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
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.