Former Brighton & Hove Albion defender and current Albion in the Community coach Guy Butters paid a moving tribute to the late Peter Brackley, describing him as a ‘genius’.
Guy and Peter worked closely together on a number of different projects, most recently The Goldstone Years: 20 Years On! show at the Theatre Royal, and it was there where the former Seagulls centre-back got a keen insight into the way he worked.
He said, “I’m devastated, I spoke to him about a week ago and he was in hospital at the time. He said he didn’t feel great, but was still very witty and we chatted about football.
“Then I got a phone call from his nephew on Friday saying that he took a turn for the worst, and a text on Sunday morning saying that he had passed away.
“I got to know Peter very well over the last few years and he played a big part in my life in recent times.
“The theatre show that we did at the Theatre Royal in Brighton was where I saw a genius at work. To watch him put into practice what he had prepared so thoroughly was magical. The bloke was an absolute wizard in terms of the wit, humour and storytelling ability that he had.”
Butters experienced that wit first hand, recounting a memorable after-dinner speech where he was the butt of Peter's jokes.
“He invited me to a cricket club dinner, where he was doing an after-dinner speech. I should’ve thought something was up because he kept ringing me beforehand checking if I was still coming. It turned out I was half his act!
“He spent the first ten minutes of it battering me about my football, which was brilliant. The beauty of it is that I was brought up on that Morecambe & Wise, Spike Milligan type of humour.
“Peter and I shared that schoolboy childish sense of humour, making different puns, and we clicked straight away. I’ll miss him so much.”
Brackley was heavily involved in supporting a number of local important causes, and Guy once again became the target of his witty comments.
“He was always willing to give up his time and he did quite a few wheelchair/powerchair football tournaments that Steve Darby arranged for charity.
“I heard him commentate for a few charity games that I played in, and you sometimes dreaded picking up the ball, because he’d come out with a witty one liner at your expense! He was an all-round top bloke.”