Tuesday 16 July 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Peter Beardsley rejoined Newcastle United as former team-mate Kevin Keegan splashed out £1.5m to bring him back to his hometown club from Everton.
Beardsley, who had spent four seasons at St James' Park between 1983 and 1987, had enjoyed a successful career at Liverpool, where he had won two First Division titles and an FA Cup, before switching to their Merseyside rivals in 1991, and Newcastle manager Keegan saw the experienced England international as the ideal player to help the newly promoted Magpies consolidate their position in the Barclays Premier League.
Keegan's judgement was well-placed as the 32-year-old forward struck up a prolific partnership with Andy Cole, scoring 21 goals and proving the perfect foil for Cole, who benefited from Beardsley's skill and vision to rattle off 34 goals of his own.
Far from merely securing top-flight survival, Newcastle finished third in the league, qualifying for a UEFA Cup place and making a firm declaration of intent in terms of their growing title credentials. Beardsley stayed with the Magpies for four seasons, scoring 47 goals in 129 Premier League appearances and captained the club from the North-East during a memorable 1996/97 season in which they finished runners-up.
Beardsley enjoyed one more season in the top flight with Bolton Wanderers, taking his total tally of Premier League appearances to 185 and his goal haul to 59.
He has since returned to Newcastle where, last season, he managed the development squad in the inaugural Barclays Under-21 Premier League.