The Journeyman Series returns, taking some time to look at one player and some of the kits worn through-out their Journeyman career.
Journeyman Series #2 – Peter Beardsley
Peter Beardsley is a name that you would not automatically think of as a Journeyman Player but a closer look at his career shows he played for 11 different clubs between 1979 and 1999 (this involved two spells at two different clubs) across three different Continents.
Whilst being a player that will often be thought of for his playing days at Newcastle United, Beardsley is one of the rare players that has played for both Liverpool and Everton, as well as both Manchester United and Manchester City.
Added to the spells with Newcastle between 1983/87 and 1993/97, Beardsley also had two spells at NASL’s Canadian Team Vancouver Whitecaps, firstly in 1982 and returning in 1983 after his short, often forgotten spell at Manchester United.
As well a club career that spanned 20 years, Beardsley also represented England at Senior and “B” level, winning 59 caps and scoring 9 goals across 10 years including playing key roles in Mexico 86 and Italia 90 World Cups.
A selection of kits worn by Peter Beardsley for the teams he represented.
* on loan from Parent Club
Some kit highlights:
Vancouver Whitecaps, 1982
NASL, what a time for a Kit Geek.
This in terms of NASL kits was a fairly conservative offering by Vancouver Whitecaps, there was also an “2nd” kit which was this kit with the colours reversed also worn by Beardsley during his two spells at the club.
Newcastle United, 1996
One of the classic kits of the 1990’s, the first kit produced by Adidas for Newcastle United was simple but very effective and one where the sponsor also just worked perfectly with the kit, coupled with a unique away kit (which is what the 2018/19 Newcastle United away kit also based on).
Manchester City, 1998
For me this kit falls under the bracket of “Kit Perfection”, a truly wonderful Manchester City kit created by Kappa (remember it was the late 90’s, the perfect storm of Oasis, Manchester City, Kappa), although this was not a successful time on the pitch for the club, they will certainly be remembered for this beauty (and its sister away kit of navy and fluorescent yellow stripes – another kit which influences the club’s 2018/19 season’s away kit).
At the time the biggest club in country, Liverpool took to the field in one of their classic kits, the late 80’s is where football kits seemed to shift to another level in terms of design, this Liverpool kit is one that will never be forgotten and again another kit that pair with its “Silver/Grey” away kit is a favourite for Kit Lovers and Liverpool fans alike.
England, World Cup 1986
Finally, Peter Beardsley wearing one of my favourite England kits, the 1986 World Cup version of the home kit produced by Umbro, this was slightly different from the Umbro produced kit worn between 1984/87 to help combat the Mexican heat but all in all a great kit worn Beardsley at the start of his England career.
There are several other kits worn by Peter Beardsley that deserve an honorary mention, at Newcastle United, any of the silver Umbro kits, the Asics home and away kits of the 1993/94 season, the Everton kit (NEC sponsored) kit of the early 90’s to name just a few.
What are your Kit highlights for Peter Beardsley over his career?
If you have a Journeyman that you would like to see featured in this series, then please let me know.