The Emirates FA Cup takes centre stage today as Boro and Peterborough United meet in the third round at the Riverside. Here’s some connections between the two.
Our record signing Britt Assombalonga made a huge impact during his one season at Peterborough, with an impressive 33-goal haul in 58 appearances in all competitions. Signing from Watford, the Posh missed out on a place in the League One Play-Off final during Assombalonga’s time at London Road, but the 26-year-old was on the scoresheet at Wembley in the Football League Trophy final triumph over Chesterfield. His rich vein of goal-scoring form earned a move up to the Championship with Nottingham Forest before arriving on Teesside in the summer of 2017, and was our top goal getter in his maiden campaign with 15. Assombalonga isn’t the only current Boro man who’s played for Peterborough, with midfielder Adam Clayton having a seven-match loan spell there early in his career.
Boro Academy man Callum Cooke didn’t feature in the first team at the Riverside, but played and scored for our Under-23s in the Football League Trophy in 2016 against Scunthorpe United, making another appearance in the same competition against Shrewsbury. After loan stints at Crewe and Blackpool, Cooke made the switch to Peterborough in the summer. With eight matches under his belt in all competitions for the Posh, he registered his first goal in Peterborough colours in a 4-2 victory away to Gillingham.
Signed from Rushden & Diamonds, Lee Tomlin helped Peterborough achieve promotion to the Championship in his first season, overcoming Huddersfield Town in the Play-Off final at Old Trafford. A key figure in the Posh side, Tomlin made 120 league starts for Peterborough which returned 32 goals across his four-year stay at London Road. Boro was his next destination when he initially penned a loan deal before signing permanently in 2014. His first season with us saw him clock up half a century of appearances, and scored with a sumptuous strike in the second leg of the Play-Off semi-finals against Brentford to seal a final berth at Wembley.
Billy Day was part of fierce forward line during his Boro days, playing alongside Brian Clough and Alan Peacock. He would fly back from Germany while on National Service to play for the Teessiders, where he registered 21 goals in 131 games for us. He headed north to sign for Newcastle in the early 1960s, followed by a brief stay at Peterborough. Day passed away aged 81 in January 2018.