Bit O’ Red legend Peers announces retirement

Former Bit O’ Red defender Gavin Peers has officially announced his retirement from Professional football today following his final game for Warrenpoint Town.

Peers had a highly successful career especially while here at Sligo Rovers, winning The SSE Airtricity League Title in 2012, The EA Sports Cup in 2010, The Setanta Sports Cup in 2014 along with three magnificent FAI Cup wins in 2010, 2011 and 2013 at The Aviva Stadium.

The defender arrived at The Showgrounds in 2006 when then manager Sean Connor signed him from Mansfield Town.

Peers started off his Rovers career as a right back until manager Paul Cook felt he was better suited to central defence, where he would remain for the rest of his career.

Peers was not just outstanding in defence but also a threat in attack from set pieces. One of the defenders most famous goals came in The FAI Cup Semi-Final in Dalymount Park against Bohemians, heading home Richie Ryan’s corner to secure a famous 1-0 win to take Rovers to their second FAI Cup Final in two seasons.

A testimonial game against Portsmouth at The Showgrounds in 2016 brought a fine end to Peers’ time at the club in front of a large home crowd.

He went onto play for St Patrick’s Athletic, Derry City, Glentoran and Warrenpoint and will be forever remembered at The Showgrounds.

We wish Gavin all the best and sincerly thank him for his service.