Some­thing blue . . .

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Etbusiness Daily -

ADI Mowles, the chair­man of the Peter­bor­ough In­de­pen­dent As­so­ci­a­tion (PISA), re­calls the best away trip of the sea­son: US Posh fans who reg­u­larly travel away of­ten moan that the Foot­ball League does not treat us very well with our early sea­son fix­tures.

Many years ago we got Torquay in Au­gust which meant a great week­end away but in re­cent years the de­lights of some var­i­ous mis­er­able, north­ern in­dus­trial towns have been our des­ti­na­tion.

So, it was with great de­light we saw Black­pool was our first away game this sea­son.

Within a cou­ple of days rooms were booked in a B & B for the Fri­day. An early start was es­sen­tial so we could have the Fri­day and Satur­day nights on the town and then a drive home from the Las Ve­gas of the North on the Sun­day af­ter the game.

Book­ing in at the ho­tel was made eas­ier by hav­ing a few beers while do­ing so, then it was on to the near­est bar - a frankly sleezy place where even at that time (mid-af­ter­noon) the mu­sic was ear dam­ag­ingly loud, the clien­tele very drunk, the floor so sticky you felt the need to change your shoes on leav­ing and the hen par­ties in full flow.

The stan­dard of ‘ladies’ en­joy­ing them­selves was, it has to be said, as­ton­ish­ingly poor. It seemed it was com­pul­sory to be over made up, to smoke like a chim­ney, swear like a docker and wear clothes that were ob­vi­ously orig­i­nally pur­chased in Mother­care as they were clearly way too small.

Yep, you’ve got it half of Liver­pool’s classier birds were in town.

We vis­ited sev­eral bars that evening that quickly changed into the morn­ing and the qual­ity of hen party did not im­prove at all, but it be­came quite fun to watch while down­ing ridicu­lous amounts of strong lager and jager bombs.

Any­way the Fri­day night/satur­day morn­ing came and went and it seemed a sen­si­ble op­tion to con­tinue with this rep­re­hen­si­ble drink­ing the next day while en­joy­ing the fan­tas­tic weather and de­lights of the premier sea­side re­sort of the UK . . . yeah right.

It seemed strange hear­ing the lat- est scores and match re­ports dur­ing the day with­out a game to go to. Posh were ev­ery­where around town and at night ev­ery pub was full of sun-burnt Peter­bo­ri­ans.

By two in the morn­ing I and some oth­ers were flag­ging, but a ke­bab or two al­ways helps in that sit­u­a­tion and so it proved.

Sun­day morn­ing ar­rived, the two pre­vi­ous days an­tics had caught up with us all to be hon­est and so some poorly boys and girls went for a walk on one of the piers, once again many Posh were to be seen and hang­over com­par­isons were com­mon­place.

The near­est Wether­spoons was call­ing, as any­one will tell you the best hang­over cure is more strong lager ,and so it proved.

A sports lounge even smaller than the one in Peter­bor­ough was our next visit for a few more, but re­ally ev­ery­one in our group just wanted kick-off to come round.

Af­ter what seemed like a week the game ar­rived. Posh played very well, should have been two or three up but a com­bi­na­tion of poor goal­keep­ing and Kevin ‘Bloody’ Phillips meant we lost our first away game of the sea­son.

No Posh fan was too de­spon­dent af­ter­wards as we had clearly shown our play was com­pa­ra­ble to a team that was play­ing in the Pre­mier­ship only a few months be­fore.

Pretty much that game summed up our sea­son in so much as we were not in any way em­bar­rassed, played some great stuff but were found out by some ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers and bet­ter fin­ish­ers.

Avoid­ing rel­e­ga­tion was our aim as a club, and this was achieved.

And I think although ev­ery­one is now ready for a rest, next sea­son can’t come around quickly enough.

A busy sum­mer awaits those at the club but they all de­serve our praise as do the amaz­ing sup­port­ers who have trav­elled in such great num­bers to Posh away games all sea­son. Roll on next sea­son,

Keep it Posh

EX­CIT­ING: Young Char­lie Coul­son is one to watch.

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