Bill Beaney played for Southampton FC between 1969 and 1975 but only managed to make seven appearances for the Saints first team. Appearances were made in the league, cups ,testimonial matches and finally tour games. He was loaned to Reading for a month in order to get first team football which was followed by a three month loan spell at Waterford in Eire. His final move before he was released by The Saints was a month at Welsh side, Swansea.
William ‘Bill’ Beaney Image by Colorsport/Corbis
After his released from Southampton Beaney went to America and played a season for Washington Diplomats (Now DC United). On his return to England he played semi-professional football for 11 years making appearances for Poole Town, Andover and Dorchester Town where ex- Spurs and Chelsea legend Graham Roberts started his career.
The former Saints man played with some great players in his career and has also played in charity matches for Ex-Saints. He played football professionally and at leisure until he was 58. Since stopping from the game he loves Beaney has had a complete hip and knee replacement in his right leg, he is currently on another operation. Beaney spoke exclusively to ElWriteBack and names his One to Eleven of the best players he has seen and played with throughout his career.
1. Eric Martin Saints – Scottish keeper in 70`s played for Washington U.S.A.
2. Stuart Williams – Southampton and Wales.
3. Steve Mills – Southampton and England U21`s sadly died at an early age after a car crash and getting Leukaemia.
4. Jimmy Gabriel – Southampton.
5. Graham Roberts – Dorchester and England.
6. Steve Williams – Southampton and England.
7. Terry Paine – Southampton and England.
8. Alan Ball – Southampton and England.
9. Ron Davies – Southampton and Wales.
10. Mick Channon – Southampton and England.
11. Matt Le Tissier – Southampton and England.
Manager Lawrie Mcmenemy – Southampton.
Paul Jones – Saints and Wales Goalkeeper.
Claus Lundekvam – Saints and Norway defender.
Michael Svennson – Saints and Sweden defender.
Jimmy Case – Saints midfield.
Martin Chivers – Saints and England striker.
After writing the original piece Bill messaged me saying that he forgot to mention the most important footballer of all time he ever played against. This was during a game against New York Cosmos in 1975. This player was Pele.