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Tuesday, 7 January, 2003, 18:50 GMT
Peterborough to win Posh battle
Peterborough United's London Road ground
The posh seats at London Road
Peterborough are optimistic former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham will withdraw her opposition to the club's attempt to register their nickname as a trademark.

The star - known as Posh Spice during her Spice Girls days and more recently just Posh - had objected to Peterborough's plans to register "Posh" and "The Posh" as registered trademarks.

There has never been an objection by Peterborough United to her use of the name

Peterborough chief executive Geoff Davey
The singer claimed her nickname had become globally renowned and was a well-known trademark.

But it now appears Beckham will allow the club to register their nickname as a trademark after all.

Chief executive Geoff Davey said: "I'm led to believe that Victoria Beckham's legal team have indicated they will withdraw their objection to our registration of the names.

"We have made a strong case. Maybe her team were not aware of the strength and depth of our usage of the name which we have been using since the early 1920s.

"I think it's important that common sense prevails. There has never been an objection by Peterborough United to her use of the name."

Peterborough had applied to the Trademark Registry in 1999 to gain unchallenged use of the nicknames in order to exploit new merchandising opportunities.

Davey said he hoped a decision would be made by the Trademark Registry next month.

Peterborough United became known as "Posh" after a manager described the team and players as posh in the 1920s.

Posh Spice is the wife of the England captain and Manchester United midfielder David Beckham.

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