Peter Beardsley created history on 20 June 1983 and Vancouver Whitecaps have been paying tribute.

On this day exactly 34 years ago, the future Newcastle and England magician was star man as the Whitecaps beat  Seattle Sounders.

This was the first ever sporting event to happen at BC Place, the newly opened venue with an air-supported roof, the largest of its kind in the world at that time.

Vancouver Whitecaps  won 2-1 in front of a crowd of 60,342 thanks to two goals from Peter Beardsley.

Six months after this game, Peter Beardsley was transferred to Newcastle United for around £150,000.

Arthur Cox creating an attacking trio of Keegan, Waddle and Beardsley, the rest is history…

BC Place is a multi-purpose stadium located at the north side of False Creek, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

It is owned and operated by the BC Pavilion Corporation (PavCo), a crown corporation of the province.

It is currently the home of the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL), Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer (MLS) and the annual Canada Sevens (part of the World Rugby Sevens Series) as well as the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

The stadium also served as the main stadium for the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Paralympics which Vancouver hosted.

Following the 2010 Winter Olympics, BC Place was closed for 16 months, replacing the inflatable roof with a retractable roof supported by cables. Once construction was completed, the stadium’s new roof was also the largest of its type in the world.



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Looks like everythings have ground to a halt at the Toon
    ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • Geordiegiants

      I don’t know about that, Charnley moved out of his house today.

    • steve

      Not every article has to be a transfer rumour.

  • Simon Ritter

    Fabulous player; fabulous city.

  • Albert Stubbins

    the greatest player ive seen in black and white.

  • Mark Davies

    Best ive ever seen in black and white. Still grin when i hear his name in the going up song at the end of that amazing season

  • nufcslf

    I was at that game. I think I was the only one that stood up and clapped as the teams came on the pitch, so much for big occasions. By the end of that season and the collapse of the old NASL the crowds were down to between 11 and 15, 000. Cracking atmosphere in a 60,000 seater with that little lot spread about in the whole stadium……They only open the lower bowl now for Whitecap matches which holds around 23,000 and gives a decent enough atmosphete. Biggest shame at the moment is that the ‘head coach’ Carl Robinson is no more than Pardew in disguise. Don’t have a lot of faith in him and the fact that Bob Lenarduzzi, Carl Valentine are the same faces for the 36 years I have lived here it’s a bit like Cashley, time for change. Won’t hold my breath on either one.

  • George Peterson

    I began watching Newcastle in 1973 and have fond memories. I feel fortunate to have seen Peter on his debut. The best of Beardsley must have been his pairing with Andy Cole, although to be fair Peter was magnificent in any side; Under Keegan, was one of the greatest players in the world! Peter Beardsley : Legend.

  • Dave Young

    Out of my 3 playing heroes Beardsley is number 1. Awesome ball glued to the boot player, love him

  • Steven05

    I have to tell you all that the team of ’95 – ’96 were absolutely fantastic with all the kids on the cancer ward in the RVI. Keegan, Beardsley, Clark, Hislop, Elliot, Ginola etc – they would regularly pop onto the ward to cheer the kids up, they were fantastic

  • Rich Lawson

    Last time I ever stood on the terraces with me dad,the three of them destroyed Carlisle 5-1