Peter Eustace

Born: 31st July 1944, Stocksbridge.
Position: Midfield.
Height: 5ft 10in.
Weight: 11st.

Playing Career

Wednesday: 1960.
West Ham United: January 1970, £ 90,000.
Rotherham United: March 1972, loan.
Wednesday: August 1972, £ 12,000.
Peterborough United: 1975.

Managerial Career

Coach: Sunderland 1983.
Assistant Manager: Wednesday 1984.
Manager: Wednesday October 1988 - February 1989.
Assistant Manager: Leyton Orient December 1990.
Manager: Leyton Orient July 1991.


FA Cup runners-up: 1966

It is ironic that Peter Eustace, who had such a long career at Wednesday as a player, should end up with the shortest of managerial careers at the club. For those who saw Eustace play, he will probably be remembered for his stylish midfield play in a team that came so close to winning the FA Cup in 1966.

Sadly his managerial record was an unmitigated disaster. Eustace had been Howard Wilkinson’ s assistant and he was given the chance to manage the club when Wilkinson moved to Leeds United. It was a surprising move since there had been persistent rumours of differences between Eustace and some first team players, during his time as assistant manager. While he was in charge 1988-89, Wednesday won just two of their 19 league games. They were beaten in the League Cup by Third Division Blackpool and went out of the FA Cup to Blackburn Rovers, who at that time were a mediocre Second Division team.

In December 1990, he went to Leyton Orient as assistant manager to Frank Clark, taking over as manager in 1991. The following season they almost made the play-offs. It was Eustace who sold Chris Bart-Williams to Wednesday. In fact The O’ s became something of a Wednesday Old Boys club with Chris Turner, joining Eustace as player-assistant manager, and a mention too for the incomparable Colin West. In 1994 Eustace handed over the management responsibilty to Chris Turner & John Sitton and like Frank Clark before him, moved ‘ upstairs’ . When the Orient chairman ran into financial problems, Eustace was fired and the arrival of Barry Hearn as the new owner of the club meant that Turner’ s contract would not be renewed.

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