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ESP’s Peterborough United columnist Phil Adlam brings you his latest word on Posh -. and gives you the chance to win tickets for a match…

It’s been a few weeks now since Darren Ferguson took charge of Peterborough United for the third time, agreeing a deal until the end of the campaign. Hopefully, he and assistant Gavin Strachan can inspire the players to reach the play-offs in League One – it’s certainly going to be a rollercoaster ride between now and May.

Of course, for those that are unaware, Darren has been in charge during two successful spells at the ABAX Stadium and has lived close to Stamford for almost 12 years. Everybody knows he has a strong affinity for the football club, but he is also very settled in the area.

Speaking to ESP, Darren explained why this area has been so good for his family. “Obviously, I have a really good affinity with the football club and sometimes it just fits. Hopefully that can happen again and we can have a really strong end of the season. I will work as hard as I can to try and get this club into the play-offs but we know there will be twists and turns along the way.

“I have lived in this area for 12 years now, give or take one year when I took over at Preston North End. My wife and me just really liked the area when we moved in. There are good schools and I can’t see us moving away from that area now. It is a really nice place to live, the kids love it and we are really settled.

“I have a couple of dogs and there are great places to walk the dog. We go to Rutland Water and Burghley and it is fantastic. I think sometimes you just know that you are going to stay in a place for most of your life and as I say, I can’t see us moving now.”

I have to say on a personal level, it is great that Darren is back in charge. As press officer you get to work with a lot of coaches and managers and I have probably worked with nearly 20 during my time at the football club. I like to think I know how Darren operates and that’s really important when building relationships.

Darren also brought in his wonderful Labrador Max (who we met in his earlier spells in charge) and as a potential dog owner in the future, it was great to see him. It got me thinking about pets. You often see dogs wearing all kinds of outfits, but do any ESP readers dress up their animals in Posh colours? If so drop an email to me at and we will feature them in next month’s column!

Phil Adlam


I’m offering ESP readers the chance to win four tickets to a league game of your choice (excluding Sunderland). All you have to do is answer the following question and email along with your name and contact number. Competition closes at 6pm on March 25, 2019.

Q – What is the name of Darren Ferguson’s pet Labrador dog?

T’s & C’s – Normal competition rules apply. There is no cash alternative. Winner will be notified. Entries must be received by March 25, 2019.

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