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Peter Sanders
Personal information
Full name Peter Charles William Sanders
Date of birth September 7, 1942 (1942-09-07) (age 67)
Place of birth    Newport, Wales
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
1958–1959 Newport County
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Newport County
Prescot Cables
3 (0)
2 (0)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Peter Charles William Sanders (born 7 September 1942) is a Welsh former association football and rugby union player. He played professional association football for Newport County and Gillingham before switching to rugby union and playing for Newport and Cross Keys.


Sporting career

Association football

Sanders was born in Newport and began his career playing association football as a centre forward for local team Newport County, one of the four Welsh clubs then playing in England's Football League. After a year as an amateur, he turned professional with the club in October 1959, soon after his 17th birthday. He went on to make three appearances for the "Ironsides" in the Football League Third Division,[1] and was also selected for the Wales national youth team.[2]

In July 1961 he left Newport to join Gillingham of the Fourth Division.[2] He spent one season with the Kent-based club but was only selected to play for the first team twice. In July 1962 he dropped out of professional football and joined Prescot Cables of the Lancashire Combination.[2]

Rugby union

Sanders later returned to his native Wales and played rugby union for his hometown club, Newport, as well as for Cross Keys.[2]


After retiring from playing sport, Sanders became involved with promoting sport in the Pillgwenlly area of Newport. For 40 years he has run the local baseball club, St Michael's, serving variously as chairman, secretary and coach, and in 2007 won a "Services to Sport" award from the South Wales Argus for his work with the club.[3][4]

Personal life

Sanders' son, Alan Sanders, also became a professional footballer, playing for Cardiff City in the early 1980s.[2]


  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (1984). Canon League Football Players' Records 1946-1984. Newnes Books. p. 421. ISBN 0-6003-7318-5.  
  2. ^ a b c d e Triggs, Roger (2001). The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club. Tempus Publishing Ltd. p. 284. ISBN 0-7524-2243-X.  
  3. ^ "GB boxer Mo lands the top award". South Wales Argus. 14 March 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2009.  
  4. ^ "Sports Administrator of the Year Award" (PDF). Welsh Sports Association. Retrieved 26 October 2009.  


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