- Peter Sillett
Infobox Football biography
playername = Peter Sillett
fullname = Peter Richard Tudor Sillett
dateofbirth = birth date|1933|2|1|df=y
dateofdeath = death date and age|1998|3|13|1933|2|1|df=y
position = Full-back
years = 1951–1953
clubs = Southampton
caps(goals) = 059 0(4)
nationalyears = 1965-1970
nationalteam = England
nationalcaps(goals) = 003 0(0)
manageryears = 1965–1973
managerclubs = Ashford Town
He was the older brother of
John Sillett, who managed Coventry City to FA Cupsuccess in 1987. Sir Stanley Matthewsonce said that Sillett was the best full-back he ever played against.
Peter was the son of
Charlie Sillett(who was a full-back with Southampton from 1931-1938) and inherited his father’s skills. He joined the Saints in January 1949 and soon afterwards gained England Youth recognition.
Extremely well-built, he weighed over 13 stone when only 18. Peter matured quickly into a full-back of some distinction.
Unfortunately, Southampton were facing mounting debts and, with this fact known to many of the country’s top clubs, it wasn’t too long before Sillett, together with his younger brother John, was ‘induced’ to join
Ted Drake's Chelsea, for a fee of £12,000.
In his two seasons at The Dell, he made 59 appearances and scored 4 goals.
Sillett signed for Chelsea in 1953 and became club's established full-back when fit. A strong defender with a powerful shot, he scored 34 goals for Chelsea, an unusually high tally for a full-back in that era, and is acclaimed for scoring what is widely perceived as the 1954–55 title-winning goal. During a match against Chelsea's principal rivals, Wolves on Easter Saturday 1955 in front of a crowd of 75,043, Chelsea were awarded a penalty with that game at 0–0 after Wolves captain Billy Wright had handled the ball in the
penalty area. Sillett stepped up to take it and nervelessly smashed the ball past goalkeeper Bert Williamsto give Chelsea a 1–0 win and complete a league double over Wolves, one of five goals he netted in the run-in. Chelsea went on to wrap up the title in their next home game, against Sheffield Wednesday.
Playing in London, Peter continued to attract rave notices and England Under-23 caps were followed by his first full international against France in May 1955. He also turned out for the representative
London XIin the 1955-58 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup alongside Chelsea team mates Ken Armstrong, Derek Saundersand Jim Lewis, during which the side reached the final, though they lost on aggregate to FC Barcelona
He remained with Chelsea until June 1962, when new manager
Tommy Dochertymade a series of sweeping changes to the playing squad, and made a total 288 appearances for Chelsea.
Sillett was also an England international, winning three caps, and was in England’s squad for the
1958 FIFA World Cup.
He moved to Guildford City in 1962 and from 1965 to 1973 was
player-managerat Ashford Town before arthritis forced him to quit the game, although he continued as manager/coach for various clubs until 1987.
In 1998, he died aged 65 after a long battle against cancer.
*cite book | author=Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk | title=The Alphabet of the Saints| publisher= ACL & Polar Publishing | year=1992| id=ISBN 0-9514862-3-3
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