The fixtures for the 2009/10 season were, of course, released earlier this week and while most of us probably scanned the list for our respective club’s games against Newcastle, I was keeping an eye out for Peterborough. For reasons that I can’t quite make sense of, the Posh have captured my imagination for a good deal of time and I’ve often made a point of keeping an eye out for their results.
Their rise through the leagues over the past couple of seasons has been impressive and shows no sign of holding up. The Posh have been one of the busier sides over the past few weeks, racking up three new signings already: Lee Frecklington from Lincoln, Tommy Rowe from Stockport, and Toumani Diagouraga from Hereford. For me, it’s refreshing to see a team investing in good potential in a manner diametrically opposed to the teams that dropped like stones from the division at the season’s end. Having each fluttered away their parachute payments long ago, Charlton, Southampton and Norwich each had to make do with biting and scratching for Premiership youth-teamers or journeymen on loan as they fought vainly against the drop.
Peterborough, then, look likely to continue their steady ascent of recent years, and it would be no surprise to see them flirt with the top half of the table. Riding on the wave of successive promotions from Leagues One and Two, and having already started to add to their young, athletic and hungry squad, they will be no pushovers.