Welcome, a very merry TFFmas from all of us here at the blog. As we head into the holiday season, there is plenty to look forward to both on the pitch and off it and we are looking forward to the month ahead. This December we will be running the 25 Days of TFFmas, every day up until the big day we will be publishing Christmas wishlists from members of our team for what they would like their club to get for Christmas.
To draw this first week to a close, we spoke to TFF writer Ashley Thorpe and he told us what he would like Peterborough United to get for Christmas.
The first season under club legend Grant McCann has been a good one so far for the Posh. An early season stutter, no wins in seven, is long behind the Posh and they now sit 6th in League One with a game in hand on the teams around them. Impressive recent wins over Bristol Rovers, Bolton and a double over local rivals Northampton have revitalised the Posh. Chris Forrester, Michael Bostwick and 17-year-old Leo Da Silva have led the way and in the form of Marcus Maddison they have the highest assist maker in England in 2016 (as of Ocotber 2016). They fared well in the League Cup after coming through a nail-biting 3-2 win against AFC Wimbledon, they gave Swansea a good game, especially in the second half, in the next round before being edged out 3-2. The Checkatrade Trophy was less successful, Posh never really took it seriously and exited at the group stage following defeats to Norwich U23s and MK Dons. As former winners of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy they never really embraced the new format. The FA Cup saw Posh progress into the Second Round after beating non-league Chesham 2-1 in First Round and they were taken to a replay against Notts County thanks to a 2-2 draw, despite being 2-0 up, the winners await a mouth-watering tie away to Chelsea in the Third Round. Things are looking up for the Posh this season, they will be hoping this is the year they will finally end their four-year exile from the Championship.
Wish 1- Unbeaten over the Christmas and New Year period
“With the momentum shifting in our favour after big wins against Bolton and Northampton, I hope we can capitalise on this by going on an unbeaten run over the Christmas period.” Posh have turned a run of no wins in eight, including the entirety of September, into five wins in a row, only ended in their last outing by league leaders Scunthorpe. In that time they have beaten Bolton, Bristol Rovers and Northampton, all teams which are in and around the play-offs. If Posh continue this form into the upcoming games against the likes of Oldham, Chesterfield, Coventry and Gillingham then they will be in a great position to challenge for the play-off places.”
Wish 2- Owning the ground
“By purchasing the stadium off the council, we can expand how our chairman wants to, creating a feel-good atmosphere around the place and making sure that we won’t fall foul of any regulations that could prevent us from promotion with a stadium expansion.” Current regulations outlaw standing in the top two divisions of Englsih football, so if Peterborough were to be promoted then the London Road terrace would have to be closed. Chariman Darragh MacAnthony has spoken openly about his desire to buy back the ground, earlier this year he stated he wanted to do so within the next 24 months. “If we did buy back the ground we would also be able to explore the prospect of safe standing in more detail.”
Wish 3- Luke McGee on loan or permanently
After allowing previous number one, Ben Alnwick, to cancel his contract in mysterious circumstances earlier this season, Posh were in need of a new goalkeeper. They turned to Luke McGee, who they signed on a four-month loan from Tottenham Hotspur. “After an impressive spell in goal, Luke McGee has established himself as a key player and one that without him, we would be in a much worse position. He is possibly one of the best goalkeepers I’ve seen at the club and signing him on for longer than his current deal would also help with our promotion bid massively.”
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Thank you to Ashley Thorpe for contributing today, we’ll see you tomorrow for another member and another wishlist!