Player #435

Appearances:

342

Starts:

342

Goals:

120

Seasons:

10

Peter McParland
Peter McParland

Source: Football card #17 Peter McParland issued by Dickson Orde & Co Ltd under the Footballers series, 1960.

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Peter McParland
Peter McParland

Source: Football card #17 Peter McParland issued by Dickson Orde & Co Ltd under the Footballers series, 1960.

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Peter McParland

Position

Forward

From

1952-53

To

1961-62

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Peter McParland

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

Age*

18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27

Division

D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D2
D1
D1

Appearances

342
1
20
35
33
45
45
47
46
43
27

Starts

342
1
20
35
33
45
45
47
46
43
27

Substitute

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Goals

120
0
6
4
5
19
17
16
25
14
14

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

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Peter James McParland

Birth Date

Wednesday, 25 April 1934

Birth Place

Newry

Birth Country

Northern Ireland

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Dundalk United

From

For

£3,880

On

August 1952

Previous Clubs

Dundalk Juniors |
1951-52 Dundalk United |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Wolverhampton Wanderers

For

£35,000

On

January 1962

Subsequent Clubs

1962-63 Wolverhampton Wanderers |
1963-64 Plymouth Argyle |
1964-65 Worcester City |
1965 Toronto Inter Roma |
1965 Peterborough United |
1965-67 Worcester City |
1967-68 Atlanta Chiefs |
1968-71 Glentoran |

Peter McParland
Peter McParland

Source: Football card #17 Peter McParland issued by Dickson Orde & Co Ltd under the Footballers series, 1960.

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Peter McParland
Peter McParland

Source: Football card #17 Peter McParland issued by Dickson Orde & Co Ltd under the Footballers series, 1960.

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

1952-62 Aston Villa, £3.8k, 342 | 120 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

George Martin |
Eric Houghton |
Joe Mercer |

First Squad Appearance

Monday, 15 September 1952

Debut Appearance

Monday, 15 September 1952

Wolverhampton Wanderers (h), Division One

DEBUT

First Goal

Thursday, 24 December 1953

Final Appearance

Monday, 15 January 1962

Manchester United (a), Division One

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Monday, 15 January 1962

Honours

1956-57 FA Cup Winners |
1960-61 League Cup Winners |

Height

Foot

International Team

Northern Ireland

Peter McParland

Player #435 for Aston Villa, Peter James McParland, known as Peter McParland, and nicknamed Packy, played as a forward for the club.

Peter played for Villa between 1952-53 and 1961-62 making 342 appearances and scoring 120 goals.

Peter was born in Newry, Northern Ireland on 25 April 1934 and made his debut appearance for Villa on Monday, 15 September 1952 at the age of just 18.

Villa had signed Peter from Dundalk United for a fee of £3,880 in August 1952.

Villa had signed Peter from Dundalk United for a fee of £3,880 in August 1952 after being scouted by then manager George Martin playing for the League of Ireland side.

Indeed Peter was mentored by a number of managers with Eric Houghton extracting potential that former boss Jimmy Hogan - who had returned to Villa to train the youth team - had coached into him.

Ostensibly brought to Villa as a wing half arguably Peter became the greatest post war goalscorer for Villa up until the Villa revival of 1970s and holds his own against the greats of Villa’s history no matter what the era.

Peter made just a single appearance in his debut season and it was the following year 1953-54 that he made his first real impact on the first team with 5 goals in 19 appearances. For the next 8 years Peter was a virtually permanent fixture in the first team and a regular goalscorer to boot.

During his time with Villa Peter won the 1957 FA Cup and 1961 League Cup, however he also had the misfortune of suffering relegation to the Second Division with Villa in 1958-59 (despite scoring 13 times) before helping Villa win the Second Division Championship the following season with his best return of 22 goals in 41 games.

Indeed such was Peter’s contribution to Villa’s 1957 and 1961 Cup wins that he was the first player to score in and win both major finals (with the League Cup final then being held over two legs with Peter scoring in the first leg).

Peter’s overall contribution to the team is rightly celebrated as a player with a keen eye for defensive need but it was his shooting, volleying and heading ability that really marked him out as a special talent which he used to great effect throughout his career.

Such was his versatility that Peter filled in as a centre forward following the departure of Gerry Hitchens and the oft absent Derek Dougan however as the seasons progressed he faced stiff competition from Harry Burrows for the left wing berth and as a result Peter’s final game for Villa came on Monday, 15 January 1962 at the ridiculously young age of 27.

Observers had begun to claim that McParland had lost some of his former vim and guile and as his appearances suffered he moved on to Wolverhampton Wanderers for a fee of £35,000 later that month.

Peter had played under Villa managers George Martin, Eric Houghton and Joe Mercer.