One of Wimbledon's famous sons Dave Beasant recalls some of the high's and lows of his well travelled early career.
In the space of 12 incredible months Dave Beasant had been through more than most players experience in a career.
The start of the greatest year of his life can be traced back to May 14, 1988 the day when he captained Wimbledon to FA Cup glory over
When he joined
Joining Second Division Chelsea may have been seen as a gamble, but if it was it paid off in sensational fashion when he celebrated winning the championship and securing a prompt return to top flight action.
Amidst all that Beasant, who also earned two call-up's to the
“In actual fact I've played at 93,” he points out, “I played at
“I let their winning goal in through my legs and, as I was only in the team for the suspended Ray Goddard, I remember thinking to myself well, that's the end of my career as a professional goalkeeper'.”
Of course, it wasn't and Beasant has gone on to play on every League ground. Technically speaking, however, he didn't get to play at Scunthorpe's new
“I was never that keen on
One of his funniest experiences on an away ground was at
I was used to having things thrown at me from the crowd - apple cares, hot dogs, that sort of thing - but that was the first time I'd had a Mars Bar hit me,” he recalls.
“For a laugh I picked it up, turned to thank the supporters and put it inside my glove bag...much to their amusement. I never thought any more of it until a few minutes later when I heard this huge roar - well as huge as they can make at
“There was about £50 worth of gear in the bag, but all he wanted was the Mars Bar back. I couldn't believe it.”
He retired in 2004, at the age of 45. He is currently goalkeeping coach at Fulham and the