Past players

Pete McGurk

Born: 4th July 1954 - Nottingham

Appearances: 436 (+5 sub)

Goals: 19

Debut: 13th January 1973 - Skegness Town (Away)

Final Game: 22nd April 1989 - Harrogate Railway (Home)

Pete McGurk has the distinction of being the only player in Long Eaton United's history to have started over 400 games for the club.

Signed for the club by Brian Daykin, he made his debut as an eighteen year-old on 13th January 1973 against Skegness Town in a Midland League fixture at Grange Park. The game ended in a 2-all draw.

The young midfielder retained his place in the first team for the remainder of the 1972-73 season and was a United regular for the next seven season's, including the whole of Geoff Barrowcliffe's reign as Manager at Grange Park.

In 1980, after a brief spell at Grantham, he joined Alfreton Town. In September 1982 he was signed by Ilkeston Town, where he spent two seasons (playing 68 games, scoring four goals).

He began his second spell at Grange Park during the second half of the 1983-84 season. In June 1986 he took on the role as Player Manager and remained in his dual role until his final game in charge on 3rd January 1990. During his final season and a half at the club, before his resignation, he played only four games and made his last appearance for Long Eaton United as a substitute at home to Harrogate Railway on 22nd April 1989.

Pete was a member of the United side that finished 3rd and 2nd in consecutive Midland League season's (1975-76 & 1976-77) and which won the Derbyshire Senior Cup in 1976.

He later had stints as Manager at Slack & Parr, Borrowash Victoria, Shepshed & Quorn.

He remains one of the club's most highly regarded players.

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