Tony Peeling

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Tony Peeling

Appearances: 2 Goals: 0

Date / Year of birth: 16th March 1953

Position: Full-back

Season of first appearance: 1971/72

Season of last appearance: 1971/72

Also played for: Ballymena United (Northern Ireland)

Thanet-born defender who spent his childhood in Northern Ireland where he played for Ballymena's youth and reserve teams.

Tony returned to Thanet in 1970 and joined Margate. He played exclusively for the reserves during the 1970/71 season and appeared regularly for them during the 1971/72 campaign too.

On 9.10.71 Tony played a full game in goal as the reserves lost 4-0 at Dover and on 15.3.72 he made his first team debut as Margate went down 3-0 at Folkestone in a Kent Floodlight Cup tie. Tony played at left-back and also wore the number three shirt in another Kent Floodlight Cup tie - a 3-1 defeat at Canterbury on 21.3.72.

Tony continued playing for the reserves during the 1972/73 campaign but didn't get another chance in the senior side and left the club at the end of the season.

After leaving Margate he initially turned out for Terry Morris' Margate 'A' side in the Thanet Premier Sunday League along with numerous other former / current Margate reserve team players such as John Batley, John Pirnie, Graham Channon and Alan Meek.

Tony later played for Westgate and then St.Peters Old Boys in the Kent Amateur League and also turned out for Nat West Bank in the Canterbury & District League whilst working for the company.

Tony retired from playing in the early 1980's and didn't have much involvement in football until his son James started playing in Margate's youth section in the early 1990's. Tony then had a spell managing one of the youth sides before taking over as chairman of Margate's youth section. He was instrumental in establishing Margate FC Youth as the largest youth section in East Kent at the time and also instigated two junior girls teams.

Over a decade after hanging up his boots Tony resumed his playing career in the Thanet League aged 41 and by the 2006/07 season he was turning out for Fayreness Hotel in the Thanet Sunday Football League aged 53.

In 2012 Tony was still playing regular veterans matches for Westcliff and at that time he was working for East Kent Housing in Margate - an off-shoot of Thanet District Council.










1971/72 (MFC)

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