Posh boss to get some early stick
POSH boss Gary Johnson is expecting plenty of stick on the first day of the 2010-11 League One campaign.
Posh kick off against Bristol Rovers at London Road on Saturday, August 7. Johnson was manager of Rovers’ big city rivals Bristol City for five years before moving to Posh.
Johnson said: “I supose I could have predicted that fixture what with my Bristol connections. I expect I will get plenty of stick from the Rovers fans so I hope the Posh fans will stick up for me!
“But it’s a good fixture to start with. I know Rovers very well so I won’t have to do a lot of homework for that game.”
Posh travel to newly-promoted Bournemouth for their first away game in League One the following Saturday before taking on one of the promotion favourites Huddersfield at London Road.
They finish August with the long haul to Plymouth. Indeed the most committed Posh fans face some long journeys early in the season with the first five away games also including matches at Tranmere, Exeter, Carlisle and Hartlepool.
Posh have a fixture against East Anglian rivals Colchester on Box- ing Day, which this year falls on a Sunday, followed by a trip to Swindon two days later.
Johnson’s men are certain to play in front of a bumper crowd on New Year’s Day as they are at Hillsborough to face Sheffield Wednesday. Walsall come to London Road two days later.
Posh travel to Leyton Orient on Easter Saturday and then entertain Yeovil on Easter Monday.
Posh host arch-rivals MK Dons on September 25 and travel to stadium: mk on March 19. The most attractive home matches are scheduled for November 13 (Charlton), February 1 (Sheffield Wed) and February 5 (Southampton).
Posh also finish the season at home when Dagenham & Redbridge, currently managed by former Posh boss John Still, visit on May 7.
POSH have started the season against Bristol Rovers on three previous occasions and each time Posh were under new management.
John Still’s first match as Posh boss in 1994 ended in a 0-0 London Road draw against Rovers in the old Division Two and two years later Barry Fry’s first match in charge ended with a 1-0 defeat away at Rovers who were playing at Bath City’s Twerton Park at the time.
And Keith Alexander started his Posh career in fine style in 2006 with a 4-1 thumping of Rovers at London Road. Jamie Day, Richard Butcher, Simon Yeo and Lloyd Opara scored the Posh goals.
GOOD FIXTURE TO START: Says Gary Johnson.