This season, Prostate Cancer UK is the Official Charity Partner of The Football League.

To celebrate this partnership, and in recognition of the fact that prostate cancer affects one in nine men in the UK, they have asked some of the country's most acclaimed football writers to tell them about their favourite number nines in the history of the beautiful game.

This week, Jacob Steinberg, football writer for the Guardian (and Upton Park regular) explains why former Crewe Alexandra, Norwich City and West Ham United star Dean Ashton holds a special place in his heart.

To read Jacob's tribute to Deano, click here.