Remembering the best finish in Peterborough United’s history when Posh finished below Grimsby, but above Wolves and over 8,000 Leicester City fans watched their team get stuffed at London Road!

Posh players celebrate their come-from-behind win at Derby County.Posh players celebrate their come-from-behind win at Derby County.
Posh players celebrate their come-from-behind win at Derby County.
Peterborough United manager Chris Turner said it would ‘take a miracle’ for his team to compete in the old Division One.

After all Posh had never reached the second tier of English football before back-to-back promotions under Turner saw them lining up against the likes of Newcastle United, West Ham United, Wolves, Derby and Leicester City in the 1992-93 season.

Posh striker Tony Adcock told the PT recently the players were confident they could ride the momentum of the previous, historic season, and he was proved right as they secured a 10th placed finish which remains the club’s highest finish in their history.

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Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle United won the 1992-93 Division One title comfortably. It was the former England captain’s first full season at the club.

Dominic Iorfa in action for Posh.Dominic Iorfa in action for Posh.
Dominic Iorfa in action for Posh.

West Ham, who had been relegated from the Premier League the season before, went up as runners-up under the management of Billy Bonds.

The Hammers pipped Jim Smith’s Portsmouth on goal difference.

Swindon, under Glenn Hoddle, won the play-offs with Brentford, Cambridge and Bristol Rovers all relegated.

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Current League One strugglers Tranmere finished fourth with Grimsby, now of League Two, finishing one place above Posh in ninth.

Tony Philliskirk in action for Posh.Tony Philliskirk in action for Posh.
Tony Philliskirk in action for Posh.

Wolves, now a leading Premier League club, finished just behind Posh.

Notts County, now of the National League, finished 17th.


Newcastle 96 pts

West Ham 88

Portsmouth 88

Tranmere 79

Swindon 76

Leicester 76

Millwall 70

Derby 66

Grimsby 64


Wolves 61

Charlton 61

Barnsley 60

Oxford Utd 56

Bristol City 56

Watford 55

Notts County 52

Southend 52

Birmingham 51

Luton 51

Sunderland 50

Brentford 49

Cambridge Utd 49

Bristol Rovers 41

Other Posh facts from the 1992-93 season

1) Tony Adcock finished Posh top scorer with 16 Division One goals, followed by Tony Phlliiskirk (11) and Worrell Sterling (8).

2) Philliskirk replaced Wembley hero Ken Charlery who was sold to Division One rivals Watford for a Posh club record £350,000 just five months after his Third Division play-off final heroics.

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3) Philliskirk scored on his Posh debut in a 2-0 win against Leicester at Filbert Street in front of the live ITV cameras.

4) Posh also beat Leicester 3-0 at London Road that season when Philliskirk, Adcock and Marcus Ebdon scored the goals. Ebdon netter with a rare header.

5) Posh also beat Derby home and away even though the Rams spent a relative fortune for the time in the close season, including a £1 million fee for Crystal Palace striker Marco Gabbiadini.

6) The biggest Posh win of the Division One season alongside the home success over Leicester was 5-2 against Sunderland at London Road which included a glorious goal for Dominic Iorfa, his only goal of that season.

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7) The biggest Posh defeats were 4-0 at Millwall and at Portsmouth.

8) Goalkeeper Ian Bennett played in all 55 competitive Posh matches. Centre-back Steve Welsh made 54 appearances and Adcock made 52.

9) Posh didn’t fare so well in the cups. They lost 3-2 on aggregate to Leicester in the second round of the League Cup and 3-2 to lower level Plymouth in the FA Cup second round.

10) This was the season of the infamous FA Cup first round tie against Kingstonian when Posh won a replay 9-1 at London Road only for the result to be expunged because of an act of hooliganism. Posh won the re-staged match 1-0 behind closed doors.

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11) Posh boasted an average attendance of 8,064 at London Road that season, the best average since the 1973-74 Fourth Division title-winning campaign. The biggest crowd was 15,545 for the late-season win over Leicester which included almost 8,400 visiting fans!

12) Posh won more away games (9) than home games (7). They won five of their first six away trips including a 2-1 success at Watford when Philliskirk scored twice for Posh and Charlery replied for the home side!

13) Adcock scored twice as Posh fought back from 2-0 down to draw at Cambridge. Sterling scored the only goal in the reverse fixture at London Road.

14) Ian Bennett was voted player-of-the-year.

15) Chris Turner anounced he had bought the club in December. He became chairman, appointed Lil Fuccillo as manager and the following day Posh won 1-0 at a Bristol City side that included Andy Cole. Steve Welsh score the only goal, his first for the club.

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