London Road Stadium (known for sponsorship reasons as the ABAX Stadium) is located about a 10-minute walk from the city centre in the Fletton area. The stadium has been there reportedly since 1913 and has been used by teams in Peterborough since 1923, by Peterborough United’s predecessor team Peterborough and Fletton United. The stadium is a half an hour or so walk from the train station. Alternatively, buses take people from the bus station, which a short walk from the train station, to the stadium.
What is it like?
The stadium holds around 14,000 people with a mix of terracing and seating. The London Road End is the terraced end of the stadium and is the end where the loudest of the home fans are located. On the left of this stand is the Main North Stand, which also houses the club offices, dressing rooms and director’s box, as well as other hospitality areas. Away fans are housed in this stand at the far end compared to the London Road end. The end opposite the terrace is the newest stand in the stadium, which houses a business centre at the back with many companies based there. The stand is mainly used for home fans, however, when expecting a large away allocation, part or all of the stand can be given to visiting fans. The stand opposite the main stand is the family stand, which was built in 1996 and houses various executive boxes and hospitality areas.
Living locally, it was easy for me to get to the stadium for the match, a short drive of about 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, a bus stop around the corner from me would take me there in about half an hour.
The match got off to a flyer with Posh scoring twice in the first 10 minutes, first through Gwion Edwards and secondly from a wonderful long-range strike from Paul Taylor. The ball came to him just inside his own half, he proceeded to turn his man, drive forward and lash an unstoppable shot into the top right-hand corner from about 25 yards out. However, the game petered out after that with both teams having few chances.
At the end of the first half, Notts won a penalty for a foul by McGee, however, McGee stepped up and saved it to keep the 2-0 lead. The rest of the game was like the end of the second half with few chances between the two teams, with the best coming from Jonathan Forte’s attempted lob which scraped the post. The highlight of the 2nd half for me and the friends I was attending with was the relative ineptitude of the Notts County centre-half pairing of Haydn Hollis and Mark Duffy, who both looked like they were only playing there because they were the tallest two available and had all the ball control skills of a pair of baby elephants. The match ended with a 2-0 win for the Posh and a trip to Chelsea in the New Year was the reward.
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