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Posh Deaf left stunned in 4-3 St John thriller

Peterborough United’s deaf football team were left stunned after four goals from St John in the second half took what looked like a probable victory away.

Posh started the game well with goals from Will Rolls and Chris Majid but succumbed to St John in the second half. Posh also missed two penalties in the second half which would have won them the game. St John’s scored 4 in a row in quick succession before Liam Avey gave the visitors renewed hope in the closing stages. Will Rolls also pulled up with a hamstring injury in the first half.

Posh dominated much of the possession and enjoyed periods of dominance but St John, led by the ever energetic Memnos Costi and some good old-fashioned tactics, took the three-points.

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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.

Wheeler returns to break Posh hearts; Peterborough United 2 – 3 Barnet

Matthew Wheeler, the young midfielder from Chatteris, who had played in friendlies for Peterborough United, returned to the Branch Bros Stadium on Saturday evening and took all three points for Barnet.

Wheeler, who had also played at the Branch Bros for Great Britain recently, won the game for Barnet after Qadeer Hussain scored twice in the second-half to get Peterborough back into the game. He lobbed the on-rushing Michael Easton in goal after a quickly taken throw-in took Posh by surprise

After Peterborough went 2-0 down, Qadeer Hussain scored from the penalty spot and then leveled the scores with a super finish that ricocheted in off the Posh.

The game was the first as officially named captain for Liam Avey. Peterborough were missing three players with Michael Bedford unavailable and both strikers Cameron Cockerill and Chris Majid out injured. In the end, Peterborough couldn’t keep the momentum up and Barnet, who always looked likely to score on the break, left Peterborough with all three points.

Team Line up barnet

Photos by Tim Symonds and Donna Taylor. You can view more of Tim’s work on his website

Dean Connolly heads clear
Michael Easton confidently catches the ball
Crunch! Qadeer Hussain on the deck
Marcos Pinto began the game but went off injured after 20 minutes
Tom Irish takes kick in the back while Qadeer is sat on by Umesh Valjee
The players shake hands
Scott Taylor lines up a free kick
Barnet Keeper Drew Bradshaw holds on tight
Qadeer Hussain plots a path away from Fucillo (4) Valjee (5) and Wheeler
Will Rolls makes a break
Liam Avey is the Posh Captain
Dean Connolly keeps Keith McCoy close
Qadeer Hussain tricks his way into the box as Manager Steve Long implores him to shoot
Alex Tovey goes to ground to stop Wheeler
Tom Irish has a little time
That’s Connolly and Tovey on the way back from a corner
I’m gonna try not to fall on top of you..
Sorry! Couldn’t help it!
Josh Burrows with Gary Hope close by
Chris Bunker is big, fast and dangerous
Matthew Wheeler being watched closely by Josh Burrows
Tom Irish arrives in the danger zone before his team mates
The Posh bench don’t look as if they’re particularly enjoying the experience
The lights are on and Stephen Sear approaches the Barnet backline with Umesh Valjee and captain Marcus Fucillo close by.

EDF League South: Peterborough United 4 – 1 Brighton with pictures and video

Peterborough’s Deaf Team’s won their first ever league match with a 4-1 win over Brighton.

In the first half Peterborough scored three goals which effectively ended the contest. Qadeer Hussain scored the first official goal for Posh Deaf. Soon after Stephen Sear grabbed another before Michael Bedford hit an amazing volley from the edge of the area.

Alex Tovey added a fourth in the second half and with Brighton looking far more confident, they got one back.

Thanks to Brighton, Peterborough Northern Star for the use of their facilities and to Tim Symonds for the pictures. See more of his work at

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Posh Legends v Arsenal day was a big success.

Dean Connoley and Evran Arkali
Dean Connoley and Evran Arkali

Peterborough United’s Deaf Football Teams would like extend warm thanks to all involved in the Legends v Celebs charity football day, sponsored by Amplifon. We raised aver £1,500 from the day which will go towards the costs of running the football club in the next season.

On top of that, the profile of deaf and amputee football was raised in the city. Posh Deaf, the Posh Amputee team and GB team received rave reviews from the crowds, estimated to be of around 400 people at their peak. It was a great feeling to receive such support from the people of Peterborough and the football community.

See our photo gallery below and the list of people we want to thank for playing their part in the day. Pictures courtesy of Tim Symonds. Check out his other work here

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Here’s some Twitter updates from the day

Thanks to ..

amplifon sponsor

  • Anna Pugh &
  • Amplifon for generously sponsoring the match
  • Peterborough United staff and management
  • Nick Sheppard of the Posh Community Team
  • Peter Burrow
  • BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
  • Staff and volunteers of Peterborough Northern Star Football Club with special thanks to Tony, Gill and Vince Zirpolo
  • Luca Zirpolo
  • Amber Wildgust & Northamptonshire FA
  • John Walker and the Posh Legends
  • Brian Hornsby and the Arsenal Charity Team
  • Arsenal Football Club
  • Europress
  • The Great Britain Deaf Football team and their manager, Phillip Gardner
  • The players of the Peterborough United Deaf Football team
  • Steven and Chris Long
  • Gary Marheineke and the Peterborough United Amputee Team
  • Sam Evans
  • The Referee Paul Clarke
  • Michael Delaney, Steve Long & Gary Hope for additional officiating
  • Ruth Godden, Anna Baker and Jan Smith for interpreting
  • Kelda Chambers, Amy, Morwenna and Jack Casselden on Raffle
  • Adrian Fisher
  • The Peterborough and District Deaf Children’s Society
  • Godfrey Palmer for sign making
  • Phil Creasey for organising and V Sijako for singing the national anthem
  • Flag bearers William Palmer and Harry Howarth
  • The Peterborough United Deaf Youth Team
  • Mark Glasgow on the bouncy castle
  • The Delaney Family on Speed Gun and Free Kick
  • Ady from Speed Gun Goal
  • Cambridgeshire Fire Service, Dogsthorpe
  • Camridgeshire Police
  • Hayley Janceski of Ickle Pickle Play
  • Paul Chadwick and Carol Creasey on the gate
  • Matt Talbot for the marquee, McDonald’s and Beers
  • Core Building Services
  • Ricky Heppolette and the Party Shop Superstore
  • Photography by Tim Symonds & PNS official photographer.

… apologies if we missed anyone out.. Thank you again to everyone for all your support for our deaf football teams

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.