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Meeting your heroes

Postby Whatsupdoc » Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:58 pm

Travelling down to Brighton on Saturday when I thought the man sitting next to my Brighton supporting nephew looked familiar. Having checked with my two sons who were 10 year olds in the Jimmy Mullen era I was sure he was a former player.
He seemed genuinely pleased when I asked him if he was a Burnley fan and then admitted he was the one and only Marlon Beresford. He was amused when I told him the last time I saw him play he had to pick the ball out of the net 3 times from Ade Akinbiyi and we had John Spicer in goal for most of the game after the Beast was sent off. He was also amused when I explained to the carriage of Brighton fans that this man had a fanzine named after him. We enjoyed travelling to the Amex with him and exchanged pumps of jubilation with him as he was sitting in the press box summarising for Radio Lancashire. Its great when one of your heroes turns out to be a really nice bloke.
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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby ClaretTony » Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:07 pm

Didn't know he'd been on RL this week. He did the Arsenal game I think last month.

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby Whatsupdoc » Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:13 pm

He lives in Hertfordshire Tony so I guess they ask him to do the games down south.He wasn't sure how to get to the ground so we were happy to escort him. Unfortunately we arrived just before he was due to go on air at 2 otherwise I would have loved to have a beer with him him.

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby cricketfieldclarets » Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:52 pm

Met him at Southampton away commentating a few years ago. And got a picture with him and my brother replicating one we had with him around 1993! He was amused I had the picture and was great to talk to.

Only problem was he doesn't look much older. We obviously did mind!

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby Foulthrow » Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:14 pm

Was the story about him, a lass and the centre spot true?

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby Bosscat » Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:21 pm

Foulthrow wrote:Was the story about him, a lass and the centre spot true?

Oh yeah he was really going to ask that on a crowded train :lol: :lol:

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby Darnhill Claret » Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:58 pm

Back o’ the net!!

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby Vegas Claret » Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:32 am

Met him a few times, really nice bloke.

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby fidelcastro » Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:29 am

Vegas Claret wrote:Met him a few times, really nice bloke.


Bloody awful keeper though :(

Although I accept we've had worse!

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby Vintage Claret » Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:57 am

Myself and 2 mates once met our former assistant manager Sam Ellis in a pub off Deansgate many years ago after we'd played a 1-1 draw with Man City at Maine Road.

He was talking with a small group of friends so we didn't bother him but when he spotted our Burnley colours he made the effort to come over to where we were sat and chat with us for about 10-15 mins about the game we'd just seen and football related topics in general-really nice chap.
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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby Herts Clarets » Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:32 pm

Nice bloke Marlon. I watched a program last night on BBC2 called I love 1997 and they heavily featured Chumbawumba. They interviewed Boff who said it was strange to be sat at Turf Moor (I am a Burnley fan and have a season ticket) and hearing your song being played over the PA. It then showed a packed Bee Hole End and Longside and then the players coming out of the tunnel. Marlon was in goal wearing the shirt that I now have in my cupboard upstairs, the multi coloured monstrosity from 1996/97 season....

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby Devils_Advocate » Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:54 pm

fidelcastro wrote:Bloody awful keeper though :(

Although I accept we've had worse!

He was excellent in his first spell with us and was the best keeper we'd had in donkeys years (Mariott and Walker in the same bracket but were just loanees)

Following the 4th Div promotion we stayed up comfortably but without either Heath or Beresford we would have been struggling cos they really carried us that season

Think Beresford made the divisional team of the year in both his first two seasons with us
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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby fidelcastro » Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:57 pm

Devils_Advocate wrote:He was excellent in his first spell with us and was the best keeper we'd had in donkeys years (Mariott and Walker in the same bracket but were just loanees)

Following the 4th Div promotion we stayed up comfortably but without either Heath or Beresford we would have been struggling cos they really carried us that season

Think Beresford made the divisional team of the year in both his first two seasons with us


Tell me about the 1994-95 season. Was he good then?

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby Local cricketer » Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:04 pm

Yes I'm hoping to meet longside lenny next summer when Burnley play Colne

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby SalouClaret » Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:12 pm

fidelcastro wrote:Tell me about the 1994-95 season. Was he good then?



No, which is probably why DA said "He was excellent in his first spell".

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby fidelcastro » Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:15 pm

SalouClaret wrote:No, which is probably why DA said "He was excellent in his first spell".


The 1994-95 season WAS during his first spell.

Please get your facts right before having a go! :x

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby SalouClaret » Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:18 pm

fidelcastro wrote:The 1994-95 season WAS during his first spell.

Please get your facts right before having a go! :x



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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby scouseclaret » Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:27 pm

Devils_Advocate wrote:He was excellent in his first spell with us and was the best keeper we'd had in donkeys years (Mariott and Walker in the same bracket but were just loanees)

Following the 4th Div promotion we stayed up comfortably but without either Heath or Beresford we would have been struggling cos they really carried us that season

Think Beresford made the divisional team of the year in both his first two seasons with us


Fantastic keeper at the level we were at, but maybe hefound his level in 94/95.

His penalty-saving record was truly outstanding during that first spell - something around 50%.

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby Devils_Advocate » Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:28 pm

fidelcastro wrote:Tell me about the 1994-95 season. Was he good then?

Pretty much the whole team struggled that season partly because players like Beresford and a few others had got a bit better than average third tier team into the play offs and promoted.

Beresford was exceptional in his first two seasons for us and continued to be a good keeper for the majority of the other 4 years. Im sure he ended up going to Boro for nearly £0.5m which back then was probably one of the highest transfer fees we'd ever received for a player

He was crap when he came back but that was a short live disaster

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby Devils_Advocate » Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:30 pm

scouseclaret wrote:Fantastic keeper at the level we were at, but maybe hefound his level in 94/95.

His penalty-saving record was truly outstanding during that first spell - something around 50%.

Of course but its got to be relative. I would say players like Mike Conroy, John Deary and John Pender were excellent players but lets face it they excelled in the bottom tier and maybe did ok in the third but relative to our position at the time they were brilliant

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby quoonbeatz » Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:36 pm

Made one of the best double saves I've ever seen in one of his first games for us. Came out and blocked a shot near the edge of the box then somehow got back to stop the follow-up on the line. Pretty sure it was against Plymouth.

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby Vegas Claret » Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:17 pm

fidelcastro wrote:Bloody awful keeper though :(

Although I accept we've had worse!


I thought he was decent tbh, Mark Kendall and Joe Neenan were awful ! :D

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby Herts Clarets » Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:40 pm

When Beresford joined he was streets ahead of anything we had since Stevenson, excluding Nicky Walker on loan. Whilst we have been spoiled with Heaton, Pope and Hart recently, Marlon was a very competent keeper in his first spell hence twice being in the PFA team of the year. I think Championship was a step too far for him and later in his career he seemed to tail off rather than improve with age as many keepers do.

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby Wuggawumphwumph » Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:59 pm

Always remember a couple of one on one saves against Robbie Keane when Spurs came to the turf in the cup

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby box_of_frogs » Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:24 pm

fidelcastro wrote:Bloody awful keeper though :(

Although I accept we've had worse!

Not in the leagues we were in at the time.




Edit- as already mentioned....... :shock:

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby elwaclaret » Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:52 pm

Devils_Advocate wrote:Of course but its got to be relative. I would say players like Mike Conroy, John Deary and John Pender were excellent players but lets face it they excelled in the bottom tier and maybe did ok in the third but relative to our position at the time they were brilliant


Convoy was on the crest of his career, he’d have done it at any level that season.
The John Deary of that time would still make the match day squad too. Pender of course had nothing to prove by the time he graced us.

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby IanMcL » Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:56 pm

fidelcastro wrote:Bloody awful keeper though :(

Although I accept we've had worse!

He got a 10/10 review after his debut.

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby box_of_frogs » Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:15 pm

elwaclaret wrote:Convoy was on the crest of his career, he’d have done it at any level that season.
The John Deary of that time would still make the match day squad too. Pender of course had nothing to prove by the time he graced us.

Yes, Conroy and Deary would get in a Div 1-2 squad. But take your claret specks off, they wouldn’t be in the current squad!

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby Steve1956 » Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:21 pm

I only have one hero,my Dad,I would give anything to meet him again
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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby Quickenthetempo » Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:28 pm

quoonbeatz wrote:Made one of the best double saves I've ever seen in one of his first games for us. Came out and blocked a shot near the edge of the box then somehow got back to stop the follow-up on the line. Pretty sure it was against Plymouth.

The best save I have seen live was Marlon away at Liverpool in the cup on a Tuesday night. Jan Molby shot from outside the box into the top corner. Out of nowhere came Marlons hand to put it over the bar.

The save was on the opening bit of Granada soccer night for a few years.

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby ClaretTony » Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:44 pm

First couple of seasons he was good for us but then it tailed off and he was having a shocking time when we sold him. Very poor when he came back.
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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby Bordeauxclaret » Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:47 pm

quoonbeatz wrote:Made one of the best double saves I've ever seen in one of his first games for us. Came out and blocked a shot near the edge of the box then somehow got back to stop the follow-up on the line. Pretty sure it was against Plymouth.


Rotherham wasn’t it?

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby Herts Clarets » Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:57 pm

If I remember correctly he made his debut at home to Rotherham. Billy Mercer in goal for The Millers that day.

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby Rowls » Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:14 am

Can remember him being announced as “Marion” Beresford at Hull in a game ~95

We had the last laugh with a John Deary winner though.

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby Rowls » Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:15 am

Herts Clarets wrote:Billy Mercer in goal for The Millers that day.


Billy Mercer - what does he know about goalkeeping, eh?

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby quoonbeatz » Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:18 pm

Bordeauxclaret wrote:Rotherham wasn’t it?

Could well have been, not sure it was on his debut though, it was a Tuesday night game.

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby quoonbeatz » Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:20 pm

Quickenthetempo wrote:The best save I have seen live was Marlon away at Liverpool in the cup on a Tuesday night. Jan Molby shot from outside the box into the top corner. Out of nowhere came Marlons hand to put it over the bar.

The save was on the opening bit of Granada soccer night for a few years.


I remember that well. Molby's shot was deflected and Marlon was going the wrong way but tipped it round the post. Amazing save.

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby ClaretTony » Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:18 pm

Herts Clarets wrote:If I remember correctly he made his debut at home to Rotherham. Billy Mercer in goal for The Millers that day.


It was Rotherham

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby cricketfieldclarets » Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:37 pm

Definitely Rotherham. For some reason I didn’t go on that night. Sure it was a Tuesday night. And my dad came home and said you’ve just missed seeing the best keeper weve ever had. Apparently he was outstanding. Loved Marlon. He was very good for us. Especially in the third tier.

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby Bordeauxclaret » Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:56 pm

Rotherham was a Saturday.

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Re: Meeting your heroes

Postby cricketfieldclarets » Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:02 pm

Bordeauxclaret wrote:Rotherham was a Saturday.

My dad mustve been to the pub :shock: :lol:


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