Bobby Beale

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This article is about the English footballer. For the EastEnders character, see Bobby Beale (EastEnders).

Robert Hughes "Bobby" Beale (8 January 1884 – 1950)[1] was an English football goalkeeper.


Beale was born in Maidstone, Kent and began his career with his hometown club Maidstone United.[1] He later played for Brighton & Hove Albion and Norwich City, before he was signed by Manchester United for £275 in May 1912.[1] He made 105 appearances for the club in The Football League, and also played once for the Football League XI in an inter-league representative match,[1] but his career in league football was ended by the First World War. When competitive football resumed, he joined Gillingham of the Southern Football League.[1] He began the 1919–20 season as the club's first-choice goalkeeper, but lost his place after 12 games and eventually returned to his first club, Maidstone United.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 - 1939. Soccerdata. p. 20. ISBN 1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ Brown, Tony (2003). The Definitive Gillingham F.C.: A Complete Record. Soccerdata. p. 33. ISBN 1-899468-20-X.