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An all-star tribute to Peter the Great - 02/12/2003

An all-star tribute to Peter the Great
He's a master!
   John Beresford
   Alan Shearer
   Les Ferdinand
   Kevin Keegan
   Sir Bobby Robson


The world of football united to honour Newcastle great Peter Beardsley

last night at a star- studded dinner on Tyneside.


Special guest Kevin Keegan, who played alongside and went on to manage the former England striker at St James's Park, led the tributes at the sell-out Variety Club event.


And United's former boss was joined in his praise of Beardsley by

current Magpies' manager Sir Bobby Robson, club captain Alan Shearer,

and ex-players John Barnes, Philippe Albert, Les Ferdinand, John

Beresford and Warren Barton.


Barton, appointed as the new Professional Footballers Association

chairman last month, revealed: "I cannot think of a better role model

for current or future players than Peter Beardsley.


"I learnt so much from him when I first came to the North-East and I

will always owe a great debt of gratitude to him.


"He made it clear from the outset that when you represented Newcastle

United you became a part of the city.


"You gave yourself to the fans in the same way they flocked to support

the club every Saturday.


"That was a lesson I never forgot and it was typical of Peter. The way

he conducts himself on and off the pitch is a credit to the game and

it wasn't unusual for opposition supporters to cheer his name when we

played away. That's how highly regarded he is.


"As a player he was one of the most talented I have ever had the

pleasure of playing alongside.


"I played for Newcastle and England with Peter and some of his

football was quite incredible."


Beardsley scored 124 goals in two spells with Newcastle and, for many

supporters, remains the greatest United player in the modern era.


Last night's dinner at the Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel sold out

within days.


Keegan said: "Everybody in football has the utmost respect for him and

I'm right at the front of the queue of those people who respect him

most." Beardsley, now working in a public relations' role for Newcastle, admitted: "This is a great honour for me.

Newcastle Journal

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