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Peter Suddaby
Personal information
Date of birth December 23, 1947 (1947-12-23) (age 62)
Place of birth    Stockport, England
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Skelmersdale United
Wycombe Wanderers
Brighton & Hove Albion
Wycombe Wanderers
00? 0(?)
017 0(3)
331 (10)
023 0(2)
006 0(0)
010 0(1)
387 (16)   
Teams managed
1987-1988 Wycombe Wanderers

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

Peter Suddaby (born December 23, 1947 in Stockport) is an English former professional footballer. He played as a defender.


Playing career

After spells as an amateur with Skelmersdale United and Wycombe Wanderers, Suddaby began his professional career with Blackpool in 1970, and went on to make over 300 league appearances in a decade at the club. He made his debut for Blackpool on February 13, 1970, in a defeat at Coventry City. He made a further eleven league appearances in the 1970–71 season, at the conclusion of which Blackpool were relegated to Division Two after one season in the top flight.

In 1971–72, Suddaby appeared in all but the final league game of the season. He scored two goals – against Leyton Orient in a 4–1 victory at Bloomfield Road on October 9, 1971, and in a 5–0 whitewash of Watford, also at home, on New Year's Day.

Over the next three seasons, Suddaby made 102 league appearances. In 1975–76, he made 38 league appearances and scored four goals – two of which came in a 3–2 victory over Luton Town at Bloomfield Road on October 4, 1975.

In 1976–77, Suddaby was an ever-present in new manager Allan Brown's teams, helping the club to a fifth-placed Division Two finish.

The following season, 1977–78, Suddaby scored Blackpool's goal in the opening league game of the season, at home to Oldham Athletic. He went onto make 39 more appearances in the league campaign, at the end of which Blackpool were relegated to Division Three for the first time.

In 1978–79, under new manager Bob Stokoe, Suddaby appeared in 42 of Blackpool's 46 league games, scoring twice.

Suddaby's final season at Blackpool, 1979–80, saw him start in fifteen of the first sixteen league games, before he was sold to Brighton & Hove Albion in November 1980. His final game for Blackpool was in a single-goal home defeat to Swindon Town on October 27, 1979.

After 23 league games for Brighton, Suddaby had a short stint at Wimbledon, before returning to Wycombe Wanderers in 1982 for his final spell as a player.

Managerial career

Suddaby was appointed manager of his final club, Wycombe Wanderers, in 1987, nearly five years after hanging up his boots. His managerial career was unsuccessful, however, and he left the club in January 1988 after only five league wins from 25 matches.


Suddaby is now a maths teacher at a school in Buckinghamshire.


  • Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992. Breedon Books Sport. ISBN 1-873626-07-X.  

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