Players - Steve Peplow

Steve Peplow
Birthdate: 8 January 1949
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Date of death: 29 December 2021
Other clubs: Swindon Town (1971-73), Nottingham Forest (1973-74), Mansfield Town (loan 1973-74), Tranmere Rovers (1974-81), Chicago Sting (loan 1976)
Bought from: Local
Signed for LFC: Joined June 1964 - Professional 08.01.1966
Liverpool debut: 15.11.1969
Last appearance: 26.11.1969
Contract expiry: 18.05.1971
Win ratio: 66.67% W:2 D:1 L:0
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 2 / 0
League games / goals / assists: 2 / 0 / 0
Total games / goals / assists: 3 / 0 / 0

Player Profile

Peplow scored 19 goals for the reserves in the 1968/69 season, but sadly he's remembered as just another forward who never made the grade at Liverpool. Anfield apprentice and local boy Peplow signed professional forms for Liverpool in January 1966 having joined them 18 months earlier. After waiting patiently in the reserves the twenty-year-old played in three consecutive first-team matches in November 1969. He made his debut against West Ham at Anfield in the first game televised in colour by the BBC's Match of the Day. He celebrated a 2-0 victory over the Hammers led by Bobby Moore and the following game was a Leeds draw. His last first-team appearance was an eventful game in the Fairs Cup against Vitoria Setubal at Anfield. Liverpool had lost the first leg 1-0 and being a goal down at half-time Peplow was substituted for Roger Hunt. The goalscoring legend scored his last-ever goal for the club in the final minute ensuring a 3-2 victory. The players waited around for extra-time, but the referee informed them that the away-goals rule came into effect after 90 minutes and since the Portuguese side had scored two goals at Anfield the Reds were out. In typical upbeat mood Bill Shankly refused to acknowledge that the Reds were well and truly conquered: "We were beaten by a penalty, an own goal and the rules of the competition."

Peplow was loaned to second division Swindon in the 1970/71 season, playing 15 games and scoring six goals, impressing them sufficiently to sign him permanently. He played a couple of seasons at Swindon before following manager Dave Mackay out the door for a brief spell at Nottingham Forest. Peplow made a fortunate move in his career when his old teammate, Ron Yeats, who was boss at Tranmere, convinced him to join him in the Wirral. Peplow told the Liverpool Echo: "Ron had plans to use me as a central midfielder but I could not tackle rice pudding. He tried me out wide but it was John King, Ron's successor, who converted me to a right winger." Peplow established himself finally at Tranmere Rovers where he played 248 third and fourth division games and scored 44 goals from 1973-1981, his greatest strength being the accuracy of his crosses.

Peplow recalled a funny story related to his West Ham debut when interviewed by the Liverpool Echo in 2007. It was Peplow's wedding day in 1995 and his best man was an old Tranmere teammate by the name of Barrie Mitchell. The Scot sprang a surprise on Peplow at the reception, presenting him with a video. "The cover said something like 'Love Techniques for the Beginner'. I thought Barrie had got hold of a naughty video by way of a joke, but it turned out to be a specially commissioned recording of my debut for Liverpool," Peplow revealed. "Barrie had been in touch with Ray Stubbs at the BBC. Ray had been in the reserves at Tranmere when we played - before he moved into broadcasting. Ray got the commentator, John Motson, to dig out the recording of that old Liverpool - West Ham match. It was on film and they managed to get it transferred to video. It was a wonderful surprise."
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 2 0 0 1 0 3
1969-1970 2 0 0 1 0 3
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Apps Minutes Opponent
1 90 Leeds United
1 71 West Ham United
1 46 Vitoria Setubal
Total Started/substitutions
3 Started
1 On the bench
0 Substitute
2 Substituted
Total Venue
2 Home
1 Away
Total Competition
2 League
1 European Fairs Cup
Total W D L Win % Manager
3 2 1 0 66.7% Bill Shankly
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 15.11.1969 West Ham United Anfield League
Introducing Peplow - match programme
Introducing Peplow - match programme
Peplow on the move? - January 1970
Peplow on the move? - January 1970
Shankly and his team celebrating BBC milestone - November 1969
Shankly and his team celebrating BBC milestone - November 1969
Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Swindon Town 1970-1971 England Second Division 11 4 15 6
Swindon Town 1971-1972 England Second Division 5 0 5 0
Swindon Town 1972-1973 England Second Division 24 7 25 7
Nottingham Forest 1973-1974 England Second Division 3 0 3 0
Mansfield Town 1973-1974 England Fourth Division 4 3 4 3
Tranmere Rovers 1973-1974 England Third Division 18 2 18 2
Tranmere Rovers 1974-1975 England Third Division 17 3 18 3
Tranmere Rovers 1975-1976 England Fourth Division 46 11 50 11
Chicago Sting 1976 NASL 20 4 20 4
Tranmere Rovers 1976-1977 England Third Division 32 3 33 3
Tranmere Rovers 1977-1978 England Third Division 42 7 46 7
Tranmere Rovers 1978-1979 England Third Division 28 8 33 8
Tranmere Rovers 1979-1980 England Fourth Division 43 6 49 9
Tranmere Rovers 1980-1981 England Fourth Division 22 4 25 4
Total 315 62 344 67