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Posh Deaf in 3rd following first ever win away at Charlton


Peterborough United’s deaf football teams are in third position in the English Deaf Football League Southern Division after winning away for the first time in their short history. The only other time they played away was a friendly against Doncaster Reserves in pre-season.

Peterborough United took the lead through man of the match Dean Connoley who powerfully headed in a corner and then soon after Kevin Cordell, who was making his debut scored a left-foot volley after a fine free-kick from Scott Taylor.

Charlton pegged one back from the penalty spot after captain Liam Avey was adjudged to have fouled in the box. He was also given a yellow card. Then Cameron Cockerill stepped up with 15-minutes to go to score another penalty and make the game safe for Peterborough.

St John’s reserves, who are 4th place in the table, have two games in hand. See the league table here and watch our player and manager interviews below. The next game for Posh is a quarter-final away to Bristol in the British Deaf Cup.

Cardea 1 – 2 Peterborough United Deaf – Interviews and Pictures

The team celebrate their progress and first win against non-deaf opposition

Peterborough United’s Deaf team recorded their second win and first against a hearing team last night with a 2-1 win over Cardea Reserves.

The result marked the progress of the team who has previously been on the receiving end of heavy defeats to Cardea, each time conceding 5 goals and led to scenes of celebration.

Steven Sear prepares

Cardea were in control of large periods of the game and Posh had to defend resolutely and in doing so showed the progress that has been made.

Cardea scored first but Peterborough remained positive and equalised and took the lead when Cameron Cockerill made the most of two Cardea mistakes late on. Cameron has scored seven goals in five games for Posh so far.

Will Palmer and Manager Steve Long

Dean Connoley was man of the match for a brilliant defensive performance and Liam Avey, wearing the captain’s armband for the first time, impressed with his new responsibility. He also allowed very little past him on the right.

Youngster Will Palmer was given his debut with ten minutes remaining.



Match report: Posh 2 – 3 Bricketwood

Posh put on a brave fight but Bricketwood set a new club record with four wins in a row.

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Alex Tovey put Posh ahead with a strike from close range after a corner. Bricketwood equalised through Ben Kelly before Cameron Cockerill put the ball into the top corner from 20-yards to give Posh the lead again.

Tommy Hobson pulled on back for the visitors before Posh conceded a penalty and Kelly go this second of the match.

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Both sides could have had more. Liam Avey hit the post twice and new goalkeeper Michael Easton was kept very busy by Bricketwood.

Andy Palmer, Vitor and Will on BBC Cambridgeshire talking about deaf football


Coordinator Andy Palmer and strikers Vitor Balde and Will Palmer were on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on Friday 1st May talking about the deaf football project and the trip to the national deaf children’s final at St George’s Park, the home of English football.

You can watch the subtitles and listen to the audio of the interview or read the transcript below.


Studio presenter: This Sunday, a group of Peterborough schoolboys will get the experience of playing football at a World Class venue.

The Peterborough Deaf Football Team Under 13s have qualified for the National Deaf Children’s Soceity Tournament Final – which is being played at St George’s Park – the training base of England’s national sides.

Sam Edwards went along to Orton to meet two of the players – William Palmer and Vitor Balde – as well as co-ordinator Andy Palmer…

Andy: Ok Boys, sprint down to the cone and jog it back

(Sound of boys running on grass)

Andy: Hi I’m Andy Palmer and I’m the coordinator of Peterborough United’s deaf football teams.

What an incredible opportunity for the boys.

They’re going to be travelling to St George’s park, which is the home of the English national football team, and the team are going to face Newcastle United,Morecambe and Charlton Athletic to see who is the best under-13 football team in the country.

Sam Edwards: How have you got to this stage Andy?

Andy: We competed at the southern national tournament which was in Reading and that was a couple of months ago and we won that for the second year in a row, no now, this year, we have the opportunity to, not just win the Southern Area but progress through to the national.

Sam: And how long has deaf football been here in

Peterborough of this capacity?

Andy: We began the football sessions a couple of years ago

in January, so January 2013 and since then it’s gone from strength to strength. That started off with a nucleus of five or six kids and this year we have coached near on fifty players in four different age categories and now we have also just started a girls football team. It’s gone from strength to strength but the important thing is, it’s nice to go and play in a tournament, but the important thing is that we’re giving deaf people an opportunity to play football and reach their potential.

(Andy talks to players in background: Ok two touches, nice and quick around the area please)

Sam: And Andy, your son, William, is one of the players. William, you’re excited to be going to St George’s Park?

William: Yeah definitely. It’s going to be great.

Actually, I have been there to watch England’s futsal team play against Lithuania, I think, but yeah, it’s really good!

Sam: What school do you go to William?

William: I go to Hampton College

Sam: And what year are you in?

William: Year 8

Sam: Deaf football. Do you enjoy playing it, what benefits do you get from it?

William: Well, sometimes with deaf kids, I find it easier to communicate because I know sign language too, but sometimes it’s a bit harder to communicate with hearing people, because sometimes I can’t hear them because I have cochlear implants. Yeah, it’s just harder sometimes.

Sam: Vitor. Deaf football in Peterborough. Do you enjoy it?

Vitor: Yeah. I really enjoy it. I go there every Monday and a lot of deaf children go there now. Sometimes I get fed up because I get blamed in football.

Sam: And what position are you Vitor?

Vitor: Last year I played left wing. This year I played forward.

Sam: Did you score many goals?

Vitor: I don’t know. I don’t keep count.

(Sam laughs)

Sam: So Andy, how does this differ from non-deaf football. What different structures are in place?

Andy: First and foremost, most obvious to the onlooker, would be that we have sign language interpreters there.

Sam: Do you know sign language then?

Andy: I do yes. I’ve signed many of the sessions and I learned to sign because my parents are both deaf so I learned that from birth. Secondly, we make sure that, all the instructions that the coaches give, all the children there, who might have cochlear implants or hearing aids, all understand the instructions before they go off and do it, so they feel completely included in the session. But, I think, when you see the looks on the kids’ faces, it makes it all worthwhile.

Sam: You’re affiliated with Peterborough United as well and they help out?

Andy: The Community Department at Peterborough United have been absolutely amazing towards our football project which just started with the deaf children’s society in Peterborough, and they have supported us all the way with kit, equipment, some coaching, tickets to the games for the kids, training facilities, transport. Yeah, it’s a superb football club.


Temper Temper: Reaction to the 5-1 defeat to Cardea

Peterborough United’s deaf teams are still looking for that first win. Head Coach Steve Long and Cardea Manager Kev Webster give their thoughts on the match. Both identified high tempers as problematic for the Posh team.

These pictures were captured by local photographer Tim Symonds. Big thanks to Tim for these excellent images – please visit his website here to see more of his work.


Pictures from the game:

Cameron Cockerill looks in control. He is a constant danger to opposition defences with his speed and accuracy
A defender wisely takes evasive action as Cockerill slams a shot from the edge of the box, this time it clips the bar. Attack minded right-back Liam Avey watches on.
Skilful midfielder Qadeer Hussain rises bravely to meet the ball
Midfielder Michael Bedford gives his marker the slip and gains a yard on him before launching another attack
Dinho Miguel beats both the keeper and defender to get the ball.