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Paul Beesley - Manchester City FC - Biography of his Man City career.

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Date: 17 February 1998

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      Central Defender
      Wednesday, 21 July 1965
      Liverpool, England
  • Leeds United FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 19th August 1995 as a sub in a 2-1 win at West Ham United (Aged: 30)
    • Club Career
      19 League apps (+3 as sub)
  • Manchester City FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 8th February 1997 in a 3-0 win at home to Southend United (Aged: 31)
    • Club Career
      10 League apps (+3 as sub), 0 goals
  • Sheffield United
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Wednesday, 29th August 1990 in a 1-1 draw at Derby County (Aged: 25)
    • Club Career
      162 League apps (+6 as sub), 7 goals
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Paul BEESLEY - Manchester City FC - Biography of his Man City career.


Born in Liverpool on July 21st 1965, Paul Beesley was a solid, no-nonsense central defender who started his career in non-league football before plying his trade for several seasons in Division Three with Wigan Athletic and Leyton Orient. He finally got his break in the top-flight when he signed for newly-promoted Sheffield United in 1990, before moving on to Leeds United in 1995 for two seasons. It was from there that Manchester City manager Frank Clark decided to part with £500, 000 to obtain his services once again, having been his manager at Leyton Orient, with the 31-year old arriving at Maine Road as vital experience was needed in a side that was in danger of relegation to the third-tier of English football.


He made his debut as a replacement for the injured Alan Kernaghan on February 8th 1997 in a welcome 3-0 home defeat of Southend United, the team then going on a run of three wins in four games before a 2-0 loss at Birmingham City in mid-March ended Paul's season as he was sidelined with damaged ankle ligaments after only 6 appearances. With the upturn in form the club harboured outside hopes of a late push for a play-off spot, but it was not to be as they eventually finished in fourteenth place, with Beesley eagerly awaiting the start of the following season and a return to full fitness.


The 1997/98 campaign opened with the visit of Portsmouth to Maine Road, but Paul's contribution only lasted until half-time as he once again suffered a recurrence of his old injury in a 2-2 draw. He returned two weeks later in a 1-1 home draw with Tranmere Rovers but was struggling to overcome the injury and he was to miss the following five games. He came back at the end of September for a 6-0 home thrashing of Swindon Town but a 1-0 defeat at Ipswich Town a week later saw him lose his place in the side. Although the team were struggling badly in the league Beesley was unable to regain his spot, and he was eventually allowed to go out on loan to Port Vale and West Bromwich Albion. He returned to the club in February, making three substitute appearances, but with Joe Royle having since taken over from Clark as manager it was clear Paul did not figure in his plans, and at the end of the season he moved back to Port Vale on a free transfer as City were relegated to Division Two. In his eighteen months with the club he had only made 13 appearances (including 3 as substitute), and although he was in the latter stages of his career he was probably unlucky to be signed when the club had reached the lowest point in it's history.


Beesley later played for Blackpool and Chester City, where he was also assistant manager, before calling time on his career in 2006 at the age of 41 when he was with non-league Stalybridge Celtic. After hanging up his boots he remained in the game and went on to take up the role of kit-man at both Notts County and Stockport County. (David Redshaw)


1984–1989    Wigan Athletic    155    (3)
1989–1990    Leyton Orient    32    (1)
1990–1995    Sheffield United    168    (7)
1995–1997    Leeds United    22    (0)
1997–1998    Manchester City    13    (0)
1997–1998     Port Vale (loan)    5    (0)
1998             West Bromwich Albion (loan)    8    (0)
1998–1999    Port Vale    35    (3)
1999–2000    Blackpool    18    (0)
2000–2001    Chester City    31    (0)
2001–2002    Stalybridge Celtic    26    (0)