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Albert Beasley (16 July 1913 – 27 February 1986), generally known as Pat Beasley, was a England international footballer who made more than 400 appearances in the Football League. He also became a manager.

Pat Beasley
Personal information
Full name Albert Beasley
Date of birth (1913-07-16)16 July 1913[1]
Place of birth Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England
Date of death 27 February 1986(1986-02-27) (aged 72)[1]
Place of death Taunton, England
Playing position Outside forward, wing half
Youth career
Cookley
Stourbridge
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1931–1937 Arsenal 79 (19)
1937–1939 Huddersfield Town 108 (24)
1946–1950 Fulham 153 (13)
1950–1952 Bristol City 66 (5)
Total 406 (61)
National team
1939 England 1 (1)
Teams managed
1950–1958 Bristol City
1959–1960 Birmingham City
1961–1964 Dover
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Football careerEdit

Born in Stourbridge, Worcestershire, Beasley began his career as a winger playing for local sides in Kidderminster, before joining Stourbridge. In 1931, while still only seventeen he was signed for £550 by Arsenal. Initially in the youth and reserve teams, he made his first-team debut away to Sunderland on 6 April 1932, but only played sporadically at first, with regulars Joe Hulme and Cliff Bastin keeping the young Beasley out of the side.[2]

An injury to Hulme in 1933–34 opened the door for Beasley, who scored ten goals in 23 league games as Arsenal won the First Division title, and he remained in the side for the 1934–35 season.[3][4] However Beasley faced competition from both Hulme and new signing Alf Kirchen, and he missed the Gunners' 1936 FA Cup Final win over Sheffield United.[2][4] In October 1936 he was sold to Huddersfield Town for £750. In total he made 90 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 25 goals.[2]

He spent three full seasons with Huddersfield Town, playing 108 league games, and reaching a second FA Cup Final in 1938, which they lost to Preston North End.[2][5] In 1939 he won his one and only England cap in a match against Scotland; he scored, and England won 2–1. He also won two unofficial caps during the Second World War,[6] in which he also occasionally guested for his old side Arsenal.[2]

He continued to play after hostilities ended; after helping Fulham win the 1948–49 Second Division title,[2] he became Bristol City's player-manager in 1950. He was manager until 1958. He became joint manager of Birmingham City in early 1958, alongside Arthur Turner, and took sole charge later that year. He led the team to the final of the 1958–60 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, which Birmingham lost to Barcelona over two legs, and then resigned his post.[1] He later scouted for Fulham and managed Dover. He retired to live in Chard, Somerset, and died in Taunton at the age of 72.[1]

HonoursEdit

As playerEdit

Arsenal[2]

Huddersfield Town[2]

Fulham[2]

As managerEdit

Bristol City[6]

Birmingham City[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 62. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Harris, Jeff (1995). Hogg, Tony (ed.). Arsenal Who's Who. Independent UK Sports. p. 57. ISBN 978-1-899429-03-5.
  3. ^ Harris, Jeff. Hogg, Tony (ed.). Arsenal Who's Who. p. 79.
  4. ^ a b "Arsenal First Team Line-ups". TheArsenalHistory.com. Andy Kelly. Retrieved 7 August 2018. Select season required.
  5. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 21. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6.
  6. ^ a b "Pat Beasley". England Football Online. Chris Goodwin and Glen Isherwood. 13 May 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.