Welcome Mark Ashford!

Bishops Stortford FC/Steve Smith are pleased to announce that Mark Ashford has agreed to accept the position of Assistant Manager for the forthcoming season, whenever that may be.

Mark has been involved in non league football from Step 5 to Step 2 for 15 years.

In the role of Manager or Assistant Manager Mark has worked at clubs such as Billericay Town, Stansted, Bowers & Pitsea, Heybridge Swifts & Witham Town, amongst others.

Mark is already familiar to Stortford as he was with the club for a couple of seasons under Rod Stringer, managing our new U23 development team which were league champions in their first season under him, whilst also supporting the 1st team.

Mark has worked his way through the FA’s coaching badges, obtaining his UEFA A licence in April 2017. Mark aims to undertake his UEFA Pro Licence in the near future as he continues to strive for personal development and to aid helping players continuous improvement.

On Mark’s appointment, Manager Steve Smith commented “It’s great that Mark has committed himself to the club for the forthcoming season and hopefully for the long term. I look forward to working with him and I think the future of the club is good. Luke Callander and I hope goalkeeping coach Mark North and therapist Colin Taylor will stay and be part of the team. Please keep safe everyone and hopefully we will be back soon doing what we all love, playing football and supporting our Club”.


Steve also added “May I say it’s great that Ellie Woollard has set up a fund raising page to raise funds for the Football Club, well done Ellie and I hope people are able to support it as much as they can in these very challenging times.”