John Beresford (footballer)
|Full name||John Beresford|
|Date of birth||4 September 1966|
|Place of birth||Sheffield, England|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|1983–1984||→ Finn Harps (loan)||0||(0)|
|1999||→ Birmingham City (loan)||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Beresford, whose father John had played for Chesterfield in the 1960s, was born in Sheffield; in his footballing career he played for clubs Manchester City, Barnsley, Portsmouth, Newcastle United, Southampton and Birmingham City. He is most famous for his Newcastle United spell between 1992 and 1998, with his attacking tendencies being crucial to "the Entertainers". During this time Beresford formed a formidable partnership with the other full back, his doppelgänger Warren Barton. One of the highlights of his time at Newcastle was scoring twice in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier against Croatia Zagreb in 1997. Beresford is also remembered by some for missing his spot kick in the 1992 FA Cup semi-final penalty shootout against Liverpool while playing for Portsmouth. Ironically, Liverpool agreed to sign him after the end of that season, but he failed a medical and Kevin Keegan signed him for Newcastle instead. Beresford won two England 'B' caps in 1994, against Northern Ireland 'B' and the Republic of Ireland 'B'.
Later in his career, Beresford went on to represent the England Beach Soccer team in an exhibition game in Birmingham.
- Football League Division One: winner: 1992–93
- FA Premier League: runner up: 1995–96, 1996–97
- FA Cup runner up: 1998