The 1960’s

In this sub-section of the museum we share with you photo’s, details etc. of players and managers of the Posh who were cult heroes of the club during the 1960’s.

Let us know (at of any other players / people (and the reason why) you think they were cult heroes of the 1960’s. If you put a good case forward we may include them in the future.

Please note a cult hero from the 1960’s may be missing from this sub-section if they were also involved with the club in another decade (i.e. the 1950’s, 1970’s, 1980’s).

Page last updated: 27th June 2017

Terry Bly

Born 22 October 1935 in Fincham – died 24 September 2009

Terry was a prolific goal scorer for the Posh.  A brave centre forward who had the knack  of being in the right place at the right time. Signed from Norwich City in June 1960 by Manager Jimmy Hagan he made an immediate impact at the Posh not only scoring on his debut for the Posh against Wrexham (our first game in the Football League) but scoring 5 hat-tricks and two pokers (4 goals in a game) as Posh swept to the 4th Division Championship.

In total in the 1960/61 season Terry scored a total of 52 league goals including 5 hat tricks and 2 pokers (4 goals) which are all still 4th Division and club records. In the 1961/62 season (in the 3rd Division) Terry was again our leading goal scorer though he ‘only’ managed to score 29 league goals!

Terry controversially left London Road for Jimmy Hill’s Coventry City’s team in a £10,000 deal where his rich goal scoring vein continued managing 26 goals in 32 league games.

Did you know: Whilst playing for Norwich City who at the time were in the Second Division, Terry helped them to the semi final of the FA Cup and in doing so defeated First Division sides Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester United, following which national headlines of ‘Bly, Bly Babes’ was made in reference to the Busby babes.

Ollie Conmy

Born 13 November 1939 in Mulrany, County Mayo – died 26 January 2014

Ollie, an Irish international midfielder was a classy Posh player for nine years between 1964 and 1972 after moving to London Road from Huddersfield Town.

In his first season at Posh Ollie helped the team to the quarter finals of the FA Cup for the first and, so far, only time in the club’s history and in the second season helped them to the semi-finals of the League Cup, again for the first and, so far, only time in the club’s history.

Conmy retired from football after making 292 appearances plus 12 as a substitutefor the club. At the time of his retirement only Brian Wright had made more. Conmy also scored 44 goals, including one in his last match for the club.

Ollie was the first Posh player to win a senior international cap while playing at London Road.

Did you know: Ollie was signed by Huddersfield Town in 1957 by one of the greatest soccer managers of all time, Bill Shankly.

Ron Cooper

Born 28th August 1938 in Thorney, Peterborough

Ron who was two-footed and could play anywhere in defence, played a total of 163 games for the Posh is truly a legend in his own right. Older fans  remember him fondly as part of that fabled 1965 FA Cup side that reached the 6th Round, sweeping aside Arsenal and Swansea along the way.

Exit from the competition came in unfortunate fashion – beaten 5-1 at Chelsea by a side boasting the likes of Bobby Tambling and Terry Venables.

A first team players for 10 years, Posh chief executive Bob Symns presented Ron with a framed long service certificate in 2013.

After leaving Posh, Ron had a couple of seasons with Corby Town and then, a four-year stay at  Stamford, where he renewed his relationship with Stamford boss Norman Rigby, a former Posh colossus.

Did you know: Ron never became a full time professional and was quoted as saying “Just never got round to it. Mind you that wasn’t a handicap. I was very fit.”  In fact Ron joined his team mates in Blackpool for a week’s training during that epic FA Cup run, he had to give up his £15 weekly farm wages!

Ian Crawford

Born 14 July 1934 in Edinburgh – died 30 November 2007

Signed by Posh Manager Gordon Clark, Ian made his debut for the Posh at Exeter in the opening game of the 1964/65 season. A creative talent on either wing Ian switched to left back before the end of the 1964/65 season and remained there for two seasons. An injury kept him out of the team for the most of the 1967/68 season but returned to play regularly in the 1st team in the 1968/69 season.

Ian played in both legs of the Posh’s 1965/66 League Cup semi-final games.

In total Ian made 172 league appearances (scoring 6 goals), 9 FA Cup appearances and 15 League Cup appearances for the Posh.

After the Posh Ian got into coaching where he served both Everton and Arsenal in that capacity.

Did you know: Ian scored two goals for Hearts in the 1956 Scottish Cup Final not only watched by 56,000 fans but was also the club’s first Scottish Cup win in 50 years.

Vic Crowe

Born 31 January 1932 in Abercynon, South Wales – died 21 January 2009

Signed by Gordon Clark for a fee of £4,000 in July 1964, his experience was pivotal to the record breaking run to the FA Cup quarter finals in 1965 and League Cup semi finals in 1966. In the 1964/65 FA Cup run, Vic skippered the side to wins over Arsenal and Swansea and was captain at Stamford Bridge in the quarter final clash against Chelsea, however he was injured in the first few minutes of the game and was carried off on a stretcher. Vic limped back onto the pitch but by that time the Posh were already 3-0 down. Vic did manage to score a consolation goal for the Posh but Chelsea ran out convincing winners that day 5-1.

In the League Cup the following season (1965/66) Vic led the side to the semi-finals of the competition and briefly ran the team when Gordon Clark became General Manager. That arrangement dropped before the 1966/67 season and Vic left Posh to take charge of American side Atlanta.

In total Vic made 56 league, 9 FA Cup and 9 League Cup appearances and scored 2 FA Cup and 1 League Cup goal for the Posh.

Did you know: In 1970/71 as Aston Villa manager, he led the then Third Division side to the League Cup Final against Tottenham Hotspur, which Villa lost. However his side did finish top of Division Three that season, breaking many records along the way.

Peter Deakin

Born 25 March 1938 in Normanton

A neat inside forward, Peter was the first player to have two League spells with the club. Originally signed in June 1964 from then 1st Division side Bolton Wanderers, Peter played in the famous 1964/65 FA Cup run and scored both goals against Swansea in the 5th Round to earn us the quarter final tie against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Peter re-signed for the Posh in 1967 this time from Bradford Park Avenue (who the Posh had sold him to) on a part-time basis.

Did you know: Peter returned to the Posh a third time in the 1970’s, however not in a playing capacity but as Youth Team Manager.

Derek Dougan

Born 20 January 1938 in Belfast – died  24 June 2007

‘The Doog’ spent two seasons with the Posh and the colourful character captured the hearts of many fans.  The Doog was signed by Posh Manager Jack Fairbrother from Aston Villa for £21,000.00 in May 1963. Fairbrother had gone on a ‘secret mission’ to Germany and beat a posse of clubs chasing the Irish internationals signature.

A strong and physical forward, the Doog not only scored on his debut for Posh on the opening day of the 1963/64 season, finishing top scorer that season with 20 goals he also scored Posh’s first goal in the  famous  2-1 win over Arsenal in the 4th round of the FA Cup on 30th January 1966.

In total the Doog made 77 league appearances (scoring 38 goals) in the league, 10 FA Cup appearances (7 goals) and 3 League Cup appearances (1 goal ) for the Posh.

The Doog left Posh for Leicester City in May 1965 for £25,000 and joined Wolves in March 1967 where again he also achieved legendary status.

Did you know:  In December 2005, the Doog was a pallbearer at the funeral of George Best.

Willie Duff

Born 6 February 1935 in Winchburgh, West Lothian – died 30 August 2004.

Duff joined the Posh when Jack Fairbrother signed him in May 1963 and he soon established himself as Posh’s regular keeper behind a defence that had ‘wobbled’ since Jack Wall’s departure a year earlier. Injury restricted his appearances early in the 1964/65 season with Nigel Sims covering in for him in goal, however he recovered in time to help the Posh reach the quarter finals of the FA Cup in 1965. After losing his place to Tony Millington in the 1966/67 season Willie left the club in the summer of 1967.

In total Willie made 118 Football League, 9 FA Cup and 10 League Cup appearances for the Posh.

Did you know: Whilst at Hearts Willie won the 1954/55 Scottish League Cup when they defeated Motherwell 4–2 in the final (Hearts first trophy for 48 years). The following year, he added a Scottish Cup winners medal to his collection as Hearts beat Celtic 3–1 in the final.

Peter McNamee

Born 20 March 1935 in Glasgow.

A dazzling left-winger, Peter was signed by George Swindin in 1955 and had played 109 times for Posh before they even reached the Football League in 1960. He went on to play over 200 more games for the club before retirement in 1966.

Peter was a star of the club’s famous five attackers that smashed in 134 Fourth Division goals in their debut Football League season in 1960-61. The winger’s share was 16.

However Peter’s most famous goal was the winner in that FA Cup tie against Arsenal in 1965. He was on hand to tap into an empty net after Ron Barnes had skipped past Gunners full-back Don Howe and crossed from the left wing.

Did you know: Peter is rumoured to have said that he knew his time in the game was up the day he was asked to ‘tackle back’!

Tony Millington

Born 5 June 1943 in Hawarden, Wales – died 5 August 2015

Signed by Gordon Clark for £15,000 (along with Derek Kevan) from Crystal Palace in March 1966, Tony made 118 league, 8 FA Cup and 6 League Cup appearances. He also represented Wales 8 times whilst with the Posh.

Tony was brave goalkeeper who was full of agility, had a safe pair of hands and a useful kick. An entertainer  who it was said would make a save with a “spectacular” dive, rather than something simpler.

Sadly Tony’s football career was ended by a car crash in 1975; his injuries resulted him being wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life. However this did not stop him from being involved in football and he became Wrexham AFC’s disability officer.

Did you know: A Swansea fan once reported that one of Tony’s party-pieces to entertain kids behind the goal was to swing on the crossbar monkey-style. He stopped doing this when this distraction caused him to miss a back pass and conceded an own goal!

Frank Noble

Born 26 October 1945 in Sheffield.

A full back, Frank made his debut for the Posh on the 23rd August 1967 in the League Cup clash against local rivals Northampton Town (although he was an unused substitute for the previous game against Scunthorpe Utd). A consistent performer during his five seasons at the Posh he played as both a left and right full back.

Was Posh’s captain for the 1970/71 and retired from football during the 1971-72 season through injury. When he retired, only two players had made more Football League appearances for the Posh than Frank (Brian Wright and Ollie Conmy).

Did you know: Frank started his career with Sheffield Wednesday, where he made 2 First Division league appearances.

Frank Rankmore

Born 21 July 1939 in Cardiff

Frank signed from Cardiff City by Posh Manager Jack Fairbrother, made his debut for the Posh on the opening day of the 1963/64 season in Posh’s 5-2 win over Wrexham.

As a result of his performances for the Posh, Frank was awarded his first, and only, cap for Wales when he played against Chile during a tour of South America in 1966. In 1968 he was sold to local rivals Northampton Town for £12,000, becoming the third Peterborough player to move to Northampton in the space of five months (Johnny Byrne and  John Fairbrother being the other two players moving to the County Ground).

In total Frank made 201 League, 17 FA Cup and 13 League Cup appearances for the Posh scoring 8 goals.

Did you know: Frank was recommended to the Posh by another Posh legend Derek ‘The Doog’ Dougan.

Keith Ripley

Born 29 March 1935 – died  5 November 2012

Keith, a wing half, played for Posh for two seasons (1960/61 to 1961/62) making a total of 82 Football League appearances scoring 12 goals, 11 FA Cup appearances scoring 2 goals and 1 League Cup appearance.

Signed from Mansfield Town in July 1960, along with Norman Rigby and Jim Rayner, Keith formed a formidable half back trio dubbed the three R’s which played a significant part in the winning of the 4th Division Championship.

Keith made his Posh debut on the 7th September 1960 in Posh’s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace and retained a regular place in the team for the remainder of that season and the 1961/62 season.

His physical presence enabled him to dominate in the air and brush aside most challenges. More than just a ‘stopper’ Keith scored some vital goals for the Posh including one  in the 2-1 3rd Round FA Cup win at Portsmouth on the 7th January 1961.

Did you know: Before joining the Posh, Keith played for Mansfield Town where he made 31 appearances scoring 5 goals and prior to Mansfield he played for Leeds United where he made 67 appearances scoring 15 goals.

Jim Walker

Born 1 July 1931 in Sheffield

Signed by George Swindin, Jim played for the Posh from the 1957 to 1965. Quiet and unassuming however Jim proved to be a fierce competitor, strong and tenacious in the tackle.

Jim played 43 times in the league in the 1960/61 Division 4 Championship winning side and was ever present during the 1961/62 season.

Remaining on the playing staff at the Posh until 1965, Jim played another 36 times in the League though mainly as cover.

Jim was also the Posh Trainer and Coach until 1972.

Did you know: Jim returned to the Posh in 1993 as Youth Team Manager having been invited back to the club by Chris Turner who had been coached by him in the late 60’s / early 70’s.

John Wile

Born 9 March 1947 in Sherburn, County Durham.

Having impressed Norman Rigby during a trial at the Posh, John signed for the Posh in 1967. It took John a while to get into the 1st team but he became a permanent fixture in the centre of the defence during the 1968/69 and 1969/70 seasons.

Sold to West Bromwich Albion in December 1970 for £35,000, John’s sale was a record fee received by the Posh at that time.

John returned to London Road in 1983 as player-manager and in total made 202 Football League appearances, 3 substitute appearances as well as being an unused sub on 6 occasions for the club.

Did you know: It’s said that John’s most famous moment came when he played for WBA with blood pouring from a head wound during the 1978 FA Cup semi-final against Ipswich at Highbury!

Brian Wright

Born 16th September 1939 in Sunderland.

Signed by Jack Fairbrother in May 1963 as a wing back, Brian didn’t establish himself as a first choice defender until the 1966/67 season. However from that point until his departure in 1972, Brian was the mainstay of the defence partnering and nurturing both John Wile and Chris Turner. In fact Brian only missed three games between October 1967 and May 1971.

Brian made a total of 291 Football League appearances for the Posh and had the distinction of playing the most times for the club in the Football League from November 1969 until 1975 when Jim Hall passed his total. Only five players have played more times in the Football League for the Posh than Brian.

Posh fans voted Brian the club’s 1970/71 ‘Player of the Season’.

Did you know: Though born in Sunderland, Brian began his career with arch rivals Newcastle Utd where he made 45 league appearances.