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 Post subject: RANDIOM NOTES ON OLD PLAYERS - CHRIS BEAUMONT
PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:09 am 
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"Happy" Harry Haslam was an amateur with Manchester United during the war, he never played in their first team and When Regimental Sergeant Major Matt Busby returned from running British Army football teams in Italy to quite literally rebuild Manchester United after the war, Harry moved onto Rochdale, Oldham Athletic, Brighton & Hove Albion and Leyton Orient. In 1949, Harry joined Guildford City in the Southern League, beginning a 20 year association with that league. He later joined Hastings United, where he became assistant manager, then managed Eastbourne United and Barry Town, where the chairman, who had business contacts in Scandinavia, brought over some amateur internationals from Sweden and Finland to play for Barry. On boxing Day 1959, the manager of Tonbridge, Jack Tresadern, collapsed and died. he had played for West Ham in the first ever Wembley cup final, later playing for England and managed Tottenham Hotspur. Tonbridge turned to Harry and he spent the next 9 years gaining a reputation for developing young talent, such as Malcolm MacDonald, who later played for Newcastle United, Arsenal & England. Harry also talent spotted youngsters at other clubs, he recommended Maidstone United defender David Sadler to Matt Busby and Sadler won a league title in 1967, a European Cup in 1968 and played for England before following Bobby Charlton to Preston.

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 Post subject: Re: RANDIOM NOTES ON OLD PLAYERS - CHRIS BEAUMONT
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In 1968, Fulham appointed their former England midfielder Bobby Robson as their new manager, he in turn appointed Harry Haslam as his chief scout. Robson was sacked after a few months, moving onto Ipswich Town, but Harry joined Luton Town working in various roles before replacing manager Alec Stock, who left to take over at Fulham. Harry was described as a "larger than life" character, and with Eric Morecambe as one of the directors at Luton, you could well imagine the banter and laughter at Kenilworth Park, especially when Luton won promotion to Division 1 in 1974. Luton were relegated in 1975, but Harry remained in place until taking over at Sheffield United in 1978, but the Blades were relegated to Division 3 for the first ever time in 1979. In 1980, Harry signed World Cup winner Martin Peters and during the 1980-81 season Peters replaced Harry as manager, but too late to save the Blades from relegation to Division 4. After Bobby Robson was appointed England manager in 1982, Harry did some scouting for him. Harry died in 1986 aged 65.

During the early70's, Harry spent a lot of time in Spain, at a time when Spain was still under the control of General Franco and was perhaps not the tourist hot spot it is now. Franco had been in charge of Spain since the Spanish Civil War and had gained power with the support of Hitler and Mussolini, but Franco wisely stayed out of world war 2 and had kept his head down since then. While in Spain, Harry met a young footballer from Uruguay called Danny Bergara. Danny had played in Uruguay with Racing Club Montevideo, moving to Spain in 1962 and played for Real Majorca, Seville and Tenerife. He joined Luton Town's coaching staff and followed Harry to Sheffield United. Times were changing in English football, after the 1978 World Cup finals, Keith Burkinshaw had signed Ricardo Villa and Osvaldo Ardiles for Tottenham Hotspur, Harry Haslam also flew to Argentina to sign Alex Sabella, other Argentinians also arrived in England to join other clubs. Alex later signed for Leeds United but had returned to South America by the time of the Falklands war in 1982. Later he managed the Argentine national team.

After Harry Haslam left Bramall Lane, Danny coached England Youth teams, worked in Brunei and later coached Sheffield FC, returning to Sheffield United in 1987 as a coach. In 1988, he was appointed manager of Rochdale, replacing Eddie Gray.

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 Post subject: Re: RANDIOM NOTES ON OLD PLAYERS - CHRIS BEAUMONT
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Danny's son, Simon Bergara, was playing in the NCEL for Denaby United and one of his team mates was Chris Beamont, an accountant's clerk born in Sheffield in 1965 and had previously played with Sheffield FC. Danny made Chris one of his first signings for Rochdale and Chris scored on his debut in a 3-3 draw with Burnley in the League Cup. Rochdale ended the season in 18th, a slight improvement on the previous when they finished 21st. Down the road, Stockport County had finished 20th under Asa Hartford and they appointed Danny to be their new manager. Again, Danny signed Chris and again Chris scored on his debut, in a 1-1 draw with Torquay United. Chris was then injured for a while but Stockport had some very experienced players, such as former Sunderland keeper Barry Siddal, former Huddersfield defenders Malcolm Brown and Paul Jones and the Sheffield United legend Keith Edwards. Brett Angell was the top scorer and Stockport finished 4th , but lost in the play offs to Chesterfield.

In 1990-91, Chris was top scorer with 15 goals, with Neil Matthews, Andy Kilner and Paul Williams also reaching double figures. Stockport finished 2nd and won promotion to Division 3. Towards the end of the season, Danny signed the 6 foot 7 striker Kevin Francis.

Stockport were playing in Division 3 for the first time since 1970. 1991-92 was to be another memorable season for Stockport, they finished in 5th place. In the play off semi finals, Chris was amongst the scorers as they beat Stoke City. Then Stoke defeated Stockport in the Autoglass Trophy final at Wembley, then a few days later, again at Wembley, Peterborough United defeated Stockport in the Play off final.

In 1992, the Football League re-branded their divisions and Division 3 became Division 2. Stockport finished 6th and Chris was second top scorer with 16 goals, behind Kevin Francis on 39. Port Vale were Stockport's bĂȘte noire this season, defeating Stockport in the play off semi finals and then beating Stockport again in the autoglass trophy final at Wembley. Playing for Port Vale at that time was Peter Swan, who later played for OTFC.

In 1993-94, Chris missed a few games and also played occasionally at right back. Stockport finished the season 4th with Kevin Francis scoring 34 and Andy Preece 28. Also turning out occasionally for Stockport was Joel Cantona brother of Eric. Stockport beat York City in the play offs, but lost to Burnley at Wembley. Playing for Burnley was John Francis, future OTFC player and coach.

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 Post subject: Re: RANDIOM NOTES ON OLD PLAYERS - CHRIS BEAUMONT
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Inevitably, Stockport's amazing progess over the previous 5 years was going to slow down. Danny was replaced by his assistant David Jones, the former Southport and Morecambe manager in March 1995 and Stockport finished 11th, In 1995-96, Stockport finished 9th as Jones started to rebuild the team. Chris moved to Chesterfield and Stockport eventually won promotion to Division 1 and reached the League cup semi finals losing to Middlesbrough. Jones later managed Wolves, Cardiff and Southampton.

Chesterfield were managed by former Tottenham striker John Duncan. Chris made his debut v Blackpool and other strikers at the club included Kevin Davies, later of Bolton & England. Chesterfield ended the season in 10th, but 1996-97 will live long in the memory of all Chesterfield fans as the season they reached the FA cup semi finals. They met Middlesbrough at Old Trafford and Chris was sub. The game ended 3-3 with Chesterfield's goals from Andy Morris, Sean Dyche and Jamie Hewitt, Boro scoring through Fabrizio Ravanelli, Craig Hignett and Gianluca Festa. One of my abiding memories of watching this game was seeing NCEL referee Mike Stoppard, a regular visitor to Ingfield but a linesman in this game, getting a verbal blasting off Ravanelli was in Mike's face about a decision Mike had given. Mike had the same embarrassed grin on his face he always he had whenever he made mistake at our games. In the replay at Hillsborough, Chris was again on the bench, this time Boro won 3-0 goals from Mikkel Beck, Ravanelli and Emerson. Middlesbrough then lost to Chelsea in the final, completing an unlucky double as weeks earlier they had lost to Leicester City in the League Cup final.

By now, Chris was playing mainly in midfield, Chesterfield finished 1997-98 in 10th and 1998-99 in 9th. Sadly, it all went wrong in 1999-2000, Chesterfield were relegated and John Duncan was replaced by former Barnsley defender Nicky Law. Chris was mainly sat on the subs bench in 2000-01 as Chesterfield won promotion, Chris' last game was away at Brighton.

In all, Chris played 39 games for Rochdale, scoring 9 goals. At Stockport he played 325 games and scored 49 goals, at Chesterfield he played 192 games and scored 7 goals.

How he ended up at Ossett Town at the start of the 2001-02 season is a mystery, though I suspect Peter Wilkinson will know, seeing as it was his contacts that saw John Beresford and Peter Swan arrive at the same time. He played in midfield, worked hard, played some nice football and was generally popular with players and fans alike. We liked his dad, Tony, as well, we could get the inside track of what was going on in the dressing room (Brooky wasn't all that popular by that stage).

Chris was now 36 and starting to look at life after football. He had bought a post office in Sheffield and that was taking up a lot of his time, especially on a Saturday morning. Brooky had a rule that all players must be at the ground by 1.30 and any latecomers do not play, what ever the reason. Inevitably, with post offices being busy on a Saturday morning and Sheffield being 30 miles or so from Ossett, Chris was soon or later going to be late getting here. One afternoon towards the end of the season, he was 5 minutes late, but rules are rules, Chris accepted the rules and he didn't play in the game. He left us not long after to join Buxton on loan, Buxton were in the NCEL at the time so the travelling would be more suited to Chris' new business. Later Chris returned to Sheffield FC, who at the time were also still playing in the NCEL.

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