Cup hero will train keepers

Former goalkeeper Dave Beasant pictured with the FA Cup.
Former goalkeeper Dave Beasant pictured with the FA Cup.

Young and aspiring goalkeepers are being encouraged to score a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by joining a training session with legendary shot-stopper Dave Beasant.

The FA Cup-winning goalie will be taking the two-hour course at Westfield Park, in Longhoughton, on Monday, as part of The FA Vauxhall Youth Programme.

He will be joining grassroots coach Gordon Saunders – an employee at Alnwick’s Tustain Motors – who runs regular sessions at the village venue for junior goalies.

Saunders, 31, is urging youngsters aged eight to 16 to attend Monday’s session, from 1pm to 3pm.

He said: “I want to encourage goalkeepers to come along for this one-off session. It is an opportunity that they can’t miss.

“Dave Beasant is an absolute legend. I think there will be a lot of spectators there on the day too.”

The session will be held in memory of Alnwick Town’s long-standing goalkeeper Clive Burn, who passed away earlier this year.

Saunders, who has vast experience between the sticks, having played for a number of grass-roots clubs in the area, at junior and adult level, said: “I want to dedicate the session to Clive. He coached me at Alnwick Town and he played a big part in my development.”

Beasant, 56, is currently player/goalkeeping coach for League Two side Stevenage.

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.

He is best remembered for his part in Wimbledon’s 1988 shock FA Cup victory against Liverpool, during which he became the first goalkeeper to save a penalty in an FA Cup final. He also made two appearances for the England national team.

For information about Monday’s visit and details about Saunders’ regular goalkeeping courses, call 07850 747202.