Peter Litchfield

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Peter Litchfield
Personal information
Full name Peter Litchfield
Date of birth (1956-07-27) 27 July 1956 (age 60)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1985 Preston North End 107 (0)
1985–1989 Bradford City 88 (0)
1988 Oldham Athletic (loan) 3 (0)
1989–1991 Scunthorpe United 25 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Peter Litchfield (born 27 July 1956) is an English former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He started his career with Droylsden and played in The Football League with Preston North End, Bradford City, Oldham Athletic and Scunthorpe United.


Born in 1956 in Manchester, England,[1][2] Litchfield started his career with local non-league side Droylsden. In January 1979, he was signed by Football League Second Division-side Preston North End for £3,000.[2] He waited two years to replace first-choice goalkeeper Roy Tunks for his Preston debut, which came on 28 February 1981 against Chelsea, keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 victory and earning The Sun newspaper's man of the match award. His prize was a £1,000 charity cheque, which he donated to a motor neurone disease cause, in memory of former Preston player Mel Holden, who had died from the disease.[1] He made another two appearances in the Second Division, as the club were relegated in the 1980–81 season, and went on to play a total of 107 league appearances with Preston,[2] winning the club's player of the year in the 1983–84 season. His Preston career ended with relegation to the Fourth Division.[1]

In June 1985, he joined Bradford City on a free transfer, following their promotion into the Second Division. He replaced Eric McManus, who had been injured in pre-season. After making his debut on 17 August 1985 in a 2–1 victory at Carlisle United, he went on to be an ever-present in his first season with City. He played another 39 games the following season, but in June 1987, City signed Paul Tomlinson from Sheffield United for a club record fee of £47,500.[2] Litchfield played only five more league games for City, and following a loan spell with Oldham Athletic in October 1988,[1] he joined Scunthorpe United in June 1989 as competition for Paul Musselwhite.[3]

Litchfield played 25 league games for Scunthorpe in the Fourth Division but a knee problem limited his appearances during the 1990–91 season, which brought about his retirement at the age of 34.[3]


Individual honours


  1. ^ a b c d e "An Iron and a White". Preston North End Mad. 2007-12-24. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d Frost, Terry (1988). Bradford City A Complete Record 1903–1988. Breedon Books Sport. p. 114. ISBN 0-907969-38-0. 
  3. ^ a b "The Iron alphabet". Scunthorpe United. Retrieved 2008-09-16.