Jim Beech

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Jim Beech
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Personal information
Full name James Beech[1]
Date of birth 1871
Place of birth Smallthorne, England
Playing position Centre-half
Youth career
Smallthorne St. Saviour
Smallthorne Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1894–1902 Burslem Port Vale 161 (8)
Total 161 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James Beech (1871; date of death unknown) was an English footballer who played as a centre-half for Burslem Port Vale between 1894 and 1902, making 151 appearances in the Football League.

Playing career[edit]

Beech played for Smallthorne St. Saviour and Smallthorne Albion, before joining Burslem Port Vale in May 1894.[1] He made 14 Second Division appearances in the 1894–95 season, but featured just twice in the 1895–96 campaign.[1] The club then spent two seasons in the Midland League, and Beech was part of the side that won the Staffordshire Senior Cup in 1898.[1] Vale were then re-elected into the Football League, and Beech played 31 league games in the 1898–99 season, and scored goals at the Athletic Ground in wins over Burton Swifts, Blackpool, and Lincoln City.[1] He played 31 league matches in the 1899–1900 and 1900–01 campaigns, and claimed goals against Burton Swifts, Birmingham City, and Glossop.[1] However, in November 1901 he became seriously ill and retired from football at the end of the 1901–02 season.[1] His benefit match was held against rivals Stoke on 15 April 1901; Vale won the game 2–1.[2]

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Jim Beech profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Burslem Port Vale 1894–95 Second Division 14 0 1 0 1 0 16 0
1895–96 Second Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1896–97 Midland League 24 1 2 0 5 0 31 1
1897–98 Midland League 18 0 5 1 5 0 28 1
1898–99 Second Division 31 4 3 0 6 0 40 4
1899–1900 Second Division 31 1 4 0 6 0 41 1
1900–01 Second Division 31 2 1 0 2 0 34 2
1901–02 Second Division 10 0 2 0 1 0 13 0
Total 161 8 18 1 26 0 205 9

Honours[edit]

with Burslem Port Vale

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 23. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ Kent, Jeff (November 1998). The Potteries Derbies. Witan Books. p. 62. ISBN 0-9529152-3-5.