- Peterborough United F.C.
Infobox football club
clubname = Peterborough United
fullname = Peterborough United Football Club
nickname = The Posh
founded = 1934
ground = London Road Stadium
capacity = 15,460
chairman = flagicon|IRL
mgrtitle = Manager
manager = flagicon|SCO
league = League One
season = 2007-08
position = League Two, 2nd
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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 Cambridgeshirederby.
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).
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 Leaguefor 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.
During the 2005-06 season the club had three managers: team owner
Barry Fryreturned to management following former England international Mark Wright's sacking in January. Wright's assistant Steve Bleasdalewas then appointed acting manager, but resigned in April. Keith Alexander joined as manager from Lincoln Cityfor the 2006-07 season.
September 18, 2006Peterborough United announced the "biggest signing in the club's history", new chairman Darragh MacAnthonychairman 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 McLeodwas 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 McLeanfrom 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 Lowfrom 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 Hydefor £75,000 (raising to £100,000 if Peterborough get promotion) from Burnley and goalkeeper Shwan Jalalfrom 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 Fergusonwas 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.
Kevin Russellas 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
19 April 2008, Peterborough were promoted to the Coca-Cola Football League 1 after Dean Keatesheader secured a 1-0 victory against Hereford United.
18 January 2008it 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
*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 2004it 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 2004it was known as Third Division, and League Two ever since.] "'
**Winners: 1960/61, 1973/74.
**Runners Up: 2007/08.
**Play-Off Winners: 1999/00.
*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 (
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 Hotspurfor Simon Davies, December 1999
Highest Transfer Fee Paid - £400,000 to
Norwich Cityfor Joe Lewis, January 2008
"Players in bold still playing for The Posh"
#Mark Tyler 483
#Jack Carmichael 420
#Noel Luke 346
#Mick Halsall 316
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]
Notable former players
*flagicon|Wales Simon Davies
*flagicon|Australia David Oldfield
*flagicon|Northern Ireland Jimmy Quinn
"See Also: "
May 5, 2007. Only competitive matches are counted. Periods as caretaker manager are shown in italics""See Also: "
London Road Stadium
Peterborough United F.C. season 2007-08
* [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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