Today’s Looking Back has a sporting theme. Cricket fans will fondly recall when county cricket was played in the city. Northants played here from 1906 until 1974, mostly at Peterborough Town’s former home in Crawthorne Road.
The pictures top were taken there in 1963 and 1972 although I can’t be sure if they show county action.
The city has always produced quality boxers and one of the most popular was local lad Lennie Gloster who won a Southern Area title.
Professional ice hockey arrived in the city in May 1982 when Peterborough Pirates played their first game at the East Of England Ice Rink. Our picture shows Pirate Terry Menard tackling John Lawless of Cardiff Devils. Lawless previously played for the Pirates and was one of the club’s most successful ever players.
The speedway action shows Panthers’ captain Brian Clark (left) in action in 1978, eight years after the club was formed.
The creation of a purpose built rowing lake at Thorpe Meadows was a huge boost for the city’s rowing club, which as the picture shows, previously had to make do with the river.
No sporting look back would be complete without Posh and the photograph shows the team celebrating winning the 4th division championship in 1973-74.
The final picture is an aerial picture of two of the city’s main sporting facilities – the Regional Pool and the running track.