fat gibbo wrote:The FA Cup win at Lincoln, who were in the equivalent of today's Championship while Posh played in the Midland League, remains one of my treasured memories of that golden giant-killing era. I asked my boss for the afternoon off (no floodlights in those days) and when I told him why he said that he fancied going too and drove me from Stamford in his smart Rover. One standout moment from this epic tie was when centre-forward Andy Donaldson took the second half kick-off and from the centre circle blasted a huge shot at goal which caught everyone by surprise, including the flat footed Lincoln goalie.
Those mainly younger Posh fans who delight in ridiculing the memories of we old timers should check back through outstanding results like this and when we went to Ipswich Town to knock out Alf Ramsey's star team. Posh were such an outstanding Non-League club with a massive following that we could equal many League teams. This was proved when the League finally dared to admit us in 1960 and Posh blitzed through Division Four at the first attempt with record numbers of points and goals.
OK, I must concede to the young cynics that football wasn't as fast or skilful then as it is today - but it was a darned sight more exciting and entertaining.
The triumphant old Posh sides of the 1950s and early 1960s can only be judged by standards in that era, in which they were a truly outstanding lower level club, feared by many, beaten by few. Imagine the thrill of watching them week in, week out! Would the all-conquering 1960-61 side fare as well in modern football? We will never know, but I'm certain that the likes of Jack Walls, Terry Bly, Denis Emery and Billy Hails would quickly adapt and be worth a few quid. I also know which era I would rather watch. For a few years it was simply magical and I feel sorry for those younger souls who missed it.
before my time but I agree with your sentiment about the 60/61 team