Peter Atherton

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Peter Atherton
Personal information
Date of birth (1970-04-06) 6 April 1970 (age 47)
Place of birth Wigan, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender / midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Wigan Athletic 149 (1)
1991–1994 Coventry City 114 (0)
1994–2000 Sheffield Wednesday 216 (9)
2000–2005 Bradford City 94 (3)
2001 Birmingham City (loan) 10 (0)
2005–2008 Halifax Town 14 (0)
Total 598 (13)
National team
1991 England U21 1 (0)
Teams managed
2003 Bradford City (Joint caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Peter Atherton (born 6 April 1970), is an English former professional footballer who plays as both a defender and a midfielder. He was assistant manager at Halifax Town, although on 16 October 2007, he came out of playing retirement to appear for the Shaymen. He is now Development Squad manager at Wigan Athletic. He was born in Wigan, Lancashire

Playing career[edit]

Most famous for captaining Sheffield Wednesday, Atherton started his career at hometown club Wigan Athletic as a trainee and spent three years there before attracting the attention of Coventry City. Atherton was lured away from Wednesday by Bradford City after relegation on the Bosman ruling where he also spent a spell on loan at Birmingham City. After being released by Bradford on a free transfer he finished his career at Halifax Town, where injury forced him to retire from professional football after playing only 14 games for the club, but came out of retirement because of Halifax's injury crisis and was named as a substitute for their home game against Grays Athletic on 16 October 2007.

Coaching career[edit]

In June 2007, Atherton was appointed assistant manager of Halifax Town, replacing Wayne Jacobs. He had previously been coaching in Wigan Athletic's youth set-up.[1]

He also played for Sheffield Wednesday in their 2006 Masters Football campaign, and Wigan Athletic in 2007.


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