Information reaching our news desk has it that Former Scottish professional footballer, Peter David Handyside has sadly passed away at the of 49. Peter who played as a defender for Scottish football from 1992 until 2007 sadly passed away today February 10, 2024.
He was a resident of Dumfries. A former player at Stoke City, Grimsby Town and Barnsley.
Handyside was a product of the youth system at Heston Rovers a local side from his hometown of Dumfries.
He also had a spell on the books of the youth team of Queen of the South including playing in a BP Youth Cup second round tie against Celtic on 31 October 1990.
Handyside was trialed by Grimsby Town and was signed by the club’s youth team in 1990.
RIP Peter Handyside. A real gent & old school character. Used to serve him quite often in a boozer back in my student days, he loved the game. Captain for some of the most exciting times at Stoke in last 20 yrs. Hope SCFC can organise a proper minutes silence or send off. pic.twitter.com/v80aJ9Dq8W
— Will (@willstokie) February 9, 2024
He took his step up into the first team in 1992 and was eventually the club’s long-term replacement for veteran center-back Paul Futcher and made an excellent pairing with Mark Lever.
Handyside’s maturity grew and he became an integral part of Grimsby’s defensive setup, and along with Lever, John McDermott, Tony Gallimore, Graham Rodger, Kevin Jobling, and Richard Smith was part of arguably Grimsby’s best-ever defense.
The 1997–1998 Handyside continued to be the nucleus of Town’s strong defense that helped achieve promotion back to the First Division via the play-offs, and victory in the Football League Trophy.
He bowed out at Grimsby after the 2000–01 season. During an injury-troubled campaign, he was often replaced by loan-signing Zhang Enhua.
At the end of the season, he rejected the chance to stay on with Grimsby and moved to Second Division Stoke City.