Posh have won promotion eight times in their 61-year Football League history, but only the 1973-74 team sealed the deal at home.
Posh have two chances to match that feat. A League One win over Doncaster Rovers at the Weston Homes Stadium tomorrow (April 27, 7.45pm kick off) or a home draw against promotion rivals Lincoln City on Saturday (May 1, 3pm kick off) will clinch a top two spot and a return to the Championship.
Here’s a reminder of the other Posh promotions...
Barry Fry's arrival as Posh owner/manager in May 1996 promised much. The club had been relegated from the old Division One in 1993-94, but Fry insisted he could take Posh out of Division Two. He did, straight into Division Three in his first season. But he did manage Posh to a promotion in the 1999-200 season after a stormy campaign which included a club record home defeat (0-5 at the hands of Rotherham) on Boxing Day and the sale of the club's top two talents Matthew Etherington and Simon Davies soon afterwards. Wayne Turner was brought in as Fry's number two (he used to get through them at quite the rate) and Posh finished fifth before beating Barnet in the play-off semi-finals (Dave Farrell's stunning hat-trick helped) and fourth-placed Darlington 1-0 in the final at Wembley. Andy Clarke scored the goal late in the second-half after Posh had been second best for most of the game. The team is pictured celebrating on the Wembley pitch.
Posh dropped down into the basement division at the end of the 2004-05 season (Barry Fry was still the manager), but the arrival of a brash, yet very rich, new owner in Darragh MacAnthony in October, 2006 transformed the club after he'd made a left-field managerial appointment in Darren Ferguson. Ferguson's name had got him the job according to some, but within 18 months Posh, helped by some outstanding signings from non-league football, had sealed automatic promotion from Division Two at the end of a terrific 2007-08 season by finishing second to MK Dons. Promotion was secured with two games to spare with a 1-0 win at promotion rivals Hereford United. A diving header from little Dean Keates sealed the success. The team is pictured celebrating promotion after the game at Edgar Street.
Not for the first time Posh went on to celebrate back-to-back promotions into the Championship, but the 2008-09 campaign was more impressive than the 1991-92 season. For a start Posh went up automatically as runners-up to Leicester City and trailling in their wake were Leeds United and other future Premier League teams Huddersfield and Brighton. Charlie Lee scored the only goal of the game at Colchester which sealed promotion. Darragh MacAnthony and Darren Ferguson are pictured celebrating after the game at Colchester and after a long wait to make sure promotion rivals MK Dons had been beaten.
Posh lasted just one season in the Championship. Ferguson lasted just four months, but he returned 15 months later to oversee another successful promotion push from League One. Posh scored 106 League One goals in the 2010-11 season, but could only finish fourth behind Brighton. Southampton and Huddersfield. But Posh beat MK Dons in a dramatic play-off semi-final before three late goals from Tommy Rowe, Craig Mackail-Smith and Grant McCann saw off Huddersfield 3-0 in the play-off final at Old Trafford. It was a stunning success, but Posh lasted just two seasons in the Championship and they haven't been back since... until this week that is! Champagne Charlie Lee is pictured leading the celebrations at Old Trafford.