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Here's the history: Formed in 1934, Peterborough United became a Football League club in 1960, prior to which they were in the Midland League. Our first ever encounter with them came in January 1954 when we were in the old First Division. It was a Third Round F.A. Cup tie at Ninian Park when Posh had progressed from the qualifying rounds. A 34,000 attendance (including 5,000 visiting fans) saw them take a sixth-minute lead, though we soon recovered to win the game 3-1.
It took another twenty two years before we met again – in the old Division Three of 1975/76 when we were promoted just a year after our relegation. On December 27th 1975 we played them at Ninian Park, winning 5-2 in front of 16,094 with goals from Willie Anderson, Phil Dwyer (2) and Tony Evans (2). The return game, late in the season at London Road, was a 0-0 draw.
We have met several times in the lower divisions since then, but at our current level we have met in just two seasons so far – 2009/10 and 2011/12. The former season saw us draw 4-4 at London Road on December 28th 2009 after being 4-0 ahead at half-time! The latter season saw us lose 4-3 at London Road on October 18th 2011 after being 4-3 ahead late in the game! Back in Cardiff the results are more favourable with two wins. Last time here three first half goals from Peter Whittingham, Rudy Gestede and on loan Haris Vuckic were more than enough, with Posh netting a consolation goal in injury time.
One well known name who managed both clubs was former Arsenal goalkeeper George Swindin who was in charge at Posh from 1954 to 1958 when they were very successful in the Midland League and in the F.A. Cup. He came to Cardiff City from Norwich City in November 1962 and was our manager until the end of 1963/64.
Saturday marks the twenty seventh time the two clubs meet in all competitions. Posh hold a strong lead of fourteen wins compared to City’s six. To find out the outcome make sure to be here on Saturday at 3pm. Tickets can be bought by calling 0845 345 1400.