OTD 2009 | Beattie Scores Brace

James Beattie scored his final Stoke City goals seven years ago today.

The striker, signed from Sheffield United, proved to be a revelation at the Britannia Stadium.

His seven goals were vital in keeping Stoke up during the 2008-09 campaign- memorably scoring his maiden home goal in a 1-0 victory over Manchester City.

But it was the following season when he scored a match-winning brace against West Ham. The two goals proved to be his only strikes of the season, and his final ones in a Stoke shirt.

Beattie’s first of the afternoon was a penalty- showing why he was widely considered as the best penalty taker in the league at the time- before he slid in at the far post to complete victory.

Sandwiched between the goals was an equaliser from future Stokie Matthew Upson, who later in the game received an elbow in the face from Robert Huth.

Beattie joined Rangers at the end of the season having fallen out with Tony Pulis, but his explosive arrival at the club will never be forgotten.

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