The 1990’s

In this sub-section of the museum we share with you photo’s, details etc. of players of the Posh who were cult heroes of the club during the 1990’s.

The 1990’s was the decade in which Posh won promotion to the 2nd tier of the Football League for the first time in the club’s history but also sadly were relegated back to the 3rd tier after just two seasons and then the 4th tier a further three seasons later.

This section has more players in it that than earlier sections as all the players who played in the 1992 play-off final at Wembley on 24th May 1992 are included (with the exception of Mick Halsall and Noel Luke who are in the Cult Heroes section for the 1980’s).

Let us know (at of any other players / managers (and the reason why) you think they were cult heroes of our club from the 1990’s. If you put a good case forward we may include them in the future.

Please note some cult heroes from this era (i.e. Chris Turner as Manager of the 1992 team) may be in other sections (i.e. ‘The 1970’s’ or ‘The 2000’s section) if they were involved with the club in different decades.

Page last updated: 15th October 2017

Tony Adcock

Born 27th March 1963 in Bethnal Green, London.

Tony’s career started at Colchester Utd where he established himself in the first-team squad following the death of John Lyons and the departure of Kevin Bremner (who also later played for the Posh) . Manchester City signed him for £75,000 in June 1987, but he only made 15 appearances (12 starting and 3 as a substitute) scoring five goals, including a hat-trick in a 10-1 win against Huddersfield Town.

Signed initially on loan in December 1991 Tony became an integral part of the 1991/92 side that won promotion to the 2nd tier of the Football League playing in the 3rd Division play off final at Wembley against Stockport County in May 1992.

In total Tony made 111 Football League appearances for the Posh (107 starting and 4 as a substitute) scoring 35 goals.

Did you know: Tony holds the record for scoring the most goals for Colchester Utd (149 goals in all competitions) during his two spells at the club.

Fred Barber

Born 26th August 1963 in Ferryhill, County Durham.

Fred began his footballing career as an apprentice at Darlington in 1981. Having made over 130 Football League appearances for the Darlington he was transferred for a £50,000 fee to then First Division Champions Everton in April 1986.

As understudy to Neville Southall and with no first team appearances Fred was sold to Walsall for £100,000! Loaned out to the Posh in the 1989/90 season Fred made six appearances before eventually joining the Posh on a permanent basis in the summer of 1991 for £25,000.

Fred performed heroically against Wimbledon, Newcastle Utd and Liverpool in the 1991/92 Rumbelows Cup wins and was in goal for the 3rd Division play off final at Wembley against Stockport County the same season.

In total Fred made 96 Football League appearances for the Posh (74 starting and 22 as an unused substitute).

Did you know: His party trick was to wear a mask and bowing to the crowd before a game. At Bradford City this didn’t go down well with the West Yorkshire Police who claimed he incited the crowd!

Bobby Barnes

Born 17th December 1962 in Kingston Upon Thames.

Bobby began his career as an apprentice with West Ham Utd where he won an FA Youth Cup winners medal and gained England youth international caps.

Bobby scored on his League debut for West Ham against Watford in September 1980 and had an extended run in the first-team in the 1983/84 season. However he was transferred to Aldershot in March 1986 for a fee of £15,000.

In February 1992, a financial crisis at Northampton enabled the Posh to sign both Bobby and Tony Adcock to the Posh in a £65,000 joint deal (£35,000 being the cost of Bobby).

Bobby played 49 times in the league for Peterborough (plus was an unused substitute on 4 occasions), scoring nine goals and winning promotion to the First Division when Posh beat Stockport in the 1991/92 Wembley play-off final.

Did you know: Bobby’s real name is David Oswald Barnes and in 2006 was appointed Assistant Chief Executive of the PFA.

Ian Bennett

Born 10th October 1971 in Worksop.

Ian started his football career as a YTS trainee at QPR and turned professional with Newcastle Utd in March of the same season.

Having never making a single first-team appearance for either club, Ian signed for the Posh in March 1991.

Ian still had to wait though until April 1992 before making his first team debut which was a televised Autoglass Trophy semi-final game against Stoke City.

Sadly for Ian he did not make the team later that season for the 1991/92 Wembley play-off final against Stockport County but he did make the number 1 shirt his own the following season as he played in every league game in the Posh’s first season in the 2nd tier of the Football League.

His performances attracted a lot of interest from bigger clubs and it came as no surprise, though a lot of disappointment for many Posh fans, that in December 1993 Ian was sold to Birmingham City for £325,000.

Did you know: Ian was in goal for Huddersfield Town when on the 29th May 2011 Posh beat them 3-0 at Old Trafford in the Division 1 Play-off final.

George Berry

Born 19th November 1957 in Rostrup, West Germany

Although George only played for the Posh for one season it was his goal in the 73rd minute at Chesterfield on the 11th May 1991 that sealed Posh’s promotion back to the 3rd Division of the Football League after 12 years in the bottom division which gained him his cult hero status.

Having played for Wolverhampton Wanderers, where we won the Football League Cup, George joined Stoke City in July 1982 where he stayed until 1990 when Posh signed him on a ‘free’.

George made 32 appearances for the Posh in the Football League (28 starting and 4 as a substitute), scored 6 goals and was an unused substitute on 4 occasions.

Did you know: After retiring from playing, George gained a business degree and became the senior commercial executive at the PFA.

Steve Castle

Born 17 May 1966 in Barking.

Steve played in the Football League between 1984 and 2001. He played for  Leyton Orient in three separate spells, amassing a total of 322 appearances for them. Castle’s combative style attracted the attention of Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish and Wimbledon manager Bobby Gould.

Steve joined the Posh on a free transfer as player-coach for the 1997/98 season and debuted on the opening day of the 1997/98 season in a 1-0 home defeat against Scunthorpe. Steve was influential in midfield during the 1998/99 season alongside home grown players Simon Davies and Matthew Etherington. Dubbed ‘Captain Marvel’ by Barry Fry in the three seasons he was at the Posh. Steve’s final game for the Posh was the play-off final against Darlington in 2000 at Wembley.

Steve moved to Leyton Orient on a free transfer.

Did you know: A Twitter poll in 2014 saw Steve voted as Orient’s greatest ever captain.

Ken Charlery

Born 28th November 1964 in Stepney, London

Still known as King Kenny at London Road, it’s not just Ken’s two goals at Wembley in the 1992 play-off final against Stockport County that gained him his status as a cult hero but also his prolific goal scoring record for the Posh.

Having played for Basildon Utd, Billericay Town, Fisher Athletic and Maidstone Utd, Posh signed him along with Gary Cooper in March 1991 from the then Football League side Maidstone Utd.

Making little impact at the club in the 1990/91 season in which Posh were promoted back to the 3rd Division, Ken became a regular in the first team mid September 1991 and scored 26 first team goals during the 1991/92 season.

In October 1992 Ken was sold to Watford for a then club record fee of £350,000. After just a year at Watford Ken was back at the Posh in December 1993 scoring 9 goals in 28 appearances in the season Posh were relegated back to the 3rd tier of the Football League.

In July 1995 Ken was sold to Birmingham City once again for £350,000 and once again returned to the Posh in March 1996. In total Ken made 177 appearances for the Posh in the Football League (as well as being an unused substitute 4 times) scoring 55 goals.

Did you know: Ken returned to the Posh for a 4th time during the 2005/06 season as an assistant coach.

Steve Cooper

Born 22 June 1964 in Birmingham – Died 15 February 2004.

Steve started his career at Birmingham City however he failed to breakthrough to the first team and spent time out on loan to Halifax Town and Dutch side NAC Breda in 1984.

Towards the end of the 1991/92 season Posh manager Chris Turner brought Steve to the club from Tranmere on loan. Steve gained cult hero status at the Posh after he came off the bench to score a late diving header from a Bobby Barnes cross in the 1992 Division 3 play-off semi final against Huddersfield Town. The goal sent the Posh to Wembley for the first time in the club’s history for the famous Stockport County 1992 Play Off Final.

In total Steve only started 2 Football League games for the Posh (1 in which he was substituted) and made 7 appearances as substitute. Despite his goal at Huddersfield, Steve did not play in the play off final against Stockport Count in May 1992 though he was a non used substitute.

Steve died in his sleep on 15 February 2004, having unknowingly cracked his skull in a fall.

Did you know: Outside of Peterborough, Steve is best known for his time spent with Airdrieonians. Another headed goal, this time in the semi-final at Hampden against Hearts ensured that his Airdrie side made it to the 1995 Scottish Cup final.

Paul Culpin

Born 8th February 1962 in Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire

As a youth Paul was on the books of Leicester City however he wasn’t offered a contract so joined non-league side Nuneaton Borough where his goal scoring attracted much attention. Signed by then 1st Division side Coventry City for £50,000 in June 1985 Paul struggled to make an impact and moved to Northampton Town.

 Signed by Posh Manager Mark Lawrensen for £40,000 from the Cobblers, Paul finished top scorer in the 1990/91 season when the Posh were promoted back to the 3rd Division of the Football League despite only making 21 starts.

Only making the bench in the 1991/92 season due to the forward partnership of Tony Adcock and Ken Charlery, Paul didn’t get the opportunity to justify his quote that “I’ll blast us up this League” and left the Posh for Hereford Utd in March 1992.

Did you know: Paul represented Finnish First Division side Grankulla IFK in  three different spells with the club.

Simon Davies

Born 23rd October 1979 in Haverfordwest, Wales

“Digger” as he was known by Posh fans made his Posh first team debut aged 18 at Hull City in January 1998.

A midfielder, Digger was a regular in the Posh midfield during the 1998/99 season and so good were his performances that at the age of just 19 was voted into the PFA Division 3 side. He also earned U18 and U21 caps for Wales.

His performances attracted the attention of many clubs including Manchester Utd where he spent a week training and received praise from Sir Alex Ferguson.

In January 2000 Simon along with Matthew Etherington was sold to Tottenham Hotspur in a combined fee of £1.2 million of which it was recorded that Davies’ fee was £700,000.

Did you know: Simon won 58 International caps for Wales and an UEFA Europa League runners-up medal in 2010 playing for Fulham.

Adam Drury

Born in 29th August 1978 in Cottenham, Cambridgeshire.

Adam who represented Norwich City as a schoolboy, joined the Posh made his Posh debut aged 17 in May 1996 when he came on as a substitute in a 4-0 defeat against Oxford Utd.

Nurtured by Kit Carson, Adam was one of Posh’s most consistent performers of the late 1990’s winning the 1997/98 Player of the Season award. His first Posh goal was at Brentford in May 1997 and scored his first Posh goal at London Road against Hull City in February 2000.

Adam helped Posh to secure promotion back to the 3rd tier of The Football League playing at Wembley against Darlington in May 2000. In total Adam made 155 appearances for the Posh in the Football League (138 starting, 10 as a substitute and 7 as an unused substitute).

In March 2001 Adam was sold to Norwich City.

Did you know: Adam was inducted into Norwich City’s Hall of Fame in March 2012.

Marcus Ebdon

Born 17th October 1970 in Pontypool, Wales

A youth player at Everton Marcus joined the Posh in 1991 from the Merseyside club.

A stylish midfielder who is best remembered for his last minute pass to Ken Charlery for the Posh’s winner in the 1992 Wembley play-off final against Stockport County. His pass is immortalised as the title of Jamie Jones book of 50 Posh greats ‘Ebdon to Charlery’.

Marcus made 147 Football League appearances for the Posh (+5 as an unused substitute) and scored 15 goals.

In early 1997 Marcus was signed by Chesterfield for £150,000.

Did you know: In November 2015 Marcus was appointed Manager of Spalding Utd.

Andy Edwards

Born 17 September 1971 in Epping, Essex.

Andy started his career as a schoolboy at West Ham United before signing scholarship forms at Southend United in 1988.

Transferred in November 1996 to the Posh from Birmingham City, Andy made his Posh debut in Posh’s best win of the 1996/97 season on the 30th November when the side beat Rotherham United 6-2 at London Road.

Andy went on to captain the side to promotion at Wembley in 2000.

In total Andy made 266 starts for the Posh in the Football League which makes him ninth in the list of most (starting) Football League appearances for the club.

In March 2003 Andy joined Rushden & Diamonds and played a part in their promotion to the Second Division as champions. Andy scored the goal against Carlisle United that saw the club seal promotion.

Did you know: Andy was appointed Leyton Orient manager on 23 November 2016 but left just two months later on 29 January 2017 to take a role with the FA.

Matthew Etherington

Born 14th August 1981 in Truro, Cornwall

“Mushy” as he was known by Posh fans became Posh’s youngest ever Football League player when he made his first team debut aged just 15 at Brentford in May 1997. Before he was allowed to play Posh had to get a letter from his Headmaster granting him permission to play!

Mushy starred in Posh’s 1997/98 youth team and made a couple of more first team appearances that season. Signing professionally for the Posh in August 1998 Mushy scored his first senior goal for the Posh in September 1998 when Posh beat Barnet away 9-1, making him Posh’s youngest ever goal scorer.

That same season, Mushy won England U18 caps and became the first 17 year old to be named in a PFA representative side.

In January 2000 Mushy along with Simon Davies was sold to Tottenham Hotspur in a combined fee of £1.2 million.

Did you know: Mushy played in 2 FA Cup finals, for West Ham Utd in 2005 and Stoke City in 2011. He was a runner-up on both occasions.

Giuliano Grazioli

Born 23rd March 1975 in Marylebone.

It’s Giuliano’s 5 goals that he scored in the club’s record 9-1 away win at Barnet on 5 September 1998 that gained him his cult hero status.

Signed by Posh Manager John Still in October 1995 from Wembley Giuliano had to wait until the 1998/99 season before he made an impact at the club.

Giuliano had only made 3 starting appearances in the Football League before the Barnet game in September 1998. Scoring in the 26th, 27th, 49th, 56th and 89th minutes Posh hammered Barnet at Underhill 9-1.

Did you know: Despite scoring 5 goals against Barnet in one match Giuliano was appointed Barnet Assistant Manager in March 2011, a post he held until the end of the 2011/12 season.

Lee Howarth

Born 3rd January 1968 in Bolton

Signed by Posh boss Chris Turner from non-league side Chorley in August 1991 Lee was a reliable centre-half.

Despite only making 7 appearances for the Posh in the 1991/92 season Lee was named as one of the substitutes for the 1992 Wembley play-off final against Stockport County. He was called upon to replace the injured Steve Welsh in the second half of the game and it was shortly before the famous Ebdon to Charlery pass which led to King Kenny’s second goal which sealed Posh’s 2-1 win that Lee made himself a real Posh cult hero.

Lee made a miraculous goal line clearance that ensured Posh did not end the day as Wembley losers. A deep cross to the far post was heading towards the head of 6ft 7ins Stockport County centre forward Kevin Francis, who only a minute earlier had scored their equaliser when Lee threw himself at the ball somehow intercepted the pass. The rest is history!

Did you know: Lee moved to Mansfield Town from Posh in August 1994 for £15,000.

Gary Kimble

Born 6th August 1966 in Dagenham

Although Gary only played for the Posh for one season it was his goal in the 19th minute against Liverpool in the Rumbelows Cup on the 3rd December 1991 which gained him his cult hero status.

At the time Liverpool were the most successful English football club, at the time, were on an eight match unbeaten run and were in Europe. In front of over 14,000 fans at London Road it was Gary’s goal that secured Posh’s greatest ever Cup win.

In total Gary made 30 Football League appearances for the Posh scoring 4 goals.

Did you know: Gary along with his twin brother Alan both played for Charlton Athletic, Exeter City and Cambridge Utd at the same time.

Dave Robinson

Born 14th January 1965 in Haverton Hill, Stockton On Tees

Signed by Posh boss Mick Jones for a then club record fee of £100,000 from Halifax Town in July 1989, Dave was a classy centre half. He made his Posh debut on the opening day of the 1989/90season against Football League newcomers Maidstone Utd.

Dave scored the first goal in the 55rd minute of the Chesterfield game on 11 May 1991 when Posh fought back from 2-0 down to win promotion back to the 3rd Division of the Football League after 12 years in the 4th Division.

The following season Dave played in 43 of the 46 league games in the 1991/92 season as well as the three play-off games when Posh gained promotion to the 2nd tier of the Football League for the first time in the clubs history.

Did you know: When Dave was sold to Notts County in October 1992 for £450,000 it was a record fee received for the club.

Ronnie Robinson

Born 22nd October 1966 in Sunderland

Signed by Chris Turner on a ‘free’ from Rotherham in December 1991, Ronnie soon became the automatic choice for the left back position.

He made his Posh debut as a substitute on 14th December 1991 in a 3-0 defeat at Stockport and made his first full appearance at London Road against Bury which Posh drew 0-0. A tough tackler Ronnie played 27 times for the Posh in the 1991/92 promotion winning season as well as the 3 play-off games.

The following season Ronnie lost his place to Tony Spearing and was transferred to Exeter City for £25,000 in August 1993.

After a further 3 seasons in the Football League with Exeter and Scarborough Ronnie finished his playing career in 1995.

In total Ronnie played 47 times in the Football League for the Posh (3 as a substitute).

Did you know: During his career Ronnie played for nine league clubs, Ipswich Town, Leeds Utd, Doncaster Rovers, WBA, Rotherham, the Posh, Exeter City, Huddersfield Town and Scarborough.

Worrell Sterling

Born 8th June 1965 in Bethnal Green, London

Worrell  began his career under Graham Taylor as a trainee with Watford and signed as a professional for them in 1983.

Having played nearly 100 times for Watford Worrell became the most expensive Posh player when Posh Manager Mick Jones signed him in March 1989 from Watford for £70,000.

A tricky right winger throughout his time at the club he only missed a handful of games.

Worrell made sure Posh got to the 1992 Wembley play-off final by scoring the equaliser in Posh’s 2-1 win at Huddersfield Town in the semi-final play-off. Worrell played in the final against Stockport County as well as the following season in the 2nd tier of the Football League before leaving Posh for Bristol Rovers for £140,000.

Did you know: Sterling presently lectures at Peterborough Regional College in Sport Studies.

Steve Welsh

Born 19th April 1968 in Glasgow

A gutsy defender who had a never say die attitude. Steve joined the Posh in August 1991 from his first club Cambridge Utd where he made just one appearance (and that as a substitute!).

Steve was a regular in the first team during the 1991/92 season making 42 league appearances. Injured in April Steve was replaced by Lee Howarth for the last 3 League games and first leg semi-final play-off game. He did however return to the side for the 2nd leg of the play-off game at Huddersfield Town.

Keeping his place for the Wembley play-off final Steve was injured during the second half and replaced by Lee Howarth. At the end of the game he hopped on the pitch to celebrate Posh’s 2-1 victory to take the Posh to the 2nd tier of the Football League for the first time in the club’s history.

Did you know: Steve served in the British Army before embarking on his football career.