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17 November 2018

Club News


17 November 2018

As two of League One's longer-serving clubs, Bradford City and Peterborough United renew hostilities on Saturday for the sixth consecutive season.

This weekend's trip to Cambridgeshire will be the 35th meeting between the Bantams and The Posh. Here's our history so far.

Early meetings

Peterborough weren't actually elected to the Football League until 1960-61 - but they entered with a bang, winning Division Four in the same season City were relegated from Division Three, largely thanks to Terry Bly's incredible 54-goal haul that season. That meant it wouldn't be until the end of the decade - specifically August 24, 1968 - when the two sides met for the first time. 

That day, Bobby Ham was among City's scorers in a 2-2 draw; and when Norman Corner scored the winner in the first meeting at Valley Parade in April 1969, City were on the brink of promotion back to Division Three. Three seasons later, City were relegated again - and for the entirely of the 1970s and early-1980s, the two sides floated between Division Three and Division Four until, in 1982, Roy McFarland's Bantams stormed out of Division Four and, three years later, were promoted to Division Two. 

The 2-0 defeat at Peterborough in April 1982 was the last time they would meet for almost a decade - and the Bantams were still waiting for their first win at London Road too, having lost four and drawn three of their seven visits. It would be a while longer before they would get that first win there.

Modern-day record

November 1991 was the next time the two sides would meet - though it would be only a passing meeting, as Peterborough were promoted to the newly-named Division One that season following the formation of the Premier League. Still, City's wait for a win at London Road went on, with a 2-1 defeat to the Posh away from home at least offset by a reverse result at home, Sean McCarthy among City's scorers.

In 1994-95, The Posh returned to the third tier, but the trend continued; City would win at Valley Parade, and fail to do so at London Road. City's rise to the Premier League then occurred around the turn of the century, meaning there would be another decade-long gap between league meetings, the next occurring in 2004. And despite Dean Windass scoring twice (he also scored along with David Wetherall in the home meeting), City still couldn't win a game at Peterborough, this time drawing 2-2.

First victories at Peterborough

The likes of Mark Bower, Kyle Nix and Adam Reach all scored in vain for City at Peterborough as they continued to wait for that elusive first victory before, as recently as only two years ago, City finally ended their London Road duck: and they did it in style. Phil Parkinson's Bantams had begun 2015-16 slowly, but by the turn of the year, they were beginning to show the form that would eventually make them a play-off side that season - illustrated by goals for Steven Davies, Kyel Reid and a brace for James Hanson which contributed to a 4-0 win over The Posh, City's biggest of the season.

And incredibly, having had to wait 55 years for a league win at Peterborough, City won on their next two visits there too! Jordy Hiwula scored the winner in a 1-0 win in August 2016, before last season, Matt Kilgallon, Romain Vincelot and Dom Poleon all scored in the 3-1 win at London Road.

Leading goal-scorers against Peterborough 

33 players have scored league goals for Bradford City against Peterborough United. Five have done so more than once; Dean Windass (Heritage Number #907) leads the way with three. The other four, who have all scored twice, are: David McNiven (#695), John Taylor (#832), Eddie Youds (#840) and James Hanson (#1065).

Reunions on Saturday

There are no former Bantams in Peterborough United's current squad - but there is one player returning to London Road to face his former employers among our squad. Nat Knight-Percival spent two seasons with The Posh between 2012 and 2014, making 46 appearances.


Speaking of Knight-Percival, the defender joins an exclusive club on Saturday afternoon, should he be selected by David Hopkin. Nathaniel will become only the 150th player in Bradford City's history to have made 100 league appearances if he features this weekend. Knight-Percival has currently made 99 since signing from Shrewsbury in the summer of 2016.

All-time league record versus Peterborough United 

Combined: P34 W12 D9 L13

Home: P17 W9 D4 L4

Away: P17 W3 D5 L9

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