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Peter NOBLE

An 8,000 signing, Peter may have had a lack of inches for a striker, but he could beat most defenders in the air with a well timed leap. His work rate was exceptional too, giving his opponents little peace throughout the ninety minutes. Peter was still making a full recovery from a knee ligament injury when he signed and so he was 'eased in', according to Danny Williams, with four substitute appearances in his first three weeks at the County Ground. His first goals for the club came in the fourth. Replacing the luckless Barry Lowes late in the first half against Bury, Peter struck twice in eight minutes in a 2-3 defeat. In the promotion and League Cup winning campaign, Peter netted crucial goals - five in successive games during February, with the last three all producing 1-0 home victories.
On the road to Wembley, his strikes proved winners in the First and Second Rounds and the all important semi-final replay. A year later, Peter helped Town to Anglo-Italian success - with goals both home and way in a 'double' over Juventus and two out of the three in the Final in Naples. After turning down two offers for him, the club finally accepted a 40,000 bid from the Clarets and Peter went on to accrue nearly 700 senior appearances in his career. In his first season at Turf Moor, he was played at full-back and then appeared in midfield, hitting a reported 28 successive spot kicks - although he never took one at Swindon ! After hanging up his boots, Peter ran a sports shop in Burnley Market for almost twenty years. He died aged 72 on 6 May 2017.