Posh v Kingstonian FA Cup 1st Rd 25 Nov 1992

Venue: London Road, Peterborough

Attendance: 5,327

Score: Peterborough Utd 9 v Kingstonian 1 (match declared void)

Referee: Peter Foakes.

Despite this record breaking FA Cup victory, Posh hit the headlines for the wrong reason with Kingstonian keeper Adrian Blake, being struck by an object thrown by a mindless hooligan from the London Road terrace, which resulted in him having to leave the field of play.

Kingstonian chairman Barry Chauveau was adamant after the game that his club would appeal for at least a replayed match as he said: “The incident affected the match” despite the fact that Kingstonian were trailing 3-0 at the time of the incident.

His view differed completely to that of Kingstonian manager Chris Kelly who said: “What happened is not Peterborough Utd’s fault. That sort of incident is difficult to stop and I don’t pass any blame onto the club. Of course it didn’t help us, but in all honesty they might have got nine anyway! We missed our injured players badly and we know it was going to be backs against the walls stuff. It’s up to our club to decide what action to take, but they murdered us and the result should be allowed to stand.”

As it was, the disciplinary committee decided the match should be replayed at London Road behind closed doors. It could have been worse for the Posh as the FA had confirmed prior to the decision that ejection from the competition was the ultimate weapon at the disposal of the disciplinary committee.

As for the game, it always promised to be a bruising cup tie.

Posh were keen to inflict the maximum legal damage on a Kingstonian side presumed arrogant after claiming a shock draw in the first game.

They were also intent on using the replay to close the most infamous lip in non-league football – that of visiting manager Chris Kelly.

And it was pleasant that Posh suceeded on both counts in dramatic style by storming to a record breaking 9-1 victory.

Not so pleasant was the hooligan induced injury to the Kingstonian goalkeeper Blake, that threw Posh’s future in this season’s FA Cup into turmoil.

It was ludicrous to suggest that actions of one person – obviously a couple of cans short of a six pack – turned the game on its head. Posh were 3-0 up at the time and crusing to a second round tie with Plymouth.

Tony Adcock had just seen a 47th minute’goal’ disallowed for offide. Before Blake could restart the game he was assaulted from behind.

To be fair to Kingstonian were a different side to that in the first game. Their three best players were ruled out through injury, but Posh’s ruthless professionalism, even after Blake’s departure, could only be admired.

It could have been more as Philliskirk rattled the bar in the opening minute and Worrell Sterling, Tony Adcock and Dominic Iorfa, starting a game for the first time, were also denied by wood.

Posh had gone 1-0 up in the 8th minute when Worrell Sterling’s right wing corner was headed on by Lee Howarth to Tony Philliskirk who dived forward and headed into the corner.

It almost became 1-1 when Posh goalkeeper Ian Bennett’s clearance kick was charged down by David Harlow after a sloppy Steve Welsh backpass. Fortunately Darren Bradshaw was on hand to walk the ball clear  – it was a pace soon adopted by the rest of the team.

Goal number two for the Posh came in the 25th minute with Sterling’s right wing cross neatly deflected into the corner of the net by Philliskirk’s left foot volley.

On 35 minutes, had Sterling’s snapshot been directed better it would have been a fitting reward for the unselfish winger as he played a part in the first five goals. His crosses were precise and penetrating. If the quality from the other side of the field, where Iorfa went marauding in typically entertaingg style, had been as good Posh might have erewritten everyone’s cup record books.

Four minutes before the interval Tony Adcock bravely netted goal number three with a close range diving header from yet another Sterling cross, this time from the left.

Goal four came on 63 minutes when Sterling’s left wing corner was headed on by Howarth and Adcock stole in and slotted the ball home.

Just three minutes later Sterling, set free on the left by Marcus Ebdon unselfishly squared the ball to Philliskirk who fired home a left foot shot from 16 yards to make it 5-0.

Concentration must have been difficult against opposition never likely to threaten. Defensively Posh delivered several warnings in the shape of fierce tackling. The midfield, missing injured Mick Halsall, never needed to be more than neat and tidy. Only agrophoboc forwards would have failed to enjoy spaces offered by the part-time Kingstonian back four.

At least the visitors could claim the best goal of the night when full back John Finch blasted home from 30 yards on 73 minutes to make it 5-1.

On 82 minutes Gary Cooper blasted Posh’s sixth goal from 20 yards after a loose ball broke to him.

On 86 minutes Darren Bradshaw set Dominic Iorfa away down the right wing and he crossed the ball which was deflected past replacement goalkeeper Andy Parr by Kingstonian midfielder David Harlow.

Still not finished, Posh added an eighth goal on 88  minutes when Adcock broke clear from the right, Ebdon fluffed the cross but Philliskirk charges down an attempted clearance and the ball breaks into the net.

The final Posh goal came in the last minute of the game after substitute Bobby Barnes jinked his way down the left wing before he pulled the ball back for Philliskirk to complete his nap hand from close range.

The 48th minute incident left a sour taste in the mouth and who could honestly complain at the stiff FA’s punishment for one moment of madness.

Sadly though the 9-1 result and in particular Philliskirk’s five goal feat was erased from the records following the FA Disciplinary’s decision to order the game to be re-played.

Teams:

The Posh: Ian Bennett, Darren Bradshaw, Ronnie Robinson, Dominic Iorfa, Lee Howarth, Steve Welsh, Worrell Sterling (sub Noel Luke), Gary Cooper, Tony Adcock, Tony Philliskirk and Marcus Ebdon.

Unused sub: Bobby Barnes.

Kingstonian: Adrian Blake (sub Paul Sheldrick), John Finch, Robin Lewis, Darren Broderick, Solomon Eriemo, David Kempton, David Harlow, Andy Parr, Liam Barham (sub Paul Gbogidi), Richard Cherry and Rod Brathwaite.

Goal scorers: The Posh – Tony Philliskirk (5) 8 mins, 25 mins, 67 mins, 88 mins & 90 mins, Tony Adcock (2) 42 mins & 63 mins Gary Cooper 82 mins and David Harlow (own goal) 86 mins. Kingstonian – John Finch 75 mins.

Caution: John Finch (Kingstonian).