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29 June 2014

Focus on Peterborough United



It was to ultimately a season of disappointment for the Posh, even with a top-six finish and triumph in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

The aim was promotion but Darren Ferguson's side lost their play-off semi-final on aggregate against Leyton Orient.

Things started off well in the league for Peterborough, who won their first six games in all competitions before suffering a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of – you guessed it – Crawley Town!

However, the Posh then went the next eight league games undefeated. The departure of Lee Tomlin to Middlesbrough in January hit Peterborough hard and they eventually finished sixth.

A 1-1 draw at London Road in the first leg against Orient was followed a tense game in East London but the O's came out on top and Peterborough's season finished one game earlier than they would have wanted.



Son of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, Darren originally cut his teeth in management with Peterborough in 2007 and spent two years at the helm – and during this time led Peterborough from League Two to the Championship with successive promotions. He departed by mutual consent in November 2009 and two months later he was installed as manager of Preston North End. His time at Deepdale was short-lived and he returned to Peterborough in January 2011.

As a player, Ferguson was with Manchester United, under the stewardship of his father. He appeared 27 times for United and then spent five years at Wolves, appearing over 100 times. He had a short spell with Sparta Rotterdam and then had eight years at Wrexham, making over 300 appearances. Darren played for Scotland under-21s on five occasions.



When the Reds visit London Road in April 2015, our supporters are likely to be in the newly built 1,000 capacity stand at the Moy's End.



There has been plenty of activity so far this summer with defensive duo Craig Alcock and Mark Little departing the club. Captain Tommy Rowe has moved to Wolves on a free transfer and there is the possibility that last season's top scorer Britt Assombalongs may leave the Posh too.

Incoming are winger Jon Taylor from Shrewsbury and diminutive ex-Dulwich Hamlet forward Erhun Oztumer, whilst former Posh defender Gabriel Zakuani has returned after a spell playing in Greece.



There are a host of players who have represented both Posh and Reds. In the current Peterborough squad, Tyrone Barnett, Nicky Ajose and Michael Bostwick all had spells with Crawley, whilst Josh Simpson joined us in 2011 from Peterborough. Others who have played for both include Sergio Torres, Ben Wright, Paul Jones, Danny Mills and Ramone McCrae.



Crawley managed to do the double last season, winning 2-0 at London Road thanks to a great double from Gary Alexander. In the home game in March 2014, Matt Tubbs' delicate penalty sealed a 1-0 success.

Reds have also played Peterborough in two pre-season friendly matches in the past, winning one and losing one.



Peterborough United are 5/2 with Sky Bet to win promotion from League One in the 2014-15 season.

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