Sam Haden

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.