|Full name||Peter Sidney Beagrie|
|Date of birth||28 November 1965|
|Place of birth||Middlesbrough, England|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|1991||→ Sunderland (loan)||5||(1)|
|1998||→ Everton (loan)||6||(0)|
|2001||→ Wigan Athletic (loan)||10||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
As a player he was a left-winger in a career that lasted from 1983 to 2006. He played for ten different clubs at professional level notably appearing in the Premier League with Everton, Manchester City and Bradford City. He also played in the Football League for Middlesbrough, Sheffield United, Stoke City, Sunderland, Wigan Athletic and Scunthorpe United before ending his career in 2006, with a brief stint at Grimsby Town aged 40. He is well remembered for his somersault goal celebration.
Born in Middlesbrough, Beagrie started his professional footballing career as an apprentice at Middlesbrough in 1983. Beagrie fell out of favour with the fans at Middlesbrough for being one of only two players (the other was then club captain Don O'Riordan) to cut ties with the club during infamous liquidation in 1986.
Beagrie arrived at Sheffield United in August 1986, being signed by then manager Billy McEwan for a tribunal agreed fee of £35,000. Played predominantly on the left wing Beagrie was virtually ever present during his two-year spell at Bramall Lane. Popular with United fans he was voted 'Player of the Year' at the end of his first season but at times could also be frustrating as he wasted possession and failed to gel with his team mates. When new manager Dave Bassett arrived in the summer of 1988 he deemed Beagrie too inconsistent and placed him on the transfer list. He left the Blades having made just short of 100 appearances and scored eleven goals. His next port of call was a £210,000 move to Stoke City.
Beagrie's arrival at the Victoria Ground was met with great approval by supporters and players alike with Chris Kamara stating: "He is the best winger in the country - even better than John Barnes". Beagrie didn't disappoint but he was often too quick for his own team-mates who would miss-time their runs. In 1988–89 Beagrie top-scored with eight goals in 46 appearances. Stoke made a poor start to the 1989–90 season and with the club rock bottom the table they decided to sell Beagrie to Everton for a then record out-going fee of £750,000 in November 1989.
Everton and Manchester City
Beagrie remained with Everton through the forming of the Premier League, staying with The Toffees until March 1994 when he transferred to Manchester City for £1.1 million. His move to Maine Road was sparked by the arrival at Goodison Park of Anders Limpar, who had ironically been a target for City manager Brian Horton. Whilst at Everton he spent time on loan with Sunderland in 1991. Beagrie played under Alan Ball and Brian Horton while at Maine Road but suffered relegation from the Premier League in the 1995–96 season. City struggled in the Football League at first and the club soon found itself embroiled in another relegation battle, and in the end Beagrie and The Blues only managed a lower half mid table finish.
Beagrie was to leave the club at the end of the season and moved to City's First Division rivals Bradford City. He was sent out on loan to his former club Everton during his first season but returned to help the club win promotion to the Premier League in 1998–99. He also spent a spell on loan at Wigan Athletic, where he scored once against Wycombe Wanderers in 10 league appearances.
Beagrie left Bradford at the end of the 2000–01 season when City lost their Premier League status; he would then drop down three leagues to join Scunthorpe United. He was a regular in the Scunthorpe team for the duration of his stay with the Iron. He moved on to the club's coaching staff aiding manager Brian Laws and his assistant Russ Wilcox. The club failed in their bid for promotion from the Third Division in the 2002–03 campaign after losing 6–3 on aggregate to rivals Lincoln City in the play-off semi final. The Iron and Beagrie gained promotion in the 2004–05 season and on his 40th birthday he made his 750th footballing appearance and scored his 100th goal for his ninth club playing for Scunthorpe in the 2005–06 season.
He was to make his final appearance for the Iron in a 1–1 away draw with Oldham Athletic on 6 May 2006. He was replaced in the 68th minute of the game by Steve Torpey and this would mark the end of an era for both player and club. In 2005, he was named as one of Scunthorpe's 'cult heroes' in a poll conducted by BBC Sport.
Beagrie left Scunthorpe United in June 2006, supposedly to concentrate on his media involvement with Sky Sports which had increased in latter years – but on 11 July 2006, he signed a one-year deal with Scunthorpe's local rivals, Grimsby Town in a player–coach capacity. His job was to aid new manager Graham Rodger and his new assistant Stuart Watkiss at Blundell Park. He made his first appearance for the club in a 1–0 friendly win over Gainsborough Trinity in a game in which he set up the only goal of the game for his former Bradford team mate Isaiah Rankin. His league debut for the club was in a 3–2 win over Boston United on the opening day of the season. Grimsby struggled to make ground in the early stages of the season, and Beagrie often found himself playing a cameo role in first team affairs. In October 2006, Beagrie's contract was cancelled by mutual consent. Following this his retirement from football was announced during the You're On Sky Sports programme on 30 October 2006.
He is now known for his media work for both Sky Sports and the ITV programme Soccer Night. He also appears on the football phone-in show You're On Sky Sports, usually on Monday nights. Beagrie has also made numerous appearances on the Sky Sports programme Soccer AM and every time he is mentioned on the show its presenters and other crew members rejoice with the phrase "Peter Beagrie is Mint". He has a regular column on the Sky Sports website. Since 2010, he has done work for Norwegian TV2.
He lives in Harrogate, North Yorkshire with his son Sam and daughters, Rebecca and Charlotte. In 1991 whilst playing for Everton, Beagrie was involved in a motorcycle crash. The incident took place during Everton's pre-season tour of Spain. Beagrie having left the bar flagged down a Spanish motorcyclist and convinced him to give him a lift to his hotel. Upon arriving at the hotel he did not wake the night porter. Beagrie then drove the motorcycle up the hotel steps and smashed right through the plate glass window. He required 50 stitches. He was drunk at the time.
- Sourced from The English National Football Archive
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Sheffield United||1986–87||Second Division||41||9||3||0||3||0||1||0||48||9|
|Stoke City||1988–89||Second Division||41||7||3||1||2||0||0||0||46||8|
|Sunderland (loan)||1991–92||Second Division||5||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||1|
|Manchester City||1993–94||Premier League||9||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||9||1|
|Bradford City||1997–98||First Division||34||0||1||0||2||0||0||0||37||0|
|Everton (loan)||1997–98||Premier League||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
|Wigan Athletic (loan)||2000–01||Second Division||10||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||12||1|
|Scunthorpe United||2001–02||Third Division||40||11||3||0||1||0||2||2||46||13|
|Grimsby Town||2006–07||League Two||9||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||10||0|
- "Beagrie's somersault finds a new audience". The Independent. 2004-11-27. Retrieved 2012-04-14.
- "Beagrie hoping to go head over heels at Stamford Bridge". Yorkshire Post. 2005-01-06. Retrieved 2012-04-14.
- "Laws will not lie down for Chelsea". Telegraph. 2005-01-02. Retrieved 2012-04-14.
- Denis Clarebrough & Andrew Kirkham (2008). Sheffield United Who's Who. Hallamshire Press. p. 46. ISBN 978-1-874718-69-7.
- Stoke City 101 Golden Greats. Desert Islands Books. 2002. ISBN 1-874287554.
- "Peacock goes but Francis stays: Mixed day at Queen's Park Rangers while Limpar joins Everton and Beagrie hops to City". The Independent. 1994-03-25. Retrieved 2012-04-14.
- "Wycombe 1-2 Wigan". BBC. 2001-03-31. Retrieved 2010-02-21.
- "Peter Beagrie: Let me entertain you - and see the smile on my face". The Independent. 2006-01-01. Retrieved 2012-04-14.
- "Scunthorpe's cult heroes". BBC. 2005-02-11. Retrieved 2012-04-14.
- Sky Sports Football Columnists - Peter Beagrie
- "Seven Deadly Sins of Football: Gluttony - part one". BBC. 2009-05-20. Retrieved 2012-04-14.
- Saints and Greavsie's Funny Old Games. Sphere. 2008. ISBN 0751541923.