Play-Off History: Peterborough & Orient

Play-Off History: Peterborough & Orient


Ahead of the League One Play-off Semi-final second leg, we look at how the two teams have fared in the play-offs in the past:

Peterborough United

Peterborough United have won on all three occasions that they have reached the play-offs.  Dagenham & RedbridgeDoncaster RoversManchester CitySheffield Wednesday haven’t experienced disappointment either, but they have all experienced just one play-off campaign. Here we look back at the Posh’s play-off past:


Third Division Play-off 1991/92

In 1991/92 Peterborough finished 6th in the old Division Three. They faced Huddersfield in the Play-off Semi-final, drawing the first leg 2-2 at home before beating the Terriers 1-2 in the second leg.

Stockport beat Stoke over two legs to reach the final. Peterborough were 1-0 up going into the last few minutes of the game, but Stockport grabbed an 87th minute equaliser. However, the Posh restored their lead almost immediately after to secure a 2-1 win at Wembley.


Third Division Play-0ff 1999/00

The 1999/00 season saw Peterborough finish fifth in the Third Division, setting up a semi-final against Barnet. The Posh defeated the Bees by two goals to one at Underhill. They then won 3-0 against Barnet at London Road thanks to a hat-trick from David Farrell.

The Posh won at Wembley again as they edged out Darlington in a 1-0 win.


League One Play-off 2010/11 

Peterborough’s most recent play-off triumph came in 2010/11. They finished fourth in League One, meaning they had to face fifth placed MK Dons in the semi-final. The Posh lost a thrilling first leg that ended 3-2 to MK Dons. However, they turned things around in the second leg, winning 2-0 at home.

They met Huddersfield in the final which took place at Old Trafford. The Posh scored three goals in the last 12 minutes to secure promotion to the Championship.

Current Posh players Mark Little,Grant McCann, Tommy Rowe and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing were all a part of the squad who won promotion in 2010/11. Ex-O Gabriel Zakuani was also in the side.


Leyton Orient

Leyton Orient have made it to three play-off finals, but they have been successful on just one occasion. Here we look at the O’s record:

Fourth Division Play-off 1988/89

Orient finished 6th in the old fourth division under Frank Clark. They defeated Scarborough by two goals to nil at Brisbane Road thanks to a brace from Mark Cooper and despite losing 1-0 in the second leg the O’s progressed to the final with a 2-1 win on aggregate.

The 1988/89 final was played over two legs and Orient battled it out with Wrexham for promotion. The first leg ended in a goalless draw at the Racecourse ground. The O’s managed to win the second leg 2-1 at Brisbane Road thanks to goals from Lee Harvey and Mark Cooper.

Orient were promoted to the third tier and managed to stay at that level for six seasons.


Third Division Play-off 1998/99

Ten years after their play-off victory, Orient reached another final. Tommy Taylor led the O’s to a sixth place finish in the Third Division in 1998/99.  The semi-final against Rotherham remained goalless after two legs and they still couldn’t be separated after extra -time. The O’s emerged victorious, winning 4-2 on penalties with Dean Smith, Martin Ling, Dave Morrison and Matt Lockwood all converting their spot-kicks.

Orient met Scunthorpe in the final at Wembley, but the O’s lost out after conceding an Alex Calvo-Garcia goal after six minutes.

Leyton Orient: Barrett, Joseph, Lockwood, Smith, Hicks, Clark, Ling, Richards, Watts, Simba, Beall.

Subs: Maskell, Stimson, Inglethorpe


Third Division Play-off 2000/01

In May 2001 Tommy Taylor’s Orient reached another Third Division Play-off final. They finished in fifth place duirng the 2000/01 season.

The O’s had lost their first leg match 1-0 against Hull at Boothferry Park, but goals from Steve Watts and Matt Lockwood sealed a 2-1 aggregate win at Brisbane Road.

Orient and Blackpool met at the Millenium Stadium for the final. Chris Tate got the O’s off to a great start, scoring after just 27 second, a play-off final record. Blackpool drew ten minutes before the break, but Scott Houghton gave Orient the lead again soon after. However, the Tangerines scored again before half-time, making it 2-2 at the interval. Blackpool went on to win the game 4-2, scoring twice in the last thirteen minutes.  

Leyton Orient: Bayes, Joseph, Lockwood, Smith, Downer, Walschaerts, Harris, McGhee, Houghton, Ibehre, Tate

Subs: Barrett, Martin, Castle, Brković, Beall


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