Peter Weatherson: A Kick About to Annan – Part Three

An 18-year career which has spanned from non-league football to scoring goals on a regular basis, Peter Weatherson is a striker who made an impact at every club he has played for. With just over 500 appearances and close to 150 goals to his name, we have a look back at the Englishman’s career.

At the age of 33, Weatherson made the move back into part-time football after joining League Two side, Annan Atheltic.

I got a great offer to join Annan. They had quite a young squad then and to be offered a coaching role too, was just brillant. It allowed me to use my experience and guide the young lads through the game and in training – that gave me my first real taste of that side of the game.”

The veteran striker couldn’t have written the script for what was to happen next, however. In his first competitive match for the side from Galabank, he was up against former side Morton.

You couldn’t have written the script. To score on my debut for Annan was great and to get the win was brilliant. I am a professional and I was there to do my job, despite it being a surreal experience. I can sit down now with ex-team mates and even Morton supporters and we laugh about it now – the fact I put them out the cup! I actually got given a DVD when I left Morton with all my goals on it – and they’ve put the Annan goal in it at the end!”

However, Weatherson’s season was cut short. After 17 appearances, Weatherson suffered a nasty injured which kept him out the game for 10 months.

I was devastated to be honest. I did consider retiring at that stage, especially after such a big injury and the lengthy amount of time I would be out for,” says Weatherson, who suffered a cruciate ligament injury. “I saw the next season as a free season for me, though. I didn’t feel there was any pressure on me as to have recovered and to be back out on the park again, I didn’t know if I would be able to reach the levels I was at. However, I started the season on fire, I scored in my first three games and that equaled my total for last season.”

After just three goals the previous season, Weatherson managed to regain full fitness and his clinical streak in front of goal as he managed to net 24 times in 31 matches.

On a personal level, I felt I had got back to my best. However, that was insignificant in the grand scheme of things due to the poor and disappointing league campaign we had. Finishing outside the play-offs after such a positive year the previous season was very hard to take but we had to take that disappointment into the following season and look to make amends.”

It was a similar story the following season, however, with Annan once again finishing 5th in the League Two table. Despite 23 goals in 33 matches by the 35 year old, it wasn’t enough to grab a play-off place for Jim Chapman’s side. At the end of that season, Weatherson left Galabank to join junior side Shettleston, as a joint player-manager.

I got approached about taking over alongside Ryan [McStay]. I was a bit reserved on dropping to junior level to be honest. I was needing assurances – I wanted it to be professional. I wasn’t willing to go into the juniors if I didn’t feel it was the right club and at the time I felt it was. Ultimately, things happened and I decided to part ways midway through the season.”

With Weatherson now a free agent, he had opportunities from numerous SPFL sides.

I had been contacted by a few people but I had a good relationship with Jim [Chapman – Annan manager] and I knew I was looking to retire come the summer. I didn’t see the point in going somewhere new, settling in and then getting the bug again. I wanted to go back to Annan where I could instantly hit the ground running and try help the lads out til the end of the season as we pushed for promotion.”

Peter played his first match for Annan after his return just a few days on from re-joining, scoring in a narrow 3-2 defeat away to Elgin. In the remaining few months, Weatherson managed 6 goals in 18 games as Annan made the play-offs.

It was great getting to the play-offs. It is nothing short of what the club deserves with the effort Jim [Chapman] and the rest of the staff put in over the past couple of seasons. In the end, it just wasn’t to be. We done really well, but Forfar just had too much for us in the end and credit to them for getting promoted.”

Weatherson has now hung up his boots and it doesn’t look like we will be seeing him on the touchline any time soon, either.

I got a job offer from my brother-in-law and it is something I just couldn’t turn down. I love football, it is all I ever wanted to do and all I have ever known. I can’t say I will never return as you just never know what is round the corner, but, certainly in the short-term I am taking a break. I will have a rest over the summer and I will see what happens but as it stands there is no immediate plans to return in any capacity just now. I have had a great career; I am extremely satisfied with what I have achieved. I have played for three great clubs, made a lot of friends and a lot of memories. I have won titles, scored goals and had a lot of fun.”

Thank you to Peter for giving me a massive amount of his time to conduct this interview. I wish Peter every success in the future.

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