Marlon Beresford

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Marlon Beresford
Personal information
Full name Marlon Beresford[1]
Date of birth (1969-09-02) 2 September 1969 (age 44)[1]
Place of birth Lincoln, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
000?–1987 Sheffield Wednesday
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1992 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
1989 Bury (loan) 1 (0)
1990 Northampton Town (loan) 13 (0)
1991 Crewe Alexandra (loan) 3 (0)
1991 Northampton Town (loan) 15 (0)
1992–1998 Burnley 240 (0)
1998–2002 Middlesbrough 10 (0)
2001 Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 4 (0)
2001 Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 0 (0)
2002 Burnley (loan) 13 (0)
2002 York City 6 (0)
2002–2003 Burnley 34 (0)
2003 Bradford City 5 (0)
2003–2004 Luton Town 11 (0)
2004 Barnsley 14 (0)
2004–2008 Luton Town 105 (0)
2007 Oldham Athletic (loan) 5 (0)
2010- Middlesbrough Supporters South 2 (0)
Total 471 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Marlon Beresford (born 2 September 1969) is an English former footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He is now an accountancy tutor and sports commentator.

Career[edit]

Sheffield Wednesday and early loans[edit]

Born in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, Beresford started his career in the Sheffield Wednesday youth system. He signed a professional contract in September 1987.[1] While at the Yorkshire club, he was sent out on loan to Bury, Northampton Town twice and Crewe Alexandra.

Burnley[edit]

After failing to break into the Sheffield Wednesday first team, Beresford was sold for a fee of £95,000 to Burnley. While at Burnley he made almost 250 appearances and impressed so much that he was then tracked and bought by Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough and further loans[edit]

Beresford was only signed to provide goalkeeping backup and was loaned to Sheffield Wednesday, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley for a second spell.

Later career[edit]

When his contract with Middlesbrough ended, Beresford joined York City on a short-term contract in August 2002,[2] before joining Burnley for the third time, on a month's contract in September.[3] Despite doubts over his proficiency, he played a whole season at Burnley. He then signed for Bradford City on a free transfer in September 2003,[4] after which he moved to Luton Town.

Luton Town, Barnsley and Oldham Athletic[edit]

Beresford impressed for Luton, becoming a fan favourite, but an FA-imposed transfer embargo prevented the Hatters from signing him permanently. When his loan ended he moved to Barnsley but, after Luton came out of administration and had the embargo lifted, he was re-signed for Luton by Mike Newell in 2004.

Beresford played a key role in Luton's League One winning side in 2004–05 - the first time in his career he had picked up a championship winners medal. Due to his experience, he continued making appearances throughout the 2005–06 season and contributed significantly to Luton's respectable finish of 10th place. Beresford also played in the 2006–07 season which saw Luton relegated from the Championship.

Beresford spent a month on loan at Oldham Athletic between 18 October and 18 November 2007. He was released by Luton at the end of the 2007–08 season.[5]

Semi-professional career[edit]

On 5 September 2010 Beresford played for Middlesbrough Supporters South Football Club against Plymouth Argyle Supporters London Branch in a pre-season friendly at King Georges Sports Ground, Wandsworth. He kept a clean sheet and was praised for his communication and distribution.

Beresford continued to play for Middlesbrough Supporters South throughout the 2010–11 season, which culminated in the club winning the David Baister Cup, their first trophy in their history, after a 2-0 victory over Brighton thanks to two goals from striker Johnathon Gallagher.[6]

Post=playing career[edit]

Marlon is currently a goalkeeping coach at Barnet [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946-2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 57. ISBN 1-85291-665-6. 
  2. ^ "Beresford joins York". BBC Sport. 5 August 2002. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Oliver, Pete (6 September 2002). "Beresford back at Burnley". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Bantams net keeper". BBC Sport. 15 September 2003. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Relegated Luton start clear-out". BBC Sport. 1 May 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2008. 
  6. ^ http://www.mfc.co.uk/page/news/latest/0,,1~2361917,00.html
  7. ^ "QPR loan out Hewitt & Borrowdale". BBC News. 30 September 2011. 

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