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Stat Attack: Peterborough United v Notts County

Joe Jones

Notts County and Peterborough have met a grand total of 44 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.


Last time the two sides played each other, at London Road in January this year, it proved one of the most frustrating afternoons of last season for the Magpies. We surged into a two-goal lead within the ten minutes, only for Ronan Murray to be sent off a few minutes later for an off-the-ball incident with Joe Swanson, with the Posh going on to pull it back and win 4-3 thanks in part to a Nicky Ajose hat-trick.

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.


14 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 also played a blinder of a game back on the 28th 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.


Peterborough duo Joe Newell and Kgosi Ntlhe are ready to return after overcoming groin injuries.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Erhun Oztumer, and Michael Bostwick are out, while Zakuani is back from international duty.

Notts County defender Blair Adams, midfielder Garry Thomson and striker Danny Haynes are all available after injury.

Midfielder Kyle Dixon is back in training, but is still a few weeks away from fitness after an ankle problem.

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