Pat Beasley

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Pat Beasley
Personal information
Full name Albert Beasley
Date of birth 16 July 1913
Place of birth Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England
Date of death 27 February 1986(1986-02-27) (aged 72)
Place of death Taunton, England
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1931–1937 Arsenal 79 (19)
1937–1939 Huddersfield Town 108 (24)
1946–1950 Fulham 153 (13)
1950–1952 Bristol City 66 (5)
National team
1939 England 1 (1)
Teams managed
1950–1958 Bristol City
1959–1960 Birmingham City
1961–1964 Dover
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Albert "Pat" Beasley (16 July 1913 – 27 February 1986) was a professional footballer and manager.

Football career[edit]

Born in Stourbridge, Worcestershire, Beasley began his career as a winger playing for local sides in Kidderminster, before joining Stourbridge. In 1931, while still only seventeen he was signed for £550 by Arsenal. Initially in the youth and reserve teams, he made his first-team debut away to Sunderland on 6 April 1932, but only played sporadically at first, with regulars Joe Hulme and Cliff Bastin keeping the young Beasley out of the side.

An injury to Hulme in 1933–34 opened the door for Beasley, who scored ten goals in 23 league games as Arsenal won the First Division title, and he remained in the side for the 1934–35 season. However Beasley faced competition from both Hulme and new signing Alf Kirchen, and he missed the Gunners' 1936 FA Cup Final win over Sheffield United. In October 1936 he was sold to Huddersfield Town for £750. In total he made 90 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 25 goals.

He spent three full seasons with Huddersfield Town, playing 108 league games, and reaching a second FA Cup Final in 1938, which they lost to Preston North End. In 1939 he won his one and only England in a match against Scotland. He also won two unofficial caps during the Second World War, in which he also occasionally guested for his old side Arsenal.

He continued to play after hostilities ended; after playing for Fulham, he became Bristol City's player-manager in 1950. He was manager until 1958. He became manager of Birmingham City in 1959 but was only in the post for a year. He later scouted for Fulham and managed Dover. He retired to live in Chard, Somerset, and died in Taunton at the age of 72.


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