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    James Beresford

    Surname Beresford
    Forename(s) James
    Position(s) Right Winger
    Attributes

    b. Staveley JFM 1860 (baptised 25 March 1860)
    d. Nottingham 16 March 1893
     

    Career

    Debut 27 August 1887 Final Game 4 February 1889
    First Goal 3 September 1887 Final Goal 8 December 1888
    CAREER: Staveley;Church'83;Accrington Sep'83;Church'83;Brampton;Oswaldtwistle Rovers '86 (guest);Blackburn Rovers Aug'87;Hyde Apr'89;Bestwood Church Institute.
     

    Playing Statistics

    FL        12 apps  4 gls
    FAC      2  apps
    Total   14 apps  4 gls
    LC        5 apps  5 gls  3g 1
     

    Summary

    Beresford started his football in Derbyshire, where he worked as a miner, but his team played many fixtures in Lancashire and he soon signed for Church. Accrington decided to give him a trial but regretted it when one of their supporters was found to have given him a pig in order to remain with the club. Subsequently Accrington was expelled from  the FA for professionalism. Beresford was forced to return to Church. He returned to Derbyshire to play for Brampton and was also playing occasionally for Oswaldtwistle  when the Rovers offered him terms. Able to play on the right wing or at centre forward he was criticised for lacking commitment and when the Football League commenced he alternated with Haresnape. Soon after he joined Hyde but did not stay log before he moved to Nottingham. In 1892 Bestwood Church Institute was ordered to replay the Nottinghamshire Junior cup tie with Hucknall Town because of his presence and the fact that he had never been re-instated as an amateur. Soon after his health diminished and at the age of 32 he died following influenza and inflammation.



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