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Everton Past Player Profile
PETER BEAGRIE
Winger

FACTS
Born Middlesbrough, 28 November 1965
Height 5' - 8" (172 cm)
Joined Everton from Stoke City in March 1989 (750,000)
1st Debut Sub: v Aston Villa (a), 5 November 1989
Full: v Chelsea (h), 11 November 1989
Left Everton to Manchester City in March 1994 (1,100,000)
1st Finale v Norwich City (a), 21 March 1994
Re-Joined Everton from Bradford City in March 1998 (on loan)
2nd Debut Sub: v Aston Villa (h), 28 March 1998
Full: v Leeds United (h), 11 April 1998
Left Everton again Returned to Bradford City in May 1998 (End of loan)
2nd Finale v Arsenal (a), 3 May 1998
Nicknames Peter Pan
Honours England B
PREVIOUS CAREER
Seasons Club Apps (Lg + Cup) Gls
198?-198? Middlesbrough ?? ?
198?-198? Sheffield United ?? ?
198?-1989 Stoke City ?? ?
1989-1994 Everton 88 (26) + 19 (5) 11 + 4
1994-1997 Manchester City ?? ?
1997-1998 Bradford City 32 (2) + 3 0

STRENGTHS WEAKNESSES
  • Can supply great crosses
  • Loves to cut in and score
  • The Double Somersault!
  • Injured for the last 3 years or so
  • At 32, he may be past his best!
BIOSKETCH
 
On deadline day in 1998, Howard Kendall turned to an old Evertonian famed for his backflip goal celebrations to help retain Everton's coveted Premiership status in what tunred out to be another end-of-season scrap at the bottom of the table.  Beagrie played only a cameo role on his return to Everton, doing little to prove the critics wrong and to wipe away the memory of the injury nightmare that wrecked two years of his career.

When last at Goodison Park, Beagrie was at best inconsistent in a period when the Toffees struggled emulate the mid-Eighties successes.  Throughout Beagrie's Everton career, the Blues played with a succession of miniature strikers – men like Tony Cottee, Mo Johnston and Peter Beardsley.  Now Beagrie is hoping to be given the opportunity to try to supply the bullets for Duncan Ferguson to fire.

Beagrie made 138 appearances for the Blues from 1989 to 1994, after scoring on his debut against Aston Villa. He was sold by the new boss Mike Walker to Manchester City after just 10 games, making room for Anders Limpar.

Beagrie helped to keep Manchester City in the Premier League, after a 1.1M transfer deadline day move to Maine Road in 1994. But he spent most of the 1995-96 season on the treatment table, when City slipped into Division One.

Beagrie wants to show the accusations levelled at his professional integrity that dogged the final agonising months of his spell at Manchester City were wrong.  He admits to being hurt by claims from former City boss Alan Ball that the long-term injury he picked up there "was a problem in his head rather than his knee". Ball never apologised for that cheap shot, even when a specialist finally found a tendon that was 4 times its normal size.

After escaping his Maine Road hell and spending a productive season with Bradford City, Beagrie's return has hardly been greeted with joy by Everton supporters who wanted expensive players to arrive at Goodison before the transfer deadline.

He played every game for Bradford before his loan spell, with the main aim of getting himself back into the shop window.  He stayed largely injury free, stronger than ever and didn't put on any extra weight.

Kendall said: "Criticism for bringing Peter back doesn't concern me. He's one of the best crossers of the ball around, and with Duncan Ferguson upfront, that is clearly the reason."

In six appearances for his Everton swansong, Beagrie falied to set up a single goal for Ferguson or anyone else, and he really did little to impress his old fans. After Everton's very lucky final escape, Beagrie returned to Bradford City.

 
EVERTON CAREER STATISTICS
Season Squad
Number
League
Apps(sub)
League
Goals
Cup
Apps(sub)
Cup
Goals
TOTAL
Apps(sub)
TOTAL
Goals
1989-90 7 14 (5) - 2 (1) - 16 (6) -
1990-91 11 14 (3) 2 6 (1) 1 20 (4) 3
1991-92 11 20 (7) 3 3 (2) 2 23 (9) 5
1992-93 11 11 (11) 3 3 (1) - 14 (12) 3
1993-94 11 29 (-) 3 5 (-) 1 48 (-) 4
1997-98 15 4 (2) - - (-) - 4 (2) -

Totals: 92 (28) 11 19 (5) 4 111 (33) 15

Cup Statistics include all other non-league senior matches, as counted by Everton FC in the Matchday Programme

Marko Poutiainen and Michael Kenrick 1998
Last update: 16 May 1998

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