Fred Ashworth

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Fred Ashworth
Personal information
Full name Frederick William Ashworth
Born first ¼ 1907
Wigton district, England
Died unknown
Playing information
Position Forward
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1926–39 Oldham 436 39 38 193
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≥1926–≤39 Cumberland 13

Frederick "Fred" William Ashworth (birth registered first ¼ 1907[1] – death unknown), also known by the nickname of "Basher", was an English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1920s and 1930s. He played at representative level for Cumberland, and at club level for Oldham (Heritage №), as a forward, after retiring as a player he served Oldham as a member of the club's committee.


Fred Ashworth was born in Aspatria, Cumberland (birth registered in Wigton district, Cumberland).

Playing career

Aspatria Rugby Union Club

Ashworth (or ‘Basher’ as he was known to his friends and colleagues) came to prominence when at the age of fourteen, he played in the local school team that won the Cumberland Silver Shield, a knockout competition open to boys aged sixteen and under.[2] In 1924 the majority of the team were runners-up in the Cumberland Under 18’s Challenge Cup, after they were narrowly defeated by Silloth. In 1925, Ashworth captained the side that won the same competition, defeating Egremont by 11 points to nil.[3] By 1925 he was a regular member of the senior squad and won a runners-up medal in that years Challenge Cup, when Aspatria were narrowly defeated by Workington.

In 1926, Ashworth, along with T. E Holliday signed professional forms for Oldham.

County honours

Ashworth represented Cumberland.

Challenge Final appearances

Ashworth played in Oldham's 26-7 victory over Swinton in the 1927 Challenge Cup Final during the 1926-27 season at Central Park, Wigan, in front of a crowd of 33,448.

Honoured at Oldham

Ashworth is an Oldham Hall Of Fame Inductee.[4]


  1. ^ "Birth details at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  2. ^ Aspatria The History of a Rugby Union Football Club page 52
  3. ^ Aspatria The History of a Rugby Union Football Club pages 89-90
  4. ^ "Oldham Hall of Fame". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.


  • Terry Carrick (1995). Aspatria: The History Of A Rugby Union Football Club. Nottingham: Adland Press.

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