Former Bedford Modern student makes professional football debut for the Posh

Pemi Aderoju with Bedford Modern School Head of Football, Michael Park in March 2024
Pemi Aderoju with BMS Head of Football, Michael Park Image: Bedford Modern School

Former Bedford Modern student, Pemi Aderoju, is the latest Bedfordian to make an impact in the Football League after making his debut for Peterborough United in February.

Bedford of course has a connection with Peterborough United via the indomitable, Barry Fry but the 19-year old is the latest to make the short move to the Posh after signing from Biggleswade FC in January.

12 goals in as many games for Biggleswade FC caught the eye of many Football League clubs as an 18-year old in 2023.

Peterborough was the preferred destination for Pemi, with the powerful striker playing the majority of his minutes for the Peterborough Under-21 side already this season.

He made his professional debut as a substitute against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park although it would have been a hell of an ask to expect the 19-year old to have helped overturn a 5-2 defeat on 10th February.

A signed shirt to say thank you

Aderoju returned to Bedford Modern School on 8th March to present a signed shirt to Head of Football, Michael Park as a thank you to the school for their part in his impressive development.

“It was great to see Pemi and welcome him back to BMS for the morning”, said Michael.

“When sharing his journey since leaving BMS it is clear he has gone from strength to strength with his football.

“At BMS, he was always a fantastic sportsman with an abundance of athletic capabilities and a true passion for the game. He has overcome injuries, did not follow the traditional football pathway to professional football and has proven there is always a different route into it.

“Pemi is an inspiration to the current students at BMS showing them that with determination and resilience they can achieve their goals.

“We are proud to have Pemi as an OB, and we all wish him the very best with his football career.”

Pemi Aderoju comes on as a substitute for Peterborough United against Wycombe in February 2024
Pemi Aderoju coming on as a sub at Wycombe Image: Peterborough United FC

Pemi played for a host of teams under the Bedford Modern School banner since Year 7 and was highly complimentary of the teaching staff and credited them with helping him reach the Football League stage.

“It was an amazing feeling playing in front of the fans in the stadium. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years and dreamt of.

“When I got the call to go on it was a feeling of excitement more than nerves. I just wanted to make an impact and the first touch was a header towards goal – that would have been crazy had it gone in, but the defender got a touch on it.”

There is still a chance for Peterborough United to gain automatic promotion from League One to the Championship, with a play-off spot looking more likely with the Posh ten points clear of 7th-placed, Lincoln City.

For teachers and former classmates of Pemi, they’ll be hoping the young striker will be making more appearances in the Posh’s promotion hunt as the football season reaches the business end of the season.

Update: This article was updated on 21st March 2024 at 16:45 to correct the club that Pemi Aderoju was playing for before he joined Peterborough United. We are happy to make this correction.

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