Poppies star of the 1970s dies

Former Kettering Town player Trevor Peck, who made 286 appearances for the club between 1968 and 1974, has died aged 75
Former Kettering Town player Trevor Peck, who made 286 appearances for the club between 1968 and 1974, has died aged 75
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One of Kettering Town’s stars during the football club’s late 1960s and 1970s heyday has died after a short illness.

Trevor Peck, who made 286 appearances for the Poppies between October 1968 and May 1974, died earlier this month at the age of 75.

Central defender Peck, originally from Llanelli in west Wales, was one of 10 children.

He played for Cardiff City and Worcester City before moving to Kettering, playing for the Poppies under the managerial tenures of Steve Gammon and Ron Atkinson.

His daughter Suzanne said: “You couldn’t walk through town without someone stopping my dad and saying hello.

“Even walking through town with my dad last month there must have been at least 10 people who recognised him.

“Most Poppies fans would say that was the golden age of the club.”

Peck was among the former players invited back to the club to celebrate Cardiff City’s promotion to the Premier League last year.

Suzanne added: “Dad was very proud to be Welsh. Although we lived in England for a long time his heart belonged in Wales.

“He stood up for what he believed in. He would always be vocal if he thought something was unjust or unfair.”

The funeral takes place at Ss Peter and Paul Church in Kettering at 2.30pm on Friday, June 6. Everyone is welcome.