Posh boss to get some early stick

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - by ALAN SWANN alan.swann@jpress.co.uk

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.

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