Peter Marinello

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Peter Marinello
Peter Marinello (1970).png
Peter Marinello, April 1970
Personal information
Full name Peter Marinello
Date of birth (1950-02-20) 20 February 1950 (age 68)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Salvesen's Boys Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1970 Hibernian 45 (5)
1970–1973 Arsenal 38 (3)
1973–1975 Portsmouth 95 (7)
1975–1978 Motherwell 89 (12)
1978 Canberra City 11 (1)
1978–1980 Fulham 27 (1)
1980–1981 Phoenix Inferno 25 (17)
1981–1983 Heart of Midlothian 21 (3)
1983–1984 Partick Thistle 6 (0)
Broxburn Athletic
National team
1969–1970 Scotland U23[1] 2 (0)
1978 Scottish League XI[2] 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Peter Marinello (born 20 February 1950) is a former Scottish football player.[3]


Marinello started his career at Hibernian, and could play either as a centre forward or right winger. He was regarded as being talented enough there that he was dubbed "the next George Best" by the British press.[4]


In January 1970 a month before his 20th birthday he joined Arsenal for £100,000, a club record fee at the time. The acquisition of Marinello also marked the first time that Arsenal had paid a six-figure sum for a player. He went on to score on his debut, against Manchester United at Old Trafford on 10 January 1970.[5] However a combination of a newly adopted celebrity party lifestyle and a knee injury led to a dip in his footballing form and meant that he was not a regular in the Arsenal team. Marinello was not part of the squad for the final of Arsenal's Inter-Cities Fairs Cup triumph of 1970, but he contributed four appearances during the cup run, including the semi final first leg against Ajax.[6] He only played three matches in their 1970-71 Double-winning campaign.[7] He subsequently played eight league matches in 1971-72 and thirteen in 1972-73. In total he played 51 matches for Arsenal, scoring 5 goals.[5] Marinello left Arsenal in July 1973 after failing to agree a new contract.[8]

Later playing career[edit]

He next played for Portsmouth followed by Motherwell, Fulham, Phoenix Inferno, Heart of Midlothian and Partick Thistle.

After playing[edit]

Though he retired a wealthy man, a failed business venture left him bankrupt in 1994.[8] He now runs an amateur football club and lives in Bournemouth, Dorset.[7]




  1. ^ "Peter Marinello". Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Peter Marinello". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Peter Marinello at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  4. ^ "Peter Marinello speaks to BBC London 94.9". BBC. 
  5. ^ a b "Peter Marinello". Archived from the original on 3 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Arsenal Stats". Retrieved 25 January 2018. 
  7. ^ a b "Peter Marinello: What happened next". 
  8. ^ a b "Glamour long gone but Marinello keeps mellow". The Scotsman. 
  9. ^ "Peter Marinello". Hibernian Historical 
  • Harris, Jeff (1995). Hogg, Tony, ed. Arsenal Who's Who. Independent UK Sports. ISBN 1-899429-03-4. 

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