Darren Ferguson: ‘It was like the Berlin Wall coming down’ as Posh delivered joy to their fans

Posh boss Darren Ferguson insists delivering joy to the club’s fans was a prime motivating factor in his team’s bid for promotion.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 10:44 am
Posh players Jack Taylor (right) and Josef Bursik behind the wire fencing after winning promotion from League One. Photo: David Lowndes.

Supporters were only allowed to watch one League One game at the Weston Homes Stadium - the 4-1 romp against Rochdale - because of strict Covid-related restrictions

“The pandemic made life tough for everyone,” Ferguson admitted. “It was a new experience for us all.

“But I sensed even though they weren’t at the stadium the fans were still right behind us and we were desperate to give them something to celebrate.

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“We spoke as a group about being a Championship club when the fans returned and what a boost that would be for them.

“Going to a match for two hours on a Saturday afternoon or a Tuesday night is a release for many people and it was taken away from them.

“They’ve been able to watch matches on iFollow, but it’s not the same experience so after the Lincoln game we couldn’t wait to get outside and celebrate with them.

“It was still surreal as there were fences between us and them at first, but then the chairman got involved and ordered the fences to be removed and it was like the Berlin Wall coming down!

“I’m sorry I didn’t get too close to the fans as I’m still very conscious of Covid, but the scenes outside the ground must be savoured by players, the staff and the fans as they might never be repeated.”