Shields mourn the passing of former boss Peter Flaherty

Peter Flaherty, back right, as some of the North Shields party get ready to head for Halifax.
Peter Flaherty, back right, as some of the North Shields party get ready to head for Halifax.
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THIRTY years ago North Shields Football Club achieved one of the greatest results in their history – victory at Halifax Town in the FA Cup first round proper.

That represents the only time, so far, that the Robins have defeated football league opposition.

Sadly the man who master-minded that triumph, manager Peter Flaherty, has died, aged 71, after a battle with leukaemia.

Along the way in 1982-83 Flaherty’s lads defeated Eppleton, Horden, Gateshead and Barrow before Halifax, eventually bowing out to Walsall.

North Shields are hoping they may be able to arrange a reunion of the players involved that day at some point during the current season as a tribute to Peter.

Previously with Blyth Spartans, Flaherty joined the Robins as a player and later coached Wallsend Town to Wearside League honours before succeeding John Tudor as North Shields manager in December 1980.

Peter said upon accepting the position: “I remember the early 50s when I first supported the Robins, and Frank McKenna in particular, then the mid 50s when big Frank Brennan was the star and large crowds were the rule not the exception.

“I thought too of the 60s and my brief involvement as a player and, of course, the glory of the Amateur Cup – it’s the hot seat of non-league soccer, but I’m ready to give it a go.”

And of course he did, rating the signing of Kevin Matthews from Workington in the face of severe competition as his “best acquisition”, before he stepped down at the end of the 1982-83 campaign, handing over to Jim Pearson.

His funeral was held on Tuesday, September 18 at Cullercoats Methodist Church.