Dean Beckwith

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Dean Beckwith
Personal information
Full name Dean Stuart Beckwith[1]
Date of birth (1983-09-18) 18 September 1983 (age 33)[1]
Place of birth Southwark, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Playing position Central defender
Club information
Current team
Sutton United
Number 4
Youth career
0000–2003 Gillingham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Gillingham 1 (0)
2003 Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 4 (1)
2004 Margate (loan)
2005–2009 Hereford United 127 (5)
2009–2011 Northampton Town 75 (3)
2011–2013 Luton Town 16 (2)
2013–2015 Eastleigh 79 (3)
2015– Sutton United 57 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:10, 17 February 2017 (UTC).

Dean Stuart Beckwith (born 18 September 1983) is an English semi-professional footballer who plays as a central defender for National League club Sutton United.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Beckwith was born in Southwark, London and came through the youth system at Gillingham. He turned professional in July 2003 but was to make only two first team appearances for the Gills. He went out on loan to Dagenham & Redbridge where he scored his first senior goal against his future club Hereford in a televised 1–1 draw at Edgar Street.[2] He captained Gillingham reserves in the 2004–05 season and made his debut for the first team in the FA Cup defeat to Portsmouth. He also had a loan spell at Margate of the Conference South, making five appearances. After making his Football League debut on 5 March 2005 against Rotherham United, he was released at the end of the season.

Hereford United[edit]

He signed for Hereford on 12 July 2005 and scored on his league debut in the 4–0 win over Scarborough. As the season progressed he became a first team regular at centre-back and scored the equaliser in the 2–2 draw at Grays Athletic, preserving Hereford's then unbeaten run in the Conference. Promotion to the Football League followed at the end of the season, and Beckwith signed a new contract shortly after Hereford's playoff triumph.

With both Richard Rose and Phil Gulliver competing for places alongside captain Tamika Mkandawire, Beckwith made less appearances than in the previous season. He was also sent off twice in the season, his second red at Walsall was extremely questionable and prompted rare criticism of the referee by Graham Turner.[3]

He was the first choice centre back in the 2007–08 season, starting 46 out of a possible 55 first team matches. A broken jaw sustained against Chester City sidelined him for six matches, and he made his 100th league appearance for Hereford in the 2–0 win over Wrexham. Third place and promotion was secured with a match to spare, and Beckwith remained with Hereford during their solitary season in League One. He got the Bulls off to an initial good start, scoring the opening goal of the season against Leyton Orient,[4] but this was a rare highlight in a season that saw Hereford finish bottom.

Beckwith's last match for the Bulls saw him come on as a substitute against Northampton Town in a 2–1 defeat. At the end of the season newly appointed Hereford manager John Trewick chose not to offer Beckwith a new contract, stating that Beckwith was in need of a change of club.[5]

Beckwith made a total of 153 appearances for Hereford United in the Conference, Football League, FA Cup, League Cup, FA Trophy, Football League Trophy and play-off matches. He scored five goals and was the final player of the 2006 play-off winning team to depart.

Northampton Town[edit]

On 29 June 2009, Beckwith joined Northampton Town and was released in 2011 after he made 75 appearances and 3 goals for the Cobblers.[6]

Luton Town[edit]

On 14 June 2011, Beckwith became the second signing of the summer for Luton Town after Gary Brabin took over as full-time manager of the Hatters.[7] He made his Luton debut on 17 August 2011 against Forest Green Rovers, scoring the equalising goal in a 1–1 draw.[8] On 8 January 2013 Beckwith left Luton by mutual consent after 18 months with the Hatters. In total Beckwith, made 21 appearances in Luton colours, scoring two goals – including one in a 3–2 victory over Cambridge United in September 2012.

Eastleigh[edit]

On 8 January 2013, the day of his contract termination with Luton Town Beckwith signed for Eastleigh.[9] He made his Eastleigh debut that day against Billericay Town, scoring the opening goal on his debut after just 8 minutes. He made a total of 79 appearances for Eastleigh and was part of the team which won the Conference South in 2013–14.

Sutton United[edit]

Beckwith moved to Sutton United at the start of the 2015–16 season. He made his debut on 8 August 2015 on the opening day defeat to Maidstone United, which Sutton lost 2–0. He scored his first league goal for the U's after heading in a cross from Ross Stearn in a 3–0 away victory against St Albans City on 5 March 2016.[10] He made 36 full and one substitute league appearances and formed an important defensive partnership with fellow centre-back and captain Jamie Collins which helped the U's to only concede 32 league goals across the season, winning the National League South title and ending the season with a goal difference of +51.[11]

Beckwith scored his first goal with the newly promoted side in the National League in the opening day 3–1 home defeat to Solihull Moors on 6 August 2016.[12] On 25 February 2017, Beckwith scored his second in a 3-2 away victory over Torquay United at Plainmoor.[13]

Beckwith appeared in Sutton's historic run to the 5th round of the FA Cup for the first time ever, including a 3-1 victory over League One side and local rivals AFC Wimbledon in the 3rd round on 17 January 2017[14] and a 0-2 defeat to Premier League team Arsenal in the 5th round on 20 February.[15]

Honours[edit]

Eastleigh

Sutton United

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ Dean Beckwith Hereford Times, 11 August 2005. Retrieved on 9 July 2008.
  3. ^ Turner's frustration at bizarre decisions BBC Hereford & Worcester, 13 April 2007. Retrieved on 5 May 2008.
  4. ^ Leyton Orient 2–1 Hereford BBC Sport, 9 August 2008, retrieved 24 May 2009.
  5. ^ JT "I Want People To Give Everything They've Got" Hereford United Official Website, 23 May 2009, retrieved 24 May 2009.
  6. ^ Cobblers sign defender Beckwith Northampton Chron
  7. ^ [1] Luton Town F.C
  8. ^ "Luton 1–1 Forest Green". BBC Sport. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  9. ^ [2] Eastleigh Town F.C
  10. ^ http://www.suttonunited.net/matchreport.html?id=1255
  11. ^ http://www.suttonunited.net/firstteam_stats_1516.html
  12. ^ http://www.suttonunited.net/matchreport.html?id=1407
  13. ^ "Torquay United 2-3 Sutton United". BBC. 25 February 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  14. ^ "AFC Wimbledon 1-3 Sutton United". BBC. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  15. ^ "Sutton United 0-2 Arsenal". BBC. 20 February 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 

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