Peter Davenport

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24/03/2011 16:47, Report by Tony Begby
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Ex-Reds: Peter Davenport

We caught up with Peter Davenport, a former United striker who's just celebrated  his 50th birthday. He joined from Nottingham Forest in 1986 and was top scorer in his first full season at Old Trafford.

So, Peter, what are you doing these days?
I have worked as a cover supervisor at my son's school, St Anselm's College, Wirral, for the last six months. If a teacher is off ill or on a course, I take the class. I have a sports science degree and am studying to get my teaching qualification. Previously, I had been a classroom assistant at a local primary school, which whetted my appetite for teaching, though I see myself in a secondary school.

What about your current sporting interests?
I also help out with PE at St Anselm's, which is a rugby school, and coach my youngest son's year seven team. I am also a level-two angling coach, and, five years ago, helped set up Birkenhead Park Junior Angling Club, and that also takes up a lot of my time. I got into angling towards the end of my football career.

What was it like to play for United?
Even though I was from Birkenhead, I was a United fan as a boy. I got awful stick at school as in my class there were 15 Evertonians, 15 Liverpool fans and me. It wasn't great when United were relegated to the Second Division (1973/74). But I came from a family of United fans. It was a boyhood dream to play for United, and the first time I pulled on the shirt was special. My debut was away to QPR on their plastic pitch, which was hardly ideal as the ball bounced miles into the air. I had a goal disallowed for offside.

Your first goal for United was scored in front of the Stretford End...
It was a penalty in a 4-0 win against Leicester, and what made it even more memorable is that I had family standing on the Stretford End.

What was the most important goal you scored for United?
I loved scoring against Liverpool, and got a late winner as we beat them 1-0 at Old Trafford over Easter in 1987. Our victory meant Liverpool couldn¹t win the league and, to add insult

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