Peter Shearer

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Peter Shearer
Personal information
Full name Peter Andrew Shearer[1]
Date of birth (1967-02-04) 4 February 1967 (age 50)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Forward / Midfielder
Youth career
Coventry City
1983–1985 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1986 Birmingham City 4 (0)
1986 Rochdale 1 (0)
1986–1988 Nuneaton Borough
1988–1989 Cheltenham Town
1989–1994 AFC Bournemouth 85 (10)
1994–1996 Birmingham City 25 (7)
1997–1998 Peterborough United 0 (0)
National team
England National Game 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Peter Andrew Shearer (born 4 February 1967) is an English former professional footballer who played as a forward or midfielder for a number of teams in the lower divisions of the Football League in the 1980s and 1990s.

Club career[edit]

Shearer was born in Birmingham, and began his football career as a schoolboy with Coventry City. When he left school in 1983 he joined Birmingham City as an apprentice, and signed professional forms two years later.[2] He made his first-team debut as a 17-year-old, on 3 November 1984, as a substitute in a goalless draw at home to Shrewsbury Town in the Football League Second Division. He played four more first-team games that season, at the end of which Birmingham were promoted to the top flight,[3] but made no further appearances, and in April 1986, he was one of several players released with the club in financial difficulties.[4]

Moving on to Rochdale of the Third Division,[5] Shearer played only one league game[6] before dropping into non-league football six months later with Nuneaton Borough.[7] A year with Nuneaton and a successful spell with Cheltenham Town,[8] during which he was capped for the England's semi-professional representative side,[2] brought him an £18,000 move back to the Second Division with Harry Redknapp's AFC Bournemouth.[9][10]

Shearer's form at Bournemouth impressed sufficiently for a £500,000 move to First Division club Wimbledon to be projected, but a knee injury spoilt his plans. In December 1992, after the player's return to fitness, Cheltenham manager Lindsay Parsons predicted that Shearer would "be a Premier League player in a month"; Cheltenham Town would receive a third of any fee paid to Bournemouth for such a sale.[11]

After trials with Coventry City and Dundee,[2] Barry Fry brought Shearer back to Birmingham in January 1994 for a fee of £50,000.[12] Initially he failed to settle, and was soon made available for transfer, but in the 1994–95 season he came into his own. He made a major contribution to the club's winning the Second Division title and the Football League Trophy both with his tenacity and his goalscoring[2] – ten years later, the Birmingham Evening Mail, discussing the young Darren Carter, suggested that "Blues have not had a player capable of scoring goals in that manner from central midfield since Peter Shearer".[13] An operation on his Achilles tendon prevented him playing in the last two games of the season, when the club clinched the title,[14][15] and he never played for the club's first team again.

Shearer had a trial with Notts County in 1997[16] before joining Peterborough United as player-coach. He played for Peterborough's reserve team,[17] but his only appearances for the first team were three outings as an unused substitute.[18][19]


with Birmingham City


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  2. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 123. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  3. ^ Matthews, p. 220.
  4. ^ "£250,000 for City". The Times. 23 April 1986. Retrieved 9 March 2009 – via NewsBank. 
  5. ^ "Rochdale". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 9 March 2009. 
  6. ^ "Peter Shearer". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 9 March 2009. 
  7. ^ Newman, Paul (15 November 1986). "Telford poised to savage Burnley". The Times. Retrieved 9 March 2009 – via NewsBank. 
  8. ^ "History". Cheltenham Town F.C. 21 May 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "A F C Bournemouth". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 9 March 2009. 
  10. ^ "Tinnion on the move to Bradford City". The Times. 8 March 1989. Retrieved 9 March 2009 – via NewsBank. 
  11. ^ Gammie, Walter (7 December 1986). "Wye revives Woking's hopes". The Times. Retrieved 9 March 2009 – via NewsBank. 
  12. ^ Shaw, Phil (10 February 1996). "Fry ready to put heat on Leeds". The Independent. London. Retrieved 9 March 2009. 
  13. ^ Tattum, Colin (30 December 2004). "Carter out to impress". Birmingham Evening Mail. Retrieved 27 August 2015 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  14. ^ "Birmingham City midfielder Peter Shearer is to have an Achilles tendon operation". The Independent. 1 May 1995. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2010 – via Highbeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  15. ^ Matthews, p. 230.
  16. ^ "Forward thinking Cox sparks goal spree". Bolton Evening News. 21 July 1997. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "End of United's nightmare". Oxford Times. 20 August 1998. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  18. ^ Swann, Alan (24 January 2009). "S: Posh midfielder scored a hat-trick of penalties but we still lost". Peterborough Evening Telegraph. Retrieved 9 March 2009. 
  19. ^ "1997/98 Playing Records: Most Times as an Unused Substitute". Retrieved 9 March 2009.