SWANNY’S WORLD OF SPORT: Posh have actually been over-achieving

Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony with former manager Dave Robertson. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony with former manager Dave Robertson. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Peterborough United were elected to the Football League in 1960. They deserved it after dominating the Midland League for so long.

Since that heady day Posh have spent 25 seasons in the fourth tier and 25 seasons in the third tier, which is now almost certain to become 26 seasons.

In their 55-year Football League history Posh have spent just five seasons in the Championship, or Division One as it was known when the late, great Chris Turner took us there for the first time in 1992.

I mention this is an antidote to the sheer affrontery of those Posh fans who believe their favourite club has a divine right to play Championship football.

They don’t. Maybe we should just be grateful for the odd flirtation with the likes of Nottingham Forest and Derby County and just calm down when League One seasons don’t end up as we’d hoped.

The average Football League finishing position for Posh in 55 seasons is 63rd (out of 92). That’s 19th in League One. Based on that figure Posh have over-achieved this season.

Sure Posh have an ambitious chairman in Darragh MacAnthony (right) who continues to chase the dream. I applaud him for that, while reasoning that his positive, skilled salesmanship rebounds on him when his plans don’t come off.

That’s the case this season, particularly with the sale of top scorer Conor Washington in January, but Posh will live and learn, and go again next season.

Thats how football works. It’s not the end of the world when promotion isn’t achieved. Just as it’s not the end of the world when relegation occurs.

Football fans in floods of tears at the end of a season is one of the more mystifying sights in football. It can’t ever be so important to force grown men to blub like babies, or to embarrass themselves with incoherent and unjustifiable mud-slinging on social media.

Reading calls for managers to be sacked after six months is puzzling to me, unless said manager is so obviously out his depth, like Dave Robertson for instance.

The sense of entitlement among football fans is almost entirely misplaced. Just because an owner has thrown money at a team it doesn’t guarantee anything as they are finding out all over Manchester right now.

At the start of next season, barring an outrageous collapse in the next few weeks, Posh will have avoided League Two football for nine consecutive seasons and that’s never happened before.

Next season Posh are certain to welcome local enemy Northampton Town to the ABAX Stadium - it will be the first time in eight seasons they’ve been good enough to play at Posh’s standard - and there’s a great chance the club will be re-united with old foes MK Dons.

That’s enough for me to have renewed my season ticket for 2016-17 (yes, I do pay for one) and hopefully you will follow suit.

Nothing is guaranteed, but a strong, passionate, committed fan base certainly helps.