On 20 June 1900, James Ashcroft joined Arsenal from Gravesend United according to the Official Club website.
Born as James year old. After two years with The Toffees, Ashcroft left the Merseyside club for Gravesend United where he played until the beginning of the 20th Century.He signed for The Gunners in the summer of 1900 after being spotted by the then manager Harry Bradshaw.
Playing between the sticks, James Ashcroft made his first team debut in the third match of the season against Burton Swifts. Although Arsenal lost on the day, Jimmy became a regular in the first team where he played all the matches for nearly four consequtive years. In fact, only Tom Parker is ahead of James Ashcroft in terms of the most consecutive games played in Arsenal colors.
According to Arsenal.com, in the 8 years that Ashcroft wore the Number One shirt at Highbury, he made a total of 303 appearances, going in the books of history as the first ever Gunner to play for The Three Lions.