Billy Peake’s Scrapbook is lent to the National Football Museum
As part of the Football league’s 125th Anniversary, Bury Football Club have loaned a unique piece of club memorabilia to the National Football Museum.
The exhibition will open soon at the Urbis Building in Manchester with every club in the country donations an item to be included for public viewing.
Billy Peake joined Bury at the worst possible time for football and his career – just a few short years before the First World War. Arriving at Gigg Lane in 1912, centre forward Peake cost the club £150 from Sheffield United and was also employed in the area as a school teacher (one of four teachers in the then squad).
The outbreak of the First World War saw the 1915/16 season cancelled, and for the next four seasons, Bury played in the North West War League with Billy Peake making sporadic appearances for the Shakers despite serving in the Army.
Billy was one of six players from the pre-war days to sign for the club in time for the 1919/20 season though would only remain at Gigg Lane until 1921. Injuries had curtailed his final season and with only 14 appearances during the 21/22 season, he was allowed to join Newcross ion a free transfer.
During his Bury career, Billy made 181 appearances and scored 40 goals for the club. He left Bury to join Newcross FC
Upon his retirement from Football, Billy stuck with his teaching role and eventually was made headmaster at several schools in and around the Bury area.
During his career, Billy kept scrapbooks detailing his career with various newspapers articles, hand written letters and old programmes – all of which have survived these last 96 years and are in a superb condition.
The club are delighted to lend the scrapbook to the museum and we are sure this will add another dimension to the Football League’s 125th anniversary exhibition which opens soon.