What a wonderful 24 hours it was for Peterborough Sports manager Jimmy Dean.
Dean celebrated the birth of a third child - daughter Shirley Anne - before travelling to Boston United to oversee the greatest result in the club’s history.
A Boston side who play two divisions higher than Sports were deservedly beaten 2-0 thanks to first-half goals from Josh Moreman and Josh McCammon in a second qualifying round tie in the FA Cup.
That win has taken gross earning in the competition to close to £30K through prize money and gate receipts, but just as importantly Sports are now just two wins away from a tie in the first round proper in the greatest knockout competition in the world. Peterborough United enter the FA Cup at that stage.
The third qualifying round draw is made tomorrow (September 24).
“It was a wonderful 24 hours,” Dean announced. “My child was born with some complications, but she is fine after receiving some terrific care and then my players turned in a stunning performance in the biggest game in the club’s history.
“To be honest the birth of a child puts football in perspective. I very nearly didn’t go the game, but the lads did the club proud so I was glad to be able to watch it.
“We outplayed Boston who probably didn’t give us the respect we deserved before the game. Their manager was very humble afterwards and very respectful, but I heard they didn’t even train on Thursday like they normally do and I heard some of their fans saying we weren’t worth the entry fee.
“Well that was a big mistake. We can play and we proved it. We played some lovely football in the first-half on a lovely pitch and we were incredibly brave in possession.
“We didn’t just hook the ball clear or hoof it. We trusted our midfielders in possession and it worked a treat. We played some lovely triangles and we kept our widemen forward as we knew they could trouble a defence that liked to pass it around, but who played very square.
“We were the better side in the first half and should have scored more than two. We had less possession after the break, but we still looked the more likely to score.
“It was just a great all-round performance. The players made me so proud.”
Sports are unbeaten in all competitions this season. The 925 crowd was the biggest to ever watch Sports in a competitive game.