Foxes A to Z, Andy Peake, England U.21 international and FA Cup semi-finalist

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Another teenager given a deep-end dunking by Jock Wallace, midfielder Andy performed with remarkable maturity on his televised FA Cup debut and proceeded to establish himself as an exciting linkman of prodigious promise, winning numerous England Youth caps, a Second Division championship medal, and one Under-21 honour (against Poland during 1981/82).

A series of injuries, and City’s early desire not to rush his development, occasionally kept Andy out of the limelight, but his inventive playmaking and mastery of the accurately flight and weighted long ball could rarely be suppressed, and his knack of scoring spectacular long range goals was a valuable feature of City’s attacking options in the early 80s.

It was regrettable that Andy’s departure (for £110.000) seemed to set the seal on growing suspicion that he failed quite to live up to his immense early potential, but at least he was back in top-flight football with in a year, battling to keep Charlton Athletic there. His mature lynchpin role was later honoured when manager Lennie Lawrence signed him a second time for (successfully) promotion chasing ‘Boro. Andy retired from the professional game in July 1994, when far from spent footballing force, joining the police.

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During his days at Leicester City we will for always remember his fantastic goal scored against Liverpool in that historical 2-0 win at Filbert Street back in August 1980, what a flyer of a shot from distance, so clinical and accurate giving Ray Clemence no chance to save.

He was on fire with Leicester City that season but sadly a few games later broke his leg against West Bromwich Albion, and what could have been a fantastic season instead ended in relegation, Andy then helped Leicester City to a semi final in the 1982 FA Cup, and the season after getting promoted and helping Leicester City return to top flight footbal.

FACTFILE:

  • Full Name: Andrew Michael Peake
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of Birth: 01.11.1961
  • Birthplace: Market Harborough
  • Nation: England
  • Caps / Goals: –
  • Major League Career:
    • 1978-85, Leicester City (147/13)
    • 1985-86, Grimsby Town (39/4)
    • 1986-91, Charlton Athletic (177/85)
    • 1991-94, Middlesbrough (86/1)
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