Peter Joseph Rodrigues (born 21 January 1944) is a retired footballer, best remembered as the captain of Southampton's 1976 FA Cup winning team.
Rodrigues was born in Cardiff, Wales, and originally turned out for his local schools. He went on to be selected for both Cardiff Schoolboys and for Welsh schoolboys, before signing for Cardiff City as a professional in May 1961. Rodrigues almost left the side before ever making a professional appearance for the club when Newport County offered £500 to take him to Somerton Park, but the offer was turned down by Cardiff. He went on to make his debut in a 3-3 draw with Southampton in September 1963, and for the next three seasons he was virtually ever-present in the side. But Rodrigues was unhappy with the standard of football at the club and decided to leave.
Peter joined Leicester City in December 1965. Peter was signed to fill the right back position, moving John Sjoberg into the centre of the field. Rodrigues was an established Welsh international when he arrived at City for a club record fee of £42,500. Rodrigues’ attacking full back play set a standard to City's play in the next decade and when Steve Whitworth replaced Rodrigues he played with the same passion to go forward. Rodrigues was a fine over-lapping full-back who was renowned for his sliding tackles. He played in City's losing 1969 FA Cup final, missing arguably their best chance on the day, before leaving to join Sheffield Wednesday in October 1970.
Peter made 139 league appearances for Leicester scoring 6 goals, plus a further 29 cup appearances.
Rodrigues was signed on a free transfer by Southampton at the age of 30 in 1975, after being released from his contract by Sheffield Wednesday. The Welsh international full-back was signed by Lawrie McMenemy as cover for Steve Mills, who had been injured in a car crash and was out of action for a lengthy period of time. Peter's first season at The Dell could not have been better, with the side winning their first and only FA Cup. Rodrigues started at right-back in the Wembley final, where Southampton beat Manchester United 1-0. However, Rodrigues' second year at The Dell saw his playing days ended with a persistent knee injury.
He made 59 league appearances for Saints scoring 3 goals, plus a further 13 cup and other appearances.
After retirement from football Rodrigues became the landlord of the King Rufus pub in Eling. In 1987, Peter moved back to Wales to take over another pub and set up a soccer school in Denbigh.
He later returned to Southampton to manage the Conservative Club, where he stayed for 8 years until the death of his wife, Lin. In 2002, Peter moved to Alicante in Spain for a few years, but after remarrying (to Kate) he has now settled back in Southampton, where he now works as a driver.
In October 2004, Peter’s eldest daughter placed his FA Cup winner’s medal up for auction without his knowledge. The medal sold for £10,200 and was initially said to have been purchased by a mystery bidder, but it was subsequently announced that the medal had been purchased by Southampton Football Club.Leicester City F.C.
FA Cup finalist 1969
FA Cup winner 1976