Peterborough United

Founded In
1934
Location
Peterborough, England

Peterborough United

About Peterborough United

Peterborough United Football Club was formed in 1934, serving as a replacement for Peterborough & Fletton United, a team which went out of business two years earlier. The club did not join the Football League until 1960.

The team is strongly associated with Barry Fry, who served as manager from 1996-2005. He is currently the club's Director of Football. In 2006, Sky TV aired a documentary entitled 'Big Ron Manager', in which Fry brought former Manchester United and Aston Villa manager, Ron Atkinson, to the club. Atkinson was supposed to help Peterborough's manager at the time, Steve Bleasdale, but the two struggled to get along. Despite the club receiving a fee of around £100,000 for the documentary and gaining significant exposure as a result, it ultimately led to Bleasdale resigning, allegedly as a direct result of disagreements with Atkinson.

Although yet to win a major trophy, the club rose from League Two to The Championship under the management of Darren Ferguson from 2007–2009. Ferguson left in 2009 with Peterborough United rock bottom of the division, but returned once again in 2011 and led the side back to The Championship.

Former Peterborough United players include Terry Bly, who scored 52 goals in the club's first season in the Football League, Tommy Robson, who remained at the club for 13 years and became the team's first Hall of Fame inductee in 2008 and Scotland international Craig Mackail-Smith, who scored 99 goals for the club from 2007–2011.

The club has played home matches at London Road Stadium since its formation in 1934. The stadium had previously housed Peterborough & Fletton United. In 1965 the ground's record attendance was set at 30,096. Since then, the capacity has been reduced to 15,315 due to the installation of seating instead of terracing. In 2009, an all-seater record attendance of 15,314 was set for a match against Leicester City Football Club.