Peterborough United F.C.

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Peterborough United FC
Peterborough United.svg
Full namePeterborough United Football Club
Nickname(s)The Posh
GroundLondon Road Stadium
Ground Capacity14,989
ChairmanDarragh MacAnthony
ManagerDarren Ferguson
LeagueLeague One
2013–14League One, 6th
Current season
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"PUFC" redirects here. For the Australian rules football club, see Picola United Football Club.
Peterborough United FC
Peterborough United.svg
Full namePeterborough United Football Club
Nickname(s)The Posh
GroundLondon Road Stadium
Ground Capacity14,989
ChairmanDarragh MacAnthony
ManagerDarren Ferguson
LeagueLeague One
2013–14League One, 6th
Current season

Peterborough United Football Club are a professional English football club based in Peterborough. Peterborough United 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. Their home ground is London Road and the club nickname is The Posh. After being relegated from the Championship on the final day of the 2012–13 season, the club compete in League One, the third tier in the English football league system, in the 2013–14 season. Their highest finishing position in the Football League ladder was 10th in the Championship. Peterborough are the current holders of the Football League Trophy, beating Chesterfield 3–1 in the final at Wembley Stadium in March 2014.


Peterborough United was formed in 1934 at Peterborough's Angel Hotel to provide a replacement for Peterborough & Fletton United, who had 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 Fourth Division Championship success in 1960–61, 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.

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.

Chart of table positions for Peterborough since joining the Football League.

The following season arguably remains the most successful in the club's history. After an inconsistent start the team hit form during the Autumn when they knocked Wimbledon and Newcastle United out of the League Cup. The reward was a home tie with a Liverpool team containing Bruce Grobbelaar, Jan Mølby, Steve McManaman, Dean Saunders and Mark Wright. Garry 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 Football League Trophy when they lost to Stoke City over two legs in the area final.

Progress continued 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 in the Third Division playoff final. With Posh winning 2–1 and gaining promotion to the new First division. 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 2006. 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 but was sacked in January 2007 after a run of poor form and was replaced by Darren Ferguson.[4] He led the club to back-to-back promotions from League Two to the Championship in his two full seasons in charge. By November 2009 Posh were bottom of the Championship and Ferguson left the club,[5] to be replaced by Mark Cooper. In February 2010, after only 13 games in charge, Cooper also left the club[6] and Jim Gannon was appointed in his place.[7] Following confirmation of relegation from the Championship after a 2–2 draw at Barnsley, Gannon was replaced by Gary Johnson.[8]

Peterborough United fans at old Trafford
Peterborough United fans at Old Trafford in 2011

Gary Johnson left the club on 10 January 2011 due to policy disagreement.[9] Two days after Johnson's departure, Darren Ferguson returned to the club on a four and a half-year contract. Peterborough finally finished 4th in 2010-11 Football League One with one of the worse defensive records in the third tier, conceding over 70 goals, but scoring 106; the most for anybody in the Football League that season. Peterborough beat Milton Keynes Dons in the playoff semi-finals. They defeated Huddersfield Town in the Final with a 3–0 victory, and gained promotion back to the Championship.

Darren Ferguson led the team to safety in its first season back in the Championship, leading to a finish in 18th. However, the Posh were relegated back the following season, after losing to Crystal Palace 3–2 on 4 May 2013, the final match of the season.


Peterborough United are nicknamed "The Posh", a moniker coined in 1921, after the then manager of Fletton United was reported to say he was "Looking for posh players for a posh new team". When Fletton United looked to join the Southern League in 1923 they added Peterborough to their name to form Peterborough & Fletton United, in an attempt to gain the backing of businesses in Peterborough. Peterborough & Fletton United went bankrupt in October 1932 so the current club is the third to be known as The Posh.

Legal action[edit]

In 2002 Victoria Beckham filed a claim with the UK Patent Office over the club's use of the name "Posh". The former Spice Girl, who was known in the group as "Posh Spice", claimed the "nickname 'Posh' has become synonymous with her on a worldwide basis".[10]

Colours and badge[edit]

Peterborough United's badge is a stylised version of the town's coat of arms and bears the town's motto "Upon this rock".

Kit sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

YearKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
1987–1988HensonWells Ales
1992–1995Posh LeisureThomas Cook
1995–1996NetzThomas Cook
1996–1999PatrickThomas Cook
1999–2002SokeThe Posh
2002–2003Goal InternationalNone
2003–February 2004AdmiralVan Asten
February 2004AdmiralReynopoly
2006 August–DecemberDiadoraHaart
December 2006 – 2007Tempest SportsHaart
2007–2008Tempest SportsMRI Overseas Property
2008–2010AdidasMRI Overseas Property
2010 January–MayAdidasSue Ryder,The Free Kicks Foundation & ASBAH
2010 May–2011
2011 May-presentNikeMick George.


Since their formation Peterborough United have played their home games at London Road. Built in 1913, the ground holds 15,315 people.[citation needed] The stands behind either goal, London Road End and Moy's End, are both still terraced. A 20,000 all-seater stadium to replace London Road has been proposed.[11] The record attendance at the stadium is 30,096, achieved on 20 February 1965 in an FA Cup fifth round game against Swansea Town.[3]


According to the Football Fans Census, Cambridge United were considered to be the club's main rival.[12] The Cambridge rivalry has been fought very evenly over the years; both clubs winning 14 games, with Peterborough netting 51 times and Cambridge 52 in the 38 competitive matches they have played each other. However, the two sides have not met since 2001.[13]

Northampton Town are the traditional rival,[12] dating back to when both sides were lower league, and as the city of Peterborough is historically part of Northamptonshire.[14]

More recently, Posh fans have begun to view Leicester City and Milton Keynes as fierce rivals.[15][16][17][18][19][20]


As of 19 August 2014.[21]

Current squad[edit]

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

2Northern IrelandDFMichael Smith
3South AfricaDFKgosi Ntlhe
5EnglandDFJack Baldwin
6EnglandMFMichael Bostwick
7EnglandMFJon Taylor
8EnglandMFJack Payne (Captain)
9EnglandFWLuke James
10TurkeyMFErhun Öztümer
11Northern IrelandMFGrant McCann
12EnglandFWKyle Vassell
14EnglandFWConor Washington
15EnglandMFJermaine Anderson
17EnglandMFJoe Newell
18Republic of IrelandMFKane Ferdinand
19EnglandMFNathaniel Mendez-Laing
20Republic of IrelandMFKenneth McEvoy (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
21EnglandDFChristian Burgess
22PortugalDFRicardo Santos
25Democratic Republic of the CongoDFGabriel Zakuani
27EnglandGKBen Alnwick
28EnglandDFHarry Anderson
29EnglandDFJonathan Edwards
30EnglandMFMarcus Maddison
31EnglandGKJimmy Walker
32EnglandGKAidan Grant

Out on loan[edit]

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

1AustriaGKRobert Olejnik (on loan at Scunthorpe United)
4EnglandDFShaun Brisley (on loan at Scunthorpe United)
13EnglandGKJoe Day (on loan at Newport County)
16EnglandMFTom Conlon (on loan at Stevenage)
23EnglandFWTyrone Barnett (on loan at Oxford United)
24EnglandDFMichael Richens (on loan at Stevenage)


As of 26 June 2012. Only competitive matches are counted. Periods as caretaker manager are shown in italics

Jock Porter9 June 1934Easter 1936----
Fred TaylorEaster 1936Summer 1937----
Vic PoulterSummer 1937Summer 1938----
Sam HadenSummer 193814 June 1948----
Jack BloodSummer 1948May 1950----
Bob GurneySummer 1950Summer 1952----
Jack Fairbrother4 June 1952January 1954----
George SwindinJanuary 1954Summer 1958----
Jimmy HaganAugust 195818 October 1962----
Johnny Anderson18 October 196219 December 1962----
Jack Fairbrother19 December 196215 February 1964----
Johnny Anderson15 February 19642 April 1964----
Gordon Clark2 April 196428 September 1967----
Norman Rigby28 September 1967November 1967----
Norman RigbyNovember 1967January 1969----
Jim Iley8 January 1969September 1972----
Jim WalkerSeptember 19729 October 1972----
Noel Cantwell9 October 197210 May 1977----
John Barnwell10 May 19779 November 1978----
Billy Hails9 November 1978January 1979----
Peter Morris24 February 1979June 1982----
Martin Wilkinson30 June 1982February 1983----
Bill Harvey6 November 1982[22]----
Bill HarveyFebruary 1983May 1983----
John Wile1 May 19831 November 1986----
Lil Fuccillo1 November 198620 November 1986----
Noel Cantwell20 November 198612 July 1988----
Mick Jones12 July 198831 August 1989----
Dave Booth31 August 19896 September 1989101000.00%
Mark Lawrenson6 September 19899 November 19906425231639.06%
Dave Booth9 November 199022 January 19911345430.77%
Chris Turner22 January 19911 December 199210148322147.52%
Lil Fuccillo1 December 199229 December 19935915202425.42%
Chris Turner29 December 1993Summer 199426561519.23%
John StillSummer 199424 October 19956719242428.36%
Mick Halsall24 October 1995November 1995632150.00%
Mick HalsallNovember 199531 May 1996311061532.26%
Barry Fry31 May 199631 May 200548316313318733.75%
Mark Wright31 May 200524 January 20063512111234.29%
Steve Bleasdale24 January 200622 April 20061461742.86%
Barry Fry22 April 200630 May 2006310233.34%
Keith Alexander30 May 200615 January 2007341471341.18%
Tommy Taylor15 January 200720 January 2007100100.00%
Darren Ferguson21 January 20079 November 200914573403250.34%
Mark Cooper14 November 20091 February 2010121478.33%
Jim Gannon2 February 20106 April 20101441928.57%
Gary Johnson6 April 201010 January 2011331541445.45%
David Oldfield11 January 201111 January 20111100100%
Darren Ferguson12 January 2011Present18680367841.24%

Notable former players[edit]

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



Individual records[edit]

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: Will Robinson – 690 : 2010–2014

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

Record transfers[edit]

Highest Transfer Fee Received – £5.5m (rising to £8m) from Nottingham Forest for Britt Assombalonga, August 2014

Highest Transfer Fee Paid – £1.25m + add ons to Watford for Britt Assombalonga, July 2013


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  14. ^ Mark Lawford (13 March 2009). "Millwall v West Ham, Brighton v Palace, Aberdeen v Rangers – and more: Sportsmail's guide to illogical footballing rivalries". Daily Mail (London). 
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  16. ^ "We all hate Leicester! we all hate Leicester! we all hate Leicester! we ...". Terrace Chants. 19 August 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "If you all hate Leicester clap your hands. if you all hate Leicester clap ...". Terrace Chants. 3 January 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "Championship fixtures 2012–13: Posh start with derby date – Peterborough United – Peterborough Telegraph". 18 June 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
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  20. ^ Swann, Alan. "World of Sport: Thankfully Posh are not Cobblers – Columnists – Peterborough Telegraph". Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  21. ^ "First Team". Peterborough United F.C. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  22. ^ In charge for a match as Martin Wilkinson was in hospital with appendicitis.

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