2008–09 Preston North End F.C. season

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Preston North End
2008–09 season
Chairman Derek Shaw
Manager Alan Irvine
Stadium Deepdale
Championship 6th (qualified for playoffs)
Play-offs Semi-finals
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Second round

During the 2008–09 English football season, Preston North End F.C. competed in the Championship.

Season summary[edit]

Having spent most of the previous season embroiled in a relegation battle, this season Preston edged into the play-offs in sixth place, pipping Cardiff City on the last day of the season. Though being level with seventh-placed Cardiff with 74 points and a goal difference of +12 each, Preston gained sixth place by virtue of having scored one more goal than Cardiff over the course of the season. The run of form that had seen Preston reach the playoffs saw manager Alan Irvine named the Championship's Manager of the Month for April.

Preston were drawn against third-placed Sheffield United in the semi-finals. United won 2-1 over legs, consigning Preston to another season in the second tier of English football.


For the fourth consecutive season, Preston's kits were manufactured by Italian company Diadora, who introduced new home and away kits. The home kit was a white shirt with black pants and black and white hooped socks, inspired by the club's kit from the late fifties and early sixties. (White shorts were worn for the away match at Wolverhampton Wanderers on 10 January). The away kit was a yellow shirt with navy sleeves, yellow shorts and yellow socks with navy turnovers.[1]

Lancastrian support services company Enterprise remained Preston's kit sponsors.


Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Andy Lonergan
2 Scotland DF Michael Hart
3 Scotland DF Callum Davidson
4 England MF Richard Chaplow
5 France DF Youl Mawéné
6 Jamaica MF Lee Williamson (on loan from Watford)
7 England MF Chris Sedgwick
8 England FW Karl Hawley
9 England FW Chris Brown
10 Scotland MF Barry Nicholson
11 England MF Darren Carter
12 Republic of Ireland DF Sean St Ledger
14 England DF Liam Chilvers
15 England MF Simon Whaley
16 England MF Paul McKenna (captain)
No. Position Player
19 England DF Billy Jones
21 England DF Neal Trotman
22 Republic of Ireland GK Wayne Henderson
25 Scotland MF Ross Wallace
26 England FW Jon Parkin
27 Republic of Ireland DF Eddie Nolan
29 Republic of Ireland FW Stephen Elliott
30 England GK Chris Neal
31 England GK Andrew Murphy
33 England FW Neil Mellor
34 Canada MF Phil Appiah
35 England DF Dean Stott
36 England FW Rob Turner
40 Northern Ireland MF Adam Barton

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
6 England MF Jason Jarrett (to Brighton & Hove Albion)
6 England DF Andrew Davies (on loan from Stoke City)
17 England FW Brett Ormerod (to Blackpool)
18 England DF Matt Hill (to Wolves)
No. Position Player
18 England DF Wayne Brown (on loan from Hull City)
20 Scotland DF Jay McEveley (on loan from Derby County)
23 England MF Lewis Neal (to Carlisle United)
24 England MF Joe Anyinsah (to Carlisle United)


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