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Opposition Profile: Peterborough United

12 June 2017

A new feature where we take a closer look at who Rovers will face in League One next season.

Peterborough United

Founded: 1934
Nickname: The Posh

Formed in 1934, Peterborough United played in the Midland League, which they won six times, before being admitted into the Football League in 1960 – winning the Fourth Division at the first attempt.

The 1991-92 season remains arguably the most successful in the club’s history. Peterborough played at Wembley for the first time, defeating Stockport County 2-1 in the Third Division play-off final, which secured promotion to the new First Division. They also reached the area final of the Football League Trophy and the quarter-finals of the League Cup, courtesy of victories over Wimbledon, Newcastle and Liverpool.

Darren Ferguson led the club to back-to-back promotions from League Two to the Championship between 2007 and 2009, before leaving to take over at Preston. Following Peterborough’s relegation into League One, Ferguson returned to the club and guided the Posh back into the Championship, defeating Huddersfield Town 3-0 at Wembley in the 2011 League One play-off final. 

Relegated from the Championship in 2012-13, the Posh have played in League One since. They enjoyed further Wembley success in March 2014, defeating Chesterfield 3-1 in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final. 

The Manager: Grant McCann

Starting out with West Ham, Grant McCann became Cheltenham’s record signing when he joined for £50,000 in January 2003.

The midfielder made over 150 league appearances for Cheltenham over the next four years, winning the 2006 League Two play-off final at the Millennium Stadium, before joining Barnsley in January 2007.

McCann signed for Scunthorpe a year later and went on to make over 100 appearances for the Iron, winning the 2008-09 League One play-off final at Wembley, before moving to Peterborough in May 2010.

Quickly installed as club captain, McCann made over 150 appearances for the Posh, securing play-off success for the third time in his career – at a third different venue – with victory over Huddersfield in the 2011 League One play-off final at Old Trafford.

After returning to his native Northern Ireland to end his playing days at Linfield, McCann returned to Peterborough in a coaching capacity in February 2015. In May 2016, the 37-year-old was appointed Peterborough manager on a four-year deal.

The Ground: ABAX Stadium

London Road, or the ABAX Stadium as it is known for sponsorship purposes, was built in 1913 and has a capacity of 14,084.

Last Season: 11th, League One

Grant McCann led Peterborough to a mid-table finish in League One in his first season in charge at London Road.

After an encouraging first half to the season, Peterborough headed into the Christmas period in the play-off positions, but a disappointing second half to the campaign saw their promotion challenge fade.

In the cup competitions, Peterborough were knocked out by Swansea in the second round of the EFL Cup and lost 4-1 away to Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup.

Last Meeting: March 2nd 2013

Dwight Gayle scored a first-half hat-trick, as Peterborough secured a surprise 3-2 victory over Rovers at Ewood Park.

Jordan Rhodes pulled a goal back on 73 minutes and debutant David Jones reduced the arrears further in added time, but Michael Appleton’s men were unable to find a late leveller. 

  • Just nine days to go until the 2017-18 EFL fixtures are released.

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