Ex-Chorley striker helps wife give birth at home then scores winner for his team

Peter Wright with fiancee Rachel Livesey, baby Jessica and son Lewis, who turns two today

Peter Wright with fiancee Rachel Livesey, baby Jessica and son Lewis, who turns two today

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Ex-Chorley striker Peter Wright has delivered plenty of match-winning goals during more than a decade in non-league football.

But the former Victory Park hotshot needed to provide an altogether different type of delivery on Saturday – that of his second child, Jessica.

And less than 12 hours after he helped his fiancé Rachel Livesey give birth at their Lostock Hall home, the 31-year-old netted an injury-time winner for his current club Nelson in a 4-3 win away to Daisy Hill.

Plumber Peter admitted he was out on his feet by the time he struck in the 91st minute to keep the Admirals four points clear at the top of the North West Counties Football League Division One.

He said: “Rachel got up at 2am and shouted for me at 5am. She was having contractions every 90 seconds so I rang the midwife.

“As she came down the driveway I had another midwife on the phone and Rachel’s waters broke. I didn’t know whether to run to the door or what.

“I let the midwife in and when I came back in the room I could see the baby’s head. The midwife gave Rachel some air and gas and about two seconds after, Jessica was born.

“It all happened so quickly. It was amazing. Obviously I was panicking a bit but I just got on with it.”

Peter netted 22 times for the Magpies in 2005-2006, finishing as top scorer for the season.

He said 30-year-old Rachel, an accountant, had given him the thumbs-up to play if the baby was born on a match day.

“I thought maybe I shouldn’t play but our other main striker has left and we’re up at the top of the league so I was needed,” he said.

“It was adrenaline keeping me going at the end. I just had a feeling I would score.”

Nelson boss Mark Fell, who spoke to Wright shortly after the birth, said: “I was fully expecting him to say he couldn’t play but I should have known better.

“Wrighty’s a committed football man – the fact he kept going until the 91st minute speaks volumes.”

Wright marked the late winner – his 20th goal of the season – with a thumb-sucking celebration in honour of his new arrival. Rachel, 6lb 14oz Jessica and the couple’s son Lewis are expected to attend Nelson’s game at Darwen this weekend.

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