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Career Paths charts the footballing career of a Wolves Academy graduate after his time at the club. Next up is Ashley Hemmings.

the wolves (2009–2012)

Ashley Hemmings broke into the old gold at the age of nine, slowly but surely, before making his first-team debut against Barnsley in April 2009 in the game that sealed the Championship title. It was one of two appearances for the club before his contract expired in 2012 and was not renewed.

The town of Cheltenham (2009 – loan)

Before making his first team appearance for Wolves, Hemmings joined Cheltenham Town on loan and made his debut against Millwall, although that was his only game for the club.


Torquay United (2010-11 – loan)

After his Old Gold debut, Hemmings signed for Torquay United on a one-month loan deal which was eventually extended until the end of the season. He played just nine times in the league, however, but provided an assist in the FA Cup second round as they beat Walsall 1-0.

Plymouth Argyle (2011-12 – loan)

A year after joining Torquay, Hemmings was loaned out once again, this time to Plymouth Argyle. He had a more prolific spell on the south coast, playing 23 times in the league and scoring two goals. Hemmings was said to be set to sign for ‘The Pilgrims’ permanently, but manager Carl Fletcher missed out on agreeing a deal.

Walsall (2012-2014)

Hemmings joined Walsall as a free agent in 2012 and scored on his debut for the club against Brentford. He was a regular in his first season, appearing 34 times and scoring two goals. However, despite starting the following year as a key member of the team, his opportunities soon became limited, and Hemmings joined Burton on loan in an attempt to improve his playing time. He was then released by Walsall at the end of his contract.

Burton Albion (2014 – loan)

He joined Burton for promotion in March 2014, but was not a regular and did not feature in the matchday squad as they lost the League Two Play-Off Final to Fleetwood Town.


Dagenham and Redbridge (2014-2016)

After pre-season training with Dagenham & Redbridge, Hemmings was offered a contract by the club, which he duly accepted. In his second game, Hemmings scored twice, including a 90th-minute equaliser, and provided an assist in a crazy 6-6 draw against Brentford in the League Cup, although they missed out on penalties. However, it was a promising start to life at Dagenham for Hemmings, who quickly became a member of the starting XI. He played 44 times in his debut campaign, scoring seven goals along the way. The following year, however, Dagenham struggled, and was one of 12 players sacked following relegation to the National League.

Mansfield Town (2016-2017)

On his release from Dagenham, Hemmings linked up with Mansfield Town for a season. He scored in the FA Cup, against Plymouth, but failed to register a single league goal in his 16 appearances.


Boston United (2017-2018)

Hemmings finally dipped his toe into non-league waters in 2017 when he joined Boston United in the National League North. He impressed in Boston, scoring 16 goals and was awarded the club’s player of the season award. Hemmings’ impressive form saw him leave the club after just one season.

City of Salford (2018)

He joined Salford City in May 2018, but left the club two months later without playing a game.

AFC Fylde (2018-2019)

His strike rate in Boston convinced AFC Fylde, a National League side like Salford, to give Hemmings a chance, and he joined before the start of the 2018/19 campaign. He played 28 games for the club, scoring three times before being loaned out twice to Altrincham.

Altrincham (2018-19 – loan)

Hemmings’ first season at Altrincham saw him score two goals in five games, which prompted him to re-sign him on loan the following year. He scored just once in his second season, but it was enough for Kidderminster Harriers, who signed him in October 2019.

Kidderminster Harriers (2019-present)

Hemmings scored four goals in his first season at Kidderminster before adding seven more the following year. His contract was extended in February 2021, and he was awarded the National League North Player of the Month in October 2021 after netting twice in the month. His goals helped guide Harriers to a famous run to the fourth round of the FA Cup last season.


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