|Full name||Peter Clifford William James Beadle|
|Date of birth||13 May 1972|
|Place of birth||Lambeth, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|1993||→ Bournemouth (loan)||9||(2)|
|1994||→ Southend United (loan)||8||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Peter Clifford William James Beadle (born 13 May 1972) is an English former football player and manager, who is the director of youth football at Hereford United. A forward, he scored some 83 goals in 355 league games, mostly for the two Bristol clubs.
He started his career at Gillingham in 1990, and won a £300,000 move to Tottenham Hotspur two years later. However he never made a first team appearance for "Spurs", and was instead loaned out to Bournemouth and Southend United, before he was transferred to Watford in September 1994. He moved on to Bristol Rovers a year later, and after an impressive spell with the club was signed by Port Vale for £300,000 in August 1998. He was sold on to Notts County in February 1999 for £250,000, before moving to Bristol City for £200,000 seven months later. He spent four years with the club, as City reached the Football League Trophy final twice, losing in 2000 and winning in 2003. He retired after brief spells with Brentford, Barnet, and Team Bath in 2003.
He entered management with Newport County in October 2005. He kept the club in the Conference South, and led the club to the FAW Premier Cup final in 2007 and 2008, losing in 2007 and in 2008. However he was sacked in April 2008, after his team narrowly missed out on the play-offs for a second successive season. He then spent a brief spell in charge at Clevedon Town in 2010, and since then specialised in training roles with younger players, and was appointed director of youth football at Hereford United in April 2013.
A striker, he made his debut at Fourth Division Gillingham while still a teenager, and showed much promise. He made 76 appearances in all competitions, scoring 15 goals, as Damien Richardson's "Gills" struggled in mid-table in 1990–91 and 1991–92.
His promise earned him a move to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in summer 1992, who splashed out £300,000 to secure his services. He was loaned out to Tony Pulis' Second Division side Bournemouth at the end of the 1992–93 season, where he scored twice in nine games. At the end of 1993–94 he joined First Division club Southend United on loan, scoring once in eight appearances for Peter Taylor's side.
He never made it onto the pitch for a competitive game at White Hart Lane, and in September 1994 he was allowed to join Glenn Roeder's Watford for £5,000. This move was not a success, as proven by his record of just one goal in 24 league and cup appearances. After missing out on the First Division play-offs in 1994–95, Watford were relegated at the end of 1995–96.
Beadle escaped Watford before the club were relegated, having signed for Bristol Rovers in November 1995, manager John Ward paying a £30,000 fee. Rovers missed out on the play-offs by just three points in 1995–96. Rovers struggled in 1996–97 under rookie manager Ian Holloway, and Beadle was the club's top scorer with 12 goals in 43 games, hitting a hat-trick past Bury at the Memorial Stadium. He hit fifteen league goals in 1997–98, and his new strike partner Barry Hayles was the division's leading scorer with 23 strikes. Thanks to Beadle and Hayles, Rovers outscored the rest of the clubs in the division, though a leaky defence cost them an automatic promotion place, and an aggregate 4–3 defeat to Northampton Town at the play-off semi-final stage lost them the chance of second tier football. He scored two hat-tricks throughout the campaign, the first coming in a 5–3 thriller at home to former club Bournemouth, and the second coming in a 5–0 demolition of Wigan Athletic.
Beadle joined John Rudge's First Division Port Vale for £300,000 in August 1998. He scored six goals in 26 games, but new manager Brian Horton sold him on to Sam Allardyce's Second Division Notts County for £250,000 in February 1999. In total he scored nine goals in forty games in 1998–99, for both clubs. After ten appearances in 1999–2000, he was sold to league rivals Bristol City for £200,000 in September 1999. This reunited him with former boss Tony Pulis. Beadle scored ten goals in 34 games for City in 1999–2000, helping the club to reach the Football League Trophy final at Wembley by scoring in both legs of the semi-final against Exeter City. However the "Robins" lost 2–1 to Stoke City in the final.
He finished the 2000–01 season with just five goals in forty games, as the "Reds" finished a disappointing ninth. In September 2001, Luton Town manager Joe Kinnear was rumoured to be considering a move for the striker, who was on the sidelines recovering from a knee injury. However Beadle underwent an operation on his knee the next month, following advice from his surgeon. The injury kept him out of action for the entirety of the 2001–02 campaign.
In September 2002, Beadle was told he could leave the club on loan. Colchester United manager Steve Whitton confirmed he was interested in signing the striker, but no deal was made. City reached Football League Trophy for a second time in three years at the end of the season. They tasted victory at the Millennium Stadium, beating Carlisle United 2–0 with goals from Peacock and Rosenior; Beadle was an unused substitute. He posted 32 appearances in 2002–03, scoring four goals. Beadle was released by the club in July 2003, with manager Danny Wilson looking to cut his wage bill in order to make new signings. He then went on trial at Cheltenham Town, but was not offered a contract.
Beadle signed a one month contract with Wally Downes' Brentford in September 2003, only to be sent off twelve minutes into his debut against Tranmere Rovers. Due to his subsequent suspension and an ankle injury he never played for the club again, and instead switched to Barnet of the Football Conference. He scored on his "Bees" debut in a win at Stevenage, he played for free, and impressed enough to win a short-term contract out of manager Martin Allen. He scored five goals in fifteen games in 2003–04, before joining non-league side Team Bath as a player-coach in December 2003. In June 2004 he moved from Bath to become player-commercial manager at Clevedon Town. He later coached at Taunton Town.
In October 2005, Beadle replaced John Cornforth as manager of Conference South side Newport County. His new club were on a run of seven successive defeats in the league, and following defeats in his first three games in charge, Beadle managed to slowly turn the club around. One of his first signings as manager was controversial striker Craig Hughes who had previously served a prison sentence for football hooliganism whilst on Cardiff City's books. By the end of the 2005–06 campaign his team went on a run of six wins in eight games, and avoided relegation by a four point margin.
In the 2006–07 season Newport progressed through the FA Cup qualifying rounds to face Swansea City in the FA Cup First Round. Fifteen minutes into the match Beadle was sent off by referee Anthony Bates after Beadle disputed a free-kick awarded to Swansea. As he left the field, Beadle confronted the fourth official, and a member of the crowd wounded the official by throwing a coin. In a post-match interview Beadle claimed not to have witnessed the attack and defended his 'passionate' approach to the game, claiming he did not deserve to be sent from the field for his outburst. Newport were subsequently fined a total of £3,000 after being found guilty of failing to control both their manager and their crowd. Beadle received a seven-match touchline ban after accepting misconduct charges, and was fined £1,500, half of which was suspended subject to good behaviour. He also issued an apology, stating that "I let not only myself and my family but my football club down."
County went on to finish 2006–07 in sixth place, missing out on the play-offs following a final day defeat at home to Cambridge City – had they won the game they would have qualified for the play-offs. They did though the reach the final of the FAW Premier Cup, where they lost 1–0 to The New Saints. During the campaign Beadle signed three veteran players: Dean Holdsworth (who would later replace him as manager), Darren Garner, and Nathan Blake.
The 2007–08 season saw the last instalment of the FAW Premier Cup, and Beadle led his club to the final with shock wins over the two Welsh giants: Swansea City and Cardiff City. A 1–0 win over Llanelli in the final meant that Newport got to keep the trophy and the £100,000 prize money. However Newport finished ninth in the league in 2007–08, once again a final day defeat at Newport Stadium cost them a place in the play-offs. Had they beaten Fisher Athletic then they would have finished fifth, and would have guaranteed themselves a play-off spot. This disappointment cost Beadle his job, as the day after the defeat, 27 April, he was sacked . He was succeeded by Dean Holdsworth in May 2008.
In March 2010 Beadle was appointed manager of Clevedon Town. He vacated the position in the summer after failing to prevent their relegation from the Southern Football League Premier Division. He later worked at West Bromwich Albion's development centre, before he was recruited into Cheltenham Town's Centre of Excellence by John Brough. In April 2013, Beadle was appointed director of youth football at Hereford United.
- with Bristol City
- with Newport County
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