Darren Ferguson proud to beat a Peterborough United managerial record held by the ‘great Barry Fry’

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson will break Barry Fry’s club record of 491 competitive games as manager when Birmingham City visit the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday (September 18).

Thursday, 16th September 2021, 3:16 pm
Darren Ferguson (centre) with Barry Fry (right) and Darragh MacAnthony in December, 2013.

Fry managed Posh in a 10-year stint between May 1996 and May 2005. He took charge of 417 Football League matches, including three as a caretaker-boss following the resignation of Steve Bleasdale in January, 2006.

Fry also managed Posh in 31 FA Cup ties, 19 League Cup ties and 24 ‘other’ matches which includes the Football League Trophy and play-off games.

Ferguson has managed Posh in 491 competitive matches spread over three spells between January, 2007 and now. He’s the only Posh manager to have won four promotions with the club, three of them into the Championship.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Ferguson has managed Posh in 425 Football League matches, 23 FA Cup ties, 18 League Cup ties and 25 ‘other matches’.

“I’m very proud to break a record held by the great Barry Fry,” Ferguson stated. “I know it’s over three spells, but I feel fantastic to have done it. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here and long may it continue.

“Longevity at one club is rare these days so it’s a record that might never be beaten. I’m grateful to the chairman for being mad enough to hire me three times!”

Ferguson is way ahead of Fry in terms of Posh wins though, The current boss has 221 wins to Fry’s 168.

Other Posh facts

1) Posh have now conceded five goals in the second half of a game five times after the 6-2 debacle at Sheffield United last weekend. The previous occasion was at Oldham in January, 2014 when Posh lost 5-4. Posh have conceded six goals in a second-half twice at Tranmere (1985) and Chester (1972).

2) Posh last conceded six in a game at Reading in a Championship fixture in March, 2010. Posh lost 6-0 in Gary Johnson’s second game as Posh boss.

3) Darren Ferguson had never previously managed a side that conceded six goals in a single match.

4) The 27,395 crowd at Bramall Lane was the 11th highest to watch Posh in a Football League match, all of them have been away from home.