Men­be­havin’ badly off the pitch but some magic mo­ments on it

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Posh Review Of The Year -

Ge­orge Boyd scored the great­est goal ever seen at Lon­don Road ( and that in­cludes yours MrGe­orge Best) with a 50- yard vol­ley as Posh reg­is­tered their first home win of the sea­son against Hud­der­s­field . . . onOc­to­ber 23!

Posh beat Derby a few days later to climb out of the Cham­pi­onship rel­e­ga­tion zone fol­low­ing a run of four wins in six matches. New on- loan sign­ing from West Brom Saido Ber­ahino scored twice against Derby.

But just as things were im­prov­ing on the pitch there’s an almight row off it as di­rec­tor of foot­ball Bar­ryFryand­man­ager Fer­gu­son­be­cameem­broiledin an un­savoury pub­lic spat. Fry re­vealed that Fer­gu­son had spo­ken to Not­ting­ham For­est about their va­cant man­ager’s job in the sum­mer prompt­ing Fer­gu­son to claim that Fry was try­ing to force his res­ig­na­tion.

The­fan­shadtheir­say an­dit was re­flected in a ‘ Fry Out, Fer­gu­sonIn’ head­line in the Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph the fol­low­ing day. 4- 1 home de­feat by Black­burn.

Bar­nett and Men­dez- Laing were cau­tioned by po­lice for threat­en­ing­be­haviourand­both were ban­ished from the club be­fore mov­ing on loan to Ipswich and Portsmouth re­spec­tively. Sin­clair was farmed out toBarns­ley­onasim­i­lardealand Zakuani re­mained on the sub­sti­tutes’ bench.

Posh picked up j ust one point from­sixgamesinNovem­ber, at Ipswich, an­dreturnedto the bot­to­mof­thetable. Theon­loan sign­ings of Dwight Gayle from Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge and Ge­orge Thorne from West Brom­re­serves­didn’tex­act­lyex­cite con­cerned fans ei­ther.

Bar­nett af­ter ar­riv­ing at Ipswich and a cou­ple of weeks be­fore he picked up an in­jury and re­turned to Lon­don Road. Af­ter seven de­feats and a draw in eight gamesPosh­trav­elled to Cham­pi­onship lead­ers Cardiff ( 10 home games, 10 wins) for a rit­ual slaugh­ter.... and­promptly won 2- 1.

Bolton werethen­beaten5- 4 as Gayle and Thorne turned out to be bril­liant sign­ings and Wolves were despatched 3- 0 at Mo­lineux as Posh threat­ened to fin­ish a rather poor year in some style.

Gayle was signed on a per­ma­nent ba­sis for a cool half a mil­lion pounds ( but Thorne was­dis­ap­point­ing­lyre­calledby West Brom) and made it seven goals in six games with an­oth- er strike in a big Cham­pi­onship rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle at Bris­tol City.

Un­for­tu­naately that wasthe last act in a 4- 2 de­feat for Posh that left them 23rd and deep in rel­e­ga­tion trou­ble as a trou­bled year came to an end.

Posh were still in the Cham­pi­onship though and that re­main­safan­tas­tic achieve­ment.

Dar­ren Fer­gu­son af­ter the win at Cardiff.

Dwight Gayle scores in the shock win at Cardiff.

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