So i wanted to set one of these up for a while but never got round to it! My first post on the board too!
I've started this kinda late as im already into my second season but i'll try and start from the beginning!
A brief history.
Peterborough United Football club.
Peterborough United was formed in 1934 at Peterborough's Angel Hotel to provide a replacement for Peterborough & Fletton United, who had folded two years previously. The Posh played in the old Midland League. They won this 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 1960–61 Fourth Division Championship success, The Posh spent seven seasons in the 3rd Division before being relegated 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 2000 Preston North End fans came 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. Fortunately 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 Molby, 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. 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. At the start of the 2007–08 season Alexander was sacked after a run of poor form and was replaced by Darren Ferguson. He started well, earning the club back to back promotions from League 2 to the Championship. By November 2009 Posh were bottom of the division 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.
Peterborough United fans at Old Trafford in 2011
Gary Johnson left the club on 10 January 2011 due to policy disagreement. Two days after Johnson's departure, Darren Fergsuon 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 worse 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.
(quoted from wikipedia - shameless i know!!)
After leading Peterborough to safety in the championship the chairman had another famous falling out while discussing the forth coming budget for the season. Darren Ferguson was quoted as saying "You can't expect me to do anything with kids", ironic given his fathers stance!
The Posh chairman moved swiftlt to apoint Andy Britton, one of many of the 15,000 fans present at Old trafford the day Peterborough secured promotion to the highest division of their history.
Given a budget of £300,000, britton moved to change this to allow a better wage allowance within the club.
Jed Steer was signed on a 6 month deal to add some depth to our goal keeping, he eventually started most games in his stay as he was in good form!
Mark Howard came as a 4 star rated CB and with only Zakuani as the only CB at the club of a good enough standard it was deemed nessecary!
Djelabi was recommended by my scouts to me as a very good LB with my only other options being Alcock (who is natuarlly a RB) and a young LB in Ntlhe.
Peta was a 4 star projected striker which i thought may come in handy in the championship after a few years!
My expectations where to be in mid-table from the board, which i thought optimistic but i had confidence in the team! What actually happened was something altogether different!!