Irish international goalkeeper Gerry Peyton joined Norwich in
March 1992 as cover for the injured Bryan Gunn.
Gerry began his career with Burnley (30 games) but gained international
recognition whilst with Fulham for whom he made 345 league appearances.
A loan spell at Southend generated 10 appearances prior to a move
to Bournemouth in 1987 for whom he made 202 appearances. He was
later signed by Everton as cover for Neville Southall but failed
to dispossess the Welshman from the Number 1 shirt. He did however
gain 3 more international caps to boost his total to 33. Whilst
with Everton, he spent loan periods at Bolton (1 game), Norwich
and Chelsea (1 game) before joining Brentford. 19 games later,
he was signed by West Ham to provide competition to Ludek Miklosko.
An article in the Capital Canaries newsletter (May 1998, no. 141)
by John Potter reveals that Gerry came to Japan when the J-league
started to act as goalkeeping coach to the new league champions
Jubilo Iwata. After two years, he joined Vissel Kobe who were
managed by Englishman Stuart Baxter. When Baxter was sacked at
the end of the 1997 season, Gerry eventually followed him to Sweden
where Baxter manages AIK Stockholm. Gerry played as substitute
for the Republic of Ireland in Paul McGrath's testimonial in the
summer of 1998.
Gerry has since returned to England where he was initially goalkeeping
coach for Fulham. In July 2003, he abandoned the Cottagers for
a similar role with Arsenal that had been earmarked for David
Seaman prior to his departure to Manchester City. He was released by Arsenal in June 2018 after Arsene Wenger left the club.
He returned to Japan in 2018 to coach at Shimizu S-Pulse before teaming up with Baxter again, this time in June 2020 at Indian Super League side Odisha FC who are based in Bhubaneswar. OFC president Rohan Sharma said, "I am thrilled to have someone of Gerry's caliber helping us out this year. His 15 years of experience at Arsenal will give a great lift to the boys, particularly our goalkeepers. He is someone who can help us achieve excellence on and off the pitch." Peyton said, "I am looking forward to working in India with my friend and colleague Stuart Baxter along with all the staff and players. Together we aim to build a successful project at Odisha FC that will leave a legacy for all of Odisha for years to come."