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Dean Beckwith

Defender
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Dean Beckwith joined the Hawks in May 2019 from Sutton United, linking back up with manager Paul Doswell who he played under for four seasons at Gander Green Lane.

An experienced central defender, he has spent more than 15 years at either Football League or at the highest standards of Non-League football.

Beckwith made his breakthrough at Gillingham, turning professional with the Kent based outfit in 2003, but would only make two appearances for the Gills before leaving for Hereford United.

He helped the Bulls gain promotion from the Football Conference into the Football League through the play-offs in his first season at Edgar Street.

Following that promotion, he spent a further four season playing in League 2 with the Bulls before being released by the club in 2009.

He quickly made the move over to Northampton Town in that summer where he spent two years at Sixfields scoring three times in 75 appearances with the Cobblers.

June 2011 saw him take the step back down to the Blue Square Premier where he teamed up with Gary Brabin at Luton Town.

He would spent 18 months with the Hatters before leaving the club back in January 2013 after 21 appearances and two goals.

However, he would not find himself without a club for long as he signed for Eastleigh on the same day, where he would enjoy success with the Spitfires. In his first full season at the Silverlake Stadium he was a part of the team which won the Skrill South title in 2014 with 101 points.

The following season he was a part of the team which made the Vanarama Conference play-offs, where they were edged out over two legs by Grimsby Town.

Beckwith left the club that summer and teamed up with Paul Doswell at Sutton United.

His first season at Sutton was similar to that which he enjoyed at the Spitfires. Sutton enjoyed a golden run of form towards the latter end of the season in 2015/16 where they ended 25 games unbeaten to pip Ebbsfleet United to the National League South title.

The next season saw Beckwith along with many at Sutton embark on a truly special FA Cup run which saw them beat league opposition in AFC Wimbledon and Leeds United, the latter in front of a packed Gander Green Lane on BT Sport.

That win saw them draw Arsenal at home in the fifth round of the competition. The BBC cameras, with Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Ian Wright were in town as Sutton became the talk of the nation. They would lose the game 2-0 but became national heroes for their efforts in the competition.

After cementing their spot in The National League for a second season, Beckwith would help the U’s cement a third place finish in the division, before missing out in the play-offs at home to Boreham Wood, ending their dreams of EFL football. Beckwith would score in their 2-0 opening day victory over Leyton Orient at Gander Green Lane.

A tough 2018/19 season saw Beckwith loaned out to Maidstone United before leaving the South London outfit at the end of that season before joining the Hawks in 2019.

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