NOSTALGIA: The importance of the River Nene to Peterborough through history

The River Nene has a special place in Peterborough history. It’s source is at Arbury Hill in Northamptonshire and its mouth is The Wash in Lincolnshire.

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NOSTALGIA: Smiles better in the last century Peterborough?

Today’s pictures all look like they could have been taken yesterday but in fact they all date from the last century... just!

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NOSTALGIA: Can you put a name to these Peterborough faces?

As any local journalist worth his salt will tell you faces sell papers. So I’m hoping that today’s selection of pictures will do just that!

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Pictured 40 years ago is the all-conquering Eye United Sunday afternoon team. They were riding high at the top of the Sunday League Premier Division and this picture was taken after a 2-1 win over Stamford Tigers in the Advertiser Cup final at Chestnut Avenue. Defender Gary Williams got both Eye goals with Mick Parrott on target for Stamford. From the left are, back, Nick Carter, Tim Woodhouse, Steve Bliszczak, Dave Thomson, Dennis Wildman, Nicky Papworth, Steve Hurry, Choo Pearce, front, Micky Newstead, Geoff Biggs, Dick Leech, Dave Snart, Ian Bliszczak  and Gary Williams.

LOOKING BACK: Hall hits six of the best for title-chasing Yaxley

Yaxley hot-shot Tony Hall fired a double hat-trick as the Cuckoos beat Wisbech Reserves 8-3 to remain in the hunt for the Peterborough League Premier Division title 40 years ago.

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NOSTALGIA: Golden age of the silver screen in Peterborough

Film fans will have been watching with interest as two rival plans emerged for new multiplex cinemas in Peterborough.

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NOSTALGIA PHOTO SPECIAL: Do you recognise these Peterborough faces?

This week’s selection of pictures is a random one, the only thing they have in common is that they are all group shots.

Pictured 30 years ago is the Phorpres Reserves side that were going well in the Peterborough League. The picture was taken before a 3-0 win over Blackstones A which kept them in the hunt for the Division Four title.  From the left they are, back, Pete Triggs, John Grant, Richard Sidgwick, Gary Richardson, Paul Pitcher, Frank Dangano, front, Stuart Bannister, Phil Wright, Darren Adams, Steve Ball, Ken Jinks, Grant Hurst and mascot Mark Belson.

LOOKING BACK: Posh Youths beat Tottenham to reach cup final

Forty years ago this week the Peterborough United Youth team beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 to reach the final of the South East Counties League Cup.

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Pictured 40 years ago is the Western Star team after winning the Hunts Colts Leagues David Wright Shield competition. They beat St John Fisher 3-0 in the final at Alma Road thanks to a hat-trick by Nigel Evans. The size and strength of Evans and defensive strong men skipper Craig Murphy and Trevor Slack were the decisive factors for Star. The successful Star side was Latter, Blades (sub Fovargue), Slack, Murphy, Wilson, Slight, Tokely, Williamson, Evans, Thomson (sub Ippolito), Clipston.

LOOKING BACK: Posh in trouble over illegal payments to players

This week 50 years ago Posh were summoned to a Football League management committee meeting to answer questions about an alleged offer of illegal payments to players ahead of an FA Cup tie at Sunderland.

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Pictured 40 years ago is the Eastholm rugby team that retained the Peterborough Secondary Schools  Cup by beating Walton 9-4 in the final at the Old Showground. Their skipper Trevor Quow kicked all their points and is seen receiving the trophy from dashing ET rugby writer Bob French. The rest of the team was  Mark Sawyer, Carmen Tsang, Lloyd Mendez, Stephen Wagg, Paul Woods, Gary Parker, Ray Taggart, Andrew Robson, Phillip Allen, Robert Sergeant, Martin Fitzjohn, Kevin Wilkinson, Dave Rawlings and Dave Shaw.

LOOKING BACK: Posh full-back makes all-star team

Peterborough United full-back Alan Paris was honoured by his fellow profesionals 30 years ago when they picked him for the PFA Division Four team.

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Women workers at Peter Brotherhood 1944/45

Memories of an iconic city firm

Peter Brotherhood is an iconic Peterborough name and a firm that has employed thousands of Peterborians over its long and proud history.

Pictured 20 years ago is the Arthur Mellows Village College team from Glinton which beat Neale Wade School, March, 1-0 in the Peterborough Secondary Schools Year 7 Cup final . From left to right are, back row, Sam Evans, Luke Steele, Lee Booker, James Phillips, Jason Wilson, Philip Lawler, Ryan Semple, Oliver Hunt and Alex Foster, front row, Giuliano Staffieri, Alistair Gordon, Simon Fitzjohn, Callum Owen, Darren Woods and Matthew Dunmore.

LOOKING BACK: Posh stars in victorious Glinton school team

Luke Steele and Ryan Semple, two players who went on to star with Posh, were in the Arthur Mellows Village College School team that won the Peterborough Schools Year 7 cup final 20 years ago.

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NOSTALGIA: Sausages and riots, one Peterborough family’s story

The story of retail in Peterborough would not be complete without reference to Frank’s the butchers.

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Pictured 20 years ago is the Netherton United Under 11 team before a 4-0 win over Eastgate in the Junior Alliance League. Stuart Yaxley, Simon Lucking, Joe Hufford and Adam Davies got the goals that earned Netherton a third-place finish in Division Two. From the left are, back, Matthew Ross, David Kelly, Sam Pauley, Robert Nightingale, Daniel Elliott, Hugh Salmon, David Adcock, front, Adam Davies, Stuart Yaxley, Joe Hufford, Simon Lucking, Peter Runice and Stuart Purves.

LOOKING BACK: Manager Fry sells Posh legend King Ken

Posh striker and fans favourite Ken Charlery was sold by Barry Fry to Stockport County for £100,000 20 years ago.

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Peterborough Corn Exchange  by St John's Church

NOSTALGIA: A reminder that less can be more - Peterborough Corn Exchange

Of all the changes to Peterborough city centre in the past few years, few have been as welcome as the removal of the Corn Exchange building.

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Thomas Becket blue plaque

First of 20 new Peterborough blue plaques to commemorate city’s famous people and places

Peterborough Civic Society has installed 20 blue plaques around the city commemorating famous people and places. The society explain the stories behind the plaques.

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Pictured 20 years ago is the Peterborough City Under 14 team which played in the Peterborough Junior Alliance League. The photograph was taken before a 6-0 defeat against Division One table-toppers Crowland. City were third in the table. From the left are, back, Robert Preston, Andrew Bilsby, Kevin Hydon, Craig Norbury, Perry Sutton, Peter Fox, Mark West, front,  Glen Gilbert, Craig Morby, Michael Cesare, Stuart Foreman and Nathan Holt.

LOOKING BACK: Charlery sees red as Posh miss out on Wembley

Posh blew their chances of getting through to the Auto Windscreens Shield final at Wembley 20 years ago when losing the second leg of their area final 3-0 at Colchester after having Ken Charlery sent off.

Pictured 20 years ago is the Crowland Under 14 team that was riding high at the top of Division One in the Junior Alliance League. The picture was taken before a 6-0 thrashing of Peterborough City.  The goals were scored by Paul May (2), Daniel Santoro (2), John Barker and Dwayne Rankin. From the left are, back, Paul Webb, John Barker, Sam Raynor, Dwayne Rankin, Daniel Bircham, Paul May, Gary Leftley, Justin Parr, front, James Cuell, Daniel Santoro, Matthew Clough, Gary Jackson, Michael Brown and Darren Cross.

LOOKING BACK: Cooper keeps Rodney Marsh quiet

Posh defender Ron Cooper marked QPR hot-shot Rodney Marsh out of the game when the two sides met in a Division Three game 50 years ago.

A view of Cattle Market Road in the 70s

Was this the golden age of Peterborough’s market?

Up and down the land there is always a debate about a town or city’s market and where it should be located... and Peterborough is no different.

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Pictured 20 years ago is the Oundle Town FC reserve team that played in Division Two of the Peterborough League. The photograph was taken before a 1-1 draw with ICA Juventus. From the left are, back, James Ambler, Ian Farnham, Seb Hayes, Andy Lucas, Dave Thomas, Jamie Homewood, Louis Fitzgerald, Bob Homewood, front, Jordan Hayes, Jamie Slack, Danny Clifton, James Bratton, Ian Brown and Paul Ambler.

LOOKING BACK: Honours even in the big local rugby derby

Stamford and Borough, the big guns of local rugby 40 years ago, fought out a 4-4 draw in 1977.

Pictured 20 years ago is the darts team from the Polish Club. The photograph was taken before they hammered Peterborough Sport & Leisure B 8-1 in a Peterborough Clubs League match to go joint top of Division One with Co-op. From the left are, back, John Dye, Andrew Fountain, Jack Lack, Malc Wakefield, Robert Holding, Paul Tatam, Nev Fountain, Mark Waters, Peter Evison, front, Mick Tatam, Tom Tully, David Tatam and Les Butler.

LOOKING BACK: Posh fans call on Fry to quit

Peterborough United fans called on manager Barry Fry to quit after his side lost 2-0 to relegation rivals Wycombe 20 years ago.

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