Peter Eustace

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Peter Eustace
Personal information
Date of birth (1944-07-31) 31 July 1944 (age 73)
Place of birth Stocksbridge, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1960–1962 Sheffield Wednesday
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1970 Sheffield Wednesday 192 (21)
1970–1972 West Ham United 43 (6)
1972 Rotherham United (loan) 6 (1)
1972–1975 Sheffield Wednesday 56 (4)
1975–1976 Peterborough United 43 (5)
Worksop Town
Teams managed
1988–1989 Sheffield Wednesday
1991–1994 Leyton Orient
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Peter Eustace (born 31 July 1944) is an English former football player and manager. As a player, he made 340 appearances in the Football League representing Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham United, Rotherham United and Peterborough United.[2] As a manager, he took charge of Sheffield Wednesday and Leyton Orient.


Eustace was born in Stocksbridge, West Riding of Yorkshire, and began his career as a trainee with Sheffield Wednesday. He made his debut in the 1962–63 season, and played more than 200 games in all competitions,[1] before being sold to West Ham United for a club record £90,000 fee.[3] He played in midfield, earlier in his career at wing half, later at inside forward, who both made and scored goals. He also played for Rotherham United, Sheffield Wednesday again, and Peterborough United.[2]

He moved into management in November 1988 at Sheffield Wednesday, being promoted from assistant manager after Howard Wilkinson moved to Leeds United. Eustace was sacked after just three months and replaced by Ron Atkinson.[4] He returned to football at Leyton Orient, working under Frank Clark, who moved from manager to managing director in 1991. Clark moved to Nottingham Forest in 1993, and Eustace was sacked a year later when the club failed to reach the play-offs.[5]

Eustace returned to Sheffield Wednesday as a scout during Chris Turner's brief managerial tenure, but was made redundant as part of an overhaul of the coaching staff in 2006. His claim for unfair dismissal was rejected by an industrial tribunal.[6][7]

He was for a time landlord of The Cheshire Cheese Inn pub in Hope, Derbyshire.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Peter Eustace". The Sheffield Wednesday Archive. Adrian Bullock. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Peter Eustace". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Fox, Norman (1 January 1970). "Visit To Highbury. Marinello's plans uncertain". The Times. p. 13. 
  4. ^ "Running Up That Hill". Sheffield Wednesday F.C. Archived from the original on 24 June 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Eustace dismissed" (reprint). The Times. NewsBank. 8 April 1994. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Owls chief scout cleaner job offer". Sheffield Star. 23 April 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 
  7. ^ Ward, Nick (10 May 2008). "Tribunal upholds Owls sacking". Sheffield Star. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 
  8. ^ Dawes, Martin (29 August 2007). "The Cheshire Cheese, Edale Road, Hope". Sheffield Star. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 

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