531 Peter Walters

Biography

Young goalkeeper Peter Louis Walters joined Hull City in July 1970, the first signing of Terry Neill’s reign as player/manager. Walters was spotted playing for Redheugh Boys Club in Gateshead, where he had been prominent as the club lifted the Durham Junior Cup in May 1970. He quickly impressed for City’s Reserves side and was handed his debut on the final day of the 1970/71 season, keeping a clean sheet against Norwich City. In October 1971 regular keeper Ian McKechnie was injured and Walters again got the nod. In March 1972 Walters was loaned to Division Four strugglers Darlington and part of a deal that saw goalkeeper Jeff Wealands move to Boothferry Park for a £10,000 fee. Peter made 16 starts for the Quakers as they narrowly avoided the re-election places.

Walters was understudy to Wealands and McKechnie during the 1972/73 season, making no further senior appearances. In August 1973 Peter signed for Southern League side Corby Town, commencing a nine year semi-professional career in the non-leagues. He was a regular starter at Corby for five years and was chosen to play for a Southern League representative XI in September 1978. During that same month Walters moved to Southern League rivals Bedford Town for a £1,000 fee, after two seasons with Bedford Walters returned to Northamptonshire during the 1980 close season and signed for Alliance Premier League side Kettering Town. In Walters’ one season at Rockingham Road Kettering finished runners-up in the fifth tier of the English game and Peter was called up to the England semi-professional squad that won a five-way tournament played in Italy during June 1981.

Walters had planned to end his footballing days in the 1981 close season due to chronic injuries, with the intention of taking up full-time work in the amusements industry, however in July 1981 he instead joined Scarborough Town for a £2,000 fee (Scarborough owner Don Robinson’s connections to the seaside amusements trade were perhaps influential). He played a solitary season for Scarborough and was again selected for the England semi-professional side in April 1982, but hung up his goalkeeper gloves in the 1982 close season to focus on his second career.

Details

Nationality: England
Date/Place of Birth: 8 June 1952, Whickham
Hull City First Game: 1 May 1971, Norwich City H (Division Two), 18 years, 327 days old
Hull City Final Game: 30 October 1971, Preston North End A (Division Two), 19 years, 144 days old

Clubs

Hull City (1970-1973), Darlington (1972, loan), Corby Town (1973-1978), Bedford Town (1978-1980), Kettering Town (1980-1981), Scarborough (1981-1982)

Hull City Record

Career: 2 apps, 0 goals

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1970/711 (0)0
1971/721 (0)0
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