Peterborough United F.C.


Peterborough United F.C.

Infobox football club
clubname = Peterborough United


fullname = Peterborough United Football Club
nickname = The Posh
founded = 1934
ground = London Road Stadium Peterborough
capacity = 15,460
chairman = flagicon|IRL Darragh MacAnthony
mgrtitle = Manager
manager = flagicon|SCO Darren Ferguson
league = League One
season = 2007-08
position = League Two, 2nd
(promoted)
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Peterborough United Football Club is an English professional football team based in Peterborough. They currently play in League One for the 2008-09 season (having finished second in League Two in the 2007-08 season). The club was formed in 1934 and was first admitted to the Football League in 1960, replacing Gateshead F.C. They play at London Road which is based in Peterborough. The club nickname is "The Posh". Opinion is split as to who Peterborough United's main local rivals are. Older fans tend to point to Northampton Town, a rivalry which has endured since the 1960s. However, the majority of fans consider Cambridge United to be the club's main foes — this game is known as the Cambridgeshire derby.

MK Dons are now also considered a new rival for Peterborough, due to both teams promotion battle last season. This looks set to continue into the new season as both look to impress in League One.

Peterborough's greatest ever player is arguably Terry Bly. He scored 52 goals in the club's first season as a Football League club, as they sealed the Fourth Division championship.

The club also had a proud tradition of producing successful young players, those to have recently come through the youth academy have included Simon Davies (now at Fulham), Matthew Etherington (now at West Ham United) and Adam Drury (now at Norwich City).

History

Formation

Peterborough United were formed in 1934 at a meeting held in Peterborough's Angel Hotel in order to provide the city with a replacement for Peterborough and Fletton United, who had folded two years previously.cite web|url=http://www.theposh.premiumtv.co.uk/page/History/0,,10427~938455,00.html|title=Club History|publisher=Peterborough United F.C.|date=2007-05-09|accessdate=2008-06-10]

The Posh were elected to The Football League for the beginning of the 1960–61 season, joining and winning Division Four.fchd|id=PETERBOU|name=Peterborough United] They played in Football League Division One between 1992 and 1994 and they finished 10th, their highest ever league finish, in 1992-93 season.

Recent history

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 the 2006-07 season.

On September 18, 2006 Peterborough United announced the "biggest signing in the club's history", new chairman Darragh MacAnthony chairman of MRI Overseas Property. MacAnthony has purchased 200 shares in PUFC and has stated that his goal is to become the sole owner of the Club. As of yet, no more details have been announced. In its AGM of 05/09/2006 the Posh Supporters' Trust stated that it owned 1390 shares in PUFC. The deal was delayed as of November 2006 when the owners of the Ground Peterborough United Holdings Ltd (PUHL) refused to accept the sale until they receive planning permission their proposed development of the Moyes End Terrace and building of 135 Luxury flats. Despite this MacAnthony has said he will not walk away from the club.

With the prospect of rich new ownership a £1m bid for striker Izale McLeod was rejected by his club, MK Dons. They have since signed George Boyd from Stevenage for a reported fee of around £260,000 [http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?hlid=438532&CPID=12&clid=73&lid=&title=Posh+bag+duo] , Aaron McLean from Grays Athletic for a figure expected to be around £150,000 [http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?hlid=438600&CPID=12&clid=73&lid=&title=Morgan+completes+Posh+move] and Josh Low from Leicester for a fee rising to £100,000 [http://home.skysports.com/transferarticle.aspx?hlid=439398] .

They have also signed 32 year old central midfielder Micah Hyde for £75,000 (raising to £100,000 if Peterborough get promotion) from Burnley and goalkeeper Shwan Jalal from Woking for an undisclosed fee to continue their bid spending.

While Alexander had some success in the role, leading the club to its best-ever start to a season and keeping them in the play-off positions for most of the 2006-07 season, he was nonetheless sacked in January due to a run of six defeats in a row, and his long-ball tactics met with disapproval among fans even when the club was near the top of the table. After a brief caretaker spell by Tommy Taylor, Darren Ferguson was installed as player-manager.

Ferguson had a good start to his managerial career, and was unlucky to only gain 1 point from his first 3 games after some good performances. Ironically, the first win in his managerial career was against his former club, Wrexham.

Ferguson appointed Kevin Russell as his assistant, and Ben MacKenzie as fitness coach.

Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony has proposed a 15,000 all seater stadium to replace the current London Road stadium which has a capacity of 15,314.Fact|date=April 2008

On the 19 April 2008, Peterborough were promoted to the Coca-Cola Football League 1 after Dean Keates header secured a 1-0 victory against Hereford United.

On Friday 18 January 2008 it was announced that Peterborough United will enter in to a 3-year sponsorship deal with adidas to supply new kit from the season beginning 2008–09

Honours

*League One (including Second Division and (Old) Third Division) [Up until 1992, the third division of English football was the Third Division. From 1992 to 2004 it was known as Second Division, and League One ever since.] "'
**Play-Off Winners: 1991/92.
*League Two (including Third Division and (Old) Fourth Division) [Up until 1992, the fourth division of English football was the Fourth Division. From 1992 to 2004 it was known as Third Division, and League Two ever since.] "'
**Winners: 1960/61, 1973/74.
**Runners Up: 2007/08.
**Play-Off Winners: 1999/00.
**Promoted: 1990/91.

Records

League records

*Most goals ever scored by an English club in a single season: 134 goals.
*Biggest away victory: Third Division Barnet 1 Peterborough 9.
*Most league goals scored in Division 4 in one season by one player: 52 (Terry Bly)

Club records

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

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

Most League goals in one season -
Terry Bly - 52 : 1960-1961

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

Highest Transfer Fee Paid - £400,000 to Norwich City for Joe Lewis, January 2008

Player records

Most appearances

"Players in bold still playing for The Posh"

#Tommy Robson 559
#Mark Tyler 483
#Jack Carmichael 420
#Noel Luke 346
#Mick Halsall 316

Players

:"As of 9 October 2008."cite web
title = First Team
url = http://www.theposh.premiumtv.co.uk/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10427,00.html
publisher = Peterborough United FC
accessdate = 2008-08-27
]

Current squad

On loan

Notable former players

*flagicon|England Tony Adcock
*flagicon|Australia Jimmy Rooney
*flagicon|England Fred Barber
*flagicon|England Terry Bly
*flagicon|England Aidy Boothroyd
*flagicon|Ireland Gary Breen
*flagicon|England Jimmy Bullard
*flagicon|England Steve Castle
*flagicon|Saint Lucia Ken Charlery
*flagicon|England Andy Clarke
*flagicon|Northern Ireland Colin Clarke
*flagicon|Ireland Ollie Conmy
*flagicon|England Robbie Cooke
*flagicon|Wales Simon Davies
*flagicon|Northern Ireland Derek Dougan
*flagicon|England Adam Drury
*flagicon|Wales Marcus Ebdon
*flagicon|England Matthew Etherington
*flagicon|England David Farrell
*flagicon|England Mick Gooding
*flagicon|England Mickey Gynn
*flagicon|Nigeria Dominic Iorfa
*flagicon|England Zat Knight
*flagicon|Northern Ireland Gerry McElhinney
*flagicon|England Leon McKenzie
*flagicon|Northern Ireland Steve Morrow
*flagicon|Australia David Oldfield
*flagicon|England Keith Oakes
*flagicon|England Tony Philliskirk
*flagicon|England David Pleat
*flagicon|Northern Ireland Jimmy Quinn
*flagicon|England Tommy Robson
*flagicon|England David Seaman
*flagicon|Northern Ireland Paddy Sloan
*flagicon|England Eric Steele
*flagicon|England Worrell Sterling
*flagicon|England John Wile
*flagicon|Ireland Dick Whittaker

"See Also: "

Managers

"As of May 5, 2007. Only competitive matches are counted. Periods as caretaker manager are shown in italics""See Also: "

References

ee also

*London Road Stadium
*Peterborough United F.C. season 2007-08

External links

* [http://www.theposh.com/ Official Site]
* [http://www.theposhforum.co.uk/ Official Forum]
* [http://www.londonroad.net/ Peterborugh Fans Main Forum]
* [http://www.darraghmacanthony.com/ Official Darragh MacAnthony site]
* [http://www.uptheposh.com/ UpThePosh! The Peterborough United Database]
* [http://www.pisa2000.co.uk/ PISA 2000 - the Posh Independent Supporters Association]
* [http://www.footballsite.co.uk/Statistics/ClubbyClub/ClubHistories/PeterboroughUnited.htm Every match result and League table since they joined the Football League]
* [http://www.thepusfc.com/ Peterborough United Supporters FC (PUSFC)]


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