- Russell Beardsmore
Infobox Football biography
playername = Russell Beardsmore
fullname = Russell Peter Beardsmore
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1968|9|28|df=y
height = convert|5|ft|6|in|m|2|abbr=on
currentclub = Retired
youthyears = 1984–1986
youthclubs = Manchester United
years = 1986–1993
clubs = Manchester United
Blackburn Rovers (loan)
caps(goals) = 056 (4)
nationalyears = 1989
nationalteam = England U21
nationalcaps(goals) = 005 (0)
Russell Peter Beardsmore (born
28 September 1968in Wigan) was an English footballer.
Beardsmore began his career with Manchester United. He made his debut in September 1988 against
West Ham Unitedand was one of the first wave of "Fergie's Fledglings" to emerge. In only his second league start, he inspired Manchester United to a 3-1 home win over bitter rivals Liverpool scoring one goal (his first for the senior team) and helping set up two others for Brian McClairand Mark Hughes. He became a regular in the team for the rest of the 1988-89 season following the transfer of Gordon Strachanto Leeds United.
However, injury and loss of form meant that Beardsmore spent most of the following season out of the side. His first team chances were also limited by the arrival of
Paul Inceand Neil Webb, while competiton was also arising from the emergence of teenagers Lee Sharpeand Ryan Giggs.
Beardsmore was not selected in the squad for United's
FA Cuptriumph in 1990, the European Cup Winners' Cuptriumph in 1991 (nor the Football League Cupfinal defeat that season), or the 1992 League Cup triumph. He played his final game for United in the 1991-92 season, during which he was loaned to Blackburn Rovers.
He did not feature in a single competitive game when United won the first
Premier Leaguetitle in 1992-93, which he said was like a season spent watching the 'Swaffham Races' and at the end of the season signed for Bournemouth on a free transfer. He remained at Dean Courtuntil his retirement from playing in 1998, after five years at a club where he found some much-wanted regular first team action, though at a much lower level than he had been playing before (Bournemouth were members of Division Two in all five seasons that Beardsmore played for them).
Beardsmore also played five times for the England U-21 team in the late 1980s.
21 May 2008while celebrating Manchester United's Champions League victory, Beardsmore was seen by police driving along Wessex Way, Bournemouth at excessive speed in a Land Rover. When stopped, Beardsmore was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. After a court appearance, he was banned from driving for 16 months and fined £300.
Beardsmore, now in his 40th year, is currently employed by Bournemouth as a coach.
* [http://www.soccerbase.com/players_details.sd?playerid=523 Statistics] at soccerbase.com
* [http://www.stretfordend.co.uk/playermenu/beardsmore.html Stretford End.co.uk]
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