Ashley Cain (footballer)

Ashley Cain
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Personal information
Full name Ashley Thomas Cain
Date of birth (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 30)
Place of birth Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England
Height 5’ 10”
Position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Coventry Sphinx
Youth career
Coventry City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Coventry City 10 (0)
2009Luton Town (loan) 0 (0)
2010Oxford United (loan) 1 (0)
2012–2011 Mansfield Town 20 (1)
2011–2012 Tamworth 16 (0)
2011–2012A.F.C. Telford United (loan) 7 (0)
2012 A.F.C. Telford United 16 (0)
2012 CS Gaz Metan Mediaș 0 (0)
2013 Bedworth United 10 (1)
2013 Coventry Sphinx 18 (6)
2013–2014 Barwell
2014– Coventry Sphinx 10 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:00, 29 November 2014 (UTC)

Ashley Thomas Cain (born 27 September 1990) is a former footballer who played for Championship side Coventry City. He also had loan spells at Luton, Oxford United, and Mansfield Town, where he played as a winger.

Cain is an MTV reality TV personality, starring in the series Ex on the Beach and competing on the 33rd season of the reality game show The Challenge. Cain also modelled for brands such as Kalibre Clothing and The Couture Club.

Early life

Ashley Thomas Cain was born on September 27, 1990, in Nuneaton, England. He is of British and Vincentian[disambiguation needed] descent.


Coventry City

He made his professional debut for Coventry City as a substitute on 13 April 2009 in a 0–0 Football League Championship draw with Charlton Athletic. During that game Cain had the chance to relegate Charlton Athletic as he went through one on one with the keeper after a bursting run and narrowly missed hitting the post . He signed a one-year professional contract with the "Sky Blues" in July 2007. He made his first start for the club on 12 August 2009 in a League Cup defeat to Hartlepool United after a successful pre season playing almost every minute of every single game for Coventry.

Luton Town

On 26 November 2009, Cain signed on a one-month loan with Conference Premier side Luton Town, making just one substitute appearance in a 0–0 draw at Chester City, although his only appearance for the club would later be wiped from the record books after Chester folded later in the season and their record was expunged.[1]

Oxford United

On 19 February 2010, Cain joined Conference league leaders Oxford United on a one-month loan after scoring a hat-trick in the first 45 minutes against them in a mid season friendly match.[2] He then had a trial with Port Vale in April 2010.[3]

Mansfield Town

At the end of the 2009–10 season Coventry City told Cain he was surplus to requirements and he was subsequently released. He signed for Mansfield Town on 26 July 2010. Halfway through the season Cain established his place in the team.


On 22 June 2011, Cain was picked up by Conference Premier side Tamworth. He was joined at the club the same day by former Coventry City teammate Liam Francis, who signed from Hednesford Town.[4]

AFC Telford United

On 18 November 2011, Cain was loaned to AFC Telford United until 5 January 2012.[5]

In January 2012 his contract was cancelled by Tamworth and he joined Telford on a permanent basis.[6] He was released by the club in May 2012.[7]

CS Gaz Metan Mediaș

In June 2012, Cain signed for CS Gaz Metan Mediaș after a successful trial period.[8] Cain played in 3 trial games scoring 3 goals and getting 4 assists. This attracted big name teams in the Romanian Liga 1 such as CFR 1907 Cluj. Gaz Metan quickly decided to negotiate a contract and take Cain on pre season tour. During his first game for them he suffered a complete rupture of his right Achilles tendon, which would keep him out for the rest of the season, so he returned to England to receive treatment and recover. Because of this injury, he had to leave the club.

Personal life

Cain's daughter, Azaylia Diamond Cain, died on 24 April 2021, at 8 months old. She was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia at eight weeks old.[9] Prior to her death, Cain and his partner, Safiyya Vorajee, had raised more than £1.5m to fund for her specialist treatment in Singapore.[10] Cain expressed grief over her death on social media.[11] In May 2021, he and his girlfriend, Safiyya Vorajee, announced that they were starting a charity in their late daughter's name to fight childhood cancer. [12]


  1. ^ "Hatters capture Cain". Luton Town F.C. 26 November 2009. Archived from the original on 30 November 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Oxford United sign Coventry City winger Ashley Cain". BBC Sport. 19 February 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Port Vale: Planning underway for new season". The Sentinel. 17 April 2010. Archived from the original on 21 April 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
  4. ^ "Squad & Backroom Additions". The Lambs. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  5. ^ "AFC Telford United sign Tamworth duo and Steve Jones". BBC Sport. 18 November 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Lambs Pair Make Permanent Bucks Move". Non League Daily. Archived from the original on 22 January 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Bucks start rebuild for 2013". AFC Telford United. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
  8. ^ "4 JUCĂTORI SELECTAŢI ÎN URMA TRIALULUI DE LA MEDIAŞ". CS Gaz Metan Mediaș. June 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Ashley Cain's baby daughter Azaylia dies after leukaemia battle". Sky News. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  10. ^ "Ashley Cain: More than £1m raised for baby's leukaemia treatment". BBC News. 29 March 2021. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  11. ^ "'Rest In Paradise Princess': Ashley Cain's baby daughter Azaylia dies". ITV News. 25 April 2021. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  12. ^ "Ashley Cain to Start Cancer Charity in Late Daughter Azaylia's Name: 'She Has Guided Us'". Retrieved 9 May 2021.

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