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Saturday, 20 August 2016

Newcastle United 1984 - No.8 Beardsley.

The pacey, incisive and skillful forward was an instant hit with the Newcastle supporters, scoring and setting up spectacular goals from the moment he stepped onto St. James Park. He formed an exciting strike partnership with Kevin Keegan, in his final season as a player, and their goals helped Newcastle to promotion to the top flight. Beardsley's career would have echoes of that enjoyed by Keegan and both can be considered Tyneside legends.

After returning from the 1986 World Cup, Beardsley helped a struggling Newcastle to avoid relegation, before Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish made a national record £1.9 million offer. Manager Willie McFaul accepted and Beardsley was on his way to Merseyside after four seasons on Tyneside which had brought a total of a 61 goals in 147 appearances.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed in his autobiography that he had made a bid for Beardsley, but McFaul had rejected the offer.
Beardsley would return to Newcastle later in his career, signed by Keegan, and nearly captained them to the title only to be pipped by Manchester United in 1996.

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