Dar­ragh’s new year mes­sage to Posh fans

2011 was a great year for Posh

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By ALAN SWANN alan.swann@jpress.co.uk

DAR­RAGH Ma­can­thony has praised the part Posh fans played in an un­for­get­table 2011.

And, in his an­nual New Year’s mes­sage to read­ers of The Evening Tele­graph, the charis­matic chair­man has pledged that 2012 will see more of the same as Posh at­tempt to es­tab­lish them­selves as a Cham­pi­onship club.

He also re­vealed that Posh are close to sign­ing five mem­bers of the club’s youth team on fiveyear pro­fes­sional con­tracts.

Ma­can­thony said: “Thank you for the amaz­ing sup­port in 2011 on our roller-coaster via the play-offs back to the Cham­pi­onship. With­out the sup­port of our hard core fan base, none of that would have been pos­si­ble against all odds.

“For 2012, I am not go­ing to throw around any kind of silly tar­gets but I will say that we as a club at all time will strive to:

Sup­port our first team, the man­ager and his staff as best we can to en­sure that we con­tinue to per­form and be suc­cess­ful on the field of play each time we en­ter it.

Give value for money ev­ery time we en­ter the field of play and that will be il­lus­trated in the way we play the game. This will not change as ev­ery­body at Posh is com­mit­ted to pro­duc­ing and play­ing free-flow­ing pass­ing foot­ball with goals.

Im­prove the ser­vice we give to our fans off the field. Of­ten we are crit­i­cised and rightly so in some ways, but we know what we need to ad­dress and slowly we are go­ing about mak­ing our fans’ ex­pe­ri­ence an A-Z en­joy­able one.

Con­tinue to work our asses off in the commu-

nity as we have done for years now with­out fail.

Pro­duce our own home-grown foot­ballers from our youth set-up so that we as a club can be self sus­tain­able with­out a su­gar daddy bene­fac­tor.

This will mean con­tin­ued in­vest­ment of mil­lions of pounds which we are com­mit­ted to ful­fill­ing so that within three to four years over 50 per cent of our first team are play­ers pro­duced in­ter­nally at our foot­ball club.

At present we are in the process of hand­ing five-year con­tracts to five of our youth play­ers aged be­tween 15-18 who will be a per­ma­nent part of our first team squad, some this sea­son, all of them next.

In­vest more money in our new train­ing fa­cil­ity which is al­ready look­ing in­cred­i­ble and which the coach­ing staff ab­so­lutely love us­ing day to day.

We will build a 3G pitch within 18 months and also de­sign on-site fa­cil­i­ties which will al­low us to re­lo­cate the ma­jor­ity of Lon­don Road staff there full time un­til such time as we own our ground.

Work hard with our sup­port­ive City Coun­cil to up­grade our aged sta­dium into a modern com­mu­nity sta­dium that the Peter­bor­ough com­mu­nity can be proud to use.

Show the foot­ball world that it’s not just about money when it comes to win­ning, but some­times about poli­cies, ide­ol­ogy and de­ter­mi­na­tion which can be just as ef­fec­tive.

Never put your foot­ball club in any fi­nan­cial dan­ger or the predica­ment many other clubs find them­selves in. Own­ers come and go, but for fans, it’s in their blood and they are the ones who suf­fer most when a club ends up in fi­nan­cial peril. Other than that, can I just say to ev­ery­body out there have a fan­tas­tic 2012. Thanks for sup­port­ing us in our quest to please you and make you proud of your foot­ball club.”

HIGH­LIGHT OF THE YEAR: Dar­ragh Ma­can­thony (left) cel­e­brates Posh’s play-off tri­umph with goalscor­ers, from the left, Grant Mc­cann, Tommy Rowe and Craig Mack­ail-smith.

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