don't t hate anyone as much as Hamilton, I hope he gets aids all over his legs and he can't press a car peddle down
PTP
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23/06/2008 17:07:00

Ha ha ha ha ha ha
Villan-in-Cyprus
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23/06/2008 19:06:00

Ha ha ha ha ha ha
Villan-in-Cyprus
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23/06/2008 19:06:00

PTP, that is an awful thing to say.
The Fear
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23/06/2008 19:15:00

PTP, that is an awful thing to say.
The Fear
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23/06/2008 19:15:00

haha! oh dear... It's just when he first started he was nice and now the fame seems to have gone to his head... At least Ashley is still a decent bloke.
industrial_musical
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24/06/2008 07:21:00

haha! oh dear... It's just when he first started he was nice and now the fame seems to have gone to his head... At least Ashley is still a decent bloke.
industrial_musical
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24/06/2008 07:21:00

Perserverance pays. The classic example. Take a bow Ash.
glensider
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24/06/2008 13:37:00

Perserverance pays. The classic example. Take a bow Ash.
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24/06/2008 13:37:00

 

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