‘You what now?’ Who wanted Fergie sacked? Who’s the best dealmaker outside the Premier League? Which team watched Siriki Dembele five times in January? The best quotes from the 2020-21 season
Who said what in the 2020-21 season?
‘I’m calling next season the Vengeance Tour. We will have the largest chip ever seen on a shoulder,’ Posh co-owner Darragh MacAnthony in June after the 2019-20 season was curtailed.
‘Jonson Clarke-Harris was our number one target. He’s the closest we could get to Ivan Toney in League One,” Posh boss Darren Ferguson after signing a new striker in August.
‘I believe I am one of the top three strikers in League One and now I’m at a better club with better players I should improve,’ new signing Jonson Clarke-Harris before he’d played a Posh match.
‘I wouldn’t swap our squad for anyone else’s,’ Ferguson two days before the season started in September.
‘The lads know what’s expected. They suffered an injustice last season, but we need to get back to the Championship as soon as possible,’ MacAnthony 48 hours before the opening League One game.
‘There are too many imponderables this season to be sure of what will happen, but Posh can finish in the top two,’ PT Posh writer Alan Swann on the eve of the season.
‘That was way short of what I expect,” Ferguson after losing 2-0 at Accrington on the first day.
‘Incredibly sad news. A man who could light up any room. Stories to keep the boys laughing for hours. You will be missed legend,’ former Posh star Charlie Lee after club legend Tommy Robson passed away in October.
‘We’re on one hell of a roll. We can’t wait for the games to come around,’ Ferguson after Posh win for a seventh time in eight games at Bristol Rovers to go clear at the top of League One in November.
So after the third gutless, clueless performance in four games, at any other club in any other circumstances, the manager would be clearing his desk,’ fan Gary Chapman after Posh lost at home to non-league Chorley in the FA Cup.
‘Darren has one of the safest jobs in football. I’ve told him not to over-think things and just believe in himself and his convictions He’s an amazing manager,’ MacAnthony after Posh lost to Chorley.
‘I’m the best dealmaker outside the Premier League and I’ll make life-changing money for Posh when we return to the Championship.’ Posh El Presidente MacAnthony during a December episode of his popular Hard Truth podcast.
“I’d probably been chasing goals too hard. I was probably putting too much pressure on myself,” Sammie Szmodics after emerging from a long goal drought with a double strike against MK Dons in January.
“That’s seven League One games we’ve lost and we’ve deserved to lose five of them. This is what happens when our standards drop,” Ferguson after defeat at Shrewsbury in January.
‘His agent will be behind this. It’s what they do, but I have no idea why players go along with it,’ MacAnthony after rejecting Siriki Dembele’s transfer request in January.
‘Fulham have watched Siriki five times,’ Posh director of football Barry following Dembele’s transfer request.
‘The second goal was as good a goal as I have seen all season. The transition, the timing of the pass, the quality of the passing, the assist and Jonno’s finish, it was just outstanding,’ Ferguson after a 3-0 win at Plymouth in February took Posh back to the top of the table.
‘We were unrecognisable in that second half. I am angry, frustrated, shocked, I don’t know how many more words I can use to describe that second-half performance,’ Ferguson after crazy 3-3 draw at Rochdale in March.
‘Jack Taylor should be pulling the strings in the Ireland side,’ MacAnthony on his ‘Hard Truth’ podcast.
‘Do you want to play in front of 30,000 at Derby or 2,500 at Rochdale next season?’ Ferguson ahead of the crucial Easter fixtures.
Seventh heaven in ‘Nene Classico,’ fan Simon Scarborough after Posh beat Northampton Town for the seventh League game in a row in April.
‘I’ve been broken by all the abuse, monotony and pressures of the last two years,’ former Posh star Marcus Maddison after announcing he was thinking of quitting professional football at the age of 27.
‘It would be a crying shame if a player so talented stopped playing at such a young age, but he clearly has some problems and I really feel for him,’ Ferguson after saying he would reach out to Marcus Maddison.
‘Watched from behind sofa, nearly had coronary.’ Posh fan Colin Hopkins after crucial 1-0 win at Charlton in April.
‘I hope Peterborough win tonight. I used to play for them. I want them to go up with us,” Hull City manager Grant McCann before Posh hosted Doncaster in April.
‘If I was a Doncaster player and I’d seen fireworks going off after half an hour I’d be highly motivated not to lose,’ Ferguson after Posh let a two-goal lead slip against Doncaster and fans had started celebrating promotion early.
‘I thought I’d seen everything. I was wrong. It was like watching Roy of the Rovers,’ Posh director of football Barry Fry after promotion was confirmed with a 3-3 draw from 0-3 down against Lincoln in the penultimate game of the season.
‘I was a full of confidence. I didn’t feel any pressure. I’m one of the leaders in this team so I had to take it on,’ Clarke-Harris after converting the 96th minute penalty that sealed promotion.
‘I’ve never cried like that before,’ Szmodics after the Lincoln match.
‘It’s been a pleasure to share the Vengeance Tour with you all. I’m naming next season the ‘feels like home’ tour and we can do it in person.’ Posh co-owner Stewart ‘Randy’ Thompson.