Gary Peters

Gary Peters was most recently the Director of Football of Hereford United.

He has enjoyed a career of 10 promotions as a player, manager and coach.

Peters, began his managerial journey with Preston North End on the 2nd December 1994. By 2004 he was the boss of Shrewsbury Town, backed with good experience and a footballing instinct which included him taking a loan chance on some player called David Beckham.

As a player, Gary enjoyed a successful career that spanned 15 years. He signed for his first club Reading, where he would later return for the twilight of his career, in 1975 and played nearly 250 games for the Royals in his two spells, scoring 10 times. The likeable defender also had two spells at Fulham and it was at Craven Cottage where he decided to hang up his boots in 1990.

Following a 3 year spell learning his trade, he finally took the plunge by landing the job at Preston North End, taking over from John Beck. At the time North End were playing one-dimensional, long ball football and struggling in England's bottom division. He transformed their fortunes, winning Endsleigh Football League Division Three in 1996. On the way he insisted on a return to passing the ball and playing attractive football, a style that has always been appreciated at the club. All fans love a manager who is committed and who communicates with the fans – Gary Peters certainly did that during his time at the Lancashire club and the fans loved him for that.

The former Reading player endeared himself to supporters with his wholehearted commitment and his ability and willingness to listen and talk to fans. Whilst he was there made a huge contribution to the team that David Moyes took on. Without Peters laying firm foundations, Moyes would not have had the success he went on to have with the Lilywhites. It is often overlooked that it was Gary who brought David Beckham to Deepdale on loan – helping in part to build up the player and giving him his first taste of league football and building him up (both in terms of confidence and bulk). He also signed John Macken - who would later move to Manchester City for a staggering £5million. Most of the squad he had built went on to win the 2nd Division Championship and reached the 1st division play-offs under Moyes.

Despite his success, the board decided Gary had taken the club as far as he could after they finished fifteenth in the Second Division two years running. David Moyes replaced him at the helm in 1998 after four years in charge. Gary didn't jump ship when David Moyes took over. He showed incredible loyalty and affection for the club and went on to run the Centre of Excellence.

Preston's loss was Exeter City's gain, as they jumped at the opportunity to appoint him. He took the helm on February 25, 2003.

After Exeter, Peters joined Everton, where David Moyes was now manager, as a scout.

In November 2004, Peters was then confirmed as manager of Shrewsbury Town. He appointed Mick Wadsworth as his assistant.

In the 2005-06 season, Peters turned Shrewsbury's fortunes upward and the side finished the season in contention for a play-off place.

In the 2006-07 season Peters guided Shrewsbury to the play-off final at the new Wembley Stadium, after beating Milton Keynes Dons in the semi-finals. The side would miss out on promotion to Bristol Rovers.

Peters was manager of Shrewsbury to oversee the transition of the club moving to its new home, New Meadow. Peters and Shrewsbury parted company in March 2008.

Honours (1)
  • promotions
    • Preston North End:
      • Promotion to Endsleigh Football League Division Two, (1996-05-28)
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