The proudest day of the Posh captain’s career and justice for the trauma of last season

Skipper Mark Beevers described winning promotion to the Championship with Posh as the proudest day of his career.

By Alan Swann
Sunday, 2nd May 2021, 7:38 am
Mark Beevers and Frankie Kent of Peterborough United celebrate winning promotion at full-time. Photo: Joe Dent/
Mark Beevers and Frankie Kent of Peterborough United celebrate winning promotion at full-time. Photo: Joe Dent/

The 31 year-old veteran of over 500 professional matches was quickly on the phone to his wife to share his happiness after a last-gasp penalty from Jonson Clarke-Harris had secured a miraculous comeback from 0-3 down to 3-3 to seal the point Posh required for promotion.

Beevers also felt the draw, albeit one secured by a dreadful refereeing decision, was justice after the traumatic end to last season when in-form Posh were denied even a play-off spot by a controversial decision to end the season early and apply a points-per-game formula to determine final positions.

“I spoke to my wife straight after the game and told her it’s the proudest day of my career,” Beevers revealed. “It’s taken a massive effort to get up and not just today. All season we’ve had to work so hard and today I went through the whole gamut of emotions.

Posh skipper Mark Beevers (middle with bottle) leads the celebrations after promotion to the Championship was secured. Photo: Joe Dent/

“Honestly with the attacking quality we have in our side a three-goal deficit is not that big a deal. We just had to make sure we stuck to our gameplan, but to also add some composure.

“And we looked a threat in the final 30 minutes. We didn’t create that much, but we were putting them under pressure and a big decision went our way late on.

“We can’t worry about that. We’ve had some stonewall penalty decisions not given this season so maybe they do even themselves out over a season.

“When they missed that great chance for 4-1 I did think maybe it will be our day. Then Jonno stuck away a free kick with the help of a deflection and you wouldn’t want anyone else but Jonno standing over a penalty with the last kick of the game. He’s been prolific all season and he delivered again.

“It was a massive result after a massive shift by everyone and there is a sense of justice after what happened last season. We felt we were in prime position to get into the top two and we weren’t even allowed to try.”

Captain Beevers has started all 45 League One games for Posh this season. Clarke-Harris is the only other Posh player to have achieved that.