Last Time We Met...The Posh!
The Clarets travel to London Road this Saturday to play Peterborough for the first time in over 14 years. We have actually only played the club seventeen times in our history with all of those games either in the lower leagues or in the cup.
Peterborough, nicknamed 'The Posh` were though only formed in 1934 and were in fact the third reincarnation of the football club. The original club was called Fletton United. This club joined the Southern League in 1923 adding Peterborough to their name to form Peterborough & Fletton United, in an attempt to gain the backing of businesses in the City. Peterborough & Fletton United though went bankrupt in Oct 1932. It was during the time the club were called Fletton, that they earned their nickname, The Posh.The moniker was coined in 1921 after the then manager was quoted as saying that he was 'Looking for posh players for a posh new team'.
Peterborough United have played their home games at the London Road Stadium since their formation although the ground was actually built in 1913. The stadium has a capacity of 15,315 and is one of the few grounds still to offer terrace standing as an alternative for the fans .
The Clarets first played Posh back in November 1965 in a League Cup game at London Road and we got walloped 4-0! It was certainly an embarrassment considering we were a proud Division One team back then with Posh plying their trade in the third tier! Indeed we would finish that season in third spot qualifying for the Fairs Cup. The team back then of course was managed by Harry Potts under the chairmanship of Bob Lord. Our team that day contained many legends including Willie Irvine, Ralph Coates, Willie Morgan and Andy Lochhead but they would all return to Turf Moor with egg on their face.
Back then of course, there were no squad numbers just shirts numbered 1-11 and also no substitutes. Formations were also pretty straight forward back then with all teams effectively playing 1-2-3-5 with cute names like right inside forward, centre forward and wing half!
Our full line-up was as follows:
Blacklaw, Angus, Buxton, O`Neil, Merrington, Miller, Morgan, Lochhead, Irvine, Harris, Coates
It took Posh until the 56th minute to take the lead after a goalless first half but then they rattled home three more in a fourteen minute spell to find themselves 4-0 up by the 79th minute.
We would not play them again until September 1985 with both teams now struggling in the bottom tier. That game at London Road would finish a goalless draw and another point was shared in the return game at Turf Moor with the result finishing 1-1.
In the 17 games we have played against Posh over the years, we have lost eight and only managed to win four with five draws.
The last time we played against them was in the 1996-97 season although we came close in 2009-10. Burnley were promoted to the Premier League at the end of 2008-9 and one of the clubs replacing them were Peterborough who were promoted from League 1 as runners-up! Sadly though both clubs suffered relegation in 2009-10 after just one season so once again we would avoid each other and that has remained the case until now following Peterborough`s League 1 play-offs final victory against Huddersfield last season and their return to the Championship.
Back in 1996-97 though both clubs were fighting it out in the second tier and by the end of the season, the Clarets would finish in 9th spot with Posh sadly relegated fourth from bottom.
Adrian Heath was our manager back then and we first played Peterborough that season at London Road on Friday 20th December 1996 in front of a crowd of 5,283 fans.
Our team that day was as follows:
Beresford, Parkinson, Eyres, Winstanley, Hoyland (Little 75), Brass, Matthew, Smith, Nogan, Barnes, Gleghorn
Subs Not Used: Weller, Vinnicombe
It was the Clarets who took an early lead in the sixth minute thanks to a goal from Paul Barnes. Barnes had been signed from Birmingham for £400,000 just weeks into the season but had been given a rough ride by Clarets fans initially until he broke his goal drought one famous day at home to Stockport! Barnes had gone six games without scoring but in this match played in October, he scored all five goals as the Clarets romped to a 5-2 victory! His goal tally after that began to mount and one more against Posh further endeared him to the Clarets faithful. By the end of the season, he would have netted 25 times!
Sadly against Posh though, that one goal would not be enough. They hit back with two goals to lead 2-1 at half-time thanks to a brace of goals from Carruthers in the 20th and 27th minute. Morrison made it 3-1 in the 60th minute but the Clarets had a consolation goal in the 83rd minute when Matthew got on the score sheet.
We would certainly get revenge in the return match though played at Turf Moor on Saturday 8th March 1997 in front of 8,546 fans and that man, Paul Barnes would be the one to cause the damage this time scoring a hat-trick as the Clarets trounced Posh 5-0 with Andy Cooke and Damian Matthew scoring the other goals
Barnes opened the scoring in the 8th minute adding to his tally in the 30th and 34st minute to give the Clarets a 3-0 lead at half-time. Cooke made it 4-0 in the 56th minute before Matthew rubbed salt in Posh`s wounds with four minutes of the game remaining.