Peterborough United legend Tommy Robson has a word of warning for the club’s current players as they prepare to face non-league Woking in the FA Cup on Sunday.
Robson, who is still a sprightly matchday host at the ABAX Stadium at the age of 73, played in the first two Posh teams to lose to non-league opposition in the greatest knockout competition of them all.
Robson was on the left wing when they crashed out 2-1 at Wigan Athletic in 1970 and when they were beaten, rather embarrassingly, 4-0 at Northwich Victoria in 1976.
“I don’t remember the Wigan game very well,” Robson admitted. “But the Northwich game was very disappointing.
“We originally went up there, took an early lead, but then the game was called off because of thick fog.
“We dominated that match, but when we returned we were far too complacent. We thought we’d won before we started the game whereas Northwich had obviously worked out a better game plan and took the game to us.
“By the time we woke up we were behind and we just couldn’t get back into the game. We were all numb afterwards. We were a good Third Division side at the time and no-one expected us to get beaten, but it just goes to show what can happen if your attitude isn’t spot on.
“It should be a big goal of every season to reach the third round of the FA Cup and beyond. I played against the great Leeds United team of 1974 and I went to Old Trafford under Noel Cantwell a couple of years later.
“Play well in those games and it gives you the confidence for the rest of this season.
“I believe Posh have a good side now and a good young manager. They just lack consistency. They have excellent players in all positions, but sometimes they struggle when teams get men behind the ball at every opportunity.
“But in Marcus Maddison, Posh have a player who can unlock any defence so I wouldn’t rule them out of the promotion race yet.”
Robson is the Posh record appearance holder with 559 between 1968 and 1981.
Posh have lost to six non-league clubs in 43 FA Cup meetings. Dagenham (1-0, 1984), Sutton United (3-1, 1987), Burton (1-0, 2005) and Kidderminster (3-2, 2014) are the others to have caused maximum embarrassment.
Current Posh manager Grant McCann played in the Kidderminster defeat.