Wallwork coup for Robins

By David Watters

Ashton United

Former Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion midfielder Ronnie Wallwork has signed for EVO-STIK League Ashton United.

Wallwork, pictured, made 19 appearances during a seven year spell at Old Trafford and a won a then Premiership medal in 2001.

Now 37, the former England U20 international kicked off his career at the Reds but never full established himself in the first team. After loan spells at Carlisle United, Stockport County and Royal Antwerp, he moved on to West Brom for six years and further loan spells at Bradford, Burnley, Barnsley and Huddersfield before a final move to Sheffield Wednesday in 2008.

Wallwork’s arrival at the Premier Division club strengthens a long-held association at Hurst Cross with players who’ve reached the top levels of the game.

Dixie Dean, who set the Football League's goal-scoring record in the 1930s, played for the club prior to World War II while World Cup winner Alan Ball also turned out for the Robins in the early 1960s.

The Robins have also kicked started the careers of a number of stars including Alf Arrowsmith who went on to win a Football League championship medal with Liverpool following his move from Hurst Cross in 1960.

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