Peterborough United debut for Oliver Norburn against Marcus Maddison’s Spalding was watched by Sir Alex Ferguson

Peterborough United’s latest signing Oliver Norburn played 45 minutes of last night’s (August 11) 3-2 friendly win at Spalding United.

By Alan Swann
Thursday, 12th August 2021, 8:45 am
Oliver Norburn playing for Posh at Spalding. Photo: Joe Dent/
Oliver Norburn playing for Posh at Spalding. Photo: Joe Dent/

Posh included five triallists in their side, one of whom scored twice as Posh fought back from 2-0 down. Hamed Ishola netted the winning goal. A triallist also blazed a first half penalty over the bar.

City man Jordan Macleod scored both Spalding goals including a superb individual effort. Spalding are managed by former Posh promotion hero Gaby Zakuani.

Former Posh star Marcus Maddison played for Spalding and was a number of home players to force a decent stop from Posh ‘keeper Dan Gyollai.

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From left, Sir Alex Ferguson, Darren Ferguson, Kieran Scarff (Academy director) and Barry Fry watch Posh at Spalding. Photo: Joe Dent/

Gyollai is back from his trial at Portsmouth who have yet to make him an offer.

Sir Alex Ferguson watched the match at the Sir Halley Stewart Field alongside his son, Posh manager Darren Ferguson.

Posh Under 23 manager Matthew Etherington said: “It is always difficult when you have as many trialists in the side as we had because it does take time to understand each other in how you play, but we were poor and they were told that at half-time.

“In the second half, we got hold of the game, passed it better and those players contracted upped their game and they have to take every opportunity they have because football can be difficult. It was pleasing to win the game, they kept going to the end and they deserve credit for that.”

Marcus Maddison playing for Spalding against Posh. Photo: Joe Dent/

Gyollai, Aaron Powell, Ethan Bojang (who signed a Posh deal yesterday), Charlie O’Connell, Norburn, Luke Harris and Ishola were the contracted players involved.

A crowd of 1400 watched the match.