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Ken Beamish
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Full name Kenneth George Beamish
Date of birth 25 August 1947 (1947-08-25) (age 62)
Place of birth Bebington, England
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1971 Tranmere Rovers 177 (49)
1971–1974 Brighton & Hove Albion 96 (27)
1974–1976 Blackburn Rovers 86 (19)
1976–1978 Port Vale 85 (29)
1978–1979 Bury 49 (20)
1979–1981 Tranmere Rovers 59 (15)
1981–1982 Swindon Town 2 (0)
Total 554 (159)
Teams managed
1983–1984 Swindon Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kenneth George (Ken) Beamish (born 25 August 1947) is an English former footballer, coach and manager who is currently commercial manager at Blackburn Rovers.

Playing career

Beamish played for Tranmere Rovers, Brighton & Hove Albion and Blackburn Rovers. Whilst at Blackburn, he endeared himself to the fans, who would chant "Beamo" whenever Beamish's shot at goal flew over the bar. To Blackburn fans of a certain generation, a 'Beamo' is any off-target shot.

He joined Port Vale for £12,000 in September 1976 and went straight into the first team. The club's top scorer in the 1976–77 season with 18 goals. He was voted Player of the Year in 1978 for his 16 goals in the 1977–78 season that again saw him become the club's top scorer. He was sold to Bury for £35,000 in September 1978 and later moved back to Tranmere, before joining Swindon Town.[1]

Throughout his career he played 555 games in the Football League, scoring 159 goals.

Management career

After retiring as a player he became manager of Swindon Town. John Trollope had originally brought Beamish to the club as his assistant. After Trollope's unsuccessful venture into management came to an end, Beamish took over the reins from him towards the end of the 1982-83 season.

Working on a tight budget, Beamish never really had a chance, and in his only full season, he led the Town to their lowest ever league finish - a disappointing 17th in Division Four.

When his contract expired at the end of the 1983-84 season, new sponsors Lowndes Lambert demanded a big-name manager, and Beamish was allowed to leave - with Lou Macari arriving in his place.

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