Journeyman Series #2 – Peter Beardsley

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.

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* on loan from Parent Club

Some kit highlights:

Vancouver Whitecaps, 1982

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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

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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

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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).

Liverpool, 1989

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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

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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.

Journeyman Series #1 – Freddy Adu, Football Manager Legend

I wanted to start looking at football kits in a slightly different way and was thinking on how best to approach this, so here goes the Journeyman Series. Where I will be taking some time to review the kits worn of those players we regard as a “Journeyman”.

Journeyman Series #1 – Freddy Adu

For those Football Manager addicts, the name Freddy Adu needs no introduction, the “Wonderkid” first hit the headlines when he signed a contract with the MLS at the tender age of just 14 in 2003 and was picked up by DC United in the 2004 player draft as number one pick.

The eyes of the world were on the youngster, photo shoots with Pele, high profile trial at Manchester United all followed and heaped the pressure on the his shoulders, unfortunately that weight of expectation was never truly fulfilled.

However we are here to talk about the kits worn by Mr Adu not his footballing career.  From his first club, DC United in 2004 he has played for 14 different clubs in 8 countries in 14 years (including a year out of the sport), as well as representing United States at Under 17, Under 20, Under 23 and Senior teams.

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* on loan from Parent Club

Above you can see a selection of the kits worn through out the ongoing career of Freddy Adu, he is still playing at Las Vegas Lights and only 29, so I would expect to see a couple more clubs added to this list over the coming years.

Some Kit Highlights:

DC United, 2004

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The first home kit worn by Freddy Adu, a classy Adidas kit, simple black with the “3 stripes” in white, including the band across the chest.

United States, 2006

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There is something about United States kits that I really like, the combination of colours and the way often change these colours around just works well for me.

United States, 2012

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Another example of United States kit, this time revisiting the historic “Sash” and using a deep red for the home kit.

Tampa Bay Rowdies, 2015

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Any chance I get to take a look at a Tampa Bay Rowdies shirt I will take it, this one using a basic Nike Template was worn in 2015 and for me just works and enhancing the template.

Las Vegas Lights, 2018

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Looking at this Las Vegas Lights kits, one word springs to mind…. unique! Flashes of neon against the black, screams Vegas at night and made by Australian sportswear manufacturers BLK, famously known for they Rugby League kits.

So my Journeyman series starts here, let me know what you think…. any kit highlights for you from Freddy Adu’s career, anything from the teams he played for in Turkey, Finland or Brazil.

And if there is a Journeyman you would like to see featured in this series, then please let me know.