League One Lowdown: Peterborough United

Vital Statistics

Founded: 1934

Chairman: Darragh MacAnthony

Last Season: League One - 9th

Nickname: The Posh

Rivals: Cambridge United, Northampton Town

Major Honours


Scheduled Matches

Portsmouth vs Peterborough: Saturday, September 15th (3pm)

Peterborough vs Portsmouth: Saturday, March 30th (3pm)

Peterborough United: A brief history

Peterborough are a fairly new club, having been formed in 1934 to replace the old Peterborough & Fletton United which had dissolved two years previous. Posh were elected to the Football League in 1960 and won Division Four that season.

The club narrowly missed out on promotion to Division Two in the 70's but the 80's saw a lot of mismanagement and turmoil hit the club but the club peaked in 1992 when it was promoted to the second tier via the play-offs. Relegation came a couple of seasons later and another demotion to the bottom tier soon followed.

Under Darren Ferguson's management, Posh achieved back-to-back promotions to the Championship, Ferguson left, Posh were relegated, Ferguson returned and Posh were promoted to the second tier again, lasting two seasons before returning to League One where they currently reside, sans Darren Ferguson.

The Manager: Steve Evans

Starting out at Stamford, Evans' managerial career has courted controversy down the years. The 55-year-old was suspended from Boston United in 2002 (but returned in 2004) following an F.A. investigation into "contract irregularities" and he was also handed a further fine for attempting to impede the inquiry.

Furthermore, Evans also received punishments for verbally abusing match officials and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to evade tax. Boston were relegated to non-league in 2007 and so Evans decided to join Crawley Town.

With Crawley, Evans continued to receive bans for his constant abuse but he guided the non-league side to League Two before leaving for Rotherham, where he won back-to-back promotions to the Championship and was courted by Leeds. Predictably, that spell didn't end well and after an unsuccessful time at Mansfield, Evans was able to land the Peterborough job.

The Ground: London Road (Capacity: 15,300 - Away: 1,800)

The last time Pompey went to London Road, the away end was still a terrace. This no longer exists and has been replaced with a brand new stand where home fans now sit. Here is a picture of the old terrace:

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The terrace for the home support, however, has been retained for those who prefer to stand at football games and not get shouted at by the stewards.

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Posh's Norwich & Peterborough Stand is the most imposing and is where all the corporate supporters go for their day out.

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Pompey fans are now exclusively held in the old Main Stand which has supporting pillars, the most basic of facilities and little leg room, so I'm told. It's disappointing that the terrace was removed as that was what made Peterborough a unique away day back in the Championship days.

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