In Both Camps, Peterborough United

Picture: Trevor Benjamin

Peterborough is back in the Championship next season and again it’s Darren Ferguson fixing the promotion, a club of great tradition and also seen as a neighbour as you pass this train junction on your way to your final stop on the journey, Leicester.

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Going back you will also find a great number of players in both camps, with Richie Norman being the first that comes to mind. Joining The Posh late in his career and just as he had moved down in 1968, after a long life at Leicester, he just managed 10 appearances before his career was cut short.

Steve Earle was a early 70’s signing for Leicester City and when his time at Filbert Street were close to end he made a loan move to London Road, not the street in Leicester, were he probably had walked a few times, but to the stadium of Peterborough United.

Josh Knight who spent last season on loan at Wycombe Wanderers has also had two previous loan spells with Peterborough United. The young and promising defender can also operate in a defensive midfield role, something he did occasionally during those two loan spells playing a total of 28 league games and scoring 3 goals back in 2019 and 2020.

Lammy Robertson did spend short periods at both clubs, representing Leicester City and Peterborough United for short spells in 1977 and 1978, completing only 7 appearances with The Foxes and 15 league games played for Peterborough.

David Oldfield had a two year spell at Peterborough a number of seasons after he departed Leicester City, playing with The Posh from 2000 to 2002, before a new move to Oxford United. David played 77 league games and scored 5 goals in those two years.

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Former Leicester City manager David Pleat is a previous recruit as a player with Peterborough Untied. David Pleat had his last days as a professional footballer from 1970 to 1971 playing 28 games and scoring 2 goals, once known as a tricky winger.

Another winger with a past in both camps is Lee Philpott. He started his career at London Road playing just 7 league games before moving to Cambridge United. He later played at Leicester City coming in for a fee of £350.000 and playing from 1992 to 1996 before making a new move this time to Blackpool.

David Rennie started his professional career with Leicester City and finished it at Peterborough Untied almost ten years later. Filbert Street from 1982 to 1987, then after a travel including stops at Leeds United, Bristol City and Northampton Town, he made a move to London Road in 1997 staying until 1999 before a last campaign at  Boston completed his career.

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Republic of Ireland defender Sean St Ledger started at Peterborough United, and later had a spell with Leicester City. Played 79 league games for The Posh, just 36 league appearances as a fox. He was capped 37 times and played in the MLS with Colorado Rapids and Orlando City and also had a spell with Birmingham City and Preston North End.

Alan Waddle did have an interesting journey taking him from Halifax Town to Liverpool, and from there to Leicester City and on the road to Swansea City, Newport County as well as having a spell with Peterborough United. Playing for The Posh from 1983 to 1985.

Nomad Trevor Benjamin had Peterborough United as one of his many clubs, representing them from 2005 to 2007, scoring 8 goals in 47 league games. He then moved to Hereford United, seeing them together with Peterborough United, Leicester City,  Coventry City, Northampton Town and Cambridge United as the clubs he had full term League contracts with, being heavily send out on loan from all over.

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Guy Branston a recruit and apprentice at Leicester City did have three spells with Peterborough United in his career, playing a total of 66 league games, scoring once. The defender spent a long life in the lower divisions, but impressively made 17 seasons in League football, playing 420 league games and scoring 22 goals.

David Buchanan, the youngest ever league performer at Leicester City, making a debut as a 16 year old, moved from Leicester City to Peterborough United, playing at London Road from 1983 to 1984, completing just 17 league appearances and scoring a modest tally of 4 goals.

Forward Nick Cusack had a successful time with Peterborough United, playing 44 league games and scoring 10 goals before making a move up north and join Motherwell. He moved south again and his latter years in Swansea City made up a career of 17 seasons in league football.

Not to forget defenders Neil Lewis and Alan Paris who both had spells in both camps and both contributing well while on the books. Lewis completing 67 league games for Leicester and 34 outings for The Post. Paris played 137 league games for Peterborough United, added another 88 for Leicester City.

  • Goalkeepers
    • Ben Alnwick
  •  Defenders
    • Neil Lewis
    • Alan Paris
    • Des Linton
    • Sean St Ledger
    • Josh Knight
    • David Rennie
    • Richie Norman
    • Guy Branston
  • Midfield
    • David Oldfield
    • Nick Cusack
    • Lee Philpott
  • Forwards
    • Trevor Benjamin
    • Alan Waddle
    • David Buchanan
    • Lammy Robertson
    • Steve Earle

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