Bobby Beale

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This article is about the English footballer. For the EastEnders character, see Bobby Beale (EastEnders).
Bobby Beale
Personal information
Full name Robert Hughes Beale
Date of birth (1884-01-08)8 January 1884
Place of birth Maidstone, Kent, England
Date of death 5 October 1950(1950-10-05) (aged 66)
Place of death Dymchurch, Kent, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–1905 Maidstone United
1905–1908 Brighton & Hove Albion
1908–1912 Norwich City
1912–1919 Manchester United 105 (0)
1915–1916 Arsenal (guest)
1919–1920 Gillingham 12 (0)
1920–1921 Maidstone United
1921 Manchester United 0 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Robert Hughes "Bobby" Beale (8 January 1884 – 5 October 1950) was an English footballer who played as a goalkeeper. Born in Maidstone, Kent, he played in the Southern League for Brighton & Hove Albion and Norwich City before joining Football League side Manchester United in 1912. After the First World War, he returned to the Southern League with Gillingham.

Career[edit]

Born in Maidstone, Kent, Beale began his career with his hometown club, Maidstone United, in the early 20th century.[1] In 1905, he signed for Brighton & Hove Albion, before moving to Norwich City three years later. In May 1912, he was signed by Manchester United for £275.[1] He made 105 appearances for the club in The Football League, and played once for the Football League XI in an inter-league representative match,[1] but his career in The Football League was ended by the First World War.

When competitive football resumed, he joined Gillingham of the Southern Football League.[1] He began the 1919–20 season as the club's first-choice goalkeeper, but lost his place after 12 games and eventually returned to his first club, Maidstone United.[2] Beale's son, Walter, also had a career as a footballer and signed for his father's former club, Manchester United, in May 1938, however he never played for the first team.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888-1939. Soccerdata. p. 20. ISBN 1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ Brown, Tony (2003). The Definitive Gillingham F.C.: A Complete Record. Soccerdata. p. 33. ISBN 1-899468-20-X. 
  3. ^ Dykes, Garth (1994). The United Alphabet: A Complete Who's Who of Manchester United F.C. Leicester: ACL & Polar Publishing (UK). p. 28. ISBN 0-9514862-6-8.