LONDON Road reject Grant Haley is out to prove Barry Fry made a big mistake by ending his professional career when Posh pit their wits against the minnows of Bedford in the FA Cup on Saturday.
LONDON Road reject Grant Haley is out to prove Barry Fry made a big mistake by ending his professional career when Posh pit their wits against the minnows of Bedford in the FA Cup on Saturday.LONDON Road reject Grant Haley is out to prove Barry Fry made a big mistake by ending his professional career when Posh pit their wits against the minnows of Bedford in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Haley can t wait to go face-to-face with his former team-mates on one of the biggest days of his life and would like nothing more than dumping the man that cruelly ended his Posh dream 12 months ago out of the cup.
Haley, who was man-of-the-match on his only senior appearance for Posh before drifting into the wildnerness, is adamant the happy times far outweigh any bad memories but reckons a cup giant-killing could be on the cards.
He said: "It will be one of the biggest days of my career on Saturday and just like any other player I want to show my former club what I can do.
"I want to produce a good performance to prove what I am about after not ever getting a chance there.
"I didn t want to stay somewhere where it was obvious I wasn t going to get a game. Things didn t work out as I hoped and I wasn t going anywhere. I was always at the back of the queue and seemed to be at a standstill. I never really moved forward but it was tough being told I could leave.
"Apart from my debut for Posh, I haven t played in a game that will mean this much and I can t wait.
"I can t help dreaming about scoring the winner in the 90th minute but that s just the romance of the cup."
Haley (22) will star for Bedford just over a year on from the day he was first told there was no future for him at London Road.
He blossomed in the same youth ranks as Matthew Etherington and Simon Davies and was a key member of the Posh Youth team that came within a whisker of the 1997 FA Youth Cup final.
But while the famous duo were sold to Spurs, Haley was left on the football scrapheap and is now rebuilding his career in the Ryman Premier League alongside a full-time job as an accounts assistant.
After Fry had broken the news that he had no future at London Road last November, Haley was allowed to join Bedford for the rest of last season.
And, after impressing as the club roared to promotion, he signed permanently during the summer.
"I liked what I saw at Bedford and it gave me a chance to carry on playing football," he added. "If you are good enough in the non-league you are bound to get spotted and if the chance to play league football came again I would consider it.
"There is a noticeable gap in class and the game is a lot more physical than I m used to. But we are not a bad side and I guarantee it won t be easy for Peterborough."
A few tickets left
The first round FA Cup tie at Bedford is heading for a sell-out. The home side have just 200 of their allocation remaining, while Posh have fewer than 100.
The capacity for the all-ticket game is 2,626 of which Posh have 1,038 places. There are still places available on the official supporters club coaches which depart London Road at 11am.
Its 6 for members and 7.50 for non-members and seats can be booked at the Posh club shop on London Road. Car parking is limited near the Bedford ground so use of coaches is advisable.