Mystery medal belonged to an ex-Duns and Berwick keeper

The mystery medal which John Hall in Middlesbrough is trying to find an owner for
The mystery medal which John Hall in Middlesbrough is trying to find an owner for

A mystery medal will soon be handed over to the family of its recipient - nearly 60 years after it was first awarded.

John Hall of Middlesbrough came across a medal in the name of Peter Penny, an ex-Duns goalkeeper.

The club has managed to trace a descendent of Peter and will be putting the two parties in touch as Mr Hall had expressed his desire to return the medal to a member of Peter’s family.

With help from various sources more details were found out about Peter Penny.

Peter played for Chirnside Amateurs during the 1946/47 season, when Chirnside won everything they entered.

He obviously impressed after a move to Duns, as he was signed for the Hearts ‘B’ team (the third eleven), after they joined the East of Scotland League in 1949. He cost the Edinburgh side £105.

Hearts coaches had first seen him when Hearts ‘B’ defeated Duns 4-2 at Hawthorn Park on October 8, 1949. Peter went on to play a big part as Hearts “B” won the East of Scotland League championship. At the end of the 1949/50 season, Peter was released and moved back to Duns, where he kept goal for two seasons.

When Hearts “B” played at Berwick Rangers in August 1950, there was a reference in the programme to Peter. It said the Chirnside lad, who defended the Hearts goal so well during the previous season (1949-50), had signed for Duns.

Peter also made three appearances for Berwick Rangers in 1951/2.

He quit football in the late 1950s, joining the police force in Middlesbrough. He had two sons, Logan and Michael, and a daughter, Susan.