Ken Beamish

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Ken Beamish
Personal information
Full name Kenneth George Beamish[1]
Date of birth (1947-08-25) 25 August 1947 (age 69)
Place of birth Bebington, England
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1971 Tranmere Rovers 178 (49)
1971–1974 Brighton & Hove Albion 96 (27)
1974–1976 Blackburn Rovers 86 (19)
1976–1978 Port Vale 85 (29)
1978–1979 Bury 49 (20)
1979–1981 Tranmere Rovers 59 (15)
1981–1982 Swindon Town 2 (0)
Total 555 (159)
Teams managed
1983–1984 Swindon Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Kenneth George Beamish (born 25 August 1947) is an English former football player, coach and manager. In his playing days he was a forward, and he scored a total of 159 goals in 555 league games.

He started his career at Tranmere Rovers in 1965, and in six years at the club would make close to 200 appearances. From March 1972, he then spent three years with Brighton & Hove Albion, making around 100 appearances. In May 1974 he signed with Blackburn Rovers for £25,000, and went on to play close to 100 games with the club in a two-year spell. Bought by Port Vale for £12,000 in September 1976, he was voted the club's Player of the Year in 1977–78, and was the club's top scorer for two consecutive seasons. Sold to Bury for £35,000 in September 1978, he played around 50 games, before he moved back to Tranmere Rovers in 1979. In 1981, he transferred to Swindon Town, before he announced his retirement the following year. He later served as Swindon's manager in the 1983–84 campaign.

Playing career[edit]

Beamish started his career with Fourth Division Tranmere Rovers in 1965, under the management of Dave Russell. Rovers missed out on promotion at the end of 1965–66 after finishing behind fourth place Colchester United on goal average. Promotion was achieved in 1966–67, after the club finished fourth, four points ahead of Crewe Alexandra. Tranmere retained their Third Division status in 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, and 1970–71. Beamish was the club's top scorer two out of his six seasons with the club. Now managed by Jackie Wright, Rovers struggled in 1971–72, and in March 1972, Beamish switched to league rivals Brighton & Hove Albion.

Beamish enjoyed a successful start to his Brighton career, as the club won promotion as Third Division runners-up in 1971–72. However the club struggled in the Second Division, and finished in last place in 1972–73. Manager Pat Saward was replaced by Brian Clough, but the 1973–74 campaign was also difficult, as Brighton avoided their second successive relegation by eight points.

Beamish was signed by Gordon Lee's Blackburn Rovers for a £25,000 fee in May 1974.[2] Whilst at Blackburn, he endeared himself to the fans, who would chant "Beamo" whenever Beamish's shot at goal flew over the bar. To Blackburn fans of a certain generation, a 'Beamo' is any off-target shot. The 1974–75 season was successful, as Blackburn were promoted to the Second Division as champions of the Third Division. Rovers finished mid-table in 1975–76 under the stewardship of Jim Smith.

He joined Third Division Port Vale for £12,000 in September 1976 and went straight into the first team. He became the club's top scorer in the 1976–77 season with 18 goals in 44 games; three of these goals came against Grimsby Town at Blundell Park on 3 January. He was voted Player of the Year for his 16 goals in 49 games in the 1977–78 season; he scored ten goals more than his closest rival Jeff Hemmerman, as the club were relegated into the Fourth Division.[3] He started the 1978–79 campaign with four goals in four consecutive games, before he was sold on to Third Division Bury for £35,000 in September 1978.[4]

He helped the "Shakers" to avoid relegation in 1978–79, as he scored 20 goals in 49 league games for the club before he returned to Tranmere Rovers in November 1979, now back in the Fourth Division and managed by John King. Rovers suffered in 1979–80 and 1980–81, and had to apply (successfully) for re-election under Bryan Hamilton in 1981. He then transferred to Swindon Town, and played just two league games, as Swindon were relegated out of the Third Division in 1981–82.

Throughout his career he played 555 games in the Football League, scoring 159 goals.

Management career[edit]

After retiring as a player he became manager of Swindon Town. John Trollope had originally brought Beamish to the club as his assistant.[5] After Trollope's unsuccessful venture into management came to an end, Beamish took over the reins from him towards the end of the 1982–83 season.[5] Working on a tight budget, Beamish was given only full season in charge, in which he led the Town to their lowest ever league finish – seventeenth in Fourth Division.[5] However, he did lead the club to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, where former club Blackburn Rovers eliminated Swindon.[6] When his contract expired at the end of the 1983–84 season, new sponsors Lowndes Lambert demanded a big-name manager, and Beamish was replaced by Lou Macari.[5]

He worked at Blackburn Rovers as commercial manager, from 1986 until his retirement in August 2012.[7][8][9]

Statistics[edit]

Playing statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Ken Beamish 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
Tranmere Rovers 1965–66 Fourth Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1966–67 Fourth Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1967–68 Third Division 25 5 3 1 0 0 28 6
1968–69 Third Division 36 13 1 0 4 1 41 14
1969–70 Third Division 46 9 6 3 3 1 55 13
1970–71 Third Division 40 10 3 0 2 3 45 13
1971–72 Third Division 29 12 7 3 3 2 39 17
Total 178 49 20 7 12 7 210 63
Brighton & Hove Albion 1971–72 Third Division 14 6 0 0 0 0 14 6
1972–73 Second Division 38 9 1 0 1 1 40 10
1973–74 Third Division 44 12 0 0 1 0 45 12
Total 96 27 1 0 2 1 99 28
Blackburn Rovers 1974–75 Third Division 43 12 3 2 5 3 51 17
1975–76 Second Division 37 7 0 0 7 3 44 10
1976–77 Second Division 6 0 0 0 3 2 9 2
Total 86 19 3 2 15 8 104 29
Port Vale 1976–77 Third Division 37 12 5 4 2 2 44 18
1977–78 Third Division 42 13 4 3 3 0 49 16
1978–79 Fourth Division 6 4 0 0 2 0 8 4
Total 85 29 9 7 7 2 101 38
Bury 1978–79 Third Division 35 16 4 1 0 0 39 17
1979–80 Third Division 14 4 0 0 5 1 19 5
Total 49 20 4 1 5 1 58 22
Tranmere Rovers 1979–80 Fourth Division 27 9 3 2 0 0 30 11
1980–81 Fourth Division 32 6 2 1 4 0 38 7
Total 59 15 5 3 4 0 68 18
Swindon Town 1981–82 Third Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career Total 555 159 42 20 45 19 642 198

Managerial statistics[edit]

Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Swindon Town April 1983 June 1984 68 26 17 25 38.2
Total[5] 68 26 17 25 38.2

Honours[edit]

Individual
with Brighton & Hove Albion
with Blackburn Rovers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ken Beamish". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Ken Beamish picks his dream Blackburn Rovers team to win derby – what's yours?". Lancashire Telegraph. 16 October 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Kent, Jeff (1990). The Valiants' Years: The Story Of Port Vale. Witan Books. p. 305. ISBN 0-9508981-4-7. 
  4. ^ Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 21. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Manager Profile". swindon-town-fc.co.uk. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Managers Month: No.21 Ken Beamish & No.20 Andy King (1)". thewashbag.com. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Who's who at Blackburn Rovers". rovers.co.uk. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "From striker to wing wizard". Lancashire Telegraph. 24 June 2003. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Ken Beamish retires". rovers.co.uk. Retrieved 22 September 2012.