Peter Heritage

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Peter Heritage

Appearances: 19 Goals: 4

Date / Year of birth: 8th November 1960

Position: Striker

Season of first appearance: 1995/96

Season of last appearance: 1995/96

Also played for: Albion United, Sidley United, Bexhill Town, Hastings United, Tonbridge, Hastings Town, Hythe Town, Gillingham (49+17,11), Hereford United (66+2,10), Doncaster Rovers (29+7,2), Woking, St.Leonards Stamcroft and Bexhill United

Burly player born in Bexhill who started his career as a centre-back with Albion United of the Sussex County League before moving on to Sidley.

In the late 1970's Peter had a spell with his hometown club Bexhill Town before linking up with Hastings United in the summer of 1979.

He joined Tonbridge for the start of the 1980/81 season and although Peter scored in a 3-1 win at Margate on 16.8.80 he was still a central defender at that time.

He rejoined Bexhill later in 1980/81 and during the 1981/82 campaign Peter started playing as a striker, top scoring with ten goals. During 1982/83 he again top scored with 32 goals and Peter then joined Hastings Town.

He got 20 goals for Hastings during the 1985/86 season and continued to score freely over the next few years. On 17.11.87 Peter was on target in a 5-2 home win over Thanet United and on 6.12.88 he scored in a 3-0 win against Thanet at Hartsdown Park. He stayed with Hastings until January 1989 when Hythe paid £4,000 for him and his team-mate Terry White.

At the start of August 1989 Gillingham signed Peter from Hythe for a fee in the region of £30,000, making him a Football League player for the first time a few weeks before his 29th birthday. Peter was nicknamed 'Hagar' by Gills supporters after The Sun newspaper's cartoon strip character and on 7.8.90 he scored a hat-trick in a 4-2 friendly win at Margate. He went on to score 11 goals in 66 first team appearances (17 as sub) before being loaned to Hereford in January 1991. A fee of £20,000 made the transfer permanent in March 1991.

Peter scored ten goals in 68 first team appearances (two as sub) for Hereford during 1990/91 and 1991/92 and then in July 1992 he was signed by Doncaster.

In January 1993 he was loaned to Hastings and at the end of the 1992/93 campaign Peter was released having scored twice in 36 senior games (seven as sub) for Doncaster.

In August 1993 he rejoined Hastings on a permanent basis but a few weeks later Peter moved to Woking. He made three appearances there in September 1993 without scoring and then went back to Hastings.

In the summer of 1994 Peter joined Hastings' very near neighbours St.Leonards Stamcroft and made his Sussex County League debut for them in August 1994. He stayed with the club for the 1995/96 season and scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 win at Mile Oak on 13.12.95. A few days later Peter signed for Margate and the £1,500 transfer fee involved was a club record for St.Leonards at the time.

He made his debut in a 3-0 defeat at Bashley on 23.12.95 and the Thanet Times said Peter "did enough to show that he should prove a major asset and will considerably boost Margate's attacking potential". He played in Margate's next six games and on 6.1.96 Peter scored his first goals when he got two in a 6-0 win over Poole at Hartsdown Park. On 20.1.96 he was sent off after an off-the-ball incident in a 3-1 defeat at Forest Green and Peter's subsequent suspension meant that he missed three games in February 1996. After returning for a four match run in March 1996 Peter missed a 3-2 defeat at Witney on 30.3.96 after his car broke down en route to his pick-up point but on 6.4.96 he scored in a 2-2 home draw with Tonbridge to end a run of six games without a goal. He scored again in a 2-1 win at Poole on 13.4.96 but didn't find the net in any of Margate's remaining five games of the season, the last of which was a 2-1 defeat at Fareham on 4.5.96. That match was Peter's final one for the club and he was released in the summer of 1996 having scored four goals in 19 appearances.

He rejoined Sidley for the start of the 1996/97 campaign and top scored for them during the season. Peter managed ten goals during 1997/98 and towards the end of 2000/01 he became Sidley's joint manager as they won the Sussex County League championship. He scored 12 goals during the campaign.

Peter returned to Southern League football aged 41 during the 2001/02 season when he played a few games for St.Leonards under a dual registration deal with Sidley. He was still co-manager at Sidley during 2003/04 and played when required, marking a return to Thanet with a goal in an FA Vase tie at Ramsgate in September 2003. Peter finally left the club during the 2004/05 season and a profile of him on a Sussex football website said he had been a "hugely influential contributor to Sidley's incredible progress in recent years."

Peter later resumed his playing career with Bexhill United and during the 2007/08 campaign his son Aaron was the club's goalkeeper and Peter was a key player despite celebrating his 47th birthday before the end of 2007. In March 2008 he scored with a 25-yard free-kick as Bexhill won the Sussex County League Division 3 Challenge Cup by beating Haywards Heath 2-1 and on 19.4.08 Peter scored a crucial goal in a 3-2 home win over Forest that secured Bexhill's promotion to Division 2 of the Sussex County League. Later in April 2008 he was part of the side that won the Sussex County FA Intermediate Cup by beating Loxwood on penalties. Bexhill finished the season with a remarkable run of 17 victories.

In April 2009 Peter became joint caretaker player-manager at Bexhill for the last two games of the 2008/09 campaign and at the end of the season he was named as new manager Glyn White's assistant.

He continued as assistant manager at Bexhill during the 2009/10 season but only made one appearance as a player.










1995/96 (MFC)

19 (51)