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November 7, 2002

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PETERBOROUGH, England (AP) _ There’s apparently only room in England for one ``Posh.″

The English second-division soccer club Peterborough United, known since its inception 68 years ago as ``Posh″ or ``The Posh,″ has been opposed by Spice Girl Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) in its attempt to register the nickname.

Beckham, wife of Manchester United soccer star David Beckham, says she’s been known by the nickname ``Posh″ or ``Posh Spice″ since the Spice Girls launched their first CD in 1996.

Geoff Davey, chief executive of the club, said he was ``absolutely stunned″ when he received a letter Monday from Beckham opposing the trademark application.

He said he was surprised there was a challenge, and that ``someone as big as Victoria Beckham would want to raise this particular challenge.″

``The name is part of the club’s history and tradition,″ he said. ``We use the words on our range of leisure wear and on souvenirs and posters. There is a whole wedge of commercial activities. There could be very serious ramifications.″

The UK Trademark Registry shows Peterborough chairman Peter Boizot filed the trademark application in 1998. Opposition was filed two months ago by Victoria Beckham, a spokesman for the UK Trademark Registry said.

The Peterborough United’s official Web site says the nickname dates from 1934.

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