Peter McBride was born in Ayr, Scotland on 30th December, 1877. He played as a goalkeeper for Ayr in the Scottish Second Division before joining Preston North End in 1897 as a replacement for James Trainer.
On 20th March, 1901, McBride injured a shoulder in a trial for the Scottish team. As a result McBride missed the last five games of the season. His deputy let in 15 goals in those games and Preston was relegated from the First Division.
In the 1903-1904 season McBride helped Preston North Endwin promotion to the First Division of the Football League. That year Preston won the Second Division title by winning 20, and drawing 10, of its 34 games. McBride had a great season, keeping 14 clean sheets.
On the 9th April, 1904 McBride won the first of his six international caps for Scotland. He played against England four times, including Scotland's 2-1 victory in 1906.
McBridge had a reputation for aggressive behaviour. In a game against Blackburn Rovers, Arnold Whittaker scored a hat trick against Preston. When the striker scored his third goal, McBridge raced out of his penalty area and shook him by the throat.
In 1912 failing eyesight forced him into retirement. During a 15 year period McBride played a record 443 games for Preston North End.