Wolves FPA have paid tribute to one of the founder members of the organisation and honorary life vice-president Peter Creed, who has passed away at the age of 90.
Peter, who passed away after a short illness, helped start the FPA back in 1988, and provided many years as a devoted secretary of the organisation before stepping back almost a decade ago.
Even then however, he maintained links with the organisation and the same strong friendships with many former players, and, at the Annual Dinner of 2018 was awarded the position of honorary life vice-president of the FPA.
Prior to the formation of the FPA Peter, a lifelong Wolves supporter and former Advertising Director at the Express & Star newspaper, had been part of the action group which included then Wolverhampton Council leader John Bird set up to bring an end to the regime of the Bhatti Brothers which saw the club close to going out of business.
Richard Green was a fellow director of Peter at the Express & Star, and has since carried the baton as Administration Manager of the FPA, working with Peter on a handover process to ensure the group continued to go from strength to strength.
Richard says: “It is such a sad day to lose Peter, whose love of Wolves was not just shown on the terraces but also with his involvement in helping to save the club and then the formation of the FPA.
“Without Peter and that group which was set up in the 1980s, there was the genuine prospect that the Wolves which we all still enjoy watching today might no longer have existed.
“He was then one of the key figures in the setting up of Wolves’ FPA, which came after the funeral of Jimmy Mullen when the players started talking about wanting to meet up on a more regular basis.
“Peter worked with legends like Billy Wright, Stan Cullis, Ron Flowers and many more to help set up the new group, which was unique at that time, but helped that fantastic team of the 1950s stay together.
“He also had the strong support of Sir Jack Hayward, and over the years went on to oversee the FPA, a role which he was always extremely proud of.
“He was fiercely loyal to the former players, and very protective of them, but his strong motivation was keeping in touch with them, helping them keep in touch with each other and making sure they had access to support when they needed it.
“In the Express & Star offices we used to have many chats about the fortunes of Wolves down the years, and he would always talk about the former players, our heroes, and you could always see just how much they meant to him.”
In recent years the FPA has continued to build on the strong foundations laid by Peter, which included bringing John Richards onto the committee and now, for the last 18 months, the hugely popular former Wolves striker serving as chairman to drive the organisation forward.
John has paid his own tribute to Peter, whose keen sporting interests also extended to speedway, where he served as Commercial Manager for Wolverhampton.
“Along with Billy Wright, Peter was one of the main instigators of setting up Wolves Former Players’ Association,” said John, pictured (second from right) with Peter (second from left) at one of the meetings set up to save Wolves.
“We all owe him so much for the work that he did to get the organisation off the ground and keep it running so efficiently.
“He was a top-class organiser who we all respected so much and are so grateful for everything that he did.
“On behalf of the Former Players Association, I would like to send Peter’s family our sincere condolences.”
Steve Gordos, former long-serving Sports Editor of the Express & Star, renowned Wolves author and Hall of Fame committee member, was both a friend and colleague to Peter.
He says: “I was fortunate enough to be on Andy Thompson’s testimonial committee with Peter and he gave his time freely to that as he did to anything involving Wolves players.
“He loved his speedway too and wrote a weekly column on the Monmore Green Wolves in the Wolverhampton Chronicle when I was editor.
“He was well qualified as he was very proud of the fact that he was once a reporter with the Bayliss news agency in Wolverhampton.
“With his love of racing as well he was a true sports enthusiast. Most of all, he was a good friend and great company. There was never a lull in the conversation when he was around.”
All at the FPA send our deepest condolences and very best wishes to Peter’s widow Joan, and sons Mike and Charles.