James Thomas Beardall
b. Heywood 18 October 1946
d. Bury 13 February 2014
Debut 20 April 1968 (22y 158d) Final Game 20 April 1969 (22y 184d)
First Goal 25 March 1969
CAREER: Albert Rd Sec Mod (Whitefield);Bury (Jan'62-Dec'63);Prestwich United;Bury Aug'64 (am);Blackburn Rovers May'67 (am) Mar'68 (pro); Oldham Athletic May'69 (free)[21+1-10];Great Harwood Mar'70;Radcliffe Aug'73;Great Harwood Nov’ 73- May'76.
FL 4 + 2 apps 1 gl -1 wdn + 27m -33m 2 ns
Strike rate 354m
LC 1 app
In 1961 Beardall turned down the offer of a trial with Manchester United because he wanted to play for the club he supported, Bury. His apprenticeship there ended without the offer of a professional contract but Beardall continued to represent the youth team as an amateur, whilst playing park football. Eddie Quigley knew of Beardall due to his connections in the Bury area and invited him to sign amateur terms and play with the reserves. Although he was promising Quigley would not elevate him until he signed professional, which he did when he had finished his apprenticeship in the printing trade. In the first team Beardall still had his trademark eye for a goal but he struggled with the increased pace of play and never looked like achieving the necessary sharpness in his movements. A short term scoring sensation at Oldham he drifted back into the non league world, playing for some time at Great Harwood. He died at the age of 67 from Alzheimer's.