A history book that’s worth reading

The cover for the updated version of the Official History of Peterborough United
The cover for the updated version of the Official History of Peterborough United
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Not many sequels are worth a 20-year wait. The Official History of Peterborough United will prove to be the exception.

The original, lovingly put together by fans Mick Robinson and Andy Groom, is my favourite Posh book of all time (sorry Darragh) and not just because it has been an invaulable, nay essential, reference aid for my profession.

Every match Posh have played since the club’s formation in 1934 is here. Every player who has ever been lucky enough to wear Posh blue (or red, green, black, pizza kit, yellow, Dennis The Menace stripes) in the last 78 years is mentioned.

The first edition was published in 1992 just as Posh had won promotion to the old First Division for the first time in the club’s history.

Posh are still playing at that level, but it’s not exactly been a quiet 20 years. Four relegations and four promotions have been accompanied by 13 changes of manager (a remarkable figure as one larger-than-life, divisive character was in charge for 10 of the 20 years) as well as a few changes of owner.

The paradox of a television programme that brought great embarrassment to the club also delivering the greatest owner was another great tale of the last two decades, so there was plenty for the authors to stick their teeth into.

The updated version is available for purchase at a special launch night to be held at The Venue, London Road this Thursday (October 18).

If you love Posh history you will be there. If you love reminiscing about the good (Tommy Robson), the bad (the 1980s) or the indifferent (the Fry years) you will be there.

At £25 it doesn’t appear cheap on the surface, but believe me that price represents good value for money. Where else could you gawp at so many memorable hairstyles in one space? Jackie Gallagher is so proud of his 1980s perm he still wears it with pride today.

Books can be purchased on Thursday night. Those who have pre-ordered will able to collect theirs.

Many ex-Posh players will be in attendance and the event will be hosted by high-profile fan Adi Mowles, my favourite Posh orator (sorry again Darragh).

Doors open at 6.30pm with kick-off scheduled for 7.15pm. All are welcome.