LOOKING BACK: Cooper keeps Rodney Marsh quiet

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.
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.

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.

Other local sporting highlights this week in years gone by . . .

20 YEARS AGO

POSH: Barry Fry’s side were thumped 5-0 at Division Two promotion-chasers Burnley. The only player to emerge with any credit was 17 year-old midfield star David Billington.

RUGBY: Borough won 25-11 at Biggleswade in Midlands East Division One with tries by wingers Dave Brudnell and Kevin Roe (2).

RUGBY: Oundle beat Biddenham 95-0 in a Courage League match with Matt Ryder and Martin Wallis both running in three tries.

FOOTBALL: Crowland Under 14s hot-shot Dwayne Rankin scored 10 goals as his side smashed Wisbech St Mary 32-0 in a Junior Alliance match.

FOOTBALL: Ortonians beat big Peterborough League rivals Hotpoint 2-0 in a Hunts Senior Cup semi-final with goals by James Horner and Darren Allport.

FOOTBALL: Runaway Division Six leaders Peterborough Railway became the first Peterborough League side to reach 100 goals for the season when hammering Bell Reserves 10-0. Ian Fovargue scored five of the goals.

POSH: Paul Ashworth’s youth team beat Derby County 3-2 with goals by Adam Drury, Chris Cleaver and Matthew Etherington.

30 YEARS AGO

HOCKEY: Bretton Beavers won the March Zulus tournament, beating Peterborough Athletic 1-0 in the final thanks to a goal by Adrian Milner.

ATHLETICS: Werrington Joggers won the last race in the Today’s Runner League series at Bourne Woods to take the overall title. Jim Grant was their best placed runner on the day finishing third behind Mike Rutowski (Thomas Cook) and Rod Pritchard (Eye/Thorney).

DARTS: Cambridgeshire chalked up their biggest win of the season when thrashing Dorset in Bournemouth 31-9. Stars of the show were 3-0 winners Pete Evison and Kevin Spiolek, who both finished with a 28.90 average.

ICE HOCKEY: Peterborough Pirates star Kevin King returned from the World Junior Championships in Denmark with a bronze medal. He played in all five matches for Great Britain Under 21s.

RUGBY: Kim Summerlin crossed for a hat-trick of tries for Stamford thirds as they beat Barker Butts thirds 25-6.

ICE HOCKEY: Ladies team Peterborough Ravens beat Solihull 5-2 through goals by Kim Strongman (2), Carol Smallman (2) and Nicky Lawson.

40 YEARS AGO

FOOTBALL: Robert Thomson took his tally of goals for the season to 50 when netting a hat-trick for Western Star in a 12-2 win over Bluebell Rangers in the Hunts Colts League.

ANGLING: Wisbech rod Malcolm Fisher won the Eastern Region Shield match on the River Cam with 31lb 1oz.

POSH: Noel Cantwell dropped striker Dave Gregory and played centre-half Chris Turner as the front man against Chester and it worked. Turner netted twice in a 3-2 home win.

FOOTBALL: Eye United reached the PFA Sunday Afternoon Cup final by beating Stamford Tigers 4-1. Geoff Biggs scored a hat-trick.

FOOTBALL: In the PFA Sunday Morning Cup, Bill Hurry slammed all five golas for Comet in 5-0 quarter-final win over Foresters.

POSH: Peter Deakin’s youth team beat Watford 5-0 in a South East Counties League fixture. Pino Nardino netted four with Dominico Genovese scoring the other on his debut.

RUGBY: John Williams kicked three penalties as Borough beat Old Cantabrigians 9-3. The back row trio of Eddie Hein, Don White and Alan Marshall were outstanding.

HOCKEY: Max Webb got the goal as Peterborough Town won 1-0 at Welwyn Garden City.

50 YEARS AGO

DARTS: Bill Seaton from the Swan Inn at Parson Drove won the Eastern Counties round of the big News of the World competition.

POSH: Gordon Clark’s injury-hit side did well to draw 0-0 with high-flying QPR in a Division Three game at Loftus Road. Ron Cooper and Brian Wright did a superb man-marking job on dangermen Rodney Marsh and Les Allen respectively.

FOOTBALL: The Peterborough Sunday League representative sides both beat their Bedford counterparts 2-0 in the annual inter-league challenge matches. Ray Copestake and Barry White scored for the seniors with the Under 21 goals coming from Graham Harris and an own goal.

RUGBY: Borough lost 9-3 at Old Cantabrigians. Jack Deacon scored their try.

HOCKEY: David Weekes and Diane Green scored for Inland Revenue as they beat Mitchells 2-0.

HOCKEY: In another mixed match Ged Watts scored five times for Young Conservatives in their 7-1 win over GPO.

FOOTBALL: Wisbech Town clinched a shock 1-0 win against Cambridge United in the EasternLeague with a goal by ‘Bunny’ Larkins.