When Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle United came within a whisker of winning the Premier League, Darren Peacock was often the only defender left standing at the back as the likes of Philippe Albert bombed forward.

That 1995/96 season saw Newcastle’s defending blamed for losing the title when in actual fact, United conceded 37 goals, only two more than eventual champions Man Utd.

Darren Peacock will also always be remembered for scoring the first goal in that 5-0 demolition of Manchester United the following season.

Amusingly, the supposedly supporter of both clubs in the studio, Steve Bruce, almost having a heart attack as he still protested Peacock’s goal shouldn’t have been given, even after the TV replays proved the ball was over the line.

In April 2013, Darren Peacock took on his first managerial role at Lancaster City and Geordie exile and Mag writer John Trotter, who lives on the doorstep, wrote about the appointment (read it here).

Peacock was joined in 2014 by another high-profile appointment, former England winger Trevor Sinclair becoming his assistant.

However, the management pair have now left the Evo-Stik First Division North club by mutual consent.

Darren Peacock:

 “It was a five year plan but I feel I have taken the club as far as I can, given the financial restraints and other things at the club.

“I have really enjoyed it but it has been frustrating at times.

“We have been quite far apart on a few ideas and I felt it was time to move on.”

Lancaster have made a poor start to the season and their last game in charge was a 2-0 defeat at Droylsden in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Lancaster City official statement:

“The club would like to express their appreciation for the time and effort Darren has put into the job, which was way beyond normally expected of managers at this level, and he has never been less than thoroughly professional in his approach, despite our modest budget.

“We wish Darren all the best in his future endeavours.”