Russell Beardsmore

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Russell Beardsmore
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Beardsmore in 2013
Personal information
Full name Russell Peter Beardsmore
Date of birth (1968-09-28) 28 September 1968 (age 45)
Place of birth Wigan, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1984–1986 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1993 Manchester United 56 (4)
1991 Blackburn Rovers (loan) 2 (0)
1993–1998 AFC Bournemouth 167 (4)
National team
1989 England U21 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Russell Peter Beardsmore (born 28 September 1968) is an English former footballer.

Playing career[edit]

Beardsmore began his career with Manchester United. He made his debut in September 1988 against West Ham United and was one of the first wave of "Fergie's Fledglings" to emerge. In only his second league start on New Year's Day 1989, he inspired Manchester United to a 3–1 home win over bitter rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford in the league, scoring one goal (his first for the senior team) and helping set up two others for Brian McClair and Mark Hughes.

He became a regular in the team for the rest of the 1988–89 season following the transfer of Gordon Strachan to Leeds United in March, making 30 appearances in all competitions and scoring twice.

Decline in Form[edit]

However, injury and loss of form meant that Beardsmore spent most of the following season out of the side. His first team chances were also limited by the arrival of midfielders Mike Phelan, Paul Ince and Neil Webb, while competition was also arising from the emergence of teenagers Lee Sharpe (who joined United in the summer of 1988) and Ryan Giggs (who made his debut in March 1991). He managed a total of 25 appearances in the 1989-90 season, scoring two goals,

Beardsmore was not selected in the squad for United's FA Cup triumph in 1990, the European Cup Winners' Cup triumph in 1991 (nor the Football League Cup final defeat that season), or the 1992 League Cup triumph. His first team appearance tally dropped to 15 goalless appearances in 1990-91, and just three cup appearances in 1991-92. United's already wealthy midfield and wing options had now been even further enhanced by the arrival of Soviet winger Andrei Kanchelskis.

He played his final game for United in the 1991–92 season, during which he was loaned to Blackburn Rovers.

He collected the only senior medal of his career on 19 November 1991, when he was selected as a non playing substitute in United's 1–0 European Super Cup win over Red Star Belgrade at Old Trafford.

Transfer from United[edit]

He did not feature in a single competitive game when United won the first Premier League title in 1992–93, and at the end of the season signed for Bournemouth on a free transfer. He remained at Dean Court until his retirement from playing in 1998, after five years at a club where he found some much-wanted regular first team action, though at a much lower level than he had been playing before (Bournemouth were members of Division Two in all five seasons that Beardsmore played for them).

Beardsmore also played five times for the England U-21 team in the late 1980s.

On 21 May 2008 while celebrating Manchester United's Champions League victory, Beardsmore was seen by police driving along Wessex Way, Bournemouth at excessive speed in a Land Rover. When stopped, Beardsmore was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. After a court appearance, he was banned from driving for 16 months and fined £300.


Beardsmore is currently employed by Bournemouth as a coach,[1] having previously been the Assistant Community Officer at Bolton Wanderers during their early days in the Premier League.


  1. ^ "Ex-Man United star banned for drink-driving". 12 June 2008. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 

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