Peter Daniel was a Hull-born right back, and sometimes left back, who proved one of the club’s most talented products of the 1970s. Signing as an apprentice in 1971, it wasn’t until September 1974 that Daniel made his league debut in the aftermath of manager Terry Neill’s departure. Although quickly replaced by the experienced Frankie Banks at right back, by January 1975 Peter was back in the first team in the left back role when City, now helmed by John Kaye, played eventual finalists Fulham in the FA Cup Third Round. He played in the last 20 games of that season and sealed his place as a first team candidate.
In the first three months of 1975/76 Daniel was again playing reserve to more experienced full backs Banks (on the right) and Roger DeVries on the left. In November 1975 Daniel replaced Banks for a league match away at West Bromwich, securing the right back berth as his own for the next three years. Indeed between January 1976 (a 4-1 win in the Cup at Plymouth) and April 1977 (a 0-1 home defeat at the hands of Notts County) Daniel made 59 consecutive league starts for the Tigers. Peter scored his first goal for City in March 1976, a 2-0 win over Oxford.
In 1976/77 he took over the regular penalty taker role and scored six league goals, tying strikers Jeff Hemmerman and Dave Sunley as City’s highest league scorer for the season. He scored only once in 1977/78 as the Tigers struggled at the foot of the Division Two table, and when relegation beckoned in May 1978 City were forced to cash in on Daniel, the club’s most saleable asset, and yielded a £182,000 fee.
Peter joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in June 1978 and made the rise from second tier to First Division football with aplomb. He missed only two league matches during 1978/79 and scored five goals from full back, including a Boxing Day winner against local rivals Birmingham City. He repeated that form in 1979/80 with 37 starts and six goals in a Wolves team that finished sixth in the First Division table an lifted the League Cup with a 1-0 victory in the final over Nottingham Forest. Injuries reduced Daniel’s match time during the next seasons and by the time he left Wolves in 1984 the club was relegated to the Third Division.
He joined short-lived North American Soccer League side Minnesota Strikers in May 1984 but within three months he had returned to England and signed for Sunderland. He played in a second League Cup Final for the Rokerites that season, losing out to Norwich City in a closely fought 0-1 defeat. In November 1985 he moved to a struggling Lincoln City, where he took over the managerial reins for three months between March and May 1987 as the Red Imps crashed out of the Football League and into the Conference. In July 1987 he resumed his playing career at Burnley, where he spent two further seasons before dropping out of the professional game in July 1989 and signing for North Ferriby United.
Daniel resumed his managerial career in 1990 when he took the helm at North Ferriby United, a role he fulfilled for three years. During the 1990s Peter also managed Pontefract Colleries, Winterton Rangers and Denaby United, learning his trade in the non-league scene. He was appointed manager at Goole Town in 2000 and during the first decade of the millennium he had spells managing Pontefract Colleries (again), Winterton Rangers (again!) and Ossett Town. Between 2011 and 2012 he managed Brigg Town, his final manager’s job.
During 1977 and 1978 Daniel made seven appearances for England’s Under-21 side, including a starring role in a 8-1 win over Finland Under-21s that was played at Boothferry Park.
Date/Place of Birth: 12 December 1955, Hull
Hull City First Game: 18 September 1974, West Bromwich Albion A (Division Two), 18 years, 280 days old
Hull City Final Game: 29 April 1978, Bristol Rovers H (Division Two), 22 years, 138 days old
Hull City (1971-1978), Wolverhampton Wanderers (1978-1984), Minnesota Strikers (1984), Sunderland (1984-1985), Lincoln City (1985-1987), Burnley (1987-1989), North Ferriby United (1989-1993)
Hull City Record
Career: 128 apps, 9 goalsPeter Daniel
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