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.
Other local sporting highlights this week in years gone by . . .
20 YEARS AGO
FOOTBALL: Local Sunday morning team George Inn finished their Mid-Anglia Junior Cup tie against City Arms with only eight players but still won 7-0. Referee Dave Baverstock sent off David Keyworth and Marc Saunders and the Oundle side then had player/manager James Keane taken to hospital with a shin injury.
FOOTBALL: Wisbech also had two players sent off in a 3-2 Jewson League defeat at Great Yarmouth. They were Lee Parrott (off-the-ball incident) and Jackie Gallagher (dissent).
FOOTBALL: Peterborough League side Oundle Town completed one of the best wins in their history when claiming the scalp of UCL outfit Bugbrooke in the Northants Junior Cup. They won 3-0 with goals by Darren Paling, Dean Clarke and Mark Paul.
POSH: Barry Fry’s side slipped deep into the Division Two relegation mire after a 2-1 defeat at Gillingham and a 2-0 loss at relegation rivals Wycombe. The Evening Telegraph headline on the Wycombe match report read: “Even pub footballers are better than this!” Several Posh fans called for Fry to quit. Club owner Peter Boizot said: “We really must rally round the manager and the team at this difficult time.”
30 YEARS AGO
POSH: Goals from Steve Phillips and Jackie Gallagher earned Posh a 2-0 home win against Colchester and moved them up to sixth in the Division Four table.
RUGBY: Borough beat Loughborough University 14-13 with tries by Kevin Roe, Mick Jones and Ian Fowler.
FOOTBALL: Franco Spataro was a hat-trick hero for Peterborough League side Juventus as they beat Corby Danesholme 4-0 to reach the Northants Area Cup semi-finals. Club chairman Guiseppe Spataro treated all the players and their wives and girlfriends to a slap-up meal.
RUGBY: Veteran prop Brian Dutton scored his first try for two years when touching down for Perkins in a 36-6 win against Sawston.
ICE HOCKEY: Peterborough Pirates player Kevin King was selected for the GB Under 21 squad to attend the World Junior Championships in Denmark.
BOWLS: Peterborough’s Catherine Anton and Mandy Brundle were picked for England Under 25s to play Scotland.
HOCKEY: Baker Perkins won their first East League Division Two North match of the season when beating Alford 4-0 through Nick Pratt, Bob Cave and Chris Malton (2).
40 YEARS AGO
BOXING: British and European light-welterweight champion Dave ‘Boy’ Green from Chatteris won on points against experienced Argentinian Mario Guillotti at the Royal Albert Hall.
POSH: Noel Cantwell’s side were unlucky to only draw 0-0 at Crystal Palace in Division Three as John Cozens had a ‘goal’ controversially ruled out for offisde. The attendance at Selhurst Park was 16,623.
FOOTBALL: Roger Terrell scored twice in the last 10 minutes to earn Yaxley a 2-1 win at Downham in the Peterborough League Premier Division. Also in the Peterborough League, Dave Pike blasted a hat-trick for Peterborough Rovers Reserves in a 6-0 win over Geest Sports in Division Three North.
HOCKEY: Mick Ward scored the goal as Peterborough Town beat Norwich Grasshoppers 1-0 to keep their promotion hopes alive in Central East League Division One.
RUGBY: Borough lost 13-6 at Bedford Athletic with Alan Marshall crossing for a late consolation try converted by John Williams.
ANGLING: Yaxley won the last Hunts Winter League match at Ramsey to take the team title. They also provided the individual winner - Peter Collins with 5lb 14oz.
50 YEARS AGO
ANGLING: Whittlesey won the East Anglian Winter League title. They also provided the individual winner in the last match of the series on the Great Ouse Relief Channel in the shape of Robin Harris with 6lb 6oz.
RUGBY: Borough lost 12-11 away to Ruislip. Tom McClure scored a try and drop-goal and Barry Vanstone a penalty and conversion.
POSH: Posh winger Colin Garwood produced a sparkling display for England Youths in a 3-0 win over Ireland at Edgeley Park, Stockport. He created the second goal and scored the third.
HOCKEY: City mixed side Odyssians beat St Neots 5-0 with goals by Rick Francis (2), David Lander (2) and John Mark.
FOOTBALL: A goal four minutes from time by Les Bedford earned Coates a 2-2 draw at local Peterborough League Division One rivals Whittlesey United. Ken Bates got the other goal with Brian Cook and David Timms on target for Whittlesey.
POSH: Gordon Clark’s side lost 1-0 at Workington. The attendance was 1,610.
POSH: A reserve team match against Reading at London Road attracted a crowd of 1,740. Tommy Ross got the Posh goal in a 1-1 draw.