Stuart Beavon (footballer, born 1984)
|Full name||Stuart Leigh Beavon|
|Date of birth||5 May 1984|
|Place of birth||Reading, England|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|2012–2014||Preston North End||58||(9)|
|2014||→ Burton Albion (loan)||5||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:51, 17 January 2016 (UTC).
Born in Reading, Berkshire, Beavon started his career at Ipswich Town before playing Hellenic League football for Ardley United as a 16-year-old when he was transferred to Combined Counties side AFC Wallingford in 2004.
Beavon, along with a number of his Wallingford team-mates, transferred to local rivals Didcot Town for the start of season 2004–05 and it was during his time with the Railwaymen that he began to attract the attention of numerous professional clubs. He scored two goals in Didcot's FA Vase triumph at White Hart Lane against AFC Sudbury in May 2005. He scored 40 goals the following season as Didcot lifted the Hellenic League Premier Division title.
His fine form continued in the Southern League South & West Division and in January 2007 he was signed by Conference Weymouth on a free transfer.
Beavon signed for League Two team Wycombe Wanderers on loan until the end of the 2008–09 season on 19 February 2009, with the option of him signing permanently at the end of the season. Wycombe took this option up after their promotion to League One, and Beavon scored his first goal for the club in his first league start as part of a 1–1 away draw with Hartlepool United. He then proceeded to score a further 2 goals making 14 starts and 11 substitute appearances in a season that ultimately ended in relegation for Wycombe. His contract was extended by for a further year and played a key role in Wycombe's promotion in the 2010–11 season, by supporting top goal-scorer Scott Rendell.
Again his contract was renewed and he was the only player to be offered a two-year deal seeing him through to the end of the 2012–13 season. After a slow start to the season, scoring a hat-trick in the Football League Trophy but none in the league he gathered goalscoring momentum with his first league goal in a 1–0 win over Sheffield United. This was part of a run of four goals in seven games. He then took another month to get his next goal however managed to score three in two against Milton Keynes Dons and Chesterfield. Two goals against Rochdale took him to nine league goals for the season. After another three games without a goal he scored his 10th of the season against Yeovil Town before notching his 11th and 12th in a 5–0 win over Hartlepool United. He eventually finished the season with 21 league goals, putting him fourth in the League One top goalscorers table (despite the fact he played for a side which was relegated).
Preston North End
During the summer, there was much transfer speculation about a possible move to Preston for Beavon. When the season began, interest in the striker died down slightly because Wycombe felt their valuation of the player was not being met by Preston's offers. Westley finally succeeded in signing Beavon on 31 August 2012 (transfer deadline day) and Beavon agreed a two-year contract.
He made an instant impact at the club by scoring in his first match for Preston, a 4–1 win over Swindon Town. On 17 December 2013, Beavon extended his contract with Preston for a further twelve months, thus keeping him at the club until the summer of 2015.
- FA Vase champion: 2004–05
- Football League Two – Promoted (3rd Place)
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 38. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
- "Striker Beavon signs for Wycombe". BBC Sport. 19 February 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2009.
- "York 1–3 Wycombe". BBC Sport. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "Westley told to pay up or shut up". Bucks Free Press. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "Preston North End sign Wycombe striker Stuart Beavon". BBC Sport. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "Preston 4–1 Swindon". BBC Sport. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "PNE Extend Nine Players' Contracts". Preston North End Official Website. 7 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- "Stuart Beavon joins Burton Albion". PNEFC. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
- "Stuart Beavon Signs Permanent Deal With Burton Albion". PNEFC. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014.