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Peterborough United 1 – 5 Cardea | Plenty of positives despite the result

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Posh Deaf Team Head Coach Steve Long

Peterborough United’s deaf team have some positives to take away from the match against Cardea. Despite the result, the Posh team showed what they’re capable of with some excellent passages of play in the second half.

Chris Taylor scored Peterborough’s goal when Matthew Wheeler cleverly stepped over a low corner, fooling Cardea’s defence, and Taylor despatched the ball powerfully into the net from outside the area.

A few supporters braved the cold to watch
A few supporters braved the cold to watch

Arguably, Cardea could have been reduced to 10-men in the early stages of the first half and Peterborough awarded a penalty. The referee declined to show red as the game was a friendly but in a normal match, Peterborough could have had a penalty and Cardea reduced to ten-men when the score was 0-0. Cameron Cockerill, the fastest man on the pitch, was clean through on goal and odds-on to score when he was bought down. As it was, a free kick was awarded outside the area that was fired into the wall.

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Half-time and the team struggle to keep warm

The Peterborough team found the conditions hard in this, only their second ever match. The astroturf pitch was unusually fast and many balls sped out of play as the surface gained more zip when the temperature plummeted.

Head Coach Steve Long said: “The team have showed me the areas that they need to work on. One of those areas is being disciplined, concentrating and following the team plans and instructions. There are a few players with fitness concerns too which we will need to address.

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Midfielder Will Rolls talks to Coach Steve Long

“The positives were that in the second half, once the team had adjusted to the opposition and conditions, they grew in confidence and showed the neat passing game that we work hard on in training.”

“Cardea played well and were the better team. They dominated for large parts of the game and scored great goals. We would like to thank them for taking part in this fixture and look forward to playing them again as we continue to build towards the next season”

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Peterborough United’s Team

Norman, Pintos, Taylor, Sear, Connoley, Bedford, Wheeler, Cosson, Hussain, Cockerill, Majid | Subs (all used) Rolls, Weston, Donald

Player’s great-grandmother donates her 90th birthday presents to deaf football and raises £500

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A great grandmother of two deaf footballers in the Peterborough has donated all the presents from her 90th birthday party towards youth deaf football and raised £500.

Mrs Barber, great nan of Aaron and Ava Osker, both players for Peterborough United’s deaf youth team, asked all her friends and relatives to write cheques to the local deaf children’s society that runs the deaf football project in the city, rather than buy her gifts.

The football scheme is run by the Peterborough and District Deaf Children’s Society in association with Peterborough United.

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Mrs Barber was 90 in November and donated all her gifts


Mrs Barber is said she was ‘Eternally grateful for all that the society had done for her great grandchildren over the years.’

Pictured above are members of the current youth team and Tash Applegate, Deaf Youth Coach, receiving the cheque. Mrs Barber’s great grandson is holding the cheque.


Peterborough’s deaf football coaching is thought to be the only one in England that provides qualified and accessible coaching for deaf children and adults from the age of 5 all the way to adulthood. The sessions take place every Monday – see here for more information.

The money will be used to help pay for team transport and provide training kits and equipment to the youth team. Andy Palmer, co-ordinator of the deaf football project said, “We can’t thank Mrs Barber enough for this act of such generosity. We’ll put the money to good use, have the kids looking smart and ensure that they all get to the national championships again in March. Thank you Mrs Barber”

Ava Osker with brother Aaron behind – enjoy the deaf football coaching in Peterborough

Peterborough Legends support the deaf football team

Peterborough United Hall of Fame players Tommy Robson and Jack Carmichael joined the players for training recently with former Palace, Preston and Posh player Ricky Heppolette. Tommy gave the team some words of advice for the future. Tommy played for Chelsea too in a career with over 500 professional appearances.

Jack Carmichael also played for Arsenal in another long and successful career. Here are some pictures of the day.