First World War Bury FC player’s scrapbook included in fascinating display of football memorabilila (From Bury Times)
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First World War Bury FC player’s scrapbook included in fascinating display of football memorabilila
2:02pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A fascinating artefact compiled by a pre-war Bury footballer is on display in an exhibition celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Football League.
Bury FC have provided Billy Peake’s scrapbook, compiled in the 1919/20 season and including newspaper cuttings, handwritten letters and old matchday programmes.
It will be part of a new exhibition based at the National Foot-ball Museum in Manchester, which includes some of football’s most iconic artefacts, with each of the Football League’s 72 clubs providing an object of historic importance.
Billy Peake joined Bury in 1912, and the centre forward cost the club £150 in a transfer from Sheffield United, while also working as a schoolteacher in the area.
Due to the First World War, the 1915/16 season was cancelled, and for the next four seasons Peake played with Bury in the North West War League. He made sporadic appear-ances in the team, as he was serving in the Army.
Peake volunteered for active service in the British Expeditionary Force, and was quickly promoted to corporal in October, 1915, and to lieutenant a year later. He suffered a shrapnel wound in October, 1917, and was sent home and saw out the end of the war at the Cadet School in Manchester.
After the war, Peake resumed his career with Bury, until he was allowed to join Newcross in 1921 after injuries restricted his appearances.
In total, he made 181 appearances and scored 40 goals for Bury, and after retiring he continued teaching. He retired at from Ardwick Central School in 1953, and was an awarded an OBE for his services to education.
The exhibition runs until April, and also features letters written by George Best sent home to his parents, as well as focusing on the stories of William McGregor, the founder of the Football League, and Sir Stanley Matthews.
Greg Clarke, Football League chairman, said: “It captures the essence of The Football League and what it means to millions of people. The content is extraordinary.”
Entry to the exhibition is free, and it is open from 10am-5pm from Monday to Saturdays, and from 11am-5pm on Sundays.
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