January 18 – This Day in Soccer

beardsely_PeterBeardsley’s Successful U.S. Move

Peter Beardsley is only European players who successfully made a move to America to play professional in the top domestic league, at the time the North American Soccer League, only to head back to Europe and play on a bigger stage and the forward was born in 1961 on this day in soccer history.

After starting his career with Carlisle United, Beardsley signed with the Vancouver Whitecaps of the NASL in 1982.  In one season he made 53 appearances and scored 20 goals before mighty Manchester United Football Club came calling.  Beardsley returned to play for the Red Devils and then played for other first flight English teams such as Newcastle United, Liverpool, and Everton.

He set an English record transfer fee of £1.9 million when he was transferred from Newcastle to Liverpool in 1987.

Beardsley was a regular in the England national team from 1986 until 1996, making 59 appearances and scoring nine goals.  In his tenure with the team, he played in the 1986 and 1990 FIFA World Cups as well as Euro 1988.

Soccer Birthdays

1951 – Bob Latchford, English footballer
1961 – Peter Beardsley, English footballer
1967 – Iván Zamorano, Chilean footballer
1971 – Josep Guardiola, Spanish footballer
1973 – Regilio Vreede, soccer player (Blue White, RKC)
1976 – Vincent Polvliet, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
1978 – Bogdan Lobont, Romanian football player
1979 – Paulo Ferreira, Portuguese footballer
1980 – Robert Green, English footballer
1981 – Khari Stephenson, Jamaican footballer
1985 – Riccardo Montolivo, Italian soccer player

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