Our Non League Days
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 our non league days.
Let us know (at firstname.lastname@example.org) of any other players / managers (and the reason why) you think they were cult heroes of our club in our non league days. If you put a good case forward we may include them in the future.
Please note some cult heroes from this era may be in ‘The 1960’s’ section if they continued to be involved with the club during the 60’s.
Page last updated: 27th June 2017
Born 22 March 1925 in Newcastle upon Tyne – died 1987
Signed from Middlesbrough in 1951, Andy soon established himself as a fans favourite. In his first season at the Posh Andy scored 17 goals in 28 League appearances. In his second season he wasn’t as prolific and only managed 7 goals in 27 appearances and at the end of the season left Posh for Football League side Exeter City.
However in 1955 Andy returned to the Posh and his goal scoring feats helped the Posh to 4 Midland League titles. During this spell Andy made 105 league appearances scoring 73 goals.
His FA Cup record was impressive too – 10 goals in 21 appearances.
Did you know: Andy’s last goal for the Posh came at London Road on the 26th April 1958 against Denaby Utd which Posh won 9-0.
Born 4 October 1933 in Sandy Bedfordshire – died 1st May 1986.
To many of those old enough to have seen the great Dennis Emery play, he was not just a cult hero, but the best player ever to play for the Posh. Dennis played for the Posh from the 1954/55 season to the 1962/63 season winning the Midland League Championship 5 times and the 4th Division title in Posh’s first season in the Football League.
It was Dennis who scored Posh’s first ever goal in the Football League – at London Road in the 24th minute of the club’s first game of the season on Saturday the 20th August 1960 against Wrexham.
Involved in a collision with a lorry on the day of Posh’s FA Cup 2nd replay against Colchester Utd in 1961, Dennis suffered a dislocated shoulder and broken leg. Although he recovered from these injuries he never regained the form he showed before the accident.
In total Dennis made 205 Midland League, 68 Football League and 33 FA Cup appearances for the Posh, scoring an amazing 171 Midland League, 29 Football League, 31 FA Cup goals and 2 FL Cup goals.
Did you know: Dennis left Posh for Bedford Town in July 1963 for £1,500.00.
Born on 16 August 1917 in Burton upon Trent – died 20th October 1999.
Jack’s association with the Posh started on the 4th June 1952 when it was announced that the ex Newcastle Utd goalkeeper was to replace Bob Gurney as Posh manager.
That summer Jack brought in a number of experienced players including Paddy Sloan, Johnny Anderson and Al Woodward which saw large crowds attending Jack’s early games as Manager. Jack still playing made 60 Midland League apperances for the Posh during the 1952/53 and 1953/54 seasons. In the FA Cup, Jack took the Posh to the 2nd Round Proper in the 1952/53 season and went one better the following season when the Posh reached the 3rd Round Proper. However, after being knocked out of the cup by Cardiff City Jack left the Posh to become manager of Football League club Coventry City.
Jack came back to the Posh as the club’s second ‘Football League’ Manager in January 1963. He was in post as Manager for fourteen months until February 1964, at which point he retired from football.
Did you know: Jack won the FA Cup with Newcastle Utd in 1951 when they beat Blackpool 2-0 at Wembley.
Born 17th January 1902 in Royston, Yorkshire – died 31st December 1973.
Sam became Posh’s first player-manager in 1938 taking over from departing manager Bert Poulter and then the club’s first full-time manager in 1939.
Although he brought a successful and new style of management to the Posh – with good professional players joining the club, his managerial start didn’t get off that well – his Posh side lost their first five games. However that season (1938/39) he guided Posh to the 1st Round Proper of the FA Cup (where we played Bristol Rovers who were the first Football League side the Posh had taken on) and the club finished a respectable 10th out of 24 teams in the Midland League. Though a veteran, Haden’s performances in the FA Cup run were awesome. It was reported in the local papers that Sam was our most consistent player, showed amazing stamina and the accuracy of his passes was excellent.
After the war Sam led the Posh to two 9th and a 6th place finish in the Midland League and the 2nd Round Proper of the FA Cup in 1946/47.
Did you know: Sam played for Arsenal and Notts County in the Football League before joining the Posh.
Born 21 January 1918 in Washington, County Durham – died 26th February 1998.
Jimmy’s cult hero status was achieved by managing the Posh to three league titles in consecutive seasons, two in the Midland League (1958/59 & 1959/60) and the 4th Division title in our first season in the Football League in 1960/61.
In his first season in charge (1958/59) the Posh went undefeated throughout the whole of the Midland league season and in the 1960/61 season Posh scored 134 goals, this remains the record number of goals scored in one season in the English Football League.
Did you know: Jimmy went on to further success at WBA where he won the League Cup as manager and at Benfica he led the club between 1970 and 1973 to three successive Portuguese championships and once to the national cup.
Born 19 February 1935 in Nettlesworth
Billy, a star of Posh’s all conquering Midland League sides of the late 1950’s, was a diminutive winger and was signed by Posh Manager George Swindon from Lincoln City.
After helping the Posh to 5 Midland League titles, Billy played in every 46 League games in the Posh’s Division 4 Championship winning side of 1960/61. Part of arguably Posh’s finest ever forward line along with Terry Bly, Dennis Emery, Ray Smith and Peter McNamee. Billy made 94 League, 11 FA Cup and 2 League Cup appearances during the 1960’s scoring 28 league, 3 FA Cup and 2 FL Cup goals.
Billy joined arch rivals Northampton Town in October 1962 helping them to promotion to the 2nd and then 1st Division.
Did you know: Billy was the Posh Manger from November 1978 to February 1979 for 9 games. Sadly the Posh only won 2 games of those games.
Born 28th April 1925 in Ryton, Tyne and Wear – died 24th October 1994
Signed by Bob Gurney, George, a left winger, made his Posh debut in the 5-1 win on the opening day of the 1951/52 season.
George helped Posh to their highest finish in the FA Cup in 1954 (at the time) when the Posh reached the 3rd Round Proper for the first time in their history losing to First Division side Cardiff City 3-1 in front of a 38,000 crowd. George played a significant part in Posh winning their first Midland League title in the 1955/56 season when he played in 42 of the 46 league games scoring 16 goals (3 from the penalty spot).
In total George made 168 Midland League appearances scoring 40 goals as well as making 17 FA Cup appearances scoring 3 goals.
After leaving Peterborough George went to Boston United for a season then on to Spalding United for several seasons.
Did you know: George was signed from Grimsby Town who had paid Newcastle Utd £6,000 for his services during the 1948/49 season. The majority of George’s Newcastle appearances were in war-time matches.
Born 9 October 1905 in Broughton, near Brigg in Lincolnshire – died October 1961.
Not only was Jack the first full-time professional to be signed by the newly formed Peterborough United in 1934 as the club prepared for its first season in the Midland League, Jack was first-choice goalkeeper at the club for four years and put in numerous ‘man of the match’ performances.
In total Jack played 125 games in the Midland League and 9 times in the FA Cup for the Posh.
Did you know: Jack made his Football League debut for Lincoln City on the 2nd September 1922, shortly before his 17th birthday, and kept a clean sheet in the game against Halifax Town in the Third Division North game.
Born 30th May 1927 in Oundle, Northamptonshire.
Although Ken only played 9 times for the Posh (7 in the Midland League and 2 in the FA Cup), his cult hero status was achieved on the 6th October 1945.
On that day Posh were playing Rushden Town in the 2nd Qualifying Round FA Cup tie against Rushden Town at Hayden Road, Rushden.
Posh won the game 9-1 (our biggest FA Cup victory) with Ken scoring 6 goals. His goals came in the 30th, 43rd, 50th, 65th, 80th and 89th minute of the game.
Did you know: In the 9 games Ken played for the Posh he scored 9 goals.