Peter Coyne Profile
Manchester United Factsbook Feature: Peter David Coyne, born Manchester, England, November 13, 1958. Mancunian Peter Coyne joined Manchester United straight from school as a trainee in March 1975 and earned himself a professional contract at his home town club in November the same year.
An explosive and powerful forward with an eye for the net, Peter Coyne was handed his Football League debut for Manchester United by Tommy Docherty when he entered the field as a second-half substitute for his fellow frontman Stuart “Pancho” Pearson in a 2-1 First Division defeat against Aston Villa at Villa Park on the 21st of February 1976 and would score his first and only goal for The Reds in a 2-1 Division One loss to Leicester City at Filbert Street two months later, but despite his obvious qualities he was ultimately deemed surplus to requirements by The Doc and released at the end of the season. A brief spell at Cheshire League Ashton United followed before the still ambitious Coyne made a move to Fourth Division Crewe Alexandra in the summer of 1977 where he would team up with experienced campaigners like Ronald “Wyn” Davies, Ray Lugg, and Warwick Rimmer. After making his Division Four debut for The Railwaymen in a fine 3-1 triumph against AFC Bournemouth at Gresty Road on the opening day of the 1977-78 campaign, he went on to register 47 goals to his name in 134 Fourth Division games during a four-year-stay at the Cheshire club, with a relatively short loan stint at North American Soccer League outfit Los Angeles Aztecs sandwiched in between.
Peter Coyne was then signed by Hyde United for whom he netted 51 goals in 105 Non-League appearances during three seasons at Ewen Fields before he was brought to Swindon Town by former Manchester United teammate Lou Macari who had taken the head coaching position at County Ground following the departure of Ken Beamish at the end of the 1983-84 campaign. Now thriving in the company of players such as Colin Gordon, Dave Hockaday, Alan Mayes, and Chris Ramsey, he proceeded to contribute fifteen goals for The Robins in the 1984-85 season and followed up by finding the back of the net on fourteen occasions in the Fourth Division Championship winning campaign of 1985-86. Coyne continued to plunder goals on a regular basis for Swindon Town and was an integral constituent of the side that won promotion to Division Two in 1987 after spending only one season in the Third Division. Alas, his formed dipped in 1987-88 and, after a loan period at Aldershot, he signed with Northern Premier League Colne Dynamoes in 1989. The striker later appeared for Macclesfield Town, Glossop North End, Radcliffe Borough, and Wilmslow Albion before retiring from the active part of the game in 1990. In a football career spanning almost two decades, Coyne made a total of 365 League outings for his various clubs, producing 130 goals in the process, but unfortunately he never really found the success he deserved during his playing days. Peter Coyne Playing Career: Manchester United, Ashton United, Crewe Alexandra, Los Angeles Aztecs, Hyde United, Swindon Town, Aldershot, Colne Dynamoes, Macclesfield Town, Glossop North End, Radcliffe Borough, Wilmslow Albion. Playing Honours: None.
Peter Coyne Quickfacts
Peter Coyne registered a brace as Crewe Alexandra edged out promotion hunters Swansea City by two goals to one in a Fourth Division encounter at Gresty Road on the 8th of April 1978.
Aston Villa 2 Manchester United 1
Leicester City 2 Manchester United 1
Total Appearances: 2