Peterborough United chase goal number 4,000 and a best home winning streak for 36 years
Peterborough United will chase two impressive milestones when they host Swindon Town in a League One fixture at the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday (October 3).
The first Posh goal will be the club’s 4,000th in the Football League and victory would seal a seventh straight home win in the League for the first time since 1984. Posh went on to record nine home wins a row back then.
When Posh beat Chester 1-0 on the final day of the 1983-84 season to seal a seventh place finish in Division Four, few would have expected the team to win the first eight Fourth Division games of the season under the management of John Wile, a period hardly associated with much success.
But it happened as Tranmere (1-0), Mansfield (1-0), Hartlepool (3-1), Scunthorpe (3-1), Stockport (3-1), Halifax (2-0), Crewe (2-1) and Blackpool (2-0) were all defeated.
It didn’t lead to anything though as Posh went on to finish 11th.
It’s been 643 games since Posh scored their 3000th Football League goal, a strike from Danny Crow that completed a 3-1 win at Bury in April, 2006.
The free-scoring team of the 1960s ensured Posh reached 1,000 goals relatively quickly. Richie Barker scored the milestone goal in a 5-2 win at Cambridge United in April, 1972.
That remains the quickest 1,000-goal run as it was 782 games before Worrell Sterling scored goal number 2,000 at Crewe in April, 1989 and a further 781 games before Crow scored the 3,000th goal.