Monday, 2 August 2010

107 Peter Hampton

Position : Left back

Played : 1987-88

Appearances : 19

Goals : 1

If Geoff Lomax wasn't very good at right back, the guy on the other side was far worse. Peter began his career at Leeds and when we signed him was one of only two players left in the League who'd played for Don Revie at club level (the other being Eddie Gray's brother Frank). He'd never really broken into the first team at Elland Road and in 1980 moved on to Stoke for first team football. After four seasons there he moved to Burnley under John Bond and it's no wonder Bond can't show his face there with signings of this calibre. He was given a lucrative three year contract and after helping them get relegated in his first season was transfer-listed at £0 but no one was interested.

Eddie Gray ended up signing him because a left back from Celtic changed his mind about signing for us on the eve of the season. Peter was absolutely atrocious, slow and prone to error. He was only on month-to-month terms but a humble phone call to Dave Grant would have been a much better option. Thankfully the financial crisis meant he was made redundant after 19 games and he went to Carlisle as player-physio making another 12 appearances which no doubt helped keep them below us in the table. He was there for a number of years but later managed Workington.

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