The facts that spell out Peterborough United’s dominance of local rivals Northampton Town
Peterborough United’s dominance of Northampton Town in recent seasons has been most satisfying for all at London Road.
Here are the stats which tell a one-side story of a local rivalry.
PAST POSH V COBBLERS
Posh v Cobblers in Football League matches at London Road: P27 W16 D4 L7 F40 A21.
UNLUCKY 13 FOR COBBLERS
Posh are 36 points clear of Cobblers going into tomorrow’s match (and with a game in hand) so certain to finish above their local rivals for the 13th season in a row.
Cobblers finished ninth in League One while Posh were winning promotion from League Two in the 2007-08 season. The following season Posh won autoamtic promotion from League One and Cobblers were relegated.
Posh have finished Cobblers in every season since.
CHASING A MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
Goals from Nathan Thompson and Reece Brown secured a 2-0 Posh win at Sixfields earlier this season thus extending the club’s dominance in this fixture in recent times.
Posh have won the last six League games between the local rivals (1-0, 3-0, 1-0, 4-1, 2-0 & 2-0).
Cobblers last beat Posh in a Football League match in April 2006, eight meetings ago thanks to Sean St Ledger’s dithering and Scott McGleish’s opportunism.
DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR COBBLERS
Posh have completed home and away wins against Cobblers in the same season five times, in 1973-74, 1990-91, 1999-2000, 2016-17 and 2017-28. On the first three occasions Posh went on to win a promotion.
Cobblers have achieved home and away wins over Posh in the same season just once, in 1986-87 (1-0 & 2-1) when they went on to win the Fourth Division title.
BEST V THE WORST
It’s the best home record in League One against the worst away record tomorrow.
Posh have picked up 45 points from 19 home games (six more than the rest). Cobblers have collected just 14 points from 20 away games.
Cobblers are the lowest scorers in League One with just 34 goals in 41 matches. Posh are the second highest scorers with 70 goals in 40 games.
FROM COBBLER TO POSH HERO
Former Cobbler Jim Hall has scored the most derby goals (7) for Posh in this fixture.
Next best are 1973-74 Fourth Division title winning captain John Cozens and speedy striker Errington Kelly who both netted four times.
Colin Garwood is the only Posh player to score a hat-trick against Cobblers, in a 4-0 win at the old County Ground in the 1967-68 season.
BUMPER DERBY GATES
Games against Cobblers attracted two of the six biggest Football League attendances at London Road in Posh history. The 22,959 that watched a 3-3 draw in a 1960 Fourth Division game is second only to a 26,307 gate for a home game with Coventry in 1964. A bumper crowd of 17,518 for a 1963 clash is the 6th highest Posh home gate, while 17,009 (11th highest) watched a 1962 contest.