Harry Ascroft

Harry Andrew Ascroft (born 1 July 1995) is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a centre back or central midfielder for Dandenong Thunder in the National Premier Leagues.

Harry Ascroft
Personal information
Full name Harry Andrew Ascroft
Date of birth (1995-07-01) 1 July 1995 (age 25)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Dandenong Thunder
Number TBA
Youth career
Bankstown City
Sydney University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Sydney University 19 (0)
2013–2015 VVV-Venlo 7 (0)
2015–2017 Central Coast Mariners 35 (4)
2018 Balzan 4 (0)
2019 Finn Harps 16 (2)
2020– Dandenong Thunder 2 (0)
National team
2014 Australia U-20 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 September 2020

Ascroft was born in Sydney, and played youth football with Bankstown City FC before starting his senior career with Sydney University. In 2013, he moved to the Netherlands to play for VVV-Venlo in the Eerste Divisie and later moved back to Australia to play for Central Coast Mariners in 2015.

He has represented Australia at under-20 level.

Club careerEdit

In late 2013, aged 18, Ascroft signed with Dutch Eerste Divisie side VVV-Venlo.[1] He was released by VVV along with fellow Australian Travis Cooper in early 2015 due to the club's financial difficulties[2]

On 29 July 2015, Ascroft was signed by Central Coast Mariners on a three-year deal. Ascroft made his Mariners debut against the Perth Glory as the Mariners stole three points in the 3–2 win. He netted his maiden A-League goal as the Mariners were plundered 4–1 by Sydney FC in Round 12.[3]

On 18 January 2018, Ascroft was released by Central Coast Mariners to join Maltese club Balzan.[4]

On 18 January 2019, Ascroft signed for League of Ireland side Finn Harps on a one-year deal, joining up with former Balzan team-mate Jacob Borg at the newly promoted Premier Division side.[5]

International careerEdit

Ascroft was called up to the Australia U-20 team for the 2014 AFF U-19 Youth Championship.[6] Ascroft made his debut for the side in the tournament's group stage, scoring a goal in a loss to Japan.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Oliver Murray (5 December 2013). "Turramurra teenager Harry Ascroft signs for Dutch club VVV-Venlo". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Ascroft en Cooper weg bij VVV" (in Dutch). omroepvenlo. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Mariners sign Aussie young gun Ascroft". The World Game. 29 July 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Mariners release Ascroft to Balzan FC". ESPN. 17 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Harps sign Harry Ascroft". Finn Harps. 18 January 2019. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Harry Ascroft selected for Australia under 19". Venlo Aren. 4 September 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Thriller between Young Socceroos and Japan". Football Federation Australia. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2015.

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