World Cup winner pays tribute to Sentinel reporter

Peter Hewitt, The Sentinel’s Stoke City reporter for more than 20 years, has died – drawing tributes from a host of football greats.

Hewitt, who was 76, started at the Birmingham Mail before joining The Sentinel in 1967. He covered Stoke City until November 1989, following the club on FA Cup runs and European adventures.

England’s 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks said: ‘We called him ‘Scoop’ and would often have a laugh with Peter.

“He was a really nice guy and was trusted by the players because he never wrote anything derogatory and would report exactly what you had said to him.”

Stoke City great Alan Hudson said: ‘He often used to come around my house to write my Sentinel column and would sometimes stay for tea.

“He was a lovely man, and I would hold him in the highest bracket as a journalist. He was a great ambassador for the club because he was the main writer and wrote about the club with pride.”

Hewitt was also an active member of the National Union of Journalists, as both father of the Sentinel chapel and chairman of the North Staffordshire branch.

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