John Beresford played in Kevin Keegan’s famous side of the 1990s, and he arrived at Newcastle in 1992 from Portsmouth.
John Beresford – former Newcastle left-back
John was a left-back who stayed at Newcastle until 1998, after Kevin Keegan had left the club, and he joined Southampton, after making around 230 appearances for the Magpies.
Beresford was an attacking left back and is now a pundit for ITV Tyne Tees and ESPN, and he also works for Newcastle’s corporate operations at the home games at St. James’.
Paul formed a great partnership with Warren Barton, who was on the other side at right back, and is now doing so well on the Fox Soccer Channel in the US.
Warren gives Newcastle some great publicity with being a former player and a big supporter of the side over here in the US – he’s a wonderful ambassador for Newcastle United – that’s for sure.
John Beresford has talked about Newcastle today, and he is well aware of the terrible damage done with our relegation in the summer of 2009.
But since that time, with the help of two good managers in Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew, Newcastle have done fabulously well over the last three seasons, and are currently 6th top of the Premier League, with 13 games to go in the season.
This is what John had to say today:
“I feared for them a little bit at the start of the season, and to be honest, nobody could have expected the club to be where it is now,”
“Not even fortune-tellers would have said they’d be in this position.” “Alan Pardew’s done brilliantly – it’s been a fairytale.”
“They’ve just got to finish it off, and make sure this season doesn’t peter out.” “They had a wake up-call losing 5-0 in their last game, but Spurs can do that to anybody.”
“I think Wolves at home’s a brilliant game to have coming up. The manager’s gone, and I’m expecting Newcastle to get back to winning ways.”
“They must now finish it off.” “It’s great now. Newcastle fans aren’t getting carried away. They’re realistic, but this club needs European football.”
“I’ve got an affinity with the club and the people.” “I work at the club at home games. When they got relegated, it sucked the life out of the city for a little bit.”
“But I think it did them the world of good.” “They regrouped.”
I suppose we are all a little worried it will all peter out.
When we were flying high and then reached those three tough games starting at Manchester City in mid-November, and we had games against Manchester United and Chelsea after that, we thought maybe that was the end of our high position in the league table.
But not so, and Newcastle have continued to pick up wins, and we slaughtered Manchester United at home in early January by 3-0 – with one of the best performances in recent years by a Newcastle side, and in front of a world-wide TV audience.
The game on Saturday is one we should win, and that’s all we are thinking about at the moment.
A win on Saturday against Wolves will see us maintain our place in the top six, and then we’ll have a really tough game at St. James’ Park on the following Sunday against Sunderland, and that game has an early noon time kick off.
Great if we can win the game, but not so good if we don’t, but it looks like being a lot more competitive now that Martin O’Neil is in charge of the Black cats.
Two wins in the next two games and we’ll be flying high indeed.