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Life as a Professional

I was generally a left back, although sometimes played on the left of midfield. Although I started at Man City, it wasn't the best of times. I had a few problems with the management, this was best summed up by the manner I found out they were releasing methey left a note on my dressing room peg!!

At least this got me a free transfer and a fresh chance to establish myself at Barnsley. I played one hundred games for the Tykes and did well enough for Portsmouth to come in with a bid of £300,000.

I enjoyed my first stint on the South coast, probably the most eventful moment was the FA Cup semi final v Liverpool in 1992. Yes, we all know who missed the penalty! The cup run raised the profile of the team, and probably brought me to the attention of Kevin Keegan.

Beresford playing for Newcastle United

I signed for Newcastle in time for the 1992/93 season and what a move it was! Playing for Keegan was something special, it was an incredible feeling to be part of the promotion team and experience the reawakening of a footballing sleeping giant. Coming so close to Championship of 1995/96 was both exhilarating but ultimately painful - I still can't believe we lost that lead. With Kenny Dalglish taking over, we had high hopes, however both the fortunes the team and myself took a dive. Sandro Pistone was brought in after Robbie Elliott left for Bolton. I lost my place and lost patience with the situation and another adventure on the South coast began.

Beresford playing for Southampton

I signed for Glen Hoddle and Southampton for £1.5 million in February of 1998. I finished off that season and was quite happy with my form and life in general. However, just seven minutes into season 98/99 I damaged my cruciate knee ligaments against Liverpool and was never able to fully recover.I still play occasionally, and last season played for a Sheffield Sunday league side, however the knee just can't stand up to the training and matches at the top level.

I'm now a football pundit working for both Tyne Tees Televison and ESPN. I cover the North East teams for a Sunday afternoon show, whilst on the Saturday I cover games for ESPN which go out world wide. I'm also working with and Ballmax®, so I keep busy!!

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