Shearing, Peter

Birth Date

26th August 1938

Birthplace

Uxbridge, Middlesex

Occupation

Goalkeeper

Biographical Text

Having two spells at the club, either side of two years with Plymouth Argyle, goalkeeper Peter Shearing played for 150 league games for Exeter City between 1964 and 1971. He initially joined the club from Portsmouth and finally left for Bristol Rovers. A top amateur with Hendon he started his professional career with West Ham United and finished at Gillingham.  

He started his career with North London club Hendon where he played in the 1960 FA Amateur Cup Final against Kingstonian at Wembley. He was signed by West Ham United in June 1960. He progressed to feature in six league matches for the Hammers. Peter then moved to Portsmouth in July 1961, where he added a further 17 league appearances.

It was from there that he joined Exeter City in June 1964 and after taking over in goal from Alan Barnett to make his debut against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road in September 1964, kept his place for the rest of the season. It was something of a shock when both he and striker Alan Banks left Exeter to sign for rivals Plymouth Argyle in June 1966 for a joint fee of £7,750. But both were to return to the Grecians for a second time at the club. Peter played 24 league games for Plymouth, and re-signed for Exeter in July 1968.

Once again he was the first choice goalkeeper and was ever present until he sustained a broken arm in the game at Port Vale in January 1970. Having lost his place to Bob Wilson, Shearing only featured in six more league matches for Exeter before joining Bristol Rovers in February 1971, but he never played for their first team.

He moved on to sign for Gillingham in August 1971 and stayed there for two seasons adding 39 league appearances to his tally. After retiring from playing he joined the Gillingham coaching staff and later became a sub-postmaster in Maidstone.

In 2022, Jane Shearing, his eldest daughter wrote

"Peter is alive and well, unfortunately he lost his wife of 62 years in July 2021 but he has 2 children. I am his eldest, daughter, the result of that Hendon cup final!!  And a son, Neil, who is 20 months younger. Following retirement from football , he and mum ran the Post Office and general store at Leeds, near Maidstone, until they retired.  They then moved to Folkestone for a number of years and Dad now resides near me in Whitstable, where he enjoys playing golf 3 times a week."

Peter, with Jane, returned to Exeter and talked to the senior reds in March 2022 as well as attending the game against Stevenage the following day. 

Appearances

159

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Comments

Steve Bell

Peter Shearing played in the 1960 FA Amateur Cup Final for Hendon against Kingstonian at Wembley.

Brenda Hammond

Just wondering if Peter is still around and did he have children?

Jane Shearing

Peter is alive and well, unfortunately he lost his wife of 62 years in July 2021 but he has 2 children.

I am his eldest, daughter, the result of that Hendon cup final!!  And a son, Neil, who is 20 months younger.

Following retirement from Charlton, he and mum ran the Post Office and general store at Leeds, near Maidstone, until they retired.  They then moved to Folkestone for a number of years and Dad now resides near me in Whitstable, where he enjoys playing golf 3 times a week.

Michael West

Peter also came on loan to Yeovil on the 18th December 1970 as cover for Tony Clark (Ex Exeter reserve keeper) before Yeovil played Arsenal in the FA Cup. As far as I can discover Peter never made a single appearance for Yeovil though. 

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