Peter Griffiths (footballer)

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Peter Griffiths
Personal information
Full name Peter James Griffiths[1]
Date of birth (1957-08-14) 14 August 1957 (age 59)[1]
Place of birth Barnstaple, England[1]
Playing position Right-winger
Youth career
Pilton Centre
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1980 Bideford
1980–1984 Stoke City 60 (5)
1984 Bradford City (loan) 2 (0)
1984–1986 Port Vale 36 (4)
Salisbury United
Newcastle KB United
Stafford Rangers
Northwich Victoria
Matlock Town
Milton United
Total 98+ (9+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Peter James Griffiths (born 14 August 1957) is an English former footballer who made 98 league appearances on the right-wing in the Football League for Stoke City, Bradford City, and Port Vale in the 1980s. He also played non-league football for Bideford, Salisbury United (Australia), Newcastle KB United (Australia), Stafford Rangers, Northwich Victoria, Matlock Town and Milton United. He played in the First Division for Stoke, and helped Port Vale to win promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1985–86.

Playing career[edit]

Griffiths moved from Bideford (Western League) to Alan Durban's Stoke City for a £15,000 fee after a successful trial in November 1980, giving up his job as a self-employed panel-beater in the process.[2] He scored his first goal at the Victoria Ground on 27 December 1980, in a 2–2 draw with Coventry City; this was his only goal in five starts and five substitute appearances in the 1980–81 season. Everton made a £150,000 offer for Griffiths, which was rejected by the Stoke board.[2] He scored three goals in 33 games in the 1981–82 season, finding the net against Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Swansea City early on in the campaign. He soon fell out of the first team picture under Richie Barker, and made just 11 First Division starts in the 1982–83 campaign, finding the net once in a 4–1 win over Birmingham City at St Andrew's on 4 September. He featured just five times for the "Potters" in the 1983–84 season, and was loaned out to Bradford City. He played two Third Division games for Trevor Cherry's "Bantams", in a brief stay at Valley Parade.

Griffiths was signed by Stoke's rivals Port Vale in July 1984.[1] He played regular football in the 1984–85 season, scoring four goals in 39 games, until tearing a groin muscle in April 1985.[1] Upon his recovery he failed to gain his first team spot back at Vale Park, and featured just nine times in the 1985–86 Fourth Division promotion winning campaign.[1] "Valiants" manager John Rudge handed him a free transfer in May 1986.[1] He emigrated to Australia to play for Salisbury United, and then National Soccer League side Newcastle KB United, before returning to Staffordshire to play for Conference club Stafford Rangers.[1] After leaving Rangers he played for Northwich Victoria, Matlock Town (Northern Premier League) and Milton United.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Peter Griffiths profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke City 1980–81 First Division 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1
1981–82 First Division 31 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 33 3
1982–83 First Division 15 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 1
1983–84 First Division 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Total 60 5 1 0 3 0 0 0 64 5
Bradford City (loan) 1983–84 Third Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
Port Vale 1984–85 Fourth Division 31 3 2 1 4 0 2 0 39 4
1985–86 Fourth Division 5 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 9 1
Total 36 4 2 1 5 0 5 0 48 5
Career Total 98 9 3 1 8 0 6 0 115 10
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy.

Honours[edit]

with Port Vale

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 120. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ a b "Peter Griffiths to Stoke City". angelfire.com/super2/unofficialbiddy. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Kent, Jeff (1990). "From Rags to Riches (1979–1990)". The Valiants' Years: The Story Of Port Vale. Witan Books. pp. 258–290. ISBN 0-9508981-4-7.