Goalkeeping legend Peter started his footballing career at the age of 13 when he started training at schoolboy level with Leicester City FC. At 16, he debuted in the first team, playing in his first FA Cup final aged just 19, and winning his first England cap three years later. During the mid 1970s, Peter had to battle for his place as the top goalkeeper with Ray Clemence, but by 1982, he was established as the number one for England. He is Englands most capped player, but probably his most famous moment came when England played Argentina in the 1986 World Cup, and Argentinian star Maradonna scored the infamous "Hand of God" goal against Peter. He has received the MBE and OBE for services to football.

Peter danced in the eighth series of Strictly Come Dancing, and his professional dance partner was Erin Boag. They started the competition with a waltz, but Peter was by no means a natural dancer, and struggled with balance, hold and posture, but most of all, it lacked performance. Unfortunately for them, it was the salsa next, and it proved that latin was definitely not going to be Peter's strong point. They found themselves in the bottom two for the first elimination but were safe for the next week, when they were back to a ballroom dance with the quickstep. It was a much better attempt, and the judges marks put them in a very respectable sixth place on the leaderboard. Week four brought the Charleston, and a song from the musical Cabaret saw them take their inspiration with the costumes too, but more or less slated by the judges, the couple were at the bottom of the leaderboard and left the competition in 12th place out of fourteen couples.


Strictly Come Dancing

Week Dance Song Judges scores Total
1 Waltz Take It To The Limit 4 6 6 5 21
2 Salsa Mambo No. 5 3 5 5 4 17
3 Quickstep Lullaby of Broadway 6 7 7 6 26
4 Charleston Cabaret 2 5 6 4 17


What The Judges Said

Week 2 - Salsa

Len:Well, you know the salsa's all about fun, it's about rhythm. hip action, chemistry, and we saw some fun, and there was some chemistry, and, some of the bits you did actually, were very rhythmic. But, there was a lot of it where you were sort of just standing around a little bit too much. And I think you got your knickers in a twist near the end, sommat (sic) funny happened. You know, you came out and had a go, it was a brave attempt, but, not your best.
Alesha:Look, I don't think latin is your strong point, but you know what, you seem a lot more confident this week than you did last week, so I have to commend you on that. And you know, the most important thing with the salsa is that you enjoy it, and in turn the audience will enjoy it.
Bruno:Peter. I don't know if it was a wise decision to attract attention to your bum with that football because that bum never got going. The animal is still firmly in the cage, it never quite got out. You looked like you had cramps my darling. I mean you tried, you really tried, and is right, but it went wrong so many times that I mean, it's impossible to overlook. No it did, you got more than your knickers in a twist, he got his pants in a twist.
Craig:Very stompy, very wooden, I'm afraid. You do need to use the floor a lot more, and it lacked any hip rotation whatsoever. The step togethers were really sort of deliberate and childlike, they need to be sorted out. And that walk that you did, that knicker twist thing, looked like you'd broken your ankle darling.


Week 1 - Waltz

Alesha:Welcome to the Strictly experience, Peter. How was that? You seemed so nervous, my love. Do you know what, it was a bit of a rocky start, but you know what, you made it through the dance, you smiled throughout, and give yourself some credit, it's week one. You've got a fabulous teacher in Erin. Lots of work to do, I know, I can feel it, but you got through the dance. Well done.
Bruno:Peter, you're glad it's all over, isn't it. It was a great releif, "Oh I've finished this!" It was very wobbly, and she is right. It's like a diving in the deep end; now you know what it's like and I know you're gonna come back and do much better. You're tasting something you've never tasted before and now you're gonna have to get used to it. You're not a performer, and your technique is a bit lacking, but I think in due course, you'll get better.
Craig:For me, it was a little bit all too cautious and careful. Little bit knobbly, pothole-ish. Balance issues on the stop moments, you need to recover from those. You need to really smooth out the rise and fall, and the transitions from one moment to the next. And at the end, it looked like you dropped Erin rather than it being a gorgeous moment. I know you didn't, but you need to make it look like it.
Len:Well it wasn't quite premier league, but for me, it was an adequate standard for week one. Footwork was good, you moved round the floor. It lacked a bit of musicality and I think that's just your nerves kicking in. But, it's like your first parachute jump - you've done it now and now you'll grow in confidence and stature and come out like the England goalie we used to love.


Peter's Strictly Introduction