A popular Newcastle United Foundation Coach has brought an end to a twenty year career in football coaching, leaving an indelible legacy on grassroots football in the region.

Peter Dixon, from West Denton, stepped down from his position as Community Coach to spend more time with his family. Peter, 63, has worked for the Foundation since it launched six years ago, having previously coached with the Newcastle Football Development Scheme.

Peter's talent was coaching three to eight year olds, introducing many young players to the game for the first time. One starlet he coached is current Newcastle United forward Adam Armstrong.

Peter became renowned for his boundless enthusiasm, total dedication and rapport with younger players. There were rarely free spaces in any of Peter's sessions at Walker Activity Dome. The Foundation speaks on behalf of all the young players and their families in thanking him for his dedication to the game. Peter remains in contact and has even muted the idea of a comeback.

Neil Winskill, Football Development Manager said:

"I have been lucky enough to work with Peter since 1997 and throughout that time he has been such a valuable member of our coaching team. The young players in Peter's care were very lucky to have been taught by such a talented youth coach who was never beaten for enthusiasm."

"He holds traditional values which are even more pertinent today and I know he always tried to impress these onto players with the aim of making them better people as well as better players."

"He is still the standard for all of your young coaches to aspire to. We are sad to see him hang up his boots and wish him and his family all of the very best for the future."