No.24 - Sat 27th December 2014; United Counties League Division One;                              3pm at Peterborough Sports & Leisure Club; Lincoln; Peterborough; Cambs; PE1 3HA 

 

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Peterborough Sports (2) 5  St Neots Town Saints & Youth (0) 0

'Super Sports spank Saints...'

'Peterborough Sports Football Club was founded in 1908 and were initially known as Brotherhoods Engineering Works a non competitive factory side for the company that was founded in 1867 by Peter Brotherhood famed for designing and manufacturing the first steam turbine engine in the world (as depicted on the club logo). The club was called Bearings Direct in the 1990’s and later changed to Peterborough Sports.

The club started (competitive) life in the Northants League in 1919 winning the title in that its first season (before joining the Peterborough League in 1923). Before the war the club entertained Tottenham Hotspur at Lincoln Road in front of 4000. This was at a time when the main stand went down the whole length of the ground. They also drew 3000 for the visit of Peterborough & Fletton United (now the Football League side Peterborough United FC).

The club’s most successful year came in the 2006-07 season when both the Peterborough Premier Division and Northants Junior Cup were secured for only the first time in their history. In the 2010-11 season they also won the PFA trophy for the first time when lifting the Challenge Cup.

Without doubt the club’s most famous player is Victor Watson who played in the Northants League title winning team of 1919-20 before moving on to play for West Ham United for a fee of £50 in March 1920. He remains the Hammers leading goal scorer with 326 goals from 505 appearances. Watson played five times for England scoring four times between 1923 and 1930 including a brace against Scotland in 1930 and played in the first FA Cup Final (against Bolton Wanderers) at Wembley in front of 200, 000.

The Lincoln Road ground underwent a major revamp in 2012-13 to meet ground grading fit for Step 3. After finishing third in the Peterborough League Sports were promoted to the United Counties League Division One where they have remained since.

The site shoe-horned into the heart of a residential housing development along Lincoln Road is partly hidden from view and is not at first glance easy to see. A narrow ground entrance leads to a newly landscaped car park and the Parkway Leisure Club behind. This offers excellent facilities to patrons housing several function rooms including a tidy lounge bar with TV. The players and officials change in a separate brick building opposite with access to the pitch via a concrete path running alongside.

A neat high wooden panelled fence surrounds the ground to give it a smart appearance and enclosed feel. A small practice pitch (used by the players for warm-up) is marked outside on a separate plot of land. The main pitch (with six floodlight pylons in situ) is surrounded by a perimeter fence (with some infill closest to the goals) with a pay booth close to the entrance and the Turbine Refreshment Hut and Club Shop a refreshment shed (selling plenty of memorabilia including replica shirts, waterproof tops, jerseys, hats, mugs and badges) near to the half-way line. Both are painted in blue to represent the club colours. A couple of covered dug outs are also found on this side of the ground.

To the right (between the half way line and corner flag) is the modern functional Colin Day covered stand. Set back from the pitch this has room for over 200 spectators with about 150 seats in between standing areas found at each end. Although the stand proves invaluable in bad weather its position does make viewing difficult at times particularly when play moves to the far end of the field.

Today’s game sees the visit of St Neots Town Youth & Saints for a league fixture. For the record the hosts prove too strong for their youthful opponents and win the game convincingly by a 5-0 score line and in doing so moves them into the top three. Sadly the game is spoiled somewhat when visitors' Tyler Prince is red carded for a clumsy challenge in the first five minutes. The contest played in very cold and breezy wintry showers attracts over eighty spectators including fellow hopper Tony Earl who had come over from nearby March for the game. A smart card covered 24-page programme a double issue (including content for their previous game played seven days ago against Woodford United) is published and comes as part of the £5 admission. Hot drinks, crisps and chocolate are sold in the refreshment hut throughout the game.

A visit to this proactive club comes highly recommended to all travellers. It certainly is a ground to bear in mind when the weather is bad - today the dreadful conditions had caused all other games in this division to be postponed. For more details about the ground and its location, as well as fixture information and useful contact numbers check out the excellent club website and also the main league site on FA Full-Time by clicking on the links below. And finally may I wish all readers a Happy New Year and pleasurable hopping for 2015. Have fun wherever you go!'.     

FGIF Match Stats

                Scorers: (H) Barber (35), Nyang (42), Clements (71), Odain (73), Da Silva (87) and (A) N/A 

Attendance: 85; Admission: £5; Programme: w/a; Match rating: 3/5; Ground rating: 3/5.

Links

http://peterboroughsports.com/

http://full-time.thefa.com/gen/Index.do?league=1625657

 

edited on 21/12/14