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Former Everton Liverpool and Newcastle United hero Peter Beardsley visits St Helens with Capital One cup
HE may have graced some of the world’s famous stadiums and played alongside legends of the game, but a little-known fact about Peter Beardsley is his love of Saints.
The former England international, who played for Everton, Liverpool and Newcastle, dropped in on the Star with the Capital One Cup, formerly known as the League Cup.
As part of the promotional tour for the competition, the ex-forward posed for pictures on Hardshaw Street.
During his days playing for the Merseyside giants he developed an affinity with rugby league and Saints.
He said: “James Roby is my current favourite player. I love him. It used to be Kieron Cunningham.
“Rugby league is a proper man’s sport; the toughest game in the world. When you compare it with rugby union, there doesn’t seem to be the same level of physical contact.
“I am hoping Saints do well in the play-offs.”
He first started following Saints when Alex Murphy was coach.
He said: “It wasn’t on Sky in those days. And when Saints played at Anfield, I was there.”
Speaking about the sporting ethos of Saints, he said: “When I watch Barcelona, I think of St Helens as that type of team; the way they throw the ball around, not just blood and guts.
“They play like they love throwing that ball around.
“Paul Wellens is the bravest man in the world. He is so tough it’s unbelievable. I used to love Sean Long and Paul Sculthorpe when they were at the heart of the team.
“But they seem to be going through a transition at the moment, and having James Roby injured is a big blow.
“But hopefully they will come good towards the end of the season.”
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