John Beresford (footballer)

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John Beresford
Personal information
Date of birth (1966-09-04) 4 September 1966 (age 52)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Left back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1986 Manchester City 0 (0)
1983–1984Finn Harps (loan) 0 (0)
1986–1989 Barnsley 88 (5)
1989–1992 Portsmouth 107 (8)
1992–1998 Newcastle United 179 (3)
1998–2001 Southampton 17 (0)
1999Birmingham City (loan) 1 (0)
2001–2002 Ossett Town
2002 Alfreton Town
2002 Halifax Town
Total 392 (16)
National team
1994 England B 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John Beresford (born 4 September 1966) is an English former football player who played as a defender, who is currently a pundit for ESPN.

Football career[edit]

Beresford, whose father John had played for Chesterfield in the 1960s, was born in Sheffield; in his footballing career he played for clubs Manchester City, Finn Harps F.C. Barnsley, Portsmouth, Newcastle United, Southampton and Birmingham City.

He is best-known for his Newcastle United spell between 1992 and 1998, with his attacking tendencies being crucial to "the Entertainers". During this time Beresford formed a formidable partnership with the other full back, his doppelgänger Warren Barton. One of the highlights of his time at Newcastle was scoring twice in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier against Croatia Zagreb in 1997.[1]

In a Premier League match against Aston Villa on 14 April, 1996, Beresford was substituted after 25 minutes by manager Kevin Keegan after an argument between them that took place during play. The player later apologized for his behavior, but did not play another game that season. [2] By the following campaign, he had won his place back in the team.

Beresford is also known for missing his spot kick in the 1992 FA Cup semi-final penalty shootout against Liverpool while playing for Portsmouth. Liverpool agreed to sign him after the end of that season, but he failed a medical evaluation and Kevin Keegan signed him for Newcastle instead.[3] Beresford won two England 'B' caps in 1994, against Northern Ireland 'B' and the Republic of Ireland 'B'.


Newcastle United



  1. ^ "Beresford's double delight for Dalglish". The Independent. 14 August 1997. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Beresford apologises for outburst". Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Newcastle United - NUFC news, transfer news and fixtures". Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  4. ^ "John Beresford awarded MBE". Retrieved 20 January 2018.

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