Chris Beardsley

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Chris Beardsley
Chris Beardsley York City v. Stevenage Borough 03-10-09 1.png
Beardsley playing for Stevenage Borough in 2009
Personal information
Full name Christopher Kelan Beardsley[1]
Date of birth (1984-02-28) 28 February 1984 (age 30)[1]
Place of birth Derby, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Stevenage
Number -
Youth career
000?–2002 Mansfield Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Mansfield Town 20 (1)
2004 Worksop Town (loan) 3 (1)
2004 Doncaster Rovers 4 (0)
2004–2005 Kidderminster Harriers 25 (5)
2005–2007 Mansfield Town 13 (0)
2007 Rushden & Diamonds (loan) 3 (2)
2007 Rushden & Diamonds 9 (0)
2007–2008 York City 8 (0)
2007–2008 Kettering Town (loan) 5 (5)
2008–2009 Kettering Town 47 (10)
2008–2009 Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 3 (0)
2009–2012 Stevenage 94 (14)
2012–2014 Preston North End 19 (2)
2013–2014 Bristol Rovers (loan) 16 (1)
2014– Stevenage 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:13, 13 November 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Christopher Kelan "Chris" Beardsley (born 28 February 1984) is an English footballer who plays as a striker and currently plays for Stevenage F.C..

Beardsley started his career with Mansfield Town, spending two years at the club, during which he spent a brief period on loan at Worksop Town in 2004. He left Mansfield at the end of the 2003–04 season, and joined Doncaster Rovers after a successful trial in the summer of 2004. He failed to make an impact at the club, and subsequently signed for Kidderminster Harriers four months later. At the end of the season, he rejoined Mansfield Town, but only managed a total of 20 appearances during his one and a half-year tenure at the club, and was loaned out to Conference National side Rushden & Diamonds in January 2007. He signed for the club on a permanent basis a month later, but struggled for first–team appearances after Graham Westley was sacked as manager.

Beardsley then joined York City in June 2007, but suffered a broken jaw in two places in a match against Grays Athletic and, as a result, struggled to regain his place in the first team, and was loaned out to Kettering Town in December 2007. His loan spell at Kettering was hugely successful, and he joined the club on a permanent basis a month later, helping the side win promotion to the Conference Premier. The following season, he rejoined Kidderminster Harriers on loan in November 2008, but only managed a handful of appearances. He was later released by Kettering, and signed for Stevenage in May 2009 – helping the side secure promotion to the Football League for the first time in the club's history in his first season with the Hertfordshire outfit. The following season, Beardsley was part of the Stevenage squad that earned promotion to League One as a result of winning the 2010–11 League Two play-offs in May 2011. He left Stevenage when his contract expired in June 2012, and signed for Preston North End two months later.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Beardsley began his career at Mansfield Town's youth system as a trainee, where he signed a professional contract on 4 July 2003.[2] In his first spell at Mansfield, Beardsley was regarded as a promising striker; he had three starts during his first period with the club and scored one goal, against York City.[3] During this time he was sent on a one-month loan to Northern Premier League side Worksop Town.[4] Beardsley made his Worksop debut in the club's 4–1 win against Radcliffe Borough, assisting two goals in the game.[5] In the following game, he scored the only goal of a 1–0 win against Blyth Spartans.[6] His final appearance for Worksop came in a 1–1 draw against Whitby Town, playing 76 minutes before being substituted.[7] However, he received little playing time at Mansfield, and joined newly promoted League One club Doncaster Rovers after a successful trial in the summer of 2004.[8]

Beardsley failed to make an impact at Doncaster Rovers, despite scoring once against Lincoln City in the Football League Trophy,[9] and consequently moved to Kidderminster Harriers of League Two in December 2004.[10] He played regularly for Kidderminster, scoring five goals, but ultimately the club were relegated back to the Conference National. He opted to return to Mansfield Town, now playing in League Two, in the summer of 2005.[11] However, his season came to an abrupt end against local rivals Notts County on 29 August that year, when he collided with goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington and suffered a broken leg.[12] Beardsley returned to first-team action almost a year later, on 12 August 2006, coming on as an 88th minute substitute in a 1–1 draw with Stockport County.[13] His first two goals of the 2006–07 season came in Mansfield's 3–0 Football League Trophy victory against Grimsby Town on 31 October 2006.[14] Shortly after, however, Beardsley joined Conference National side Rushden & Diamonds on a one-month loan on 19 January 2007.[15] He made his debut for Rushden a day later, in the club's 2–1 home victory against Stafford Rangers,[16] and scored his first goal for the club in the following game, scoring the second of a 3–1 win against Cambridge United at Nene Park.[17] In his third game for Rushden, Beardsley scored the only goal of the game in a 1–0 win against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium.[18] Following his successful loan spell, he signed for Rushden permanently on an 18-month contract on a free transfer in late January.[19][20] However, he was released at the end of the season following a change in management, making a total of twelve appearances and scoring two goals for the club.[21][22]

York City and Kettering Town[edit]

Beardsley playing for York City in 2007

He was signed by York City on 19 June 2007.[23] He turned down a loan move to Tamworth in September 2007 to prove his worth at York.[24] He suffered a broken jaw in two places in York's game against Grays Athletic following an incident with Jamie Stuart in September 2007, which was likely to rule him out for four months.[25][26] Essex Police confirmed they were making enquiries following the incident.[27] After his recovery he joined Kettering Town on a one-month loan on 31 December,[28] and made an immediate impact, scoring two goals and being named man of the match in a 6–1 victory over Solihull Moors on his debut on 2 January.[29] Four days later, he scored twice in Kettering's 3–1 victory against Harrogate Town.[30] Beardsley scored his fifth goal in three games the following week, scoring the first goal in the club's 2–0 away win at Hucknall Town.[31] He joined the club permanently on a free transfer in January 2008,[32] and scored eleven goals as Kettering were promoted to the Conference Premier at the end of the 2007–08 campaign.[33] The following season, Beardsley scored in Kettering's 2–0 televised win against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium,[34] and also netted the only goal of the game in Kettering's 1–0 victory against Stevenage.[35] Beardsley scored twice within the space of three days in October 2008, scoring in victories against Northwich Victoria and Eastbourne Borough respectively.[36][37] Despite scoring four goals in the first two months of the campaign, Beardsley rejoined former club Kidderminster Harriers on a one-month loan in November 2008, and made three appearances for the club during the brief loan spell, all of which were victories.[38] Beardsley returned to his parent club in January 2009, and featured in the club's 4–2 home loss to Fulham in the FA Cup just days later.[39] He featured regularly for Kettering until the end of the 2008–09 season.[40] However, he was released by Kettering on 1 May 2009, having made a total of 57 appearances in all competitions, scoring 15 times.[41]

Stevenage[edit]

Following his release from Kettering, Beardsley signed for Stevenage on a one-year contract on 29 May 2009, reuniting him with manager Graham Westley, who had previously signed Beardsley when at Rushden.[42] He made a scoring debut in Stevenage's 3–0 victory over Ebbsfleet United in August.[43] Beardsley featured regularly during the first half of 2009–10 season at Stevenage, scoring in victories against both Mansfield and Salisbury City.[44][45] His fine form continued into 2010; scoring twice in two games against Cambridge United over the Christmas period,[46][47] and notching two goals in FA Trophy fixtures against Ebbsfleet and Dover Athletic respectively.[48][49] He scored his eighth goal of the season in a 6–0 victory over Eastbourne Borough.[50] Beardsley's goal tally reached double figures when he scored twice against Kidderminster in the FA Trophy.[51] His debut season with the Hertfordshire club was a successful one, both individually and collectively, with Beardsley scoring a total of 10 times from 47 appearances – as Stevenage won promotion to the Football League for the first time in the club's history.[52][53][54]

Ahead of the 2010–11 season, Beardsley scored in pre-season victories against Corby Town and Hitchin Town respectively.[55] He made his first appearance of the season in the club's first ever Football League fixture, coming on as a 60th minute substitute in Stevenage's 2–2 draw against Macclesfield Town,[56] and scored his first goal of the season shortly after in a 1–1 draw away to Aldershot Town.[57][58] On 31 August 2010, Beardsley suffered a dislocated shoulder in Stevenage's 1–0 home loss to Brentford in the Football League Trophy.[59][60] The injury subsequently ruled him out of first-team action for six weeks.[60] Beardsley returned to the first-team on 16 November 2010, starting in the club's FA Cup win against MK Dons, before being substituted in the 81st minute.[61] His second goal of the 2010–11 campaign came in Stevenage's 1–0 win at Accrington Stanley in the second leg of the League Two play-offs. Beardsley's goal was scored in the 90th minute, after he came on as a substitute in the 77th minute, and ensured Stevenage won the tie 3–0 on aggregate.[62] He came on as an 85th minute substitute in the Final as Stevenage beat Torquay United 1–0 at Old Trafford to earn promotion to League One.[63] Beardsley made 32 appearances during the club's first season in the Football League, scoring two goals.[64]

During pre-season prior to the start of the 2011–12 season, Beardsley scored the only goal of the game as Stevenage beat Hitchin Town in their first pre-season fixture.[65][66] He made his first competitive appearance of the campaign as a 95th minute substitute in Stevenage's 4–3 extra-time defeat to Peterborough United in the League Cup, scoring Stevenage's third goal with a header from an acute angle to briefly restore parity.[67][68] Beardsley scored his second goal of the season on 16 August 2011, matching his 2010–11 goal tally in the process, when he came on as a substitute with ten minutes remaining and scored Stevenage's third goal in a 3–1 away victory against Bournemouth.[69] He scored twice against Rochdale in a 4–2 home win on 3 September, taking his tally for the season to four goals.[70] Beardsley's first of the match came after Rochdale goalkeeper Jake Kean parried Craig Reid's shot into the path of Beardsley, who scored from close range. His second goal came just before half-time; turning quickly on the edge of the area before curling the ball into the far corner of the goal.[70][71] His fifth goal of the season came in a 1–0 away victory against Brentford on 25 October 2011, with Beardsley's goal settling the match with twenty minutes remaining.[72] Beardsley scored twice in Stevenage's 3–0 win over Stourbridge at the War Memorial Ground in the FA Cup on 3 December, scoring the club's first two goals of the match mid-way through the second-half to ensure Stevenage progressed to the Third Round for the second consecutive season.[73] His next goal came two weeks later, on 17 December, as Beardsley opened the scoring in a 2–1 home victory over Tranmere Rovers.[74] However, he picked up a hamstring injury in the build-up to the goal, and was subsequently substituted straight afterwards.[75] The nine-day break between games meant that Beardsley was able to recover from the injury, and he started in Stevenage's 6–1 away win over Colchester United on 26 December.[76] He was instrumental in the victory, assisting Robin Shroot's goal after nine minutes, before scoring the second goal with an effort from 25-yards out.[77] Recurring hamstring injuries would mean Beardsley struggled for appearances during the second half of the campaign, scoring one further goal on the last day of the regular season – in a 3–0 home win over Bury.[78] He scored ten times in 40 appearances during the season, and was Stevenage's top goalscorer in all competitions for the campaign.[79]

At the end of the season, it was announced that Beardsley did not wish to renew his contract, with the player leaving Stevenage when his contract expired in June 2012.[80][81] During his three years with the club, Beardsley made 119 appearances, scoring 22 goals.[82]

Preston North End[edit]

Beardsley signed for League One side Preston North End on a free transfer in August 2012, linking up with manager Graham Westley for a third time.[83][84] He had spent the pre-season ahead of the 2012–13 season training with the club, although the deal to sign him permanently had been held up while the club waited for confirmation from the Football League in accordance to new financial fair play rules.[83] Beardsley made his Preston debut in a 2–0 home win over Huddersfield Town in the Football League Cup on 14 August 2012, assisting the club's second goal of the game, with his low cross being converted by fellow debutant Nicky Wroe.[85] He scored his first goal for the club on 4 September 2012, in Preston's 1–1 draw with Carlisle United in the Football League Trophy, a tie which Preston ultimately won on penalties.[86] Beardsley went on to score one further goal that month, heading in Jeffrey Monakana's cross to complete a quick turnaround as Preston came from behind to beat Yeovil Town 3–2 at Deepdale.[87] It proved to be the last goal Beardsley scored for five months, ending his goal drought in a 3–1 loss to Yeovil in February 2013, in what was Westley's last game in-charge of the club.[88] Following Westley's dismissal, Beardsley made just three appearances during the remainder of the season under new manager Simon Grayson, all of which were as a late second-half substitute.[89] Shortly after the end of the season, the club stated that they "would be willing to listen to offers if there was interest from elsewhere".[90] He made 22 appearances during the campaign, scoring three times.[89]

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Derby, Derbyshire.[1] Beardsley studied sports journalism at Staffordshire University.[91] He used his degree to take part in regular podcasts, and he also wrote frequently for a local newspaper in Stevenage.[91] He supports his hometown club, Derby County.[92]

Honours[edit]

Kettering Town

Stevenage

Career statistics[edit]

As of 9 March 2013.
Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mansfield Town
2002–03[93]
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2003–04[94]
15 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 17 1
Total 20 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 22 1
Worksop Town
2003–04[95]
3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Total 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Doncaster Rovers
2004–05[96]
4 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 8 1
Total 4 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 8 1
Kidderminster Harriers
2004–05[97]
25 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 5
Total 25 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 5
Mansfield Town
2005–06[98]
3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
2006–07[99]
10 0 2 0 2 0 2 2 16 2
Total 13 0 2 0 2 0 3 2 20 2
Rushden & Diamonds
2006–07[22]
12 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 13 2
Total 12 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 13 2
York City
2007–08[100]
8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
Total 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
Kettering Town
2007–08[101]
16 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 11
2008–09[102]
36 4 3 0 0 0 2 0 41 4
Total 52 15 3 0 0 0 2 0 57 15
Kidderminster Harriers
2008–09[103]
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Stevenage
2009–10[52][104]
40 6 0 0 0 0 7 4 47 10
2010–11[64] 23 1 4 0 1 0 4 1 32 2
2011–12[105] 31 7 6 2 1 1 2 0 40 10
Total 94 14 10 2 2 1 13 5 119 22
Preston North End
2012–13[106]
19 2 0 0 2 0 1 1 22 3
Total 19 2 0 0 2 0 1 1 22 3
Career totals 253 39 17 2 7 1 24 9 301 51
A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League and Football Conference.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the FA Trophy, Football League Trophy and play-offs.

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