AFL Legend Peter Daicos appointed Patron of England's Gateshead Miners
Thursday, March 11 2010 @ 08:27 pm ACDT
Contributed by: Shaun Bulmer
AFL legend Peter Daicos has agreed to be Gateshead Miners ARFC patron for 2010. Commonly known as the Macedonian Marvel because of his parents' place of origin, the mulleted Daicos is known as one of the most exciting footballers of all time - with an incredible knack to score goals from seemingly impossible angles, and at crucial game-defining moments.
The Gateshead Miners were formed in 2009, and compete in England's Northern Premiership against clubs from the cities of Newcastle, Hartlepool, Durham and Middlesbrough.
Daicos debuted with the Collingwood Football Club in 1979, recruited from Preston. He went on to play 250 games (for 549 goals) with the Magpies until his retirement in 1993. By far his best season in the VFL/AFL was in 1990, when his beloved Magpies won a long awaited premiership.
Peter scored 97 goals playing mostly from full-forward, a feat made all the more remarkable since he was considerably shorter than many full-forwards of the era.
His heroics in scoring a difficult goal to draw the 1990 Qualifying Final became the subject of a Toyota Memorable Moments advertisement, first screened in 2005. By kicking Collingwood's first goal in the 1990 Grand Final he settled the nerves of the Magpie side which had been struggling up until that point.
Nowadays, his name is used as an adjective to describe a difficult goal scored from the boundary in play (a 'Daicos goal').
Daicos will promote Gateshead ARFC and will be attending a game when he visits the UK on business during the 2010 AFL Britain season.