Dave Beasant

Date of birth20 March 1959
Place of birthWillesden
NationalityEnglish
Weight99 kg
Height1.93 m
PositionGoalkeeper

Famed for the first penalty save in a FA Cup Final, Dave became Britain's costliest keeper when he joined Newcastle for £850,000.

Had a disappointing time at Chelsea. A veteran goalkeeper who seemed to get better as he got older, Big Dave had another excellent season as Nottingham Forest's first choice 'keeper in 2000-01, missing just one First Division game and saving the day on numerous occasions with some world-class saves.

Confident coming out for corners and a reassuring presence between the sticks, he continued to extend his record as the oldest player to have appeared for Forest in Football League action.

After a brief spell at Wigan Athletic, Dave joined Brighton & Hove Albion on a free transfer in January 2003 with a contract to the end of the season.

At the age of 44, Dave joined Fulham in August 2003 as their goalkeeping coach with his playing registration retained by the Premier League club.

On 11 October 2014, whilst employed as Stevenage's goalkeeping coach, he was named as a substitute for their League Two game at Carlisle United, aged 55.

Had he been called into action, Dave would have become English football's oldest ever player by beating the record of Neil McBain, the manager of New Brighton, who in 1947 played in goal against Hartlepool United at the age of 51 due to a spate of injuries.

He had been brought on to the Boro bench following an injury to his son, Sam, who had been sharing goalkeeping duties with Chris Day.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Edgware Town 01 Jul 1978 07 Aug 1979
Wimbledon 07 Aug 1979 13 Jun 1988
Newcastle United 13 Jun 1988 14 Jan 1989
Chelsea 14 Jan 1989 04 Nov 1993
Grimsby Town 24 Oct 1992 22 Nov 1992 L
Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 Jan 1993 07 Feb 1993 L
Southampton 04 Nov 1993 23 Nov 1997
Nottingham Forest 21 Aug 1997 22 Nov 1997 L
Nottingham Forest 23 Nov 1997 30 Jun 2001
Portsmouth 08 Aug 2001 14 Nov 2001
Tottenham Hotspur 14 Nov 2001 11 Jan 2002
Portsmouth 11 Jan 2002 30 Jun 2002
Bradford City 27 Sep 2002 25 Oct 2002
Wigan Athletic 25 Oct 2002 31 Jan 2003
Brighton and Hove Albion 31 Jan 2003 30 Jun 2003
Wycombe Wanderers 11 Jul 2003 19 Jul 2003 T
Fulham 01 Aug 2003 30 Jun 2004
Stevenage 19 Jun 2014 30 Jun 2015

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Clean sheets Conceded Y R
1987-88 Wimbledon FA Cup 1 1
1988-89 Chelsea League Division Two 22 21 1
1988-89 Newcastle United FA Cup 2 1
1988-89 Newcastle United League Cup 2 1
1988-89 Newcastle United League Division One 20 4 10
1989-90 Chelsea FA Cup 3 3
1989-90 Chelsea League Cup 2 2
1989-90 Chelsea League Division One 38 22 19
1990-91 Chelsea FA Cup 1 1
1990-91 Chelsea League Division One 35 11 22
1990-91 Chelsea Rumbelows League Cup 8 5
1991-92 Chelsea FA Cup 1 1
1991-92 Chelsea League Cup 1 1
1991-92 Chelsea League Division One 21 9 7
1992-93 Chelsea Premier League 17 3 20
1
1993-94 Southampton FA Cup 2 1
1993-94 Southampton Premier League 25 2 37
1
1994-95 Southampton Premier League 12
1
2 16
1995-96 Southampton FA Cup 6 5 1
1995-96 Southampton League Cup 4 3 1
1995-96 Southampton Premier League 36 5 49
1996-97 Southampton FA Cup 1 3
1996-97 Southampton League Cup 4 4
1996-97 Southampton Premier League 13
1
1 22
1998-99 Nottingham Forest FA Cup 1 1
1998-99 Nottingham Forest League Cup 3 6
1998-99 Nottingham Forest Premier League 26 2 53
1
1999-00 Nottingham Forest FA Cup 1 2
2000-01 Nottingham Forest FA Cup 1 1
2000-01 Nottingham Forest League Cup 2 4
2000-01 Nottingham Forest League Division 1 45 11 50
1
1
2001-02 Portsmouth League Cup 1 2
2001-02 Portsmouth League Division 1 27 5 38
2002-03 Brighton and Hove Albion League Division 1 16 4 20
1
2002-03 Wigan Athletic LDV Vans Trophy 1 1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
14 May 1988 Wimbledon v Liverpool W 1-0 FA Cup Final


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Clean sheets Conceded Y R
1988-89 England A v B
1
1988-89 England B International 1
1
1
1989-90 England B International 1
2
4
1989-90 England International Friendly
2
1990-91 England B International
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
16 May 1989 Switzerland v England W 0-2 B International
19 May 1989 Iceland v England W 0-2 A v B
22 May 1989 Norway v England W 0-1 B International
14 Nov 1989 England v Italy D 1-1 B INTER
15 Nov 1989 England v Italy D 0-0 International Friendly
13 Dec 1989 England v Yugoslavia W 2-1 International Friendly
27 Mar 1990 Republic of Ireland v England L 4-1 B INTER
24 Apr 1990 England v Czechoslovakia W 2-0 B INTER
05 Feb 1991 Wales v England W 0-1 B INTER


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.