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In Focus: Peterborough United

25 June 2019

Name: Peterborough United Football Club

Founded: 1934

Ground: London Road

Capacity: 15,314

Manager: Darren Ferguson

Last season: Seventh in Sky Bet League One

Peterborough United will be hoping to build on last season’s seventh-placed finish in Sky Bet League One as the aim to break into the division’s top six and a promotion challenge in 2019/20.

The Cambridgeshire outfit missed out on a Play-Off spot by a point, with Doncaster Rovers pipping Posh to sixth.

Peterborough ended their campaign with two straight wins, away at Portsmouth before a final day home victory against Burton Albion.

From their 46 outings, the Posh won 20, drew 12 and lost 14, earning 72 points as they look to better last season’s position.

And manager Darren Ferguson has been busy recruiting fresh faces to London Road, with the likes of goalkeeper Christy Pym, defenders Dan Butler, Mark Beevers, Niall Mason,  Fraser Blake-Tracy and Serhat Tasdemir  as well as forward Mo Eisa.

Ferguson, who returned to Peterborough United for his third spell as the club’s manager in January this year, replacing former boss Steve Evans in the dugout at London Road.

Ferguson, son of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex, began his career under the stewardship of his father at Old Trafford, coming through their youth system.

The Glasgow-native made 27 senior league appearances at United between 1990-1994 prior to departing the Red Devils when he signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers, who took him to Molineux in a £250,000 deal.

The midfielder went onto spend a further five-years at Wolves, turning out 117 times in Division One before moving to Dutch club Sparta Rotterdam for a brief stint in 1999.

He returned to Britain in 1999 when he agreed a deal with Wrexham, enjoying success in North Wales during eight-years at the Racecourse Ground.

Ferguson, a former Scotland U21 international, made 310 league appearances for the Red Dragons, scoring 51 goals for the side, who he captained to Division Two in 2002/03 and the Football League Trophy in 2005.

He moved into management to become player-manager at Peterborough in January 2007, leading the Posh to tenth before taking them to second in the fourth-tier and promotion the following term.

Ferguson led Peterborough to a second promotion up to the Championship in 2009 before taking up the vacancy at Preston North End in January 2010.

But Ferguson’s spell at Deepdale was short, leaving the Lilywhites in December 2010, returning to Peterborough in January 2011.

Four-years and a promotion to the Championship, which came via the Play-Offs in May 2011, were spent at Peterborough while he was on the move again to Doncaster Rovers in October 2015, guiding the men from South Yorkshire to promotion from Sky Bet League Two in 2016/17.

The 47-year-old was back as Peterborough manager in January 2019, replacing Evans.

Tranmere Rovers’ record versus Peterborough United stands at won 17, drawn 16 and lost 24.

Three out of the last four fixtures have been FA Cup ties with the Posh winning the last meeting at Prenton Park in November 2017.


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