Some players never know when it's time for the final whistle

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FORMER Blackburn, West Ham and Fulham defender Ian Pearce has stunned football by dropping down 11 divisions to finish his career at village club Oxted & District.

FORMER Blackburn, West Ham and Fulham defender Ian Pearce has stunned football by dropping down 11 divisions to finish his career at village club Oxted & District.Some Posh footballers find it hard to stop playing when they quit the professional game...

Scott Houghton

The chunky winger was a dazzliing talent at London Road when fit. He supplied the crosses and the passes for Jimmy Quinn and Martin Carruthers to terrorise defences in the first half of the 1997-98 season.

Scott is now a policeman, but has signed up for Blue Boar Rangers in Division Two of the Peterborough Sunday Morning League this season.

"I've only played once so far, but my son is their keeper so I hope to turn out whenever I can," said Scott. "I can't play tomorrow as Cambs police have a big game on Monday and I can't manage two games in two days."

Tommy Robson & Jack Carmichael

Posh Legends regular Tommy Robson and his big mate Jack Carmichael turned out for Brotherhoods Reserves in Division Five of the Peterborough League on Saturday afternoons.

Robson recalled: "At the time we were playing in charity matches on a regular basis, but we kept pulling muscles so we decided to have a game every week to improve our fitness.

"It didn't work though."

David Riley & Mark Nightingale

'Biddy' helped Posh to promotion in the never-to-be-forgotten 1991-92 season before helping pub team Three Horsehoes to the top flight of the Peterborough Sunday Morning League.

Predictably Riley used to enjoy plenty of scoring success, although he never once netted against a team of Peterborough Town cricketers, to the delight of the Posh reporter who used to marshal their defence.

Nightingale also used to turn out for the Werrington-based outfit.

Tony Cliss

Strangely striker Cliss is most easily-remembered by Posh fans for a 'phantom' goal he scored against Stockport as the ball appeared to have passed over the goalline through the side-netting.

Cliss was one of several players to become a postman after quitting football. He served his home village Manea and Wimblington in Fen-style football in the Peterborough League.

Zeke Rowe

From Chelsea to Benwick in just over a decade, that was the fate of striker Rowe, who had a brief stop at London Road in between.

Rowe was actually a Posh legend until the competitive football started. He scored for fun in his first pre-season at the club leading some fans to believe they had unearthed the next Ken Charlery, but the goals and confidence soon dried up.

Rowe is currently playing for Real March in Peterborough League Division Two. We have no idea where the fake March are playing.Garry Butterworth

The one-time Evening Telegraph Player of the Year went on to help Rushden & Diamonds win the Conference title in 2001.

More recently Butterworth has returned to his home town Whittlesey, skippering and managing them in the Peterborough Premier Division.

Butterworth is now part of the Coates squad in the Peterborough League First Division.

Eric Brookes

This big-hearted Posh full-back from the early 1970s overcame the handicap of also playing for Northampton to become a popular city personality.

Brookes appeared for both Perkins and Ortonians in the Peterborough League Premier Division. He managed the latter.

Ashley Carr & Dale Watkins

The Robert Windle seven-a-side League is the footballing home of Carr and Watkins.

Watkins is the star of the Betta Electrical side, while Carr strolls through matches for Ding-A-Ling on Thursdays.

Other ex-Posh players still in action in the lower leagues: Chris Plummer (Peterborough Northern Star, United Counties League Division One), Ryan Semple (Deeping Rangers, United Counties Premier Division), Bart Griemink (Boston Town, United Counties Premier Division).