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Stat Attack: Notts County vs. Peterborough United, Sunday 4 December 2016

Joe Jones

Notts County and Peterborough have met a grand total of 45 times over the years, dating back to the 1960s.

The first meeting between the two, a Third Division fixture on the 7th September 1961, ended in a 2-2 draw.

Our record win over the Posh is a 6-0 drubbing at Meadow Lane in the 1970-71 season, while our record defeat to them is a 5-1 loss in 1963.

The head-to-head is 12 wins for Notts, 19 defeats, and 14 draws.

Peterborough United are nicknamed "The Posh" because Pat Tirrel, then manager of Fletton United - the current club’s previous incarnation - was reported to say he was "looking for posh players for a posh new team".

Fletton, previously known as the 'Brickies', re-formed as Peterborough and Fletton United in 1923, and both nicknames were in use through the 1920s, although supporters complained that 'Posh' references were sometimes used by newspapers in a derisory manner.

Peterborough and Fletton United folded in 1932, the present club was formed two years later and a Midland League debut against Gainsborough Trinity on 1st September 1934 was greeted with cries of 'Up The Posh' from the crowd.

A few years ago, Peterborough United clashed with Victoria Beckham, aka “Posh Spice”, over the use of the “Posh” nickname.

She had apparently objected to Peterborough's plans to register "Posh" and "The Posh" as registered trademarks, but eventually backed down after realising the club had been using that nickname some 50 years before she was born.

Notts and Peterborough played a blinder of a game on the 28 September 2010 at London Road, the Magpies surging into a two-goal lead courtesy of Ben Davies, before Gabriel Zakuani’s header halved the deficit.

Craig Westcarr restored the away side’s two-goal lead, before Craig Mackail-Smith made things tense for the last half hour thanks to his angled shot.

The game is also known for a 22-man brawl at the final whistle, which resulted in an FA charge for both teams and a £15,000 fine.

Team news

Notts may have leading scorer Jon Stead back for their FA Cup tie at home to Peterborough on Sunday.

The nine-goal striker resumed training last week after more than a month out with an ankle injury, but a late decision will be made on his fitness.

Rob Milson is available again after a one-match ban but fellow midfielder Stanley Aborah remains an injury doubt.

Winger Alex Rodman could overcome a groin problem as the Magpies look to make it through to the third round for the first time since 2012.

Peterborough manager Grant McCann has no fresh injury or suspension concerns.

However, the Posh boss is expected to make changes from the side which lost to Scunthorpe after claiming this week that he is not scared of dropping players who are "not trying."

Peterborough's match against Oldham last week was postponed due to a frozen pitch which means defender Jack Baldwin will be unavailable.

Baldwin was booked for the fifth time this season against the Iron and is joined on the sidelines by Jermaine Anderson.

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