It’s my personal standout moment in my time supporting Peterborough United, and the 2011 League One Play-Off Final is a memory that will stay with the majority of Posh fans for a very long time.
Darren Ferguson’s side went into the game as underdogs, with Huddersfield Town massively fancied to achieve promotion to the second tier of English football.
However, it was Posh’s day at Old Trafford, with those magic seven minutes earning them an immediate return to the Championship.
But what has happened to the starting XI from that game? We take a look at what they did with their careers, and where they are now:
GOALKEEPER: Paul Jones – Paul Jones was the goalkeeper for Posh on that famous afternoon, but he didn’t really have a lot to do. Following promotion, Jones was the first choice keeper for the 2011/12 season, before completing a move to Crawley Town. He spent two full seasons with Crawley before moving to Portsmouth for a year and a half. During his time at Portsmouth, he was also loaned back to Crawley. In 2016, he joined Norwich City but featured in just one game for the Canaries during his two years at the club. While on the books at Norwich he was also loaned to Exeter City but did not play a game for them. He joined Fleetwood Town in the summer of 2018, playing three times in cup competitions before joining Sky Bet Championship side Sheffield Wednesday a year later. He is still on the books at Hillsborough but is yet to play a game for the Owls.
RIGHT-BACK: Mark Little – Mark Little is one of my favourite players that I’ve seen during my time as a Posh fan and when he left the club it was a sad day. Little stayed at Posh for three seasons after their promotion, regularly playing during both of Posh’s years in the second tier, and featuring in the 2013/14 season following their relegation. In 2014, Little moved to Posh’s League One rivals Bristol City, helping them achieve promotion back to the second tier. The right-sided defender played for the club for two years in the Championship before joining Bolton Wanderers in June 2017. He was a regular during his first season with the club, but the 2018/19 season saw him play just four games. In June 2019, Little moved to Sky Bet League One side Bristol Rovers and has currently featured 13 times for them this season.
CENTRE-BACK: Gabriel Zakuani – Gabriel Zakuani is a Posh legend, it is as simple as that. He played 43 times for the club in the season following promotion, as well as featuring 36 times in their relegation campaign of 2012/13. He was a regular during the first half of Posh’s League One season in 2013/14 before moving to Greek Super League side Kalloni. However, just six months later he returned to Peterborough United, stating that he missed the club. He stayed at Posh until 2016 when he controversially moved to their rivals Northampton Town. After just one season with the Cobblers, he moved to fellow Sky Bet League One side Gillingham. He played two full seasons for the Kent-based club before joining Sky Bet League Two side Swindon Town in October 2019. Since then, Zakuani has joined National League side Dagenham & Redbridge but is yet to play a game for them.
CENTRE-BACK: Ryan Bennett – Ryan Bennett is rated as one of the best central defenders that Posh have had in recent years, and that is backed up by the fact that he is currently playing Premier League football. Bennett played for Posh for half a season before joining Norwich City for a fee believed to be in the region of £3 million. The central defender spent five whole seasons at Carrow Road, playing for the club in both the Sky Bet Championship and the Premier League. In May 2017 he moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers and was a regular as they earned promotion back to the Premier League. He played 40 times in all competitions during their first season in the top flight and has played in 19 different games so far this season.
LEFT-BACK: Grant Basey – Grant Basey’s time at Peterborough United was shortlived. Following promotion to the Championship, Basey played just four times for Posh before moving to Wycombe Wanderers, originally on loan but that was made permanent at the end of the 2011/12 season. Things didn’t really work out for Basey, and he left Wycombe after just one season, joining Ebbsfleet United. Before the end of his playing career, he also featured for semi-pro sides VCD Athletic and Cray Wanderers. Nowadays, Basey is the first team development coach at Charlton Athletic.
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