Is Mick Posh’s No.1 fan?

Peter­bor­ough United sup­porter has not missed league match for nearly 20 years

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By Joel Lamy Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

If only foot­ballers showed as much com­mit­ment as Mick Robin­son, the Peter­bor­ough United super-fan who has not missed a sin­gle league game for nearly two decades. Satur­day’s trip to Swin­don makes it 900 straight matches for Mick, a run which be­gan in May 1997 after he missed a trip to Brent­ford where 15-yearold Matthew Ether­ing­ton made his Posh de­but.

Since then, the fish­ery en­force­ment of­fi­cer at the En­vi­ron­ment Agency has gone home and away in the league non-stop, cost­ing him anes­ti­mated £50,000.

The only miss­ing Posh match in this in­cred­i­ble run was a 3-1 win at Cardiff in the Foot­ball League Tro­phy in 2001 after Mick, of Wal­grave, Or­ton Mal­borne, had al­ready agreed to babysit his grand­daugh­ter.

The 63- year-old said: “Some of my friends can’t un­der­stand it. There are times on a Tues­day night go­ing to Carlisle that you won­der why you’re do­ing it.”

Mick, who first watched Posh in Novem­ber 1959 in a Mid­land League match against Spen­ny­moor United, has only missed four home matches since 1993.

He started watch­ing Posh with his par­ents while grow­ing up in Mar­ket Deep­ing and now goes to ev­ery match with a group of friends.

And he con­sid­ers him­self for­tu­nate to be watch­ing a Posh team who haven’ t played in the bot­tom tier of the foot­ball league since 2008.

“Since D arr agh Mac An­thony be­came chair­man it’s been the best decade we’ve ever had,” said Mick.

“Over that pe­riod one match which sticks in my mind is a 4-1 win against QPR at Lon­don Road on a Tues­day night. That was some of the best foot­ball we’ve played.

“And the 1-0 away win at Colch­ester to get au­to­matic pro­mo­tion to the Cham­pi­onship (sec­ond tier) in 2009, that’s a good memory.

“Go­ing to the Cham­pi­onship, it’s like ask­ing the best look­ing girl out. If she says yes it’s not go­ing to last, but you en­joy it while you can.

“The worst memory was Read­ing away. We lost 6-0and were lucky to get nil. There are some games to­wards the end of the sea­son where there’s noth­ing to play for, some­times I’m think­ing ‘why am I here?’”

Fam­ily and fi­nances im­pacted how many matches Mick could go to un­til 1997. But de­spite the in­evitable lows of sup­port­ing a foot­ball club his love of the sport has not wa­vered, even after Posh’s 5-1 de­feat to Bury last Satur­day.

“I came out feel­ing very down but I’m al­ready look­ing for­ward to Swin­don,” he said.

Mick is Posh’s statis­ti­cian and has pub­lished two books on the club. His favourite Posh player of all time is Den­nis Emery, and over the last 900 league games it is striker Dwight Gayle.

Mick now hopes to be fol­low­ing Posh for many more years .“There’ s only two things that will stop me - fi­nances or ill health,” he added.

‘Some of my friends can’t un­der­stand it’ Mick Robin­son

Mick Robin­son out­side his home

Mick with framed pic­tures of the 2011 play-off win­ning team

Mick with the ticket of the last game he missed and (right) his favourite player over the last 900 games Dwight Gayle.

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