Statue of Peacock in Coleraine
|Full name||John Robert Peacock|
|Date of birth||29 September 1928|
|Place of birth||Coleraine, Northern Ireland|
|Date of death||22 July 2004 (aged 75)|
|1962||→ Morton (loan)||0||(0)|
|1962||→ Hamilton Steelers (loan)||?||(?)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
After starting his career with local side Coleraine F.C., Peacock moved on to Belfast club Glentoran in 1947. After two years he was signed by Glasgow club, Celtic, where he would go on to become captain and a club legend. During his time at the club he won one league title, two Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups.
Peacock won 31 caps for Northern Ireland. He featured alongside Harry Gregg, Danny Blanchflower and Billy Bingham in the team that reached the last eight in the 1958 World Cup, the country's furthest progress to date.
Peacock became Northern Ireland manager a year after his retirement as a footballer in 1961, giving George Best his first start. In the 1960s he returned to Coleraine, winning the Irish League title in 1974. Peacock briefly came out of retirement when he came on as a substitute against Shamrock Rovers in the Texaco Cup in September 1971. It was his last game for Coleraine as they lost 3-0 at The Showgrounds (Coleraine).
Later life and legacy
Alongside Jim Weir and Victor Leonard, Peacock was one of the founders of the Milk Cup. Held in his native Coleraine, the youth football competition started with sixteen teams in 1982 and rose to become one of the most respected tournaments in the world.
In 1986 he was awarded the MBE for his services to football. He died in 2004, aged 76.
Also in 2006, a youth football club was formed in his honour: Bertie Peacocks Youths. This club has a range of teams from under-7 to under-16. In only two years, the teams have been very successful - the under-11s in particular, winning the Down and Connor League, the Down and Connor Knock-Out Cup and becoming Northern Ireland Boys Champions all in the 2008 season. This club has had much encouragement from the wide supporters of Bertie Peacock.
- Blaxnit Cup: 1969
- Scottish First Division: 1953–54
- Scottish Cup: 1950–51, 1953–54
- Scottish League Cup: 1956–57, 1957–58
| Celtic F.C. captain