Undeniably underrated but way ahead of his time in English football, Dave Beasant was a key part of the Wimledon side that within 9 years of becoming a Football League team completed an unprecedented four season rise to the top tier of English football.
Born: 20 March 1959 – Willesden, England Position: Goalkeeper
Club Career: Years Team Apps Gls 1979 -1988 Wimbledon 340 0 1988-1989 Newcastle Utd 20 0 1989-1993 Chelsea 133 0 1992 Grimsby Town (Loan) 6 0 1992 Wolves (Loan) 4 0 1993 – 1997 Southampton 88 0 1997 – 2001 Nottingham Forrest 139 0 2001 – 2002 Portsmouth 27 0 2003 Brighton 16 0 2013 North Greenford Utd 1 0
International Career: 1989 England 2 0
Possessing a huge kick, there was more to his game than just hoofing the ball up field. A fantasic all round distributor of the ball Dave was adept at recycling the ball with quick throws or dribbling the ball out of his area to deliver a long pass up field.
Winner of the 1988 FA Cup with Wimbledon against a much fancied Liverpool team chasing the League and Cup double, Dave Beasant made the first penalty save, in an FA Cup Final, against John Aldridge to secure the trophy 1-0.
Going on to play with distinction for Newcastle, Chelsea, Southampton and perhaps most notably Nottingham Forrest he made his last professional appearance for North Greenford in August 2013 aged 54.
Time Vault Soccer doff’s it’s cap to this underrated legend of the park with a representation of 1987-88 FA Cup winning season.
Time Vault Soccer Profile:
Position: Goalkeeper Rating: 2 Star Skill Stats: ATTACK 3 DEFEND 5 Special:
Keeper OR Mighty Kick (Assist Skill): When you play Dave Beasant as the first card in an attacking move, Dave launches the ball the length of the pitch. You may shoot by adding a single card to this move on a later turn.
Season Stats: Year Team App Gls Hons 1987 – 1988 Wimbledon F.C 44 (0) 0 (0) FAC
Strategy Tip: Top option for a tight match when it goes into stoppage time or when looking to keep the pressure on your opponent by launching a quick counter attack during normal play. Exceptionally effective when players on both sides are tired and cards are limited. Can leave you exposed at the back.
Features in: “Debut 80’s Expansion Squad – Card No: 7/64”
Figures in (Italics) = stats for their National side.