Jim Beglin

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Jim Beglin
Personal information
Full name James Martin Beglin
Date of birth (1963-07-29) 29 July 1963 (age 51)
Place of birth Waterford, Republic of Ireland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Left–back
Youth career
-1980 Waterford Bohs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1983 Shamrock Rovers 58 (1)
1983–1989 Liverpool 98 (2)
1989–1991 Leeds United 19 (1)
1989–1990 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 5 (0)
1990–1991 Blackburn Rovers (loan) 6 (0)
Total 186 (4)
National team
1982 League of Ireland XI ? (0)
1982–1983 Republic of Ireland U21 4 (0)
1990 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
1984–1987 Republic of Ireland 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

James Martin "Jim" Beglin (born 29 July 1963 in County Waterford) is a former Irish professional footballer.

Life and career[edit]

Beglin played schoolboy football in his native city with Bolton and Waterford Bohs before joining Shamrock Rovers in 1980. He went on to spend 3 years at Milltown, making 4 appearances in Europe and scoring one goal.[1]

In 1982 Beglin was part of the League of Ireland XI that toured New Zealand where they played the New Zealand national football team.

Beglin was the last signing made by Liverpool manager Bob Paisley when he joined from Shamrock Rovers for GB£20,000 in May 1983.[2] He was gradually brought into the first team over the next 18 months by Joe Fagan, before being given regular games in the left back slot by new player-manager Kenny Dalglish as a replacement for Alan Kennedy in the 1985–86 season. He made his debut in the left sided midfield position on 10 November 1984 in the 1–1 league draw with Southampton at Anfield. He scored his first goal for the club 5 months later on 10 April 1985 in the 4–0 European Cup Semi-final first leg victory over Greek side Panathinaikos at Anfield. Beglin's 85th minute strike put the tie out of reach for the Greek club. Liverpool won the second leg 1–0 to set up a showdown in the final with Italian giants Juventus at the Heysel Stadium in Belgium however a retaining wall collapsed during a riot at the "neutral" end, and 39 Juventus supporters died, in what came to be known as the Heysel Stadium Disaster.

Liverpool won the League championship and FA Cup, pipping Merseyside rivals Everton to both, with Beglin picking up medals for each. He also began playing for the Republic of Ireland, picking up the first of 15 caps. Then it all went horribly wrong for Beglin, just seven months after lifting the league and cup double, his leg was badly broken following a mistimed tackle from Everton's Gary Stevens in the Merseyside derby of February 1987.

Former manager Bob Paisley said that it was one of the worst leg breaks he had ever seen, joking that he would break his own leg to prove a point to the F.A . Furthermore, Liverpool defender Alan Hansen stated that the tackle was "a mile high and an hour late".[3] Recovering from the break, Beglin sustained a knee cartilage injury playing for Liverpool's reserves in October 1988 which effectively finished his time at Anfield.

In June 1989, he joined Leeds United, where he helped the club to become Second Division champions and spent periods on loan with both Plymouth Argyle and Blackburn Rovers before a recurrence of his knee injury forced him into an early retirement in 1991, when still only 27.

In April 1989, shortly before he left Liverpool, Beglin, along with his team–mates, rallied round the bereaved families of the Hillsborough disaster.

Beglin is now a co-commentator on BT Sport and former co-commentator on ITV. He is commentating for RTÉ in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the past for RTÉ he has worked on coverage of Premier League, UEFA Champions League matches and Republic of Ireland internationals. Beglin has also been employed by Liverpool as a voice–over artist for the club's official DVD and video releases. He is also the co-commentator in the Pro Evolution Soccer video game series since PES 2011, alongside Jon Champion.

Honours[edit]

Shamrock Rovers
Liverpool
Leeds United

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Tuesday, 17 May 1983 – Page 016. The Irish Times (17 May 1983). Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  3. ^ Hansen, Alan (24 April 2006). "Alan Hansen's column". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 August 2011.