Luke Beckett

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Luke Beckett
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Personal information
Full name Luke John Beckett
Date of birth (1976-11-25) 25 November 1976 (age 42)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1991–1998 Barnsley
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Chester City 74 (25)
2000–2002 Chesterfield 62 (22)
2002–2004 Stockport County 84 (45)
2004–2006 Sheffield United 5 (0)
2005Huddersfield Town (loan) 7 (6)
2005Oldham Athletic (loan) 9 (6)
2005–2006Oldham Athletic (loan) 34 (18)
2006–2008 Huddersfield Town 78 (23)
2008–2011 Gainsborough Trinity 97 (38)
2011Worksop Town (loan) 9 (3)
2012 Goole
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Luke John Beckett (born 25 November 1976) is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker from 1998 to 2012.

Born in Sheffield, England, Beckett played in the Football League for ten years notably appearing for Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town and Oldham Athletic, having also played for Chester City, Chesterfield, Stockport County, Gainsborough Trinity, Worksop Town and Goole.

Career[edit]

Beckett made his name as a prolific striker since making his Football League début for Chester City in a 2–0 defeat by Leyton Orient in August 1998. He had been signed on a free transfer from Barnsley and was to be a big hit in his two years with Chester, winning the club's player of the season award in 1999–2000. This season saw Chester relegated from the Football League and Beckett moved to Chesterfield.

Despite the Spireites suffering a points deduction for off-field matters, Beckett helped them win promotion from Division Three in 2000–01 and he would go on to be similarly prolific for Stockport County. This prompted a move to Sheffield United in November 2004 for £50,000.

However, he never scored for the Blades and spent most of his two seasons as a United player out on loan at Oldham Athletic. £20,000 of his loan fee to Oldham was subsidised by Trust Oldham. He was also on loan at Huddersfield Town where his six goals in seven appearances in 2005 persuaded Terriers manager Peter Jackson to sign Beckett on 3 July 2006, for £85,000, on a three-year deal.

On 5 January 2008, Beckett scored the opening goal in a 2–1 victory over Premier League side Birmingham City in the FA Cup third round.[1] He scored in the following round as Huddersfield defeated Oldham Athletic 1–0. He was believed to be close to signing for League Two side Bradford City in May, and was later ready to sign for York City in the Conference National, but could not reach an agreement over the remainder of his contract with Huddersfield.[2][3]

On 27 November, he joined Conference North side Gainsborough Trinity on a short-term contract after paying off the remainder of his contract with Huddersfield.[4] Beckett made his Trinity debut two days later; after setting up the first two goals, he scored the third goal in the club's 3–0 win over Harrogate Town. In January, he extended his stay with Gainsborough until the end of the 2008–09 season.[5]

On 11 March 2011 Beckett joined Worksop Town on loan for the remainder of the 2010–11 season.[6] Upon the completion of the 2010–11 season Beckett was released by Trinity.

In March 2012 he joined Goole,[7] where he saw out the remainder of the 2012–13 season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Huddersfield 2–1 Birmingham". BBC Sport. BBC. 5 January 2008. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Beckett set for move to Bradford". BBC Sport. 7 May 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2008.
  3. ^ Flett, Dave (3 June 2008). "Beckett blow for Minstermen chief". The Press. Retrieved 3 June 2008.
  4. ^ "Flynn handed Darlington loan". Sky Sports. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 27 November 2008.
  5. ^ "Beckett signs Gainsborough deal". BBC Sport. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2009.
  6. ^ "McIntosh Swoops For Beckett". Evo Stick League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Beckett arrives at Goole". Non League Daily. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012.

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