Peter Hartley (footballer)

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Peter Hartley
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Hartley playing for Hartlepool United in 2011
Personal information
Full name Peter Hartley
Date of birth (1988-04-03) 3 April 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Hartlepool, England
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Plymouth Argyle
Number 29
Youth career
2000–2006 Sunderland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Sunderland 1 (0)
2008 Chesterfield (loan) 12 (0)
2009–2013 Hartlepool United 166 (10)
2013–2014 Stevenage 31 (2)
2014– Plymouth Argyle 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:44, 12 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Peter Hartley (born 3 April 1988) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Plymouth Argyle.


Early career[edit]

Hartley began his career at Sunderland in 2000, joining the club on a youth contract.[1] He progressed through the youth ranks at Sunderland, and signed his first professional contract in 2006. Hartley made his debut for the Sunderland first-team on 1 January 2007, coming on as an 84th minute substitute in a 2–0 away win against Leicester City.[2][3] It proved to be Hartley's only first-team appearance for the club, although he featured regularly for Sunderland's second-string over the next two seasons.[1] Mid-way through the 2007–08 season, in February 2008, Hartley was loaned out to League Two side Chesterfield on an initial one-month loan.[4] He made his debut for Chesterfield a day after signing, on 23 February, playing the whole match as the club secured a 1–0 victory over Brentford.[5] Hartley impressed during his month with the club, and the loan deal was extended for the remainder of the campaign, with the defender making twelve appearances before returning to his parent club in May 2008.[6] He left Sunderland at the end of the 2008–09 campaign,[1] rejecting the option to stay a further year.[7]

Hartlepool United[edit]

He signed for his hometown club Hartlepool United in May 2009.[8]

Hartley started playing for Pools at left-back under Chris Turner before moving back to his natural role as a centre-half in the 2010/11 season[9] forming a solid partnership with Sam Collins. First-team coach Mick Wadsworth praised Hartley for his progress and stated that he was developing into a "top, top centre-half".[10]

Hartley was named Hartlepool captain in October 2012 by boss Neale Cooper.[11]

Peter was nominated for the nPower League One Player of the Month Award for February 2013 with Hartley scoring twice and Pools only conceding four times in the month and picking up 14 points from a possible 18, this also saw Hartlepool boss John Hughes nominated for the Manager of the Month Award.[12] Both Hartley and Hughes were successful in winning their respective awards.


In August 2013, Hartley signed for League One side Stevenage for an "undisclosed five-figure sum".[13][14] On joining Stevenage and leaving his hometown club after four years, Hartley stated — "I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a great challenge. I have played against Graham’s teams in the past and they are always strong and tough to play against. Sometimes you have to think about what you want out of your career. I’m a hungry and ambitious person. This is a new challenge – it’s a new set of lads, a new manager, a new town and new ambitions, it’s what I need. I think I need this new start to improve again and I’m excited by it".[15] Hartley made his Stevenage debut on 17 August, playing the whole match in a 1–0 home defeat to Leyton Orient.[16]

Plymouth Argyle[edit]

In June 2014, Hartley agreed to sign for League Two side Plymouth Argyle as of 1st July after his release from Stevenage .[17]


  1. ^ a b c "Peter Hartley – Soccerbase". Soccerbase. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Games played by Peter Hartley in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Leicester 0–2 Sunderland". BBC Sport. 1 January 2007. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sunderland loan duo to Spireites". BBC Sport. 21 February 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Chesterfield 1–0 Brentford". BBC Sport. 23 February 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Games played by Peter Hartley in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Peter Hartley – Semplc". Semplc. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Hartlepool sign defender Hartley". BBC Sport. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ Former Sunderland man Peter Hartley becoming a ‘top centre half’ for Hartlepool United Sunderland Echo
  11. ^ Hartlepool Utd boss reveals reasons why Hartley will continued as captain at Crewe Alexandra Peterlee Star
  12. ^ Pools Duo Up For Monthly Awards Hartlepool United
  13. ^ "Hartley signs for Boro". Stevenage F.C. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Stevenage sign Peter Hartley from Hartlepool". BBC Sport. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Defender Hartley relishing new challenge at Boro after Hartlepool switch". The Advertiser. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Stevenage 0–1 Leyton Orient". BBC Sport. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Pilgrim Peter". Plymouth Argyle F.C. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 

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