- Mike Astbury
Mike Astbury Personal information Full name Michael John Astbury Date of birth 22 January 1964 Place of birth Kippax, West Yorkshire, England Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Playing position Goalkeeper Club information Current club Retired Senior career* Years Team Apps† (Gls)† 1980–1986 York City 48 (0) 1986 → Peterborough United (loan) 4 (0) 1986–1987 Darlington 38 (0) 1987–1988 Chester City 5 (0) 1988–1989 Chesterfield 8 (0) 1989 Gainsborough Trinity 1989-91 Sliema Wanderers * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:56, 30 July 2008 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Astbury became York’s youngest ever goalkeeper when, as a 16–year old, he played in goal during City’s 1–1 draw at AFC Bournemouth in the 1980–81 season. He had spells in and out of the side over the next few years, with one of the highlights being playing in goal when York surprisingly knocked Arsenal out of the 1984–85 FA Cup, where some brave goalkeeping from Astbury kept City in the game before their late winner.
He moved to Peterborough United on loan in January 1986, two months before signing permanently for Darlington. Astbury moved on again in July 1987 to Chester City. Unfortunately injured shortly after arriving, Astbury had to wait until December 1987 for his first-team debut. He played in five successive games during the month but was never picked again, as Billy Stewart became the regular goalkeeper for the club.
Astbury was released at the end of the season and joined Chesterfield, where just eight league appearances were made in a relegation season from Football League Division Three. That marked the end of Astbury’s professional career as he joined non–league side Gainsborough Trinity. He later emigrated to play in the United States.
As a player
- Fourth Division Title winner: 1983–84
- ^ a b Chas Sumner (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City 1885-1997. pp. 104. ISBN 1-874427-52-6.
- ^ a b c "City’s keepers 1970-94". York City South. http://www.yorkcitysouth.co.uk/xdb-kp0104.htm. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
- ^ "Chesterfield 1946/47-2006/07". neilbrown.newcastlefans.com. http://www.neilbrown.newcastlefans.com/chesterfield/chesterfield.htm. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
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