John Dennett - Founder of Ashville FC 

John Dennett Was Born on 23rd July 1924 in Yorkshire but soon moved to Somerset with his parents as a child. John grew up in a town called Melksham and spent most of his youth there. Upon Leaving school he was not one to sit around and with the outbreak of the Second World War he enlisted to join the Royal Navy, even though he was only aged 17 this did not prevent him from joining. John Dennett served on board LST 322 (a Landing Ship, Tank). Before D-Day both he and the ship had already participated in the landings at Sicily, Salerno and Anzio in Italy. They loaded tanks and lorries in the Portsmouth area, and then waited in the Solent. The LST landed her troops on Sword Beach in the late morning of D-Day. After 6 June, LST 322 made around another 15 trips to pick up more Allied troops from Portsmouth, Southampton or Tilbury. They often carried wounded men on the return journey, and there was a temporary operating theatre set up on board. After the end of the war John moved to Wallasey where he met Joyce and they later married. Just four years after the end of the war came the birth of Ashville Football Club.

Ashville Football Club was founded in 1949 by John and Joyce Dennett, from 25 Ashville Road Wallasey. From that humble beginning they had immediate success in the Wallasey Youth league, before progressing to the Bebington league in 1951. After winning the championship, Ashville moved to the Wirral Combination and won the league for three consecutive seasons.  In the 1955-56 season Ashville were voted into the West Cheshire League Division Two, and in their first season won both the championship and the West Cheshire Bowl. In the following season they were promoted to Division One, and amongst the honours collected at their Wallacre Park ground were the Wirral Amateur and Wirral Senior Cups. In 1962, Ashville moved to their present ground Villa Park, where they have had some success, notably the First division championship in the 1967-68 season and more recently, 1997/98 season, winning the coveted Cheshire Amateur Cup whilst finishing a creditable, Runner-Up in the Division One championship.  In season 2002/03 having been re-instated in Division One after finishing in a relegation place the season before they went on to win the Pyke Cup for the first time In 2009/2010, Ashville Reserves defied the odds to win the Auto Focus Challenge Shield 1-0 under the guidance of manager Mike Melling.

In 2010/11 came a new era at Ashville Football Club with the appointment of Jason Aldcroft as first team manager bringing in a new batch of players and exciting football. Ashville stormed to the West Cheshire League Division 2 title as well as winning the prestigious Cheshire Amateur Cup for the second time in the clubs history. Ashville also won the Howarth & Gallagher Bowl and suffered defeat in the final of the Wirral Senior Cup. Ashville Reserves also secured promotion from Division 3 into Division 2. In 2011/12 Season, Ashville had returned to Division 1 and secured the First Division title for the first time in 44 years. Ashville also went on to win the Wirral Senior Cup along with the Bill Weight Trophy. Ashville Reserves also secured silverware with manager John Graham leading them to victory in the Wirral Amateur Cup as well as becoming runners up on goal difference in West Cheshire Division 2.  Ashville have been part of the Wallasey Community for over 60 years and are always looking for new members to get involved in the club. Ashville offers youth football for all ages as well as boasting 2 successful senior sides. To find out more or get involved please visit Ashvilles Website - ashville and me were born the same year!

Congrats to 'Uncle' John - he had been invited by HM The Queen to the Palace in May (2015).

This was Johns Ship. John is a real type WW2 hero, I dont use that word lightly. Not only did John take part in an invasion, he took part in the 'bloody lot'!! Not one mission and home we go, he was in the thick of it in Africa, Italy, D Day. This lad fought, so we could enjoy freedom (for now anyway).

Ashville images and John's Bio from Tony Franks-Buckley