This season Prostate Cancer UK is the official charity of The
Football League. To celebrate, we've asked bloggers from each of
the 72 clubs to count down their top five strikers to have worn the
No9 shirt, in recognition of the fact that prostate cancer
affects one in nine men.
Posh poacher: Craig Mackail-Smith scored in the 2011 play-off final. Photo courtesy of Action Images
Here blogger and podcaster Jamie Jones, from standingontheglebe.co.uk,
selects Peterborough's five best No9s… and one to forget!
5. Derek Dougan
Dougan was a proven striker when he moved from Aston Villa to
London Road in 1963 for a club-record fee of £25,000. Strong,
powerful and full of character, 'the Doog' went on to score 46
goals for the club, becoming a hero of the terraces in the process.
The Posh fans used to tell a story about Dougan meeting Pat
Jennings in the street, in which Dougan nodded and the goalie dived
in the gutter.
4. Tony Adcock
A bargain buy from our struggling neighbours Northampton, Adcock
helped to kick-start the season that would end in Wembley glory and
promotion to the second tier. A classy, confident No9, Adcock's
partnership with Kenny Charlery is possibly the best the club has
seen. He went on to play a big part in Peterborough's highest
league position in the 1992-93 season.
3. Craig Mackail-Smith
Some players work hard, other players score goals. Mackail-Smith
(or CMS, as he will forever be known at London Road) did both! He
developed throughout his early career at the club, then exploded
into life during the 2010-11 promotion season. He allowed us to
'believe' in going up when he scored the second goal in the 3-0
play-off final win over Huddersfield Town.
2. Jim Hall
'Big' Jim Hall was an old-fashioned centre-forward with a great
first touch and an eye for goal, and was an integral part of the
1973-74 Fourth Division championship-winning side. He still holds
the club's scoring record, with 137 goals in 329 appearances -
including an incredible eight hat-tricks.
1. Terry Bly
Bly came to London Road from Norwich in 1960 and unleashed an
avalanche of goals over the following two years, managing a total
of 81 in 88 games. He was a strong player, as effective in the air
as he was on the ground. In 1960 the Posh were finally elected to
the Football League, and Bly led the celebrations by scoring 54
league goals that season - a post-war record that stands to this
And the worst …
Njazi Kuqi (2006)
Like Ali Dia at Southampton, Njazi Kuqi somehow convinced someone
that he was a professional footballer. His sole appearance for
Peterborough, while on loan from Birmingham, saw him hauled off
with a proud record of zero shots on - or off - target.
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