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London Road
Peterborough United v Preston North End
League One
Saturday, October 5th 2013, 3pm
Paul Willott
(Preston North End fan)

A fixture that for fans such as myself living exiled in the south-east stands out as a "must do" had extra spice in so far as the host club were now being managed once again by the son of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson after his not exactly successful stint at the helm of the Lilywhites. Also a plus point for me is that it stands out as one that begs to be done by public transport as the ground sits so close to the first major station that the express trains out of Kings Cross use, therefore some-one else can doe the "driving" for a change and I can enjoy a beer or two !

As my colleague and I wandered up to take our train out of Kings Cross I had a very excited anticipation of the fayre on offer with Peterborough unbeaten at home, second in the table, with Preston similarly unbeaten away and also flying high in the table, it had all the trappings of a great afternoon in prospect.

As we arrived in Peterborough in good time, we meandered through the city centre taking in the sights of this historic looking place complete with its Cathedral. Gradually, once we'd taken in some food, our feet plodded over the River Nene and the Cambridge to Peterborough railway line, from which vantage point one can just glimpse the start of the preserved Nene Valley railway before we decided to refresh our thirsty souls with some beers in "The Peacock" across from the ground. The pub also welcomes cars for a small fee on matchdays.

On a previous visit I had found doormen at said pub extremely reluctant to let away fans in, but this time we were made most welcome, and as the weather was dry and mild enough we took our beers out in the open area behind the pub to have a crafty smoke as we supped and engaged in discussion with some of the friendly home supporters about the world of football.

As kick-off approached we entered the ground and took our pick of seats still available in the section allocated to away fans. The matchday program interestingly documented that imminent demolition of the Moys Terrace was due to start with contracts being signed and there was a computer generated image of how the new stand will look.

The stand , whilst clearly old, is adequate and the roof allows the travelling support to raise as good an atmosphere as used to be generated under the roof of the Moys Terrace.

The match was a cracker, and although two soft-ish goals conceded during the first half gave Peterborough a commanding position, it was pleasing to see that they continued to make a game of it, pushing hungrily for more goals. In the second half, Preston seemed more assertive and could not be faulted for effort and endeavour rattling the woodwork on no less than 3 occasions with the home keeper seemingly beaten, although the home fans would no doubt counter with a goal of their own that was disallowed. Neither side let up until the referee blew for full time, so although slightly disappointed to lose, one felt more than satisfactorily entertained after 90 minutes of good entertaining football from two good teams.

Hence we returned towards the railway station, and to London where it seemed rude not to pay a visit to the most excellent bar above the station for a few more cheeky beers where we chanced upon a Coventry City supporter similarly exiled as myself who was equally happy to consume liquers as we put the world of football to rights . . . . .

A most pleasant and enjoyable day.


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