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David John "Dave" Beasant, (born 20 March 1959 in Willesdenmarker, Londonmarker) is a former Englishmarker football goalkeeper who began his career in the late 1970s. A well-travelled player, Beasant's former clubs include Wimbledon, Newcastle United, Chelsea, Southampton, Nottingham Forest, Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur, Brighton & Hove Albion and Wigan Athletic. His nickname was 'Lurch' due to his resemblance to the butler in the TV show The Addams Family.

Football career

He became the first goalkeeper to save a penalty in an FA Cup final when he blocked John Aldridge's spot-kick for Liverpool in 1988, and in doing so helped Wimbledon secure a famous 1–0 win. He was also the first goalkeeper to captain his team in an FA Cup final.

His ability to kick the ball some considerable distance fitted in well with the style of play Wimbledon were known for in the '80s, nor was he afraid to move out of the area and upfield before kicking the ball, or in order to take free kicks. As a result, opposing defences could never relax when he had the ball.

In September 1992, two mistakes in a match against Norwich City led to Chelsea manager Ian Porterfield telling the media Beasant would never play for the club again, although he returned to the side when Porterfield left later that season. . Several years later, while at Southampton, he dropped a bottle of salad cream on his foot and was out injured for two months after rupturing ankle ligaments.

Beasant won two caps for England, and went to the 1990 World Cup as a late replacement when third-choice keeper David Seaman suffered a hand injury.

Beasant went on to sign for Nottingham Forest, Portsmouth—as a replacement for Aaron Flahavan after the goalkeeper's death—Tottenham Hotspur (loan), Bradford City, Wigan Athletic and Brighton and Hove Albion and was registered as a player with Fulham during the 2003-04 Premier League campaign (his last as a professional player at the age of 44).

Coaching career

By the time of his retirement, Beasant had been appointed as a goalkeeping coach for the club in addition to serving as goalkeeping coach for Northern Ireland under former Wimbledon teammate Lawrie Sanchez. Beasant resigned from the Northern Ireland post in 2007 after Sanchez was appointed Fulham manager only for the pair to both be sacked by the club within seven months.

Beasant is current a senior coach at the Glenn Hoddle Academy. He joined in 2008 and not only works with the Academy’s goalkeepers, but also outfield players, especially with defenders.


Wimbledon Nottingham Forest

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  1. Dave Beasant - Chelsea FC (

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