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Beeley Double Century

12 January 2013

If Fleetwood Town's Shaun Beeley crosses the 'white line' at Highbury against Bristol Rovers this weekend, it marks the full-back's 200th appearance for the club.

By David Mitchell

If Fleetwood Town's Shaun Beeley crosses the 'white line' at Highbury against Bristol Rovers this weekend, it marks the full-back's 200th appearance for the club.

Having made his debut against Lincoln United in the Northern Premier League in November 2007, Beeley has improved season-by-season to become one of Town's most consistent performers in their rise through the leagues into the Football League: 'Promotion to the Football League has been the definite highlight for me. I've been improving with each game and enjoying the challenge.  We are definitely up against fitter and cleverer opponents but I've not been fazed by it.' 'I've had one or two knocks over the past five years but learnt a lot as well.  Going out on loan for a time was one of the best things to happen to me because it made me realise how I needed to focus on football and not take anything for granted.' The 24 year-old's contribution to the club is well-recognised in today's 'Talk of the Town' match programme and there is no doubt that he has become one of the most-respected and popular figures at Highbury.  I remember a conversation with former Town midfielder, Lee Fowler, who described Beeley as one of the best full-backs he has played with.  Praise, indeed, from a player who has experienced football up to the highest club level. There have been 174 league appearances and a further 15 in the FA Cup while the attack-minded defender has been rewarded with three goals from his many eager forays into the final third! His performances eventually caught the eye of the England C selectors who selected him for the game in Gibraltar in November 2011, leaving many a Cod Army fan applauding a well-deserved honour for a player who always gives his all. What better way for Beeley to celebrate the milestone today than running strongly from his own half, before cutting in and unleashing a right foot shot which bulges the net back in front of the Memorial Stand for goal number four in a Town shirt!

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