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John Atyeo (7 February 1932 – 9 June 1993) was an Englishmarker football striker who spent the majority of his career at Bristol City. He won six England caps between 1955 and 1957, scoring five goals. Atyeo made 645 appearances for Bristol City and a scored record 351 goals.

He remained a semi-professional throughout his sporting career, working also as a quantity surveyor and a mathematics teacher.

Biography

Peter John Walter Atyeo was born in Dilton Marshmarker, just outside of the town of Westbury, Wiltshiremarker. As a schoolboy he excelled at football, rugby and cricket. His first competitive games were for Westbury United F.marker C.marker, then Football League champions Portsmouth gave him two first team appearances in the 1950/51 season as an amateur, but he signed as a professional for Bristol City in the following season.

He enjoyed a fifteen year career with Bristol City despite offers from Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool and AC Milan which were worth around £20 million in today's money and could have made him the most expensive player in England, making 645 appearances and became Bristol City's all time top scorer with 351 goals by the time he retired in May 1966. He captained the team during their promotion winning season in 1965.

Throughout that period he played as a part-timer, working firstly as a quantity surveyor and then training to become a teacher. Atyeo won six England caps from 1955 to 1957. It was conjectured that his part time status led to his being dropped by the England selectors despite never having been on a losing side in his six international appearances, soring five goals and having scored the goal that enabled England to qualify for the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Swedenmarker.

Following his retirement from football, John became a full time mathematics teacher at Kingdown Schoolmarker, Warminstermarker, where he served for over 20 years, rising to head of mathematics. He was regarded as a dedicated teacher. Atyeo also wrote a regular football column for the Plymouth based Sunday Independent newspaper.

He died at home in Warminster of heart failure on 9 June 1993.

Memory

Atyeo (1986) by Stephen Cox, on the waterfront in Bristol, named for John Atyeo, Bristol City and England forward, who was the sculptor's boyhood hero.
The new stand that replaced the Park End at Ashton Gate stadiummarker in 1994 is named the Atyeo Stand after him. Bristol City Supporters Trust are to commission a statue of Atyeo to be placed outside of Bristol City's proposed new ground, which should be built in time for the 2011–12 season.

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