When Darragh MacAnthony took charge of Posh in 2007 his ambition was in stark contrast to what had come before him.

Posh had been suffering for many years with a lack of money, direction or drive and seemed to be stagnating in League Two.

But when the wealthy Irishman took charge, he immediately instilled passion, money and, most importantly, a plan for a successful future of Posh.

Only a year before his arrival Peterborough United had been shown up in front of the nation on Sky TV, when the Big Ron Manager documentary showed the inner workings – or, more accurately, failings - of the football club.

It shows how desperate Posh were for any source of income that they even agreed to sign up to the documentary – a show that derailed a promotion push.

But MacAnthony was determined to give Posh fans a club they could be proud of again. He announced that he wanted to reach the Premier League in five years.

That target was never met, but what MacAnthony has provided is the best years the club have ever had. 

They have spent three of the last four seasons playing Championship football – a level they had only participated at for two campaigns in their entire history before – and experienced three promotions in his short-term at the helm already.

One of the catalysts for this is the newly introduced transfer policy that MacAnthony introduced. 

He intended to identify the best young lower-league talents and bring them to London Road.

As a result some of the finest players to ever wear the blue of Peterborough United have come and gone in recent times and this article looks at the five best.


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