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?