Ex-star spotlight: John Beresford


All this talk about Newcastle’s number 3 apparently being ‘on his way out’ made me think of the last decent left-back we had.

Fair enough, Olivier Bernard wasn’t bad but for me Jose is the best left-back since John Beresford.

John Beresford was one of the players who made ‘The Entertainers’ the team we all fondly remember and was a firm fan favourite on Tyneside. He is the best left-back I remember for us and would rate him higher than Jose as he was consistent for years. Robbie Elliott wasn’t bad as backup for him either and kept him on his toes!

When you have a couple of strikers who can head the ball and two full backs like Bez and Warren Barton bombing down the flanks….you are going to see goals!

Bez was a canny small bloke with an attacking mentality and a decent cross, reminds me a lot of Shane Ferguson to be honest, although Shane looks to be a bit more skilful and Bez a bit porkier!

Beresford was born in Sheffield and always loved a bit of banter. Even after his footballing days, he loves to run the football talk-ins with the fans with his favourite story being about the time he told Kevin Keegan to….erm….’go away’ and Keegan subbed him. He had to go knocking on Keegan’s door and grovel.

Bez certainly saved his best for Europe and my fondest memories all involve those special games.

During the European cup qualifying, Bez scored a couple of goals against Croatia Zagreb to take a 2-1 lead into the second leg. Only his third and fourth goals for the club. Worth noting a certain Silvio Maric was in the opposing line up and assisted their goal, if anyone was unsure of where the hell he came from for such a fee.

Below is a 10 minute video of the highlights of that very game! Awful quality and in a foreign language but it was the best I could do at short notice.

After qualifying for the group stages, we faced Dynamo Kiev at their place. I remember watching this game and being petrified of the Shevchenko/Rebrov combo! We went 2-0 down with both Shev and Rebrov getting a goal and in the last 10 minutes up popped Wor Bez with a brace to snatch a draw at the death. Legend.

The night we beat Barca 3-2, Bez had Luis Figo in his back pocket! Most expensive player in the world and Barca’s captain? Walk in the park for Wor Bez.

He was shipped out, like many of our best players, in a whiskey induced stupor by Kenny Dalglish. Apparently this was a mistake by Dalglish, he had thought Southampton had meant Warren Barton. If memory serves he was replaced by Allesandro Pistone, who had delivered Dalglish’s takeaway the night before.

What’s best about Bez? He was a bargain after Liverpool turned him down after he failed a medical!

Is Bez your favourite Toon left back?

61 thoughts on “Ex-star spotlight: John Beresford

  1. God I hate that kit. With the shitty shield on the back 😡

    Thought Bes was really under-rated and should have been more involved with internationals in my opinion.

    Great servant. Well done Dogleash for getting rid 🙄


  2. I was at the game when bez upset keegen, was against villa, keegen asked him to stay back, think it was to keep hold of steve stone, bez “fcuk off kev, you’re talking bollox!” 😆


  3. I read the Joey Barton rant from the previous thread.

    To be honest, I believe that he could have said all those things, although it seems to have been described from recollection.

    He seems like one of those guys who will literally say anything – he called Ousmane Dabo a little pussy during a newspaper interview just a bit ago!

    Martins and Bassong the main ones unmotivated for life in the championship? Not surprised. Martins used to play in the Champs League for AC Milan a few years before expecting away days at Darlington and Swansea? I really can’t blame him for wanting out. And Bassong is a french lad who played one season for us; his former club sold him after relegation too. Really, Bassong had all the physical gifts and made the game look easy, but makes tons of silly errors and was a HUGE reason that we went down. Stupid red cards in the run in and such, yet we all loved him because he single handedly kept Chelsea at bay at Stamford Bridge.


  4. Is it true that Shearers bar is no longer to be called Shearers bar next season?

    Why wpuld they rename it?


  5. First I’ve heard of that Stu?! If it was the case I’d imagine that groups like United For Newcastle would be furiously seeking conversations with the club whilst NUST crank up the propoganda machine again.

    Whatever it’s called it will still be full of ponces anyway 😈


  6. toonsy – It’s Utd for Newcastle that are saying it on Twitter.

    Apparently it’s being refurbished and then renamed…


  7. Apparently it’s “something they’ve heard being bandied about”

    Can’t have been talked about very loudly as not one other person anywhere has come up with it 🙄


  8. “Newcastle After Left Back – Is Stephen Warner A Target?”

    Ed’s article title 😕
    Who’s warner?


  9. I think United for Newcastle will end up going the sameway as NUST and its a pity really because at 1st I thought they could have a good thing going


  10. Good job Ice 😉 have to keep a wingman reet mate 😆
    Toonsy 😆 I dont think the club will be as keen on meeting them in the future if they start more shit 😉


  11. Where is young Dan the Man ? I guess he is on the new thread that he is keeping secret 😆
    Ice mum’s the word dont be saying owt to that Toonsy remember what I was saying 😉


  12. lads, i dont know if you read the end of last nights article but saying night to people is forbidden due to sexually insecure members


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