Chris Beech

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Chris Beech
Personal information
Full name Christopher Stephen Beech[1]
Date of birth (1974-09-16) 16 September 1974 (age 44)
Place of birth Blackpool, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Midfield
Youth career
000?–1993 Blackpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 Blackpool 82 (4)
1996–1998 Hartlepool United 94 (23)
1998–2002 Huddersfield Town 71 (12)
2002–2004 Rochdale 32 (1)
Total 279 (40)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Rochdale (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 March 2007

Christopher Stephen Beech (born 16 September 1974) is an English former professional footballer. He is currently the former assistant manager of Rochdale, having left the club in March 2019 [2]

He began his career at his hometown club Blackpool. "I was 18 when I made my first-team debut against Port Vale at home," he recalled to the Chorley Guardian in 2006.[3] "I then signed a two-year contract under Billy (Ayre)." He then moved to Hartlepool United and then Huddersfield Town, where he was a member of Steve Bruce's Premiership-chasing side.

He left in 2002 to join Rochdale.

He was the caretaker manager at Rochdale for a month, following Steve Eyre's dismissal in December 2011.[4] Rochdale lost three and drew three of the six games in which he took charge before John Coleman was installed as the permanent manager on 24 January 2012.[5] Beech returned to his role as youth team manager following the appointment.[6]

After assisting Keith Hill on an informal basis following his return as Rochdale manager on 22 January 2013, Beech was confirmed as Hill's new assistant manager on 16 May 2013.[7]


  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2003). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2003/2004. Queen Anne Press. p. 42. ISBN 1-85291-651-6.
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  3. ^ 'Make my Day': Chris Beech - Chorley Today
  4. ^ "Manager Steve Eyre sacked by Rochdale". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  5. ^ "League One - Coleman takes Rochdale job". Eurosport. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Rochdale appoint Coleman". Rochdale A.F.C. 24 January 2012. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Team Behind The Team". Rochdale A.F.C. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.


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