Peter Sillett

Richard Peter Tudor Sillett[2] (1 February 1933 – 13 March 1998) was an English footballer. He played for Chelsea and Southampton as a right-back, and made three appearances for England. He was the older brother of John Sillett, who managed Coventry City to FA Cup success in 1987. Sir Stanley Matthews once said that Sillett was the best full-back he ever played against.

Peter Sillett
Personal information
Full name Richard Peter Tudor Sillett
Date of birth (1933-02-01)1 February 1933
Place of birth Southampton, England
Date of death 13 March 1998(1998-03-13) (aged 65)
Place of death Ashford, Kent, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Position(s) Right-back
Youth career
1949–1950 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1953 Southampton 59 (4)
1953–1962 Chelsea 260 (29)
1962–1965 Guildford City
1965–1973 Ashford Town
Total 319 (33)
National team
1955 England U23 3 (0)
1955 England 3 (0)
1957 England B 1 (0)
Teams managed
1965–1973 Ashford Town
1979–1983 Hastings United
1985–1987 Ashford Town
1987–1988 Poole Town
1988–1992 Hastings Town
*Club domestic league appearances and goals


Peter was the son of Charlie Sillett (who was a full-back with Southampton from 1931 to 1938) and inherited his father's skills.[1] He joined the Saints in January 1949 and soon afterwards gained England Youth recognition.

Extremely well-built, weighing over 13 stone when only 18, Sillett matured quickly into a full-back of some distinction.[1]

Southampton were facing mounting debts and, with this fact known to many of the country's top clubs, Sillett, together with his younger brother John, was "induced" to join Ted Drake's Chelsea, for a fee of £12,000.[1]

In his two seasons at The Dell, he made 65 appearances in all competitions and scored four goals.[2]


Sillett was also an England international, winning three caps in 1955,[3] and was in England's squad for the 1958 FIFA World Cup.

Later careerEdit

He moved to Guildford City[4] and then on to Ashford Town as player-manager.[5] He managed both Ashford Town[6] and Hastings United twice each and oversaw promotion during each spell.




  1. ^ a b c d Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 309. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3.
  2. ^ a b Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology Publishing. ISBN 0-9534-4743-X.
  3. ^ Ponting, Ivan (16 March 1998). "Obituary: Peter Sillett". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 26 May 2022. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  4. ^[bare URL]
  5. ^ "Peter Sillet Player Profile". The Nuts and Bolts Archive. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  6. ^ "Managers". The Nuts and Bolts Archive. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  • Player by Player – Peter Lovering – Guinness Publishing 1993 ISBN 0-85112-510-7
  • Stamford Bridge Legends – David Lane – Legends Publishing 2003 ISBN 0-9543682-3-1

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