Peter Short (footballer)

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Peter Short
Personal information
Date of birth (1944-10-27)27 October 1944
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Date of death 22 February 1984(1984-02-22) (aged 39)[1]
Place of death Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Playing position Defender, Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967 Philadelphia Spartans 12 (4)
1968 Cleveland Stokers 24 (0)
1969 Dallas Tornado 16 (6)
1970–1973 Rochester Lancers 75 (6)
1971 Rochester Lancers (indoor) 2 (0)
1974 Dallas Tornado 8 (0)
1975 Denver Dynamos 19 (3)
1975 Vancouver Whitecaps 1 (0)
1976 Dallas Tornado (indoor)
1976–1977 Minnesota Kicks 19 (1)
Total 174 (20)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Peter Short (27 October 1944 – 22 February 1984) was an English professional footballer who played as a defender and a forward. Active in the United States and Canada, Short made over 150 appearances in a career lasting 11 seasons.


Born in Liverpool, Short played professionally in the United States and Canada for the Philadelphia Spartans, the Cleveland Stokers, the Dallas Tornado, the Rochester Lancers, the Denver Dynamos, the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Minnesota Kicks.[2] Short scored the first goal in the first game of the National Professional Soccer League, held on April 16, 1967.[3]

Short was shot in the chest and killed during an attempted robbery at his cloth cutting business near the Coliseum in Los Angeles in 1984.[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

Short was an NASL first team All-Star in 1971 and 1972. He was also named to the All-Tournament team of the NASL's first indoor tournament in 1971.[4] On 27 December 2014, the Rochester Lancers of the Major Arena Soccer League will induct Short into the Rochester Lancers Wall of Fame as one of Rochester's "soccer pioneers". Short played for the original Rochester Lancers of the North American Soccer League.[5]


  1. ^ a b Lewis, Michael (20 January 2015). "The Forgotten Story of ... Peter Short, US soccer's original English import". Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Profile". NASL Jerseys. 
  3. ^ "Britons Lead Spartans to 1st Triumph", Chicago Tribune, April 17, 1967, p3-5
  4. ^ Flachsbart, Harold (March 20, 1971). "Fans Get A Kick Out Of Hoc-Soc". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. p. 6. Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ DiVeronica, Jeff (11 December 2014). "Sarachan, Funke, Durante, Short to be inducted to Lancers Wall of Fame". Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester, NY: Gannett. Retrieved 11 December 2014.