The grass isn’t al­ways greener than it is at Posh

GE­ORGE Boyd will skip­per Posh against Not­ting­ham For­est on Box­ing Day. If things had worked out dif­fer­ently two sea­sons ago he could have been play­ing against Posh, but a loan spell at the City Ground didn’t work out as ex­pected. Boyd’s not the only Pos

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A teenage boy won­der at Posh who made his de­but at 16 and who was soon show­ing the ar­ro­gance and tal­ent of­ten as­so­ci­ated with the top play­ers.

Hee­ley had dis­ci­plinary is­sues at Lon­don Road, but that didn’t stop Arse­nal pay­ing £50,000 for his ser­vices af­ter just 17 Posh ap­pear­ances in 1977

Hee­ley was soon lin­ing up along­side Liam Brady and Alan Hud­son, but just over a year later he was back in the lower di­vi­sions at Northamp­ton.


An­other child su­per­star who was trans­ferred to Premier League Sh­effield Wed­nes­day along­side winger Mark Mc­k­eever for a com­bined fee of £1 mil­lion on trans­fer dead­line day in March 1997.

Billing­ton had only started three first­team games at the time of his big move, but chronic in­jury prob­lems en­sured his ca­reer at Hills­bor­ough never took off.

Far less was ex­pected of Mc­k­eever who

was soon ply­ing his trade at Bris­tol Rovers.


Ar­guably the great­est cen­tre-half in Posh his­tory. He left Posh af­ter 364 games soon af­ter the club failed on goal dif­fer­ence to reach the sec­ond tier of English foot­ball for the first time in their his­tory in 1978.

Turner did make the step up with Lu­ton, but he didn’t set­tle and af­ter one sea­son he went to play pro­fes­sion­ally with his old man­ager and men­tor Noel Cantwell in the United States.


The tower of strength at cen­tre-half as Posh won back-to-back pro­mo­tions un­der Chris Turner in the early 1990s was sold to Notts County for a Lon­don Road record of £425,000 in 1992.

But his wonky knees were al­ready show­ing signs of wear and tear and in­jury prob­lems meant he played just a hand­ful of matches for his new club be­fore be­ing forced into re­tire­ment.


The bright young man­ager as Posh won suc­ces­sive pro­mo­tions be­tween 2008-2009 left un­der a bit of a cloud with the club bot­tom of the Cham­pi­onship, but with his rep­u­ta­tion in­tact.

That’s why he was soon back at work with Pre­ston in the Cham­pi­onship, but that didn’t work out for him at all. The Lilywhites were also bot­tom of the Cham­pi­onship when he left.

It was a gam­ble when Posh chair­man Dar­ragh Ma­can­thony re-hired him at Posh, but one that paid off hand­somely.

OH and don’t for­get who one as­sumes didn’t al­ways en­joy life away from Lon­don Road as he kept com­ing back.


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