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Peterborough United
Peterborough United.svg
Full name Peterborough United Football Club
Nickname(s) The Posh
Founded 1934
Ground London Road Stadium
Peterborough
(Capacity: 15,460)
Chairman Darragh MacAnthony
Manager Jim Gannon
League The Championship
2008–09 League One, 2nd
(promoted)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Peterborough United Football Club are an English professional football club based in Peterborough. They formed in 1934 and played in the old Midland League, which they won six times; eventually being admitted to the Football League in 1960, replacing Gateshead F.C.

The ground is London Road, Peterborough. The club nickname is The Posh. Peterborough's most notable player is Terry Bly. Bly scored 52 goals in season 1960-61, their first as a Football League club, helping them secure the Fourth Division championship. Other famous ex-players are former Arsenal and England goalkeeper David Seaman, who began his career at Peterborough, and current Hull City midfielder Jimmy Bullard.

On 25 April 2009 the club was promoted to the Football League Championship, the second tier of English football, for the 2009-10 season, after back to back promotions from the fourth tier of English football.

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History

Peterborough United was formed in 1934 at Peterborough's Angel Hotel to provide a replacement for Peterborough and Fletton United, folded two years previously.[1] The Posh played in the old Midland League. They won this league on six occasions, including five seasons in a row from 1956 to 1960. The Posh were elected to The Football League for the beginning of the 1960–61 season, winning Division Four.[2]

Following the 1960-61 Fourth Division Championship success, 'The Posh' spent seven seasons in the 3rd Division before being relegated for financial irregularities in the summer of 1968. The club took six seasons to return to division 3, winning the 4th Division championship for the second time under the management of Noel Cantwell.

In 1977-78 the club threatened to go one better until they narrowly missed out on promotion to Division 2 when they drew the last game of the season at champions Wrexham (0-0) when a win was needed to go up. The game was notable for the fact that over 2000 Preston North End fans came to Wrexham to watch the game and cheer on the home side- Preston were the club who went up because Peterborough did not win.

The Wrexham defeat cast a long shadow over the club and it fell into a long decline. Relegation followed in 1979 and Posh subsequently spent 12 years back in the 4th division. The 1980s was a long story of mismanagement and false dawns, punctuated by the odd cup run.

In January 1991, Chris Turner, who had played in the 1974 Fourth division championship team took over as manager and the team embarked on a run of 13 unbeaten games that propelled them into the top four. Six players were signed on transfer deadline day, which at the time was a record for the number of players signed by one club on a single day. On the final day of the season, Posh travelled to Chesterfield needing a win to seal promotion. Despite going two goals down in the first ten minutes, the team rallied and drew level with goals from David Robinson and George Berry. Fortunately Posh's closest rivals, Blackpool lost at Walsall and promotion was achieved.

The following season arguably remains the most successful in the clubs history. After an inconsistent start the team hit form during the Autumn when they knocked Wimbledon and Newcastle out of the League Cup. The reward was a home tie with a Liverpool team containing Bruce Grobbelaar, Jan Molby, Steve Mcmanaman, Dean Saunders and Mark Wright. Gary Kimble scored the only goal after 19 minutes prompting wild celebrations and a place in the quarter finals. In the league, the team went from strength to strength and surged up the table. Middlesbrough ended the League Cup run after a replay and there was further disappointment when the team missed out on a trip to Wembley in the Auto Windscreens Shield when they lost to Stoke over two legs in the area final.

The hard working team continued to progress in the league and a play-off place was clinched on the last day of the season despite a 1-0 defeat to champions Brentford. The following week, Huddersfield Town came to London Road for the first leg of the Semi Final. Captain Mick Halsall's last minute equaliser levelled the score at 2-2. Three days later, the supporters travelled north more in hope than expectation but they were rewarded when the team came from a goal down to win 2-1 with Worrell Sterling and Steve Cooper scoring the goals.

On 24 May 1992, Peterborough United played at Wembley for the first time, against Stockport County. Leading scorer Ken Charlery scored both goals in another 2-1 win, taking his tally to 26 for the season. Posh's second goal came in injury time, barely a minute after conceding an equaliser.

They played in Football League Division One between 1992 and 1994 and finished 10th, their highest ever league finish, in 1992-93 season.[3]

During the 2005-06 season the club had three managers: Team owner Barry Fry returned to management following former England international Mark Wright's sacking in January. Wright's assistant Steve Bleasdale was then appointed acting manager, but resigned in April. Keith Alexander joined as manager from Lincoln City for 2006-07. At the start of the 2007–08 season Alexander was sacked after a run of poor form and was replaced by Darren Ferguson. He started well, earning the club back to back promotions from League 2 to the Championship. By November 2009 Posh were bottom of the division and Ferguson left the club,[4] to be replaced by Mark Cooper. In February 2010, after only 13 games in charge, Cooper also left the club[5] and Jim Gannon was appointed in his place.[6]

Nickname

The nickname Posh came about in 1921 after the then manager of Fletton United, was reported to say he was "Looking for Posh players for a Posh new team". Fletton United merged with Peterborough City to form Peterborough & Fletton United in 1923. P & F Utd went bankrupt in Oct 1932 so the current club are the 3rd to be known as The Posh.

Stadium

London Road is a multi-use stadium in Peterborough, England. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of Peterborough United F.C.. The stadium holds 15,460 and was built in 1913, although the original ground bears little resemblance to the one seen today. Although the official capacity is 15,460, they can only just get over 14,000 for heath and safety reasons set by the local council.

The record attendance at the stadium is 30,096, achieved on 20 February 1965 in an FA Cup third round game against Swansea Town.[3] The record attendance since the capacity has dropped to 14,110, this record was set when Peterborough beat Leicester City 2-0 on 28/03/09.

Currently the stands behind either goal, London Road end and Moyes end (away fans), are both still terraced. However, in 1996 the new South stand was opened on Glebe road. Originally, the back gardens of the houses off Glebe Road looked out directly onto the Pitch.

The South stand: 5000 London Road Terrace: 3000 Moys End Terrace: 3600 Main (north) Stand: 4000

A 20,000 all-seater stadium to replace London Road has been proposed.[7]

Honours

  • English 3rd tier
    • Play-Off Winners: 1991-92
    • Runners-Up: 2008-09
  • English 4th tier
    • Winners: 1960-61, 1973-74
    • Runners Up: 2007-08.
    • Play-Off Winners: 1999-00
    • Promoted: 1990-91

Records

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Team records

  • Most league goals scored in a single season: 134 goals, 1960-61 (all-time Football League record)
  • Record league victory: Barnet 1 Peterborough 9 (Third Division, 5 September 1998)[3]
  • Most points in a season (2pts/win): 66pts (1960/61 - Division Four)[3]
  • Most points in a season (3pts/win): 82pts (1981/82 - Division Four)[3]

Individual records

Most League Appearances: Tommy Robson - 482 (440 starts and 42 as a substitute): 1968-1981[3]

Most Consecutive Appearances: Eric Steele - 148 (124 League, 24 Cup)[3]: 1973?-1977?

Most League Goals: Jim Hall - 122 : 1967-1975

Most League goals in one season: Terry Bly - 52 : 1960-1961 (also an all-time Fourth Division record)[3]

Record transfers

Highest Transfer Fee Received - £700,000 from Tottenham Hotspur for Simon Davies, December 1999[3]

Highest Transfer Fee Paid - £500,000 to Grimsby Town for Ryan Bennett, January 2010

Players

As of 15 February 2010.[8]

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Joe Lewis
2 England DF Kerrea Gilbert (on loan from Arsenal)
4 Wales DF Craig Morgan
5 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Gabriel Zakuani
6 England DF Charlie Lee
7 England FW Liam Dickinson (on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion)
8 Republic of Ireland MF Lee Frecklington
9 England FW Aaron McLean
11 England FW Izale McLeod (on loan from Charlton Athletic)
12 England FW Craig Mackail-Smith
13 Republic of Ireland GK James McKeown
14 England MF Tommy Rowe
16 England DF Mark Little (on loan from Wolverhampton)
17 England DF Jamie Day
18 England MF Chris Whelpdale
No. Position Player
21 England DF Sam Gaughran
22 Argentina MF Sergio Torres
23 England MF Billy Crook
25 England MF Dominic Green
26 England FW Danny Mills
27 England MF Romone McCrae
29 England DF Ryan Bennett
30 England DF Scott Griffiths
31 England MF Nathan Koranteng
33 England MF Josh Simpson
34 England DF Exodus Geohaghon
35 England FW Reuben Reid (on loan from West Bromwich Albion)

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
3 Cyprus DF Tom Williams (at Preston North End until the end of the 2009–10 season)
10 Scotland MF George Boyd (at Nottingham Forest until the end of the 2009–10 season)
15 France MF Toumani Diagouraga (at Brentford until the end of the 2009–10 season)
19 England MF Shaun Batt (at Millwall until the end of the 2009–10 season)
20 England FW Ben Wright (at Barnet until 20 April 2010)
24 England DF Danny Andrew (at Cheltenham Town until the end of the 2009–10 season)
England FW Kwesi Appiah (at Kettering Town until 29 February 2010)
England DF Danny Blanchett (at AFC Wimbledon until the end of the 2009–10 season)
England FW Liam Hatch (at Luton Town until the end of the 2009–10 season)
England FW Rene Howe (at Gillingham until the end of the 2009–10 season)
England MF Alfie Potter (at Oxford United until the end of the 2009–10 season)
England FW Scott Rendell (at Torquay United until the end of the 2009–10 season)

Notable former players

For a list of notable Peterborough United players in sortable-table format see List of Peterborough United F.C. players.

Kit Sponsors and Manufacturers

Year Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
2007- Present MRI Overseas Property
2008- Present Adidas

Rivals

Peterborough United's main rivals are considered to be Cambridge United (by younger fans) and Northampton Town (by older fans). They will not meet in league games for the 2009-10 season as the three clubs are all in different levels of the pyramid. Over the last few years Peterborough have enjoyed success over both teams. More recently following the clubs rise to fame new rivals have formed with Leicester City and MK Dons, with the former being Peterborough's nearest rival in the Championship division.

Managers

As of 2 February 2010. Only competitive matches are counted. Periods as caretaker manager are shown in italics

Name From To Record
P W D L F A Win %
England Jock Porter 9 June 1934 Easter 1936 - - - - - -
England Fred Taylor Easter 1936 Summer 1937 - - - - - -
England Vic Poulter Summer 1937 Summer 1938 - - - - - -
England Sam Haden Summer 1938 14 June 1948 - - - - - -
England Jack Blood Summer 1948 May 1950 - - - - - -
England Bob Gurney Summer 1950 Summer 1952 - - - - - -
England Jack Fairbrother 4 June 1952 January 1954 - - - - - -
England George Swindin 1954 Summer 1958 - - - - - -
England Jimmy Hagan August 1958 18 October 1962 - - - - - -
England Johnny Anderson 18 October 1962 19 December 1962 - - - - - -
England Jack Fairbrother 19 December 1962 15 February 1964 - - - - - -
England Johnny Anderson 15 February 1964 2 April 1964 - - - - - -
England Gordon Clark 2 April 1964 28 September 1967 - - - - - -
England Norman Rigby 28 September 1967 November 1967 - - - - - -
England Norman Rigby November 1967 January 1969 - - - - - -
England Jim Iley 8 January 1969 September 1972 - - - - - -
England Jim Walker September 1972 9 October 1972 - - - - - -
Republic of Ireland Noel Cantwell 9 October 1972 10 May 1977 - - - - - -
England John Barnwell 10 May 1977 9 November 1978 - - - - - -
England Billy Hails 9 November 1978 January 1979 - - - - - -
(Managerless) February 1979 24 February 1979 1 1 0 0 2 0 100%
England Peter Morris 24 February 1979 June 1982 - - - - - -
England Martin Wilkinson 30 June 1982 February 1983 - - - - - -
England Bill Harvey 6 November 1982[9] 1 0 0 1 1 4 0.00%
England Bill Harvey February 1983 May 1983 - - - - - -
England John Wile 1 May 1983 1 November 1986 - - - - - -
England Lil Fuccillo 1 November 1986 20 November 1986 - - - - - -
Republic of Ireland Noel Cantwell 20 November 1986 12 July 1988 - - - - - -
England Mick Jones 12 July 1988 31 August 1989 - - - - - -
England Dave Booth 31 August 1989 6 September 1989 - - - - - -
Republic of Ireland Mark Lawrenson 6 September 1989 9 November 1990 - - - - - -
England Dave Booth 9 November 1990 22 January 1991 - - - - - -
England Chris Turner 22 January 1991 December 1992 - - - - - -
England Lil Fuccillo December 1992 December 1993 - - - - - -
England Chris Turner December 1993 Summer 1994 - - - - - -
England John Still Summer 1994 24 October 1995 67 19 24 24 - - 28.36%
England Mick Halsall 24 October 1995 November 1995 6 3 2 1 12 7 50.00%
England Mick Halsall November 1995 31 May 1996 31 10 6 15 - - 32.26%
England Barry Fry 31 May 1996 31 May 2005 483 163 133 187 - - 33.75%
England Mark Wright 31 May 2005 24 January 2006 35 12 11 12 - - 34.29%
England Steve Bleasdale 24 January 2006 22 April 2006 14 6 1 7 16 15 42.86%
England Ron Atkinson and Barry Fry 22 April 2006 30 May 2006 3 1 0 2 4 6 33.34%
Saint Lucia Keith Alexander 30 May 2006 15 January 2007 34 14 7 13 - - 41.18%
England Tommy Taylor 15 January 2007 20 January 2007 1 0 0 1 0 3 00.00%
Scotland Darren Ferguson 21 January 2007 09 November 2009 145 73 40 32 212 146 50.34%
England Mark Cooper 14 November 2009 01 February 2010 12 1 4 7 13 23 8.33%
England Jim Gannon 2 February 2010 Present 8 4 0 4 6 6 50.00%

See Also: Category:Peterborough United F.C. managers

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