Peter Scott: Prescot’s first international

Stockport County: venue for Peter Scott's first England Youth cap

This article featured in the Prescot Cables programme for the match against Droylsden on 8th December 2018. It is a follow-on piece to the story of Colin Fraser featured earlier (see “Prescot’s first international… almost”, below).

In the recent Clitheroe programme, we featured Colin Fraser, who nearly became the first international player to represent Prescot Cables. In that feature I said that there has never been a player gaining international honours whilst being a Prescot Cables player.

Technically true, but there was a player who did gain international honours for England during the period that the club was known as Prescot Town.

In 1966, seventeen year old full back, Peter Scott arrived at Hope Street, having been released by Tranmere Rovers, to join his two elder brothers who were already established figures at the club. The eldest brother, Malcolm – a schoolmaster – had returned to Prescot Town from South Liverpool to play at centre half, whilst Bobby occupied the inside forward berth.

The young Peter quickly caught the eye of the many scouts who flocked to Hope Street, including Nottingham Forest, who invited him for a trial, although, at the time, Peter preferred to stay at home.

His performances also attracted the international selectors, who invited him to a youth international trial. In February 1967, Scott appeared for the England Youth team against Northern Ireland at Stockport to become the first Prescot player to actually receive international honours whilst at the club.

The England team was a mix of league and non-league players:

England Youth: R Roberts (Bristol City), P. Scott (Prescot Town), I. Hamilton (Crystal Palace), R. Harper (Woodside and Wealdstone). L. Lloyd (Bristol Rovers), R. Bragger (West Ham United), C. Garwood (Peterborough United), K. L. Hammond (Harwich and Parkstone), R. Hulse (Nantwich Town), S. Tomkins (Crystal Palace) and J. Dyer (Alvechurch).

Reserves: M. Grzadkowski (Bristol Rovers), M. Reed (Northamptonshire County F.A.), G. Birchall (Derby County).

Probably the most well-known player in the line up is Larry Lloyd, who went on to play with distinction for Liverpool, Coventry City and Nottingham Forest. Colin Garwood scored 157 goals from 426 games in a long career for Peterborough, Oldham, Huddersfield, Colchester, Portsmouth and Aldershot.

In March 1967, Peter also won his second cap for England Youth, against Wales at Cwmbran, and his third against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Easter Monday, and helped Prescot Town to gain promotion from the Lancashire Combination second division after finishing as runners-up to Kirkby Town.

The following month, Scott did go for a two-week trial at Nottingham Forest, although Wolves, Oldham, Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool, Burnley and Bury were all said to be keen on him. Scott also had a trial at Preston North End.

Disappointingly, Peter Scott left Prescot before the start of the 1967/68 – but not join a league club. Instead, he moved to Skelmersdale United, alongside his brother Bobby.

There was an amusing incident after his move to Skem, when he was selected to represent an F.A. Amateur XI. He was listed by the F.A. as representing Liverpool FC – much to the surprise of the Anfield club! The F.A. even sent Liverpool a letter to be handed to the player informing him of his selection and giving details of the arrangements for the match. Fortunately, Mr Peter Robinson, the Liverpool secretary, realised the error and made sure that Scott received his mail!

Despite his ability, Peter Scott was not able to command a regular first team place at White Moss Park and in December 1968 he was signed, as an amateur, by Allen Hampson at South Liverpool. At Holly Park, Scott settled in to the first team and his improved performances began to attract the scouts once again, with Wrexham paying particular interest. However, nothing came of it and, like Colin Fraser before him, his football career drifted away.

Roy McDonald