WHITBY Town fan favourite Jimmy Beadle has made a shock return to the Turnbull Ground, scoring a 40-yard wonder goal inside 30 minutes and blasting ex-boss Tommy Cassidy, writes Andrew Snaith.
Midfielder Beadle (23) spent five months playing in Sweden after top-scoring for the Blues last season.
But he was back in a Whitby shirt on Wednesday night, just hours after signing, scoring in a 3-3 draw with fellow-strugglers Stocksbridge that dropped Town to bottom place.
He joins new strikers Andy Appleby (26), who signed on Tuesday, Jamie Clarke (38) and midfielder Tom Portas (19).
Chairman Graham Manser admitted the time had come “to call in the cavalry.”
Beadle accused Cassidy of being “probably the worst thing that could’ve happened to Whitby” and taking the club “back a year”.
On the same day, he moved from Evo-Stik Premier rivals Bradford, Beadle told the Whitby Gazette: “There would’ve been no way I’d have returned while Tommy Cassidy was in charge.
“I think basically he took the club back a year.
“I had no time for him or Tony Elliott.
“In my opinion, he’s probably the worst thing that could’ve happened to Whitby.”
The former York City star has revealed why he craved a return, but didn’t expect to find his team-mates so low after the midweek game:
“That’s one of the worst changing rooms I’ve been in after a game – it’s different for me because I’ve just come in, but I’m not going to be downbeat and think that’s it –there’s 60-70 points left to play for and we’ve just got to keep going, really.
“I had a game on Monday for Bradford and I came on as a forward for 25 minutes, not particularly enjoying playing up front really, I’ve never really played there.
“The manager said he wanted to make changes and I just said ‘if you want to make changes, I’ll leave, because I don’t want to be travelling two hours to play 25 minutes as a striker.’
“The last three games I’ve been on the bench.”
He added: “I just felt like I wanted to come back to Whitby. It feels like my club and I just wanted to come back.
“Hopefully, we’ll get a good result on Saturday and use it as a springboard.”
Blues travel to fourth-placed Chorley on Saturday (26 Nov) - Gary Flitcroft’s men are five points adrift of top club Chester.
The Magpies won at then-leaders Northwich Victoria 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Despite the flurry of transfer activity, Blues’ player-manager Darren Williams refused to rule out further moves.
“It’s something we’ll look at in the next couple of days and then decide from there,” he said. “However we go about our job,
we’ll be going there to get something out of the game.
“It’s not a matter of damage limitation, of sitting back and defending. Whether we set up 4-5-1, 4-4-2 or 4-3-3, we will be going there to get some goals and get some points.”
Whitby will be looking to avenge September’s 1-0 home defeat at the Turnbull Ground to the Chorley, who were promoted from the Evo-Stik First Division North last season.
A supporters’ coach leaves the Turnbull Ground at 9.15am with seats just £10 each.
Admission at Victory Park is £8 adults and £4 concessions. Blues are back in the Red Rose county on Wednesday (30 Nov) when they visit Greater Manchester outfit Ashton United with a bus departing the club at 3.30pm.