Preston North End F.C.
|Full name||Preston North End Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||The Lilywhites, The Invincibles|
|Website||Club home page|
Preston North End Football Club (often shortened to PNE) is a professional association football club located in the Deepdale area of Preston, Lancashire. They play in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system.
The club was a founding member of the Football League and completed the inaugural season unbeaten to become the first league champions, in the same season winning the FA Cup without conceding a goal to become the first club to achieve the English football "Double". Preston's unbeaten League and Cup season earned them the nickname "The Invincibles".
Preston's most recent major trophy success was their FA Cup victory over Huddersfield Town in 1938. Many notable players have played for the club, including Tom Finney, Bill Shankly, Tommy Docherty, Alan Kelly, Sr. and Graham Alexander.
Based on results achieved in the Football League from 1888–89 to 2015–16, Preston were ranked as the fourth most-successful English football club of all time domestically, while only Notts County had played more Football League games than Preston.
- 1 History
- 2 Ground
- 3 Players
- 4 Technical staff
- 5 Managerial history
- 6 Honours
- 7 Club records
- 8 Rivals
- 9 Sponsors
- 10 Women's football
- 11 2013 Fans' All-Time XI
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Preston North End was founded in 1863, originally as a cricket club, playing their first matches at the Marsh near the River Ribble in the Preston suburb of Ashton, before switching later that year to Moor Park in the north of the town, adopting the "North End" name as a result. On 21 January 1875, the club leased a field opposite Moor Park on the site of the current Deepdale stadium, which has been their home ever since.
The club adopted the rugby union code in 1877, but one year later they played their first game under the rules of association football, and in May 1880 unanimously passed a resolution to adopt the association code, marking the foundation of Preston North End Football Club.
Preston North End were famously successful during the early years of professional football in England. In 1887, Preston beat Hyde 26–0 in the First Round of the FA Cup, still a record winning margin in English first-class football. Preston forward Jimmy Ross scored eight goals in the match, going on to score 19 goals in the competition that season, also still a record.
In 1888–89, they became the first league champions and the first winners of "The Double", becoming the only team to date to go throughout an entire season unbeaten in both the league and FA Cup – winning the FA Cup without conceding a goal.
Preston's most famous player, Sir Tom Finney, played for the club between 1946 and 1960. Finney is considered to be one of the greatest footballers of all time, and was also a local lad, dubbed the "Preston Plumber" due to his professional training as a plumber. Finney remains the club's top goalscorer, with 187 goals from 433 appearances, and also scored 30 international goals for England.
Following Finney's retirement, Preston were relegated to the Second Division in 1961 and have not played in the top division since. The club did reach the FA Cup final in 1964, but lost to West Ham United.
Preston were relegated to the Third Division in the 1969–70 season, but won promotion back as champions at the first attempt. Alan Ball, Sr., then manager, remarked that "Preston's fans are the best, they are the Gentry", and the club now designates one away fixture each season as "Gentry Day", intended for remembrance of deceased fans and players, which Preston fans attend in fancy dress, wearing bowler hats and gentleman's suits.
Among others, World Cup winners Bobby Charlton and Nobby Stiles would manage the club during the 1970s and 80s, with varying degrees of success, but the overall trajectory was one of steady decline, and the club eventually fell into the Fourth Division for the first time in its history in 1985, finishing second bottom of the entire league the following season, and only avoiding relegation into the Football Conference via re-election.
John McGrath oversaw Preston's promotion back to the Third Division a year later, where they remained when John Beck took over in October 1992. The 38-year-old Beck had only recently been sacked by Cambridge United, where he had achieved two successive promotions and come close to attaining a unique third into the top flight. Preston hoped his "long ball" philosophy might work for them too, but Beck was unable to save Preston from relegation during his first season, and after defeat in the play-off final a year later, he was replaced by his assistant Gary Peters.
After signing strikers Andy Saville and Steve Wilkinson, Peters successfully guided Preston to the Division Three title in his first full season as manager, eventually quitting in February 1998, to be replaced by 34-year-old defender David Moyes.
Captained by Sean Gregan and featuring such players as Jon Macken, Graham Alexander and David Eyres, Preston quickly developed into Division Two promotion contenders under Moyes, reaching the 1998–99 play-offs, before being promoted as champions the following year. The club almost made it two promotions in a row to reach the Premier League, but lost to Bolton Wanderers in the 2001 play-off final. Moyes left for Everton the following season, and despite successive play-off campaigns under Billy Davies – when the team included Youl Mawéné, David Healy and England international David Nugent, the first Preston player to win a full England cap since Tom Finney in 1958 – and another play-off attempt under Alan Irvine, Preston were unable to achieve promotion to the Premier League during a ten-year spell in the second tier.
A succession of unsuccessful managerial appointments, starting with Darren Ferguson and ending with Graham Westley, saw the club relegated to League One and threatened with a further drop to the fourth tier after a club record run of 12 home games without a win under the latter's stewardship, before an up-turn in fortunes began under current manager Simon Grayson, who was appointed in February 2013.
Simon Grayson era
Simon Grayson was appointed by the club on the 18th February 2013  and immediately made an impact. Preston went unbeaten in his first four games, drawing with Swindon Town and MK Dons, before achieving his first win as Preston boss against Stevenage – Westley's former club, before following the win up with a win against Notts County. Of Grayson's next 10 games (the final 10 games of the League 1 season), Preston won 3, drew 4 and lost 3.
In Grayson's first summer in charge, he permanently signed 4 players, Tom Clarke, a centreback, Chris Humphrey, a right winger, Kevin Davies, a Centre forward and Alex Nicholson, a right back. He also signed Declan Rudd on a season long loan from Norwich City. He allowed 3 players to leave during the summer, those being Luke Foster, Chris Robertson and Andrew Procter.
The 2013–14 season started off well, unbeaten in their first 9 league games. They also beat local rivals Blackpool in the League Cup, before being beaten by Lancashire rivals Burnley in the second round.
The 9 league game unbeaten run came to an end on the 5th October, against Peterborough United, a 2 – 0 defeat and was followed up with a 2nd 2–0 defeat, against Crewe. Preston then went on another 9 game unbeaten league run, winning 5 and drawing 4, including a win against Leyton Orient, only their second league defeat of the season. The unbeaten run came to an end after a 3–0 home defeat to Brentford, but was followed up with 3 more consecutive wins, against Carlisle United, Shrewsbury Town and Port Vale.
Preston's 2nd game of 2014 was against Wolves, which ended in a 2 – 0 defeat. In the FA Cup, Preston came up against Ipswich Town in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, drawing 1–1, before winning 3–2 in the replay. In the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, Preston were drawn against Nottingham Forrest. They drew 0–0 and then Preston lost 0–2 in the replay, despite dominating the game.
Following that loss, Preston then went onto a 12-game unbeaten run in the league, their 3rd of the season, which strengthed North End's position in the play off positions, placing them 17 points ahead of 7th placed M.K. Dons, with 27 points available. The unbeaten run was then lost after a 1–0 defeat by Swindon Town F.C., but was followed up with two consecutive wins against Peterborough United and Crawley Town, which all but secured their play off place, being 18 points clear of M.K. Dons, with 18 points to play for. The next game was a 1–1 draw with Bristol City  followed up with a 6–1 romp against Carlisle United.
Preston won two and lost two of their final four league games of the season. They lost 1–0 to Brentford Which in turn secured their promotion to the Championship. Preston then went on to beat Shrewsbury Town, moving them up to 4th place, before beating Gillingham, moving them up to 3rd place. The final game of the season was against Crewe, which they lost 2–1, meaning they ended the season in 5th place.
The result meant that Preston would face Rotherham in the League One play-offs. The first leg ended in a 1–1 draw, with a notable goal from Joe Garner. In the second leg, Preston took an early lead, through Paul Gallagher, but conceded 3 goals, losing the match 3–1 and 4–2 on aggregate.
In his second summer in charge Simon Grayson signed 5 players permanently – Jamie Jones, Calum Woods, Jordan Hugill, Andy Little and Kyel Reid and brought Paul Gallagher in on a season long loan. Preston also signed Callum Robinson on a two-month youth loan in September and Jermaine Beckford on a season long loan in November.
Preston allowed 9 players to leave Deepdale during the summer, those being Chris Beardsley, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, Ryan Croasdale, Graham Cummins, Iain Hume, John Mousinho, Alex Nicholson, Nicky Wroe and Stuart Beavon.
Preston started the season strongly, winning 2 and drawing 3 of the first five league games of the season. Preston suffered their first league loss of the season, against Walsall F.C. in their sixth game of the season. Of their next 8 games, Preston won 7 and drew 1. After their first 14 games, Preston were in 2nd place, on 31 points, two points behind league leaders Bristol City F.C., but 5 points clear of 3rd place Swindon Town F.C..
In the midst of the league campaign, Preston were involved in 3 separate cup competitions. Preston found success in the Football League Trophy, reaching the Northern section final – losing 2–0 on aggregate to Walsall. In the League Cup, Preston faced, and defeated Rochdale in round 1, before being beaten by Middlesbrough in the second round. In the opening 3 rounds of the FA Cup, Preston defeated Havant & Waterlooville in the first round, Shrewsbury Town in the second and Norwich City in the third round to put them in the hat for a potentially money-spinning trip to a Premier League side in the fourth round of the cup.
Meanwhile, in Preston's next 10 games, they won 4, drew 4 and lost 2 – although they did go on a 5 match winless run, culminating in a loss against Crawley Town. During this run, Preston also faced Sheffield United in the FA Cup in the fourth Round. They drew 1–1 in the first game, before winning 3–1 in the replay. This set up a fifth round home tie against Manchester United.
Following Preston securing a home tie in the FA Cup against Manchester United, they went on a 18-game unbeaten run, winning 12 and drawing 6 of those games, including notable wins against promotion rivals MK Dons and Swindon Town placed them in prime position for automatic promotion, needing to win against relegation threatened Colchester United on the final day. Preston lost the game 1–0, whilst MK Dons won, meaning that Preston finished the season in 3rd place and were in the play-offs again. Simon Grayson's side had been in the top two since the start of March and had not lost in the league since 31 January. They faced Chesterfield in the semi-finals of the play offs.
In the first leg of the Play offs, Preston won 1–0, thanks to a goal from Jermaine Beckford. In the second leg they won 3–0 thanks to Joe Garner's penalty and Jermaine Beckford's brace. They won the semi-finals 4–0 on aggregate and set up a play off final against Swindon Town. Preston, who had never won in the play offs in their previous nine appearances – which was a record at the time, beat Swindon Town 4–0 in the play-off final, including a hat-trick by Jermaine Beckford, winning promotion to the Championship, which was met with delight from both manager Simon Grayson and owner Trevor Hemmings.
|Full name||Deepdale Stadium|
|Location||Sir Tom Finney Way, Preston, England, PR1 6RU|
|Owner||Preston North End F.C.|
|Operator||Preston North End F.C.|
|Field size||110 x 75 yards|
The site of the current Deepdale stadium was first leased by the club in 1875 and was first used for association football in 1878. The biggest attendance seen was 42,684 for a Division One clash with Arsenal in April 1938.
However, in 2010 the museum was controversially closed, to be relocated to Urbis in Manchester, where it reopened in 2012. The move prompted Sir Tom Finney to withdraw his personal memorabilia from the museum in protest.
Despite the museum's closure at Deepdale, the National Football Museum retained the long-term lease on its former site, which has since been used to store 90% of the museum's collection and as an "archive and research centre", but has otherwise remained vacant and closed to the public, despite periodic proposals to put the site to other uses.
Outside the Sir Tom Finney Stand, is a statue of the famous player himself, this is known as The Splash or the Tom Finney Splash.
The match took place on a rainy day, with Preston playing Chelsea and players generally sliding everywhere.
The statue was sculpted by Peter Hodgkinson.
- As of 31 August 2016.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Below is a list of non-playing personnel:
|Glynn Snodin||Assistant Manager|
|Steve Thompson||First Team Coach|
|Alan Kelly, Jr.||Goalkeeping Coach|
|Matt Jackson||Head Physio|
|John Sumner||Club Massuer|
|Nick Harrison||Academy Manager|
|Ian Miller||Chief Scout|
|Daniel Steve Cowell||Kitman|
- As of 20 October 2016
|G||W||D||L||Win %||G||W||D||L||Win %||Point Av.|
- Football League First Division (first tier)
- Football League Second Division/Football League First Division/Championship (second tier)
- Football League Third Division/Football League Second Division/League 1 (third tier)
- Football League Fourth Division/Football League Third Division/League 2 (fourth tier)
- FA Cup
- Football League Cup
- Fourth Round: 1963, 1966, 1972, 1981, 2003, 2017
- FA Charity Shield
- Runners-up: 1938
- Football League War Cup
- Winners: 1941
In 1996, Preston's Third Division title made the club the third and most recent to have been champions of all four professional leagues in English football. This feat had previously been achieved only by Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1988 and local rivals Burnley in 1992.
- Most Goals (Overall): Tom Finney, 210 goals from 473 appearances.
- Most League Goals: Tom Finney, 187 goals from 433 appearances.
- Most League Goals in a Season: Ted Harper, 37 in Football League Second Division, 1932–33
- Record Attendance: 42,684 v Arsenal, Football League First Division, 23 April 1938
- Record Cup Victory: 26–0 v Hyde, FA Cup, 15 October 1887
- Record League Victory: 10–0 v Stoke, Football League Division One, 14 September 1889
- Record Defeat: 0–7 v Blackpool, Division 1, 1 May 1948
- Transfer Record (Paid): £1,500,000 for David Healy from Manchester United, December 2000
- Transfer Record (Received): £6,000,000 for David Nugent to Portsmouth, July 2007
- Youngest Ever Player: Brandon Zibaka 16 years and 161 days
- Oldest Ever Player: Bob Kelly 41 years and two months
Historically, Preston North End's main rivalry was with Blackpool. The West Lancashire derby between the two clubs has been contested nearly 100 times across all four divisions of the Football League since 1901.
The club's main sponsors since shirt sponsorship was introduced in 1979 have been as follows:
|1990–1992||Ribble Valley Shelving|
|2013–2014||The Football Pools/Carers Trust|
2013 Fans' All-Time XI
In 2013, the club asked supporters to vote for the "Fans' All-Time XI". The results were as follows:
- PNEFC (15 October 2014). "Preston North End FC First Time Fans". PNEFC.
- History. "Preston North End FC History".
- Ben Rhodes. "Deepdale Stadium".
- David Conn (3 October 2012). "Football League plans to examine Peter Ridsdale's role at Preston". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
- Simon Grayson Appointed Manager
- "England : All Time Table". Statto.com. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
- "FA Cup Heroes". The Football Association. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
- In 2003–04, Arsenal also achieved an unbeaten season in the top flight, but they went out of the FA Cup at the semi-final stage.
- Digital Sports Group LTD. "Preston North End's Gentry Day". Football.co.uk.
- "Hats off to PNE's 'Gentry'".
- "Index of /".
- "Ridsdale backing for Westley". Sky Sports. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- "Preston 4–0 Swindon" – BBC Sport, 24 May 2015
- "North End Statistics". Preston North End FC. 3 April 2008. Archived from the original on 9 December 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
- "Deepdale Stadium". Preston North End FC. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
- Airey, Tom (6 July 2012), National Football Museum opens at new Manchester home, BBC News, retrieved 7 July 2012
- Anger over football museum move, BBC News, 19 November 2009, retrieved 8 March 2014
- Manchester's Urbis closes to become football museum, BBC News, 27 February 2010, retrieved 8 March 2014
- 12,000 join campaign for Sir Tom Finney Museum, LEP, 19 February 2014, retrieved 8 March 2014
- New lease of life for museum, LEP, 2 January 2013, retrieved 8 March 2014
- "Management profiles". Preston North End. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
- "List of Preston North End F.C. Managers". Preston North End. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
- "Preston Manager History – Past & Present – Soccer Base".
- Up until 1992, the top division of English football was the Football League First Division; since then, it has been the Premier League. Similarly until 1992, the Second Division was the second tier of league football, when it became the First Division, and is now known as The Championship. The third tier was the Third Division until 1992, and is now known as League One.
- "Milestones". Preston North End FC. 3 January 2008. Archived from the original on 7 March 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
- Rhodes, Ben. "Preston North End FC History". Preston North End FC. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
- "Zibaka Breaks North End Record". League Football Education. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
- "Age is just a number – Graham Alexander". BBC Sport. 10 October 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
- "Blackpool's Head To Head Stats Against Any Team – Soccer Base".
- "Preston North End – Sponsors Through the Years". Historicalkits.co.uk. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
- "Sponsorship Puts Charities First". PNE. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
- "Preston North End Agree Virgin Trains Partnership". PNE. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
- "PNE women's team have fresh start as Fylde Ladies". Blackpool Gazette. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
- "Bruce & Nugent Complete Fans' Team". PNE. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
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