|Full name||Peterborough United Football Club|
|Ground||Weston Homes Stadium|
|Owners||Darragh MacAnthony (50%)|
Kelgary Sports & Entertainment (50%)
|2020-21||EFL League One, 2nd of 24 (promoted)|
Peterborough have long-standing rivalries with nearby clubs Northampton Town, with whom they contest the Nene derby, and Cambridge United, with whom they contest the Cambridgeshire derby. They have spent their entire history at London Road Stadium and are nicknamed "The Posh".
Peterborough United formed in 1934 and joined the Midland League. Having won the Midland League title for five consecutive seasons from 1955-56, they were elected into the Football League in 1960. Peterborough immediately won the Fourth Division title in 1960-61, scoring a Football League record 134 goals. Relegated in 1968, they won another Fourth Division title in 1973-74, though suffered a further relegation in 1979. Peterborough were promoted back into the Third Division at the end of the 1990-91 season and reached the second tier with victory in the 1992 play-off final. However they returned to the fourth tier with relegations in 1994 and 1997.
Peterborough won the Third Division play-offs in 2000 under the stewardship of Barry Fry, though were relegated in 2005. They secured a place in the Championship after manager Darren Ferguson led them to consecutive promotions in 2007-08 and 2008-09 and spent three of the next four seasons in the second tier, winning a play-off final in 2011 after relegation the previous year. They were relegated back into League One in 2013, though went on to win the Football League Trophy in 2014.
In the 2020-21 season Peterborough were promoted back to the Championship, finishing runners-up after an eight year stay in League One, after coming back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 against rivals Lincoln City, following a stoppage time penalty by Jonson Clarke-Harris.
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Peterborough United formed in 1934 at Peterborough's Angel Hotel to provide a replacement for Peterborough & Fletton United, who had folded two years previously. Peterborough's application to join the Midland League was welcomed by the league, however, the representatives from the club did not have the money to pay for the security deposit, entry fee and subscription. Grantham Town loaned the money to The Posh who began selling shares to raise funds.
4,033 fans attended The Posh's first league match which ended in a 4-0 victory over Gainsborough Trinity. Len Hargreaves scored the team's first goal. They won the Midland 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.
Following the Fourth Division Championship success in 1960-61, The Posh spent seven seasons in the 3rd Division. They reached the quarter-finals of the 1964-65 FA Cup, beating Arsenal and Swansea Town along the way before going out to Chelsea. They were relegated back to the 4th Division 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 2,000 Preston North End fans travelled 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. However, Posh's closest rivals, Blackpool lost at Walsall and promotion was achieved.
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.
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. 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, to be replaced by Mark Cooper. In February 2010, after only 13 games in charge, Cooper also left the club and Jim Gannon was appointed in his place. Following confirmation of relegation from the Championship after a 2-2 draw at Barnsley, Gannon was replaced by Gary Johnson.
Gary Johnson left the club on 10 January 2011 due to policy disagreement. 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 worst 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.
Darren Ferguson ended his time as Peterborough United manager on 21 February 2015, following a 3-0 defeat at Milton Keynes Dons.
On 1 May 2021 Peterborough were promoted back to the Championship after a 8 year stay in League One after coming back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 against rivals Lincoln City following a stoppage time penalty by Jonson Clarke-Harris.
In December 2016, as the United Kingdom football sexual abuse scandal expanded, it was revealed that alleged abuser Bob Higgins worked as a youth coach at Peterborough from May 1995 to April 1996. He was investigated as part of a 1997 Channel 4 Dispatches investigation, when he denied allegations of abuse, claiming he was a faith healer and born again Christian. On 5 July 2017, Higgins was charged with 65 counts of indecent assault. The offences were alleged to have taken place in the 1980s and 1990s and to have involved 23 alleged victims. A trial at Salisbury Crown Court started on 29 May 2018, with Higgins, 65, denying 50 counts of indecent assault between 1971 and 1996 in relation to 24 boys. On 23 July, Higgins was found guilty of one charge of indecent assault, and not guilty of another count of the same offence, while the jury failed to reach verdicts on 48 other counts of the same charge. A retrial, on 51 counts of indecent assault, started on 26 March 2019 at Bournemouth Crown Court, and on 23 May 2019, Higgins was found guilty of 45 charges of indecent assault against teenage boys, not guilty of five counts of indecent assault, with the jury unable to reach a verdict on one final count. On 12 June 2019, Higgins was sentenced to 24 years and three months in prison.
On 27 January 2017, it was reported that a second former Peterborough coach had been arrested; Michael Sean 'Kit' Carson, 73, academy director at Peterborough from 1993 to 2001 (overlapping with Bob Higgins for almost a year) was held in Cambridge on suspicion of indecency with children and indecent assault. On 2 March 2018 it was announced that Carson had been charged with 11 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. The alleged offences all involved boys under 16, and were said to have occurred from 1978 to 2009. He appeared at Cambridge magistrates' court on 17 April, pleading not guilty to the 12 charges, then appeared at Peterborough Crown Court on 15 May 2018 when he was released on bail. Carson, 75, was killed when the car he was driving crashed into a tree near Bottisham in Cambridgeshire on 7 January 2019, the day his trial was due to start at Peterborough Crown Court; no other vehicle was involved. An inquest into his death was opened on 22 January, when it was confirmed Carson died from a traumatic brain injury. Pending further investigations, the inquest was adjourned. In September 2019, an inquest concluded Carson had taken his own life.
|Years||Kit manufacturer||Kit sponsor|
|1992-1995||The Posh||Thomas Cook|
|2002-2003||Goal International||No sponsor|
|2003-2004||Admiral||Van Asten Logistics|
|2007-2008||MRI Overseas Property|
|2010||Sue Ryder Care|
|2011-2013||Nike||Energy Park Peterborough|
Peterborough United are nicknamed "The Posh", a moniker coined in 1921, after Pat Tirrell, 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. However, the term "posh" was used as a derogatory term for the club by the press.
Peterborough & Fletton United were also commonly called "the brickies" in reference to the large brick industry in Peterborough, however the nickname was dropped when the club went bankrupt.
In 2002 Victoria Beckham filed a counter-claim with the UK Patent Office over the club's application to register their nickname of "Posh" for use on merchandise. 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". She was unsuccessful in her suit.
Since their formation Peterborough United have played their home games at London Road Stadium. The stand behind the London Road End is terraced while the Moy's End, is a rebuilt all-seater stand, and now known as the DESKGO Stand. A 20,000 all-seater stadium to replace London Road has been proposed. The record attendance at the stadium is 30,096, achieved on 20 February 1965 in an FA Cup fifth-round game against Swansea Town.
The ground was renamed as the ABAX Stadium in November 2014 as part of a five year sponsorship deal with Norwegian company ABAX. The first game at the renamed ground was against Bristol City, which Bristol won 3-0. In June 2019 the ground was renamed the "Weston Homes Stadium" as a ten year sponsorship deal, the largest in the club's history, between the football club and the British property developer company.
According to the Football Fans Census, Cambridge United were considered to be the club's main rival. The Cambridge rivalry has been fought very evenly over the years; Peterborough winning 16 and Cambridge 15, with Peterborough netting 53 times and Cambridge 52 in the 38 competitive matches they have played each other. However, the two sides did not meet each other between 2001 and 2017 when they faced each other in the Checkatrade Trophy, a game which Peterborough won 2-0.
More recently, Posh fans have begun to view the MK Dons as rivals, partly due to the geographic location, but also due to battling with the MK Dons for promotion from League Two and League One in Darren Ferguson's first two full seasons.
Ever since 1992 there has also been animosity between Peterborough United and Huddersfield Town, with Chris Turner's Peterborough progressing to the final and later on winning the playoffs in the 1991-92 Football League Third Division, they progressed past Huddersfield winning 4-3 on aggregate in the playoff semi finals. This rivalry further grew in 2011 with Posh winning against Huddersfield in the 2010-11 League One Playoff Final 3-0, and in the 2012-13 Championship season Huddersfield relegated Posh from the championship on the last day of the season with them drawing 2-2 with Barnsley, and with Peterborough losing 3-2 against Crystal Palace, Huddersfield's draw with Barnsley, with both sides willing to see the game out as a draw, caused the latter to leapfrog Peterborough and send them down to League One.
Many fans consider Peterborough to be a part of the Pride of Anglia derby, contested between the professional clubs based in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and sometimes Essex. Matches against these teams often draw large crowds with Posh's highest home attendance of the 2019-20 season coming against Ipswich Town with 10,071 fans. For the return fixture, Peterborough sold out their initial 1,900 ticket allocation.
Peterborough also have shown a certain enmity towards Lincoln City. This rivalry grew as on 1st May 2021, Peterborough United came back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 meaning they secured automatic promotion to the Championship, denying Lincoln 2nd and forcing the Lincolnshire club to settle for a play-off place.
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Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
For a list of notable Peterborough United players in sortable-table format see List of Peterborough United F.C. players.
As of 17 August 2020:
As of 15 May 2021. Only competitive matches are counted. Periods as caretaker manager are shown in italics
|Jock Porter||9 June 1934||10 April 1936||-||-||-||-|
|Fred Taylor||11 April 1936||30 June 1937||-||-||-||-|
|Bert Poulter||Summer 1937||Summer 1938||-||-||-||-|
|Sam Haden||Summer 1938||14 June 1948||-||-||-||-|
|Jack Blood||Summer 1948||May 1950||-||-||-||-|
|Bob Gurney||Summer 1950||Summer 1952||-||-||-||-|
|Jack Fairbrother||4 June 1952||January 1954||-||-||-||-|
|George Swindin||January 1954||Summer 1958||-||-||-||-|
|Jimmy Hagan||August 1958||18 October 1962||128||70||26||32||54.69%|
|Johnny Anderson||18 October 1962||19 December 1962||-||-||-||-|
|Jack Fairbrother||19 December 1962||15 February 1964||60||20||15||25||33.33%|
|Johnny Anderson||15 February 1964||2 April 1964||-||-||-||-|
|Gordon Clark||2 April 1964||28 September 1967||170||70||41||59||41.18%|
|Norman Rigby||28 September 1967||November 1967||-||-||-||-|
|Norman Rigby||November 1967||January 1969||70||27||17||26||38.57%|
|Jim Iley||8 January 1969||September 1972||193||69||51||73||35.75%|
|Jim Walker||September 1972||9 October 1972||-||-||-||-|
|Noel Cantwell||9 October 1972||10 May 1977||254||105||72||77||41.34%|
|John Barnwell||10 May 1977||9 November 1978||73||29||28||16||39.73%|
|Billy Hails||9 November 1978||January 1979||-||-||-||-|
|Peter Morris||24 February 1979||June 1982||21||4||6||11||19.05%|
|Martin Wilkinson||30 June 1982||February 1983||34||13||10||11||38.24%|
|Bill Harvey||6 November 1982||-||-||-||-|
|Bill Harvey||February 1983||May 1983||-||-||-||-|
|John Wile||1 May 1983||1 November 1986||178||60||56||62||33.71%|
|Lil Fuccillo||1 November 1986||20 November 1986||-||-||-||-|
|Noel Cantwell||20 November 1986||12 July 1988||59||15||20||24||25.42%|
|Mick Jones||12 July 1988||31 August 1989||58||18||14||26||31.03%|
|Dave Booth||31 August 1989||6 September 1989||1||0||1||0||00.00%|
|Mark Lawrenson||6 September 1989||9 November 1990||64||25||23||16||39.06%|
|Dave Booth||9 November 1990||22 January 1991||13||4||5||4||30.77%|
|Chris Turner||22 January 1991||1 December 1992||101||48||32||21||47.52%|
|Lil Fuccillo||1 December 1992||29 December 1993||59||15||20||24||25.42%|
|Chris Turner||29 December 1993||Summer 1994||26||5||6||15||19.23%|
|John Still||Summer 1994||24 October 1995||67||19||24||24||28.36%|
|Mick Halsall||24 October 1995||November 1995||6||3||2||1||50.00%|
|Mick Halsall||November 1995||31 May 1996||31||10||6||15||32.26%|
|Barry Fry||31 May 1996||31 May 2005||483||163||133||187||33.75%|
|Mark Wright||31 May 2005||24 January 2006||35||12||11||12||34.29%|
|Steve Bleasdale||24 January 2006||22 April 2006||14||6||1||7||42.86%|
|Barry Fry||22 April 2006||30 May 2006||3||1||0||2||33.34%|
|Keith Alexander||30 May 2006||15 January 2007||34||14||7||13||41.18%|
|Tommy Taylor||15 January 2007||20 January 2007||1||0||0||1||00.00%|
|Darren Ferguson||21 January 2007||9 November 2009||145||73||40||32||50.34%|
|Mark Cooper||14 November 2009||1 February 2010||12||1||4||7||8.33%|
|Jim Gannon||2 February 2010||6 April 2010||14||4||1||9||28.57%|
|Gary Johnson||6 April 2010||10 January 2011||33||15||4||14||45.45%|
|David Oldfield||11 January 2011||11 January 2011||1||1||0||0||100%|
|Darren Ferguson||12 January 2011||21 February 2015||222||88||41||93||39.64%|
|Dave Robertson||21 February 2015||6 September 2015||20||7||5||8||35%|
|Grant McCann||6 September 2015||25 September 2015||2||1||1||0||50%|
|Graham Westley||25 September 2015||23 April 2016||41||18||6||17||43.9%|
|Grant McCann||23 April 2016||8 May 2016||2||2||0||0||100%|
|Grant McCann||16 May 2016||25 February 2018||104||41||27||36||39.4%|
|David Oldfield||25 February 2018||28 February 2018||1||1||0||0||100%|
|Steve Evans||28 February 2018||26 January 2019||52||21||15||16||40.38%|
|Darren Ferguson||26 January 2019||Present||116||59||24||33||50.86%|
Most League Goals: Jim Hall (footballer born 1945) - 122 1967-75
Most League Goals (incl. Non-League): Dennis Emery--195: 1954-1963