Peter Bennett (English footballer)

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Peter Bennett
Personal information
Date of birth (1946-06-24) 24 June 1946 (age 70)
Place of birth Hillingdon, Middlesex, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
–1963 West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1971 West Ham United 42 (3)
1970–1979 Leyton Orient 199 (13)
1977 St. Louis Stars (loan)[1] 22 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:56, 29 October 2012 (UTC).

Peter Bennett (born 24 June 1946 in Hillingdon, Middlesex) is an English former footballer who played as an inside forward.[2]

Bennett started as a youth player for West Ham United and played in the FA Youth Cup winning team of 1963. After signing pro forms, he made his league debut on 4 April 1964 in a home game against Bolton Wanderers.

Bennett went on to make 42 league (3 goals) and 5 cup appearances for the Upton Park club, before moving to Leyton Orient in 1970 as the makeweight in a £100,000 deal that saw Tommy Taylor move in the opposite direction. Nicknamed "Les", Bennett was quickly made club captain and despite being hindered by a number of long term injuries went on to make in excess of 200 appearances in all competitions for the O's during his stay. Bennett retired after the 1978/79 season but remains notable as one of the most versatile and talented footballers to have played for the club.

His son, Warren Bennett, plays on the international golf circuit.


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  2. ^ "Peter Bennett". Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  • Hogg, Tony (2005). Who's Who of West Ham United. Profile Sports Media. p. 25. ISBN 1-903135-50-8.