Peter Handyside

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Peter Handyside
Personal information
Full name Peter David Handyside
Date of birth (1974-07-31) 31 July 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth Dumfries, Scotland
Height 6 ft 01 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1986–1990 Heston Rovers
1990–1991 Grimsby Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–2001 Grimsby Town 190 (4)
2001–2003 Stoke City 78 (0)
2003–2004 Barnsley 28 (0)
2004–2006 Northwich Victoria 29 (0)
2006–2007 Hucknall Town
Total 325 (4)
National team
1993–1995 Scotland U21[1] 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Peter David Handyside (born 31 July 1974) is a Scottish former professional footballer who played as a defender from 1992 until 2007.

Despite being Scottish, Handyside played his entire career in England, having initially came through the youth ranks at Heston Rovers he was scouted by Grimsby Town who signed him as a junior before promoting him to the first team in 1992. Handyside went on to make over 200 appearances for Grimsby in all competitions and was in the team that won the Football League Second Division play-offs and Football League Trophy during the 1997–98 season. In 2001 after nine years at Blundell Park, Handyside joined Stoke City who he went on to captain and eventually earning promotion out of the Second Division like he had previously done at Grimsby. In 2003, he signed with Barnsley where he remained for a year before dropping into non-league football with Northwich Victoria. In 2006, he signed with Hucknall Town before retiring at the end of the 2006–07 season at the age of 33.

Career[edit]

Handyside was a product of the youth system at Heston Rovers a local side from his home town of Dumfries. He also had a spell on the books of the youth team of Queen of the South including playing in a BP Youth Cup second round tie against Celtic on 31 October 1990.

Grimsby Town[edit]

Handyside was trialed by Grimsby Town and was signed by the club's youth team in 1990. He took his step up into the first team in 1992 and was eventually the club's long term replacement for veteran centre back Paul Futcher and made an excellent pairing with Mark Lever. Handyside's maturity grew and he became an integral part of Grimsby's defensive setup, and along with Lever, John McDermott, Tony Gallimore, Graham Rodger, Kevin Jobling and Richard Smith was part of arguably Grimsby's best ever defence. The 1997–1998 Handyside continued to be the nucleus of Town's strong defence that helped achieve a promotion to back to the First Division via the play-offs, and victory in the Football League Trophy.[2] He bowed out at Grimsby after the 2000–01 season. An injury troubled campaign, he was often replaced by loan signing Zhang Enhua. At the end of the season, he rejected the chance to stay on with Grimsby and moved to Second Division Stoke City.

Stoke City[edit]

Handyside joined Stoke City in the summer of 2001 on a free-transfer and was made club captain. He played in 41 matches in 2001–02 including the 2002 Football League Second Division play-off Final which saw Stoke beat Brentford to gain promotion.[3] He missed only three matches in 2002–03 as Stoke narrowly avoided relegation and at the end of the campaign he was released by Tony Pulis.[4]

Barnsley[edit]

In 2003, he made a move to Barnsley but after a season hit with fitness and injury problems he departed Oakwell at the end of the 2003–04 season.

Northwich Victoria[edit]

His next port of call was to make a move to Conference club Northwich Victoria where he captained the Vics for two seasons before being released.

Hucknall Town[edit]

Hucknall Town signed Handyside for the 2006–07 campaign. He remained at the club for one year before leaving the club on a free transfer. Handyside has played alongside his fellow Grimsby promotion winning team mate Tony Gallimore at four different clubs: Grimsby, Barnsley, Northwich Victoria and Hucknall; the only team at which Peter has not played with Tony is Stoke City, ironically Gallimore's first senior club.

Personal life[edit]

Since retiring from professional football Handyside has worked as a delivery driver for Gilberts Furniture on the Fenton Industrial Estate in Stoke on Trent. In December 2013 Handyside's daughter was diagnosed with leukaemia, and in 2014 she launched her own campaign named "Maia's Misson".[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Grimsby Town 1992–93 First Division 11 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 15 0
1993–94 First Division 13 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 18 0
1994–95 First Division 35 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 36 0
1995–96 First Division 30 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 33 0
1996–97 First Division 9 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 11 1
1997–98 Second Division 42 0 6 0 6 0 10 0 64 0
1998–99 First Division 31 2 1 0 3 0 0 0 35 2
1999–2000 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000–01 First Division 19 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 24 1
Total 190 4 13 0 19 0 14 0 236 4
Stoke City 2001–02 Second Division 34 0 3 1 1 0 3 0 41 1
2002–03 First Division 44 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 47 0
Total 78 0 5 1 2 0 3 0 88 1
Barnsley 2003–04 Second Division 28 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 32 0
Total 28 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 32 0
Career Total 296 4 20 1 22 0 18 0 356 5
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup, Football League Trophy.

Honours[edit]

Grimsby Town
Stoke City

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fitbastats.com/scotlandu21/player.php?playerid=221
  2. ^ "Grimsby bounce back to Division 1". BBC News. 24 May 1998. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Stoke seal promotion". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Handyside to exit Stoke". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Brave teenager Maia Handyside reveals struggle with losing hair and putting on weight after leukaemia diagnosis". The Sentinel. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 

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