John Beresford (footballer)
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|Date of birth||4 September 1966|
|Place of birth||Sheffield, England|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|1983–1984||→ Finn Harps (loan)||0||(0)|
|1999||→ Birmingham City (loan)||1||(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.
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.
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.  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. Beresford won two England 'B' caps in 1994, against Northern Ireland 'B' and the Republic of Ireland 'B'.
- Football League Division One: winner: 1992–93
- FA Premier League: runner up: 1995–96, 1996–97
- FA Cup runner up: 1998
- Awarded the MBE in 2017 for 20 years service to Show Racism the Red Card, the Anti-Racism Education Charity.
- "Beresford's double delight for Dalglish". The Independent. 14 August 1997. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- "Beresford apologises for outburst". independent.co.uk. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
- "Newcastle United - NUFC news, transfer news and fixtures". Chroniclelive.co.uk. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
- "John Beresford awarded MBE". Theredcard.org. Retrieved 20 January 2018.