|Date of birth||3 February 1968|
|Place of birth||Bristol, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Playing position||Centre defender|
|Lancaster City (Manager)|
|1990–1994||Queens Park Rangers||126||(6)|
|2000||→ West Ham United (loan)||0||(0)|
|2000||→ Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Darren Peacock (born 3 February 1968 in Bristol) is an English football manager and former professional footballer who played as a central defender. He is currently the manager of Northern Premier League Division One North league club Lancaster City having been appointed in April 2013, Peacock's first managerial position.
He made nearly 400 league appearances, beginning his career in the lower reaches of the Football League, before spending eight seasons in the Premier League for Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers. Injury forced his retirement at the age of 32.
After being released by Bristol Rovers, Peacock started his career in the lower leagues at Newport County, and when the club folded in 1989 he signed for Hereford United. In his first full season with the Bulls, he was voted player of the year, featuring regularly in the team that won the Welsh Cup in 1990.
Peacock's performances with Hereford earned him a move to First Division club Queens Park Rangers in 1990 for £200,000. He was a member of the QPR team that beat Manchester United 4–1 at Old Trafford in front of a live television audience on New Year's Day 1992.
After having made over 100 league appearances for QPR, Peacock was purchased by Kevin Keegan of Newcastle United on 24 March 1994, for £2.7 million, to strengthen their defence in their first season in the Premier League. A sell-on clause meant that Hereford received a total fee of £440,000 for the player, which remains, as of February 2010, their record transfer fee received. He helped the Magpies to a third-place finish, which earned the club qualification for the UEFA Cup.
Newcastle won their first six league games in the 1994–95 season, and there was talk of a first top-flight title since 1927, but they lost form and finished in sixth position, out of the European qualification zone. The following season, Peacock was part of the team that lost the Premier League title to Manchester United after having a 10-point lead at Christmas. He scored only twice for the Magpies, one of those coming in a 5–0 home defeat of Manchester United on 20 October 1996. This was Keegan's final season as club manager, and his replacement, Kenny Dalglish, gradually broke up his predecessor's team.
Peacock made 158 appearances for Newcastle in all competitions, and moved on to Blackburn Rovers in 1998, where his serious injury problems began. He scored one goal for Rovers, against Southampton in April 1999, but soon lost his place in the team and served loan spells at West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
While on loan at Wolves, Peacock collided with his own goalkeeper, Michael Oakes, in a match against Fulham, suffering damaged vertebrae in his neck and compression to his spine. He played on in the match despite being knocked unconscious, and it was only on his return to Blackburn that it became clear how close he had come to paralysis. He retired from football in December 2000.
Peacock is married to former model and fitness instructor Simone Charlton. They have two children. Peacock has recently begun his coaching badges.
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