Old boys among the big­gest threats to Posh

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - THE MEN TO WATCH -

Could a cou­ple of Posh old boys stand between their old club and pro­mo­tion?

The tra­di­tional sur­vey among jour­nal­ists cov­er­ing League One clubs in­cluded a ques­tion about the likely star per­form­ers in 2017-18.

Pre­dictably Wal­sall nom­i­nated mid­field wiz­ard Erhun Oz­tumer af­ter his ca­reer-best 15 goals for the Sad­dlers last sea­son.

More sur­pris­ingly Rother­ham put for­ward striker David Ball,aman­with­amod­estscor­ing record through­out his ca­reer, and a sum­mer trans­fer re­cruit from Fleet­wood.

Our man at the Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph tipped Ricky Miller to be the club’s star per­former.

Nom­i­na­tions: AFC Wim­ble­don - Dean Par­rett; Black­burn-BradleyDack;Black­pool - Cal­lum Cook; Brad­ford City - Jake Reeves; Bris­tol Rovers - Billy Bodin; Bury - Jer­maine Beck­ford; Charl­ton - Ricky Holmes; Don­caster Liam Man­dev­ille; Fleet­wood - Conor McAleny; Gilling­ham - Lee Martin; MK Dons - Gboly Ariy­ibi; Northampton - Matt Crooks; Old­ham - Court­ney Duf­fus; Ox­ford Marvin John­son; Posh: Ricky Miller; Ply­mouth - Gra­ham Carey; Portsmouth - Conor Chap­lin; Rochdale - Jor­dan Wil­liams; Rother­ham - David Ball; Scun­thorpe - Ha­keeb Ade­lakun; Shrews­bury - Jon Nolan; Southend - Ryan Leonard; Wal­sall - Erhun Oz­tumer; Wi­gan - Nick Pow­ell.

Not one of the 24 jour­nal­ists quizzed tipped Posh to go up and no-one pre­dicted they would go down!

Eigh­teen of the 24 tipped Wi­gan to be pro­moted and 18 also tipped Shrews­bury to be rel­e­gated.

Some fas­ci­nat­ing facts emerged about some of Posh’s League One ri­vals in­clud­ing one claim that MK Dons’ club shop is the only in the coun­try to stock 70in replica shirts.

Other facts from League One clubs:

*Black­pool are cel­e­brat­ing their 130th birthday in 2018.

*Brad­ford City and Spurs were the only two sides in the top four di­vi­sions not to lose a league game at home last sea­son.

*Nathan Pond is a Gui­ness World Record holder for ap­pear­ing for Fleet­wood in seven dif­fer­ent di­vi­sions.

*Old­ham will be com­pet­ing in League One for the 21st suc­ces­sive sea­son.

* Ply­mouth will travel 12,128 miles for away games this sea­son. That’s 200 miles futher than the dis­tance between Ply­mouth and New Zealand!

For­mer Posh player Erhun Oz­tumer (right) is tipped to en­joy an­other great sea­son for Wal­sall.

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