Peter Mendham

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Peter Mendham
Personal information
Full name Peter Stanley Mendham
Date of birth (1960-04-09) 9 April 1960 (age 54)
Place of birth King's Lynn, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978-1987 Norwich City 211 (23)
1981 Miramar Rangers (loan) 6
1987-88 Kings Lynn Town
1988-1989 Watton Town
Hammarby
NAC Breda
1991-1992 Diss Town
1992-1993 Wroxham Town
1993- Diss Town
North Walsham
Norwich United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Peter Stanley Mendham (born 9 April 1960 in King's Lynn) is a former professional footballer who played for Norwich City. He was a midfielder, who played in the side that won the Milk Cup in 1985. He has two sons and a granddaughter. In February 2007, he was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison for wounding with intent his girlfriend. His sentence was later reduced to five years. In 2011, he returned to football as assistant manager at Newmarket Town F.C..[1]

Career[edit]

Mendham came through the youth ranks at Carrow Road, and played 267 first-team games (211 in the league), and scored 29 goals for the Canaries. He was forced to retire because of injury in 1987. He was a member of the Norwich teams that won the Football League Cup in 1985, and the Second Division championship in 1986. Following his premature retirement, the club awarded Mendham a testimonial match against Real Sociedad, and he continued to work for the club for several years as 'Football in the Community Officer'.

After his retirement from the professional game, Mendham continued to play non-league football, and scored the winning goal for Diss Town in the final of the 1994 FA Vase at Wembley. He worked as a fundraiser for a charity in East Anglia after he stopped playing.

In the 1990s, Peter coached youths and children in the Norwich area.

In 2008/09 Mendham played for Sproughton Sports in the Suffolk and Ipswich League, Division 4.

Criminal proceedings[edit]

On 19 October 2006, Mendham was arrested, and later charged with the attempted murder of his 39-year-old girlfriend at their house in Norwich after a heated argument. The woman had suffered a stab wound, and lost a kidney during emergency surgery.[2]

In December 2006, Mendham denied the attempted murder charge, but one month later, he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of wounding with intent.[3] On 21 February 2007, Mendham was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.[4] On 24 May 2007, Mendham announced that he would appeal against the sentence.[5]

He won the appeal and the sentence was reduced to five years.

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

  • League Cup winner 1985
  • Second division championship winner 1986
  • FA Vase winner 1994

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.edp24.co.uk/sport/norwich-city-fc/peter_mendham_returns_to_football_with_newmarket_town_1_1147847
  2. ^ "Footballer on murder bid charge". BBC. 2006-10-20. 
  3. ^ "Former footballer faces jail term". BBC. 2007-01-24. 
  4. ^ "Ex-footballer jailed over attack". BBC. 2007-02-21. 
  5. ^ "Mendham to appeal against sentence". BBC. 2007-05-24. 

External links[edit]

Other sources[edit]

  • Canary Citizens by Mike Davage, John Eastwood, Kevin Platt, published by Jarrold Publishing, (2001), ISBN 0-7117-2020-7