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Peter Shirtliff
Personal information
Full name Peter Andrew Shirtliff
Date of birth 6 April 1961 (1961-04-06) (age 48)
Place of birth Hoyland, Barnsley, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Central defender
Club information
Current club Swindon Town (assistant manager)
Youth career
Sheffield Wednesday
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1986 Sheffield Wednesday 188 (4)
1986–1989 Charlton Athletic 103 (7)
1989–1993 Sheffield Wednesday 104 (4)
1993–1995 Wolverhampton Wanderers 69 (0)
1995–1997 Barnsley 49 (0)
1996 Carlisle United (loan) 5 (0)
Total 518 (15)
Teams managed
2005–2006 Mansfield Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Peter Andrew Shirtliff (born 6 April 1961) is an English football coach and former player. As a player, he made more than 500 appearances in the Football League playing as a central defender for Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Barnsley and Carlisle United.[1] He has managed Mansfield Town, and since June 2009 has been assistant manager of Swindon Town.

Shirtliff was born in Hoyland, near Barnsley. He began his football career with Sheffield Wednesday, where in two spells with the club he achieved promotion from the Second Divisionin 1983–84,[2] a third-place finish in the First Division in the 1991–92 season,[3] and a League Cup-winners' medal in 1991,[4] but missed the 1993 League Cup and FA Cup finals with a broken arm.[4] He played more than 350 games for the club in all competitions.[5] After his first spell with Wednesday, he joined Charlton Athletic, where his two goals in the last 10 minutes of extra time in the 186–87 playoff final against Leeds kept the club in the First Division.[6] He also played for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Barnsley and Carlisle United).[1]

Shirtliff retired from the game in 1997, after 18 years as a professional footballer. He has since been youth team coach at Barnsley and Leicester City. In 2005, he was appointed assistant manager at Mansfield Town. He became the manager of Mansfield following the dismissal of Carlton Palmer in September 2005,[4] and lasted 15 months in the job before getting sacked in December 2006 following a poor run of results.[7]

In 2007, he was appointed assistant manager at Tranmere Rovers,[8] and two years later took up the equivalent post at Swindon Town.[9]

His younger brother Paul was also a professional footballer.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Peter Shirtliff". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 7 December 2009.  
  2. ^ Struthers, Greg (11 December 2005). "Caught in Time: Sheffield Wednesday win promotion to First Division, 1984". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 7 December 2009.  
  3. ^ "Peter Shirtliff Sheffield Wednesday FC". Football Heroes. Sporting Heroes Collections. Retrieved 7 December 2009.  
  4. ^ a b c Madden, Lawrie (8 May 2006). "Peter Shirtliff: a Hillsborough legend who's now the main man at Mansfield". GiveMeFootball. Retrieved 7 December 2009.  
  5. ^ "Peter Shirtliff". The Sheffield Wednesday Archive. Adrian Bullock. Retrieved 7 December 2009.  
  6. ^ "8. Charlton 2 Leeds United 1 (aet)". Charlton Athletic F.C. Retrieved 7 December 2009.  
  7. ^ "Shirtliff sacked by struggling Stags". Daily Mail. 19 December 2006. Retrieved 7 December 2009.  
  8. ^ Hilton, Nick (18 July 2007). "Peter Shirtliff is ‘ideal choice’ for Rovers". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 7 December 2009.  
  9. ^ "New Swindon assistant Shirtliff plans raid on former club". Swindon Advertiser. 24 June 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2009.  
  10. ^ "Paul Shirtliff 1962–2009". Northampton Town F.C.,,10425~1796614,00.html. Retrieved 8 December 2009.  

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