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Preston North End are a professional football club based in Preston, Lancashire. The first ever winners of the Football League, the club started the 2016/2017 season in the English second tier, the Championship.
The history of Preston North End begins in 1863. Preston North End were formed and started life as a cricket club, playing a number of matches at the Marsh before moving to Moor Park.In 1877, the club switched from cricket to rugby union and then in 1880, the club decided to start a football team.
Preston North End were one of the most successful football teams at the start of the professional football era. In 1887, Preston North End played in the FA Cup, and beat Hyde 26-0, a record that still stands to this day.
In the 1888/1889 season, Preston North End became the first club to win the Football League. They also won the FA Cup, without conceding a goal in any FA Cup match that season, making Preston North End the first ‘double’ winners. Preston were also unbeaten for the entire league season, the only club in the history of English football to remain unbeaten in the league and FA Cup for the entire season.
Preston North End won consecutive top flight titles, but their league success of 1889/1890 would be the last top tier title the club has won to date.
Three successive second place finishes followed, including in the first season of the Football League First Division, but their success began to wane and in the 1900/1901 season Preston North End were relegated.
In the 1903/1904 season, the club regained its First Division status. However, the 1912 season was the first of four consecutive seasons that saw a relegation, a promotion, a relegation and another promotion.
The Football League calendar was postponed for the duration of the First World War, and when football resumed, Preston North End continued to struggle in the First Division. The club reached another FA Cup Final, but were beaten and three seasons later, Preston North End were back in the Second Division.
The 1925/1926 season was the first of nine consecutive seasons in the second tier of English football. In the 1933/1934 season, a runner up place was enough to see Preston North End back in the top flight.
The end of the 1930’s was a good time for Preston. In the 1937/1938 season, the club finished third in the First Division and won the FA Cup, a year after losing in the final once again.
As with the First World War, the Football League schedule was suspended until after the completion of World War Two. In 1946, the Football League resumed.
1946 was a special year for Preston North End. The most famous player in the history of Preston North End, Tom Finney made his debut for the club. Finney played for Preston North End until 1960, helping the club earn two runner up First Division places and reach another FA Cup Final.
The season after Finney retired, Preston were relegated to the Second Division one again. The 1960/1961 season is the last time Preston North End played top flight football to date.
Preston North End’s slide down the English divisions continued when they were relegated to the Third Division in the 1969/1970 season. They did however earn immediate promotion back to the Second Division.
Even after that promotion, the club’s general direction was down. Nobby Stiles and Bobby Charlton amongst others took on the Preston North End manager job, but Preston’s continued to yo-yo in and out of the English divisions. In the 1984/1985 season, Preston were relegated to the Fourth Division.
Things got worse for Preston North End when they finished second from bottom of the Fourth Division table. They could have lost their Football League place altogether, but were re-elected to stay in the Football League.
A season later and Preston North End were promoted. John McGrath had taken over as manager, but he couldn’t lead his side back into the Second Division. In 1992, John Beck was given the manager’s job, but couldn’t stop his new side from relegation back to the Fourth Division.
The following season, Preston North End reached the play-offs, but were beaten in the final. This led to the departure of John Beck, and Gary Peters took over.
In time for the 1992/1993 season, the Premier League was introduced. This resulted in name changes for the Football League divisions and so the Second Division became Division One, the Third Division Division Two, and the Fourth Division, Division Three.
Peters led his side to the Division Three title in his first season in charge. However, in 1998 Peters quit the role and David Moyes, a Preston North End player, took on the manager’s role.
Moyes would go on to be one of the club’s longest serving managers. In the 1999/2000 season, Moyes led Preston North End to the Division Two title. They almost earned successive promotions, but their hopes of Premier League football were dashed by Bolton Wanderers who beat them in the Division One play-off final.
David Moyes left the club to take the manager’s job at Premier League side Everton, and Billy Davies took over. In a side full of good players, including David Nugent who became the first Preston North End player to win an England international cap since 1958, the club pushed hard for promotion. However, Billy Davies twice couldn’t get his side promoted through the play-offs, and neither could Alan Irvine when he took over the role.
In the 2010/2011 season, amidst a series of managerial changes, the club were relegated to the third tier, now called League One.
Simon Grayson was appointed manager in 2013. In the 2013/2014 season, Grayson led his club to the League One play-offs. However, Rotherham defeated Preston in the semi final, consigning Preston North End to another season in League One.
The following season, Preston North End finally broke the spell of nine play-off losses by beating Swindon Town in the play-off final. The club finally were promoted to the Championship.
The first Preston North End football badge featured three red roses of Lancashire above an image of a paschal lamb. The lamb belongs to St. Wilfrid, the Patron Saint of Preston. Under the lamb are the initials PP, representing the latin motto Princep Pacis meaning Prince of Peace.
The 1996 Preston North End badge featured the lamb encased in a blue shield shape, with the team name also featuring in the shield.
A new Preston North End football crest was introduced in 1998. This included the same features as the 1996 badge, but the shield was removed and the colours slightly altered.
The Preston North End crest was updated in 2010. Still featuring the image of the lamb and the team name, the images were set in a square shield.
A special 125 year anniversary badge was used in the 2013/2014 season. The shape of the shield became a more traditional shape, above that lay a banner with the team name displayed and below another banner stating ‘Invincibles 125 years’. The initials PP were reintroduced for this Preston North End commemorative badge.
The club’s current badge is a slightly updated version of the anniversary badge. The colours have been slightly altered and the bottom banner now states ‘established 1880’.
The Preston North End colours are traditionally white shirts, blue shorts and blue socks. These Preston North End kit colours have been used since 1888, with the shorts and socks colours alternating between blue and white and a combination of the two.
When Preston North End first became a football club, the team wore blue and white striped shirts with white shorts and dark blue socks. In the 1884 season, this kit was changed to half red half white shirts, worn with blue shorts and blue socks. The red and white continued in the 1886/1887 season, but the shirt featured red and white stripes rather than a half and half design.
The 2016/2017 Preston North End kit features a white shirt with blue trim, blue shorts and blue and white hooped socks.
The Preston North End stadium name is Deepdale. Deepdale was used by the club when it was a cricket and rugby union side after moving from Moor Park.
The Preston North End stadium capacity currently stands at 23,404. The stadium was completely renovated between the years of 1996 and 2009.
The Preston North End stadium layout features the Sir Tom Finney Stand, the Alan Kelly Town End, the Invincibles Pavilion and the Bill Shankly Kop.
The majority of Preston North End supporters come from Preston and other parts of Lancashire and the North West of England. There are a wide range of Preston North End supporters clubs across the country, including the Preston Supporters Group.
Preston supporters enjoy a fierce rivalry with Blackpool. These two side contest the West Lancashire derby, and there have been over 100 meetings between the two.
Other Preston rivals include fellow Lancastrians Burnley and Blackburn Rovers.
There are various chants sung by Preston fans on matchdays. ‘We’re the one and only North End’ is popular, as is any song designed to mock their biggest rivals Blackpool.
The Preston North End owner is Trevor Hemmings. Peter Risdale is the chairman of the club.
Peter Risdale has also been the owner of three other football teams. Firstly, and arguably most famously, Risdale was the chairman of Leeds United. From there, he bought Barnsley and then entered the Cardiff City hierarchy.
Tom Finney is Preston North End’s all time leading goalscorer. Finney scored 210 goals for Preston in 473 appearances.
However, it’s Ted Harper who holds the record for most league goals scored in a single season. Harpe scored 37 goals in the 1932/1933 season, when the club was playing their football in the Football League Second Division.
Preston North End’s record attendance is 42,684. This number of spectators witnessed Preston North End take on Arsenal in the Football League First Division in 1938.
Preston North End’s record victory came against Hyde in the FA Cup in 1887, when Preston won 26-0. In terms of league football, Preston’s record win came against Stoke in the Football League First Division, Preston winning 10-0 in 1889.
The club’s record defeat came against arch rivals Blackpool. Blackpool beat Preston 7-0 in the Football League First Division in 1948.
Preston North End’s most expensive player signing is David Healy. Preston paid £1.5 million for Healy to Manchester United.
The highest transfer fee Preston have ever received for a player is £6 million, a fee Portsmouth paid for David Nugent in 2007.
Preston North End players past and present have included some of the most famous names in English football history. Some of these players were included in a Fans All Time Best XI vote, that took place in 2013.
The players named in this Preston North End supporters team were Alan Kelly,Snr, who made 511 appearances and kept 126 clean sheets between 1958 and 1973; Graham Alexander, who made 421 appearances and scored 65 goals over two spells at the club from 1999 to 2007 and then 2011 to 2012; Joe Marston, who made 200 appearances between 1950 and 1955; Mark Lawrenson, who played 80 times and scored 2 goals from 1974 to 1977; Ryan Kidd, who took part in 318 games and scored 11 time between 1992 and 2002; Tom Finney, who made 473 appearances and scored 210 goals between 1946 and 1960; Sean Gregan, who played 272 times scoring 13 goals from 1997 to 2002; Alan Spavin, who made 484 appearances for the club and scored 31 times from 1960 to 1974; David Eyres, who made 130 appearances and scored 25 goals from 1997 to 2000; Alex Bruce, who made 404 appearances and scored 171 goals over two spells at the club from 1971 to 1974 and then 1975 to 1983; and David Nugent, who made 107 appearances scoring 37 goals between 2005 and 2007.
The current Preston North End Manager is Simon Grayson. Grayson took on the managerial reins in 2013, replacing Graham Westley.
Some of English football’s biggest names have held the position of Preston North End manager. Bobby Charlton, Alan Ball, Harry Catterick, Nobby Stiles, Tommy Docherty, Tommy Booth and Brian Kidd have all been in charge of Preston North End at some point.
The longest reigning Preston North End manager is David Moyes. Moyes managed the club for 234 matches between 1998 and 2002, winning 113 of those matches resulting in a win percentage of 48.4%.
That David Moyes win percentage is the largest of any other man in Preston North End manager history.
The Preston North End honours list contains: two top flight (First Division) titles in 1888/1889 and 1889/1890; two FA Cups in 1889 and 1938; and one Football League War Cup.
Preston North End have also won the second tier three times, the third tier twice and the fourth tier once. This made Preston North End only the third club to have won each of the Football League’s four divisions.
Preston North End were also runners up in the top tier on six occasions, FA Cup runners up on five occasions, FA Cup semi finalists on three occasions, and Charity Shield runners up on one occasion.
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