Peter Handyside, a former captain of Stoke City has sadly passed away at the age of 49 as the Potters lead tributes to the man who lead them to promotion from Division Two in 2002.
Stoke City learned of the tragic news and in a club statement said “Peter was a promotion winner with the Potters in 2002 before also helping preserve Championship status the following season.”
“He featured on 88 occasions in red and white. The thoughts and condolences of everyone connected with the Club are with Peter’s family and friends at this difficult time.”
Peter Handyside had previously been a club legend at Grimsby Town where he had over 200 caps, before joining Stoke City in 2001.
The Mariners also took to social media to pay tribute to the man who was such a huge part of their squad before moving on to the Potters.
“Everyone at the football club is heartbroken to learn of the untimely passing of former player Peter Handyside,”
“Our thoughts are with Peter’s family at this sad time. Once a Mariner, always a Mariner.” Grimsby Town said in their statement regarding Peter’s untimely passing.
Grimsby players will also wear black armbands and observe a minute of applause before their match with Stockport this afternoon in respect of Handyside.
Stoke City will also follow suit in their match with Blackburn Rovers.
Peter Handyside also played with Barnsley after his time with Stoke and before his retirement in 2007, and the club have also paid tribute to their former player along with Grimsby and Stoke.
Football Post would like to extend our condolences to Peter’s family & friends at this difficult time.