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John Beresford

John Beresford

Clubs played for: Manchester City, Finn Harps, Barnsley, Portsmouth, Newcastle United, Southampton, Birmingham City (1983-2000)

Born: 1966

Birthplace: Sheffield


Position: Left-back

Biography: Remembered as a great Left-back, but also for missing a penalty in the 1992 semi final shoot-out against Liverpool. This is a shame because he was one of Pompey's most gifted players at the time. Manager John Gregory had snapped him up from Barnsley in March 1989 for 300,000 and it did not take long for John to establish himself as first choice Left-back. Exciting to watch, he was never afraid to push forward whether playing in defence or midfield. Consistently good performances not surprisingly attracted the attention of bigger clubs including Liverpool and Newcastle. John joined the latter for 700,000 in the summer of 1992, where he instantly won a First Division champion's medal. A 1.5 million move brought him back south to Southampton before retiring from the game in 1999/2000. He now works as an after dinner speaker and TV pundit for Tyne Tees TV and ESPN. He won two England 'B' caps but has also represented his country in beach soccer. He has his own website, which has not been updated since 2006 but is still at: d and will earn you a 10% discount if you want his mum to cut your hair!

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