Peter Latchford

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Peter Latchford
Personal information
Full name Peter William Latchford[1]
Date of birth (1952-09-27) 27 September 1952 (age 64)
Place of birth Kings Heath, Birmingham, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1969 West Bromwich Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1975 West Bromwich Albion 81 (0)
1975 Celtic (loan) 10 (0)
1975–1987 Celtic 177 (0)
1987–1989 Clyde 12 (0)
Total 280 (0)
National team
1973–1974 England U23 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Peter William Latchford (born 27 September 1952) is an English former football goalkeeper. He was born in Birmingham and has two older brothers who were also professional footballers, Dave Latchford who was also a goalkeeper and played over 200 games for Birmingham City, and more famously the Everton and England striker, Bob Latchford who also started his career at Birmingham City.

Latchford spent most of his career in Scotland with Celtic, where he was known affectionately by the fans as 'Gas Meter' (rhyming slang for Peter) and 'The Cat'.[2]

Club career[edit]

Whilst his two elder brothers both began their careers at Birmingham City, Peter Latchford started his career at local rivals, West Bromwich Albion. By early 1975 Latchford had played over 80 league games, however at this time he had been dropped from the first-team and was playing with the youth side.[3]

Having expressed his frustration at lack of first-team football to manager Don Howe, a loan deal with Celtic was arranged[3] and Latchford made his debut for The Bhoys on 22 February 1975 in a 2–1 league defeat against Hibernian at Easter Road.[4] Latchford played 13 more league and Scottish Cup games that season for Celtic,[5] culminating in his first winner's medal as Celtic defeated Airdrie 3–1 in the 1975 Scottish Cup Final.[6]

Latchford had impressed sufficiently at Celtic for the loan deal to be made permanent, and on 14 July 1975 Celtic paid a transfer fee of £25,000 to West Brom. He made over 270 appearances for Celtic in the late 1970s and early 1980s, winning 2 League Championships and 3 Scottish Cups. These successes included a league and cup double in 1976–77, the 4–2 win over Rangers in the famous '10 men win the league' game in 1979[7] and the infamous 1980 Cup Final riot (Celtic beat Rangers 1–0 after Extra Time) the following season.

Latchford also played in several European ties for Celtic. On 22 October 1975, he starred in a 0–0 draw in the away leg of a European Cup Winner's Cup tie against Boavista. He pulled off several saves to deny the Portuguese side, and capped off an outstanding performance with a penalty save from João Alves in the 85th minute.[8] Celtic won the return leg 3–1 at Parkhead to progress to the quarter finals.[9] Latchford's most memorable European game though was on 5 March 1980 when Celtic played Real Madrid at Parkhead in the first leg of a European cup quarter-final tie. His saves from England striker Laurie Cunningham and Spanish star Santillana helped Celtic to a 2–0 win on the night,[10] although Celtic lost the return leg in Spain 0–3 to go out on aggregate.

Latchford sustained a hand injury in the summer of 1980 and lost his place in the team to Pat Bonner.[11] From then on Latchford featured rarely for Celtic, but he remained loyal to the club – to the probable detriment of his career. He did, however, get a brief run of first-team action during early 1986 when Bonner was out injured.[12][13] He finally left in Celtic in the summer of 1987 after having made 272 competitive appearances for the club. Latchford joined Clyde on a one-year deal,[14] where after a season he finally retired.

He is now a goalkeeping coach and has worked in this capacity for Forfar Athletic,[15] Clyde, Hearts[16] and Motherwell.[16]

For a few years he combined goalkeeping coach duties at Dumfries club Queen of the South with coaching the youth goalkeepers at Celtic.[17] Latchford's spell at Queens included the 2007–08 season run to the final of the Scottish Cup,[18] where they lost narrowly (3–2) to Rangers.[19]

International career[edit]

Whilst at West Bromwich Albion, Latchford was capped twice for the England U23 side. He played against Poland in October 1973 (0–0) and Wales in January 1974 (0–0).[20] Latchford was never capped at senior level.

Honours[edit]

Celtic

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peter Latchford". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  2. ^ http://celticunderground.net/the-bhoy-in-the-picture-peter-latchford/
  3. ^ a b "Becoming A Bhoy: Peter Latchford". Celticfc.net. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Craig, Jim (22 February 2012). "If You Know The History by Jim Craig: 22nd Feb Peter Latchford debut". Jimcraigcsc.wordpress.com. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.fitbastats.com/celtic/player_games.php?playerid=2709&page=13
  6. ^ "To Celtic cup no. 24, to Airdrie our thanks". The Glasgow Herald. 5 May 1975. p. 18. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "CelticWiki 21 May 1979: Celtic 4–2 Rangers, Premier Division". Thecelticwiki.com. Retrieved 6 July 2013. [unreliable source?]
  8. ^ "Latchford saves late penalty and Celtic". The Glasgow Herald. 23 October 1975. p. 17. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Celtic sound out warning". The Glasgow Herald. 6 November 1975. p. 19. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Wonderful! Late goals halt Real Swagger". Sports Express. 6 March 1980. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "No fears for the Old Firm despite injury hit start". The Glasgow Herald. 6 August 1980. p. 15. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "1986-01-11: Celtic 1–1 Aberdeen, Premier Division". The Celtic Wiki. Retrieved 6 July 2013. [unreliable source?]
  13. ^ http://www.fitbastats.com/celtic/player_games.php?playerid=2709&page=2
  14. ^ "McNeill bemused by failure of his bid for Hewitt". The Glasgow Herald. 18 July 1987. p. 21. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Peter Latchford & Michael Brown Feature – Forfar Athletic FC – Loons Mad". Forfarathletic-mad.co.uk. 8 March 2002. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "20050827 Hearts in the Press from Daily Record STOTT'S TOPPER SHOTS STOPPER Gary Ralston". Londonhearts.com. 27 August 2005. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "Peter Latchford returns to Celtic". videocelts.com. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  18. ^ Chris Roberts (7 June 2008). "Peter Latchford fears Jamie MacDonald's return to Hearts will end in tears". Daily Record. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  19. ^ Lindsay, Clive (24 May 2008). "Queen of the South 2–3 Rangers". BBC News. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "England – U-23 International Results – Details". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 

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