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27 February 2013

Richard Day looks back at the ex-Gills career

Although born in Woolwich, Peter played his early schoolboy football with Cardiff Schoolboys and Welsh League outfit Panteg but returned to South London to play as a junior with Charlton Athletic, signing for them in August 1953.

After a spell as an amateur he penned professional forms in November 1955 but although he was at the Valley for around eight years he made just one league appearance at Portsmouth in February 1961.

In the summer of 1961 the outside-right joined the Gills and he scored on his debut in a 2 – 2 home draw with Doncaster Rovers (August 1961) and he also found the net in the following game a 5 – 2 defeat at Crewe.

Peter (left) in action against York City at Priestfield (Sept 1961)

He played in the first nine games that season and the point gained against Doncaster was the only one they got in that time and after that he struggled to hold down a place and found himself in and out of the team. He ended his first season with three goals in 20 league and cup appearances.

The following campaign saw him score five more goals in thirty games but when the Gills won the Fourth Division Championship in the 1963-64 season he made just 13 appearances scoring twice.

The arrival of Ron Newman certainly didn’t help his cause and there were just four appearances the following season taking him to a total of nine goals in 66 appearances.

Peter joined Chesterfield in July 1965 but after scoring twice in 27 games he moved again, to Exeter City, the next summer.

He was at St James Park for just over twelve months in which time he netted four goals in 42 league appearances but then returned to Kent and played for both Ramsgate Athletic and Chatham Town.

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