The summer of 1983, albeit in the top flight, saw a welter of lower league signings brought in by Bobby Gould. Steve Ogrizovic signed from Shrewsbury Town, Nicky Platnauer (Bristol Rovers - he went on to be voted Player of The Year that season), Michael Gynn (Peterborough) and Micky Adams (Gillingham). Also wearing sky blue for the first time was a Nuneaton-born centre-half who transferred from Lincoln City for just £100,000. His name was Trevor Peake and, along with ‘Oggy’ and Gynn, would win an FA Cup winners medal and prove an outstanding signing during his eight years at Highfield Road.
Amazingly consistent and reliable, Peake and Brian Kilcline forged a superb partnership at the heart of the defence. Wembley 1987 saw them celebrate Houchen's brilliant header on the halfway line.
Peake and Kilcline celebrate (23 secs into clip) at Wembley
Peake’s reading of the game compensated for his lack of pace, he was simply outstanding in sky blue, one of the finest defenders of the Division One era. His 334 appearances place him 11th in the all-time list, team captain on many occasions Peake was terrific for the Sky Blues. Similar to the consistency of Peter Atherton, the man signed to replace him, there have not been many better in the number six shirt. His final game, the 5-0 win over Luton in August 1991, saw him join the Kenilworth Road outfit days later where he played until his retirement in 1998.