Rochdale v Posh 14 Jan 60
Venue: Spotland, Rochdale
Score: Rochdale 1 v Peterborough Utd 0 Match Abandoned
Referee: T. Reynolds.
Although Rochdale were leading 1-0 when the fog came down to cause the game to be abandoned after 33 minutes, United had already begun to fight back and it is not true to say that the weather saved them from defeat.
Rochdale grabbed a goal through inside right Stan Hepton in the first two minutes of the game, but from then on Posh looked very dangerous and both Dennis Emery and Keith Ripley came close to scoring.
Former Sheffield United goalkeeper Ted Burgin made two great saves from Ripley and the game was just warming up in United’s favour when fog blanketed the pitch.
The referee at first said he would wait for 20 minutes to see if a re-start was possible, but he soon changed his mind as the fog got thicker.
It was after the game that United’s troubles really began. They set off on their long bus ride home at a walking pace, and the accent was very much on walking before they had gone very far.
It was hopeless to think about getting home on Saturday evening so a start was made on the 11 mile trip to Manchester.
It is a journey Posh players will not forget in a hurry because the fog was so thick that they had to take it in turns to walk in front of the bus with a torch every inch of the way.
The team spent the night at a Manchester hotel and returned to Peterborough on Sunday afternoon.
Posh now have three Fourth Division matches to re-arrange – against Rochdale (away), against Accrington Stanley (away) put off because of the Portsmouth FA Cup game, and against Chester (home) put off because of the Aston Villa game.
Posh: Jack Walls, Dick Whittaker, Jim Walker, Jim Rayner, Norman Rigby, Keith Ripley, Billy Hails, Dennis Emery, Terry Bly, Ray Smith and Peter McNamee.
Rochdale: Ted Burgin, Stan Milburn, Jack Edwards, Ron Phoenix, Ray Aspden, Norman Bodell, Ron Barnes, Stan Hepton, Frank Lord, Ronnie Cairns and Tony Collins.
Goal: Rochdale – Stan Hepton 2 mins.