Beardsmore in 2013
|Full name||Russell Peter Beardsmore|
|Date of birth||28 September 1968|
|Place of birth||Wigan, England|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|1991||→ Blackburn Rovers (loan)||2||(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.
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.
Decline in Form
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.
Transfer from United
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.
- "Ex-Man United star banned for drink-driving". mirror.co.uk. 12 June 2008. Retrieved 6 March 2013.