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  • PNE 1983-1984, Peter sayer on front row, next to the manager

    Peter Sayer PNE
  • Peter Sayer and Graham Houston in action

    Peter Sayer PNE
  • Peter Sayer playing against West Ham United

    Peter Sayer PNE
  • Peter Sayer at Cardiff City

    Peter Sayer PNE
  • Peter Sayer in Wales Colours

    Peter Sayer PNE
  • Peter in Colours of Cardiff City

    Peter Sayer PNE
  • Peter Sayer, Ronnie Hildersley, Peter Litchfield, Alex Bruce, George Ross, John Brown and John McMahon

    Peter Sayer PNE
  • John Thomas, Steve Elliott and Peter Sayer collecting trophy for a 6-a-side win at Leyland August 1999

    Peter Sayer PNE
  • Pete, front row on far right. PNE Former Players Reunion at Deepdale

    Peter Sayer PNE
  • Peter Sayer was goalkeeper in this PNE Former Players team at Deepdale, August 2000.

    Peter Sayer PNE
  • Did you know that Peter Sayer, the son of a Post Office engineer, played for Wales against England, at Wembley, and walked off the famous pitch as a winner? He also played league games against the likes of George Best and Bobby Moore during his football career, but you never hear him boasting. Nowadays, modest Peter is a member of the Preston North End Former Players' Association committee.

  • Learning his trade

    Preston North End Former Player Peter SayerDuring April 1973, seventeen year-old Peter was a member of the very successful Cardiff City youth team which travelled over to the textile town of Roubaix in France, to participate in a six-nation international youth tournament. They won the competition. His improvement in the game led to Cardiff City's manager, Jimmy Scoular, signing the promising, nippy Welshman as a full time professional in July 1973. Peter's initial taste of 'first-team' action was on the 15th August 1973, albeit in a pre-season friendly at Southport. Ironically, the captain of Southport that day was former North End stalwart, George Ross, now the Chairman of the PNE Former Players' Association.

  • League debut

    By the following February, Mr.Scoular had been replaced as manager of Cardiff City, in the short term, by ex-North Ender, Frank O'Farrell. It was Frank therefore who gave Peter his league baptism, when he came on as a substitute in the league game at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool. (16/2/1974). Peter's next appearance, again appearing as a substitute, was under the leadership of his third Cardiff manager, Jimmy Andrews, and he had only been a young pro for twelve months. It was against Tommy Docherty's Manchester United team. To be on the same pitch as the likes of Alex Stepney, Martin Buchan and Sammy McIlroy, to name but three, must have been a thrill for young Sayer. One match report wrote " Sayer, looking sharp, soon got into rhythm and showed his tremendous shooting power late in the game". Once Peter had broken into the first team on a regular basis he was soon making his own headlines, especially after his first goal, versus Portsmouth. He admitted to the Press that it was a fluke and he was promptly lambasted by his manager, who told Peter never to admit that he never meant it.

  • Quick recovery

    At the end of April 1975, just as Peter was establishing himself, he suffered a nasty double injury of a broken leg and a dislocated ankle, in a game at Southampton. Recovering quicker than anticipated, Peter soon regained his place in the Cardiff team and was soon playing European football for the Welsh team, against the likes of Servette and Dynamo Tbilisi. Looking through Peter's scrapbook, which his father compiled for him, I liked the headline "Sayer the Slayer", after his great display had helped Cardiff defeat Fulham, who had Best and Moore in their ranks. Eighteen months after breaking his leg Peter gained Wales Under-21 recognition, playing against England, at Molineux.

  • That 'Match of the Day' goal

    A televised third round FA cup tie thrust Peter Sayer to the forefront of football. His winning goal in January 1977 against Tottenham Hotspur was seen by millions and can still be seen on YouTube today. He controlled the ball with his head and, with four defenders converging upon him, he smashed the ball past Pat Jennings. A sponsored car was just one of the perks that came Peter's way after that goal.

  • Capped for Wales

    Peter was to earn seven full international caps which included two World Cup qualifying games, one of which was the game versus Scotland, played at Anfield. In February 1978 Peter was signed by Alan Mullery's Brighton & Hove Albion side for £100,000. At the time, Ipswich Town, Stoke City, Manchester City and Liverpool were all amongst those rumoured to be after Sayer's signature. Former North Enders, Mark Lawrenson, Gary Williams and Eric Potts were all teammates of Peter's at Brighton. Another member of the Brighton team was former PNE assistant manager, Brian Horton. The 'Seagulls' did well and gained promotion to the top flight but injuries led to fewer opportunities to play in the First Division, so consequently Peter Sayer was transferred.

  • Sayer signs for Preston North End

    Preston North End Former Player Peter Sayer

    At the end of August 1980, Nobby Stiles, Preston's manager, eventually managed to persuade Peter to drop down a division and sign for Preston. He cost North End £85,000. Peter made his North End league debut at Sheffield Wednesday, but only made 8 appearances that season due to injuries sustained on the pitch. To make matters worse, the Club suffered relegation to Division Three. It was two years before Peter got back to full fitness but in his own admission he was never the same player again, despite scoring three goals in three games during September 1983. He was released at the end of the 1983/1984 season and signed for Chester City for one season.

  • Life after Deepdale

    Peter later went into non-league circles and played for Morecambe, Northwich Victoria, Chorley and Southport amongst others. Off the field he worked with Mick Baxter in North End's 'Football in the Community' system, helping to coach local youngsters. Peter also played in the local LEP Sunday League, being player/manager of the Blue Bell Hotel, where he then worked. Nowadays Peter is the steward at Preston Golf Club, involved in the other sport he loves. A very keen golfer, Peter is also a proficient snooker player too. Occasionally he quietly attends Deepdale to watch North End, but on his return to Cardiff City, as a guest, he is treated as a former star player, which he was. But for those ill-timed serious muscular injuries who knows how far he could have gone in the game! Luckily, modern-day footballers are treat by physiotherapists and not 'spongemen-cum-trainers' who had limited experience with injuries.

  • Words by Ian Rigby.