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Peter Storey

Personal information
Full namePeter Edwin Storey
Date of birth7 September 1945(age 71)
Place of birthFarnham, Surrey, England
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing positionFull-back, Defensive midfielder

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Peter Edwin Storey (born September 7, 1945 in Farnham, Surrey) is an English former football player.

Storey spent most of his career at Arsenal, joining the club as an apprentice in 1961 and turning professional the following year. A tough, two footed, hard-tackling player, he started his career at right back, and having spent three seasons in the youth and reserve teams, he made his first-team debut for Arsenal against Leicester City on 30 October 1965. He immediately secured a regular place in the Arsenal side and would go on to be a first-choice player for the next ten seasons.

As his career progressed, Storey switched positions, moving forward to become a defensive midfielder. He lost two consecutive League Cup finals with Arsenal in 1968 and 1969 before winning the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1969-70. Known for his hard tackling and generally tough play (he was rated at number 26 in a Times "50 greatest hard men" list in 2007), Storey went on to play a vital part in Arsenal's First Division and FA Cup Double a year later. One highlight in particular was the FA Cup semi-final against Stoke City, where he scored twice to help the Gunners draw 2-2 after being 2-0 down. Arsenal won the replay 2-0 and went on to beat Liverpool in the final.

Storey made his England debut in 1971, against Greece (in his old position of right back), and went on to win 19 caps during the early 1970s, filling the midfield role vacated by the retiring Nobby Stiles. Storey had a longer international career than any other player in Arsenal's 1971 double-winning team. Although England's record when Storey played was W11 D5 L3, England's dismal form at the time meant he never played in a tournament finals.

After losing his place in the 1976-77 season under new Arsenal boss Terry Neill, Storey moved to Fulham for £10,000. He had played 501 times in all for Arsenal, making him the club's eighth-leading player in terms of appearances. His aggressive nature on the pitch sparked the joke among fans and the media that he was "One Storey that belonged in the horror section".

He spent one season at Craven Cottage before retiring from the game in 1978.

Following his retirement from the game, Storey set up a market stall and later ran the Islington pub The Jolly Farmers. He also became known for various run-ins with the law. In 1979, he was fined for running a brothel, and later served time in prison for a variety of crimes, including being involved in a coin counterfeiting ring, car theft, and illegally importing pornographic videos. He now lives in France with his third wife and runs a small farm.

In September 2010 he released a no-holds-barred autobiography called True Storey: My Life and Crimes as a Football Hatchet Man, but talks about making a film about his life fell through.

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