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N is for Neal: a legend and his son

Nepotism Soon after the arrival of Phil NEAL as Posh coach, his son Ashley joined the playing squad.

Nepotism

Soon after the arrival of Phil NEAL as Posh coach, his son Ashley joined the playing squad.Nepotism

Soon after the arrival of Phil NEAL as Posh coach, his son Ashley joined the playing squad.

Neal senior had been a legendary England and Liverpool defensive star, Neal junior was slightly less talented.

Ashley could kick the ball harder than any footballer ever seen at Posh, but guesswork dictated which direction it went in.

Phil became one of about 2,000 coaches sacked for poor results during the managerial reign of Barry Fry.

Incidentally Fry was also joined at London Road by his son Adam, a midfielder who made four appearances for Posh.

NORTHAMPTON

Posh have crossed swords with our real local rivals 65 times in the Football League (Cambridge have only played us 38 times).

Happily Posh lead the series 26-21 with 18 draws and if we hadn't been ahead it wouldn't have been mentioned here.

GOOD 'Ns'

For loyalty alone Adam NEWTON (249 appearances) and Frank NOBLE (226 appearances) deserve a mention. Newton spent six years at Posh and was as much as part of the furniture at London Road as Mr Posh and Greaseball George – sadly only one of them remains.

BAD 'Ns'

Goalkeeper Joe NEENAN was nick-named 'Teflon Joe' which indicates how often anything stuck to his gloves.

Matt NOLAN was one of those mystifying signings in the early 2000s from non-league football – Posh would have been better off signing a Nolan sister.

NINE

The number of goals scored in both Posh's record league win (9-1 at Barnet) and record FA Cup win (9-1 at Rushden Town).

Posh actually scored 10 at Barnet as Mick Bodley headed into his own net.

 

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