PRESTON NORTH END F.C.
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PRESTON NORTH END F.C. (Football Club) |
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BRIEF HISTORY of PRESTON NORTH END FOOTBALL CLUB
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Preston North End was originally founded as a cricket club in 1863, by Mr Walter Pomfret of Deepdale
Road, who was the first person to rent the field on which North End has always played. The original
rent was £8 per year. As Preston already had a strong town's club, they adopted the "North End" suffix
because they moved to the North End of the town when Moor Park opened, playing their matches at Moor Park.
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 were league champions again the following season, but have not won the title since. The club's
last major trophy was an FA Cup triumph in 1938.
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. 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. The club won the Third Division title at the first attempt and so returned to the Second
Division. Bobby Charlton, an England World Cup winner from 1966, was appointed Preston manager in 1973,
but was unable to prevent the club from sliding into the Third Division in his first season and left after
two years in charge. A brief respite in 1978 saw Preston win promotion back to the Second Division, but go
down after three seasons. In 1985 the club fell into the Fourth Division for the first time in its history.
In 1986, Preston finished second from bottom in the Fourth Division and only avoided dropping into the
Football Conference because the other Football League members voted in favour of the division's bottom
four teams retaining their senior status. The arrival of new manager John McGrath saw Preston win promotion
to the Third Division a year later and they were still at this level when McGrath left in 1990.
Preston began the new millennium by winning promotion from Division 2 in the 1999–2000 season as champions.
The club almost made it two promotions in a row in 2001 but lost 3–0 to Bolton Wanderers in the Division
One play-off final. Billy Davies guided Preston to the Championship playoff final in his first season as
manager, but they lost to West Ham United. The club reached the play-offs again the following year, this
time losing at the semi-final stage to Leeds United. Davies then moved to Derby County. Preston spent much
of the 2006–07 season in the automatic promotion or play-off places. However, from March 2007 the club
slid rapidly down the league. The club failed to make the end-of-season play-offs, finishing the season
in seventh place, despite a 1–0 victory over Birmingham City at Deepdale on the final day of the season.
After a bad start to the 2007–08 season which saw the club pick up just three wins, Paul Simpson was
sacked as manager on 13 November 2007. On 20 November, Everton's assistant manager Alan Irvine was
appointed as Preston's new manager on a three-and-a-half year deal. He achieved his first objective as
manager by finishing in 15th place, thus securing Preston's survival in the Championship. The following
season, he led Preston to 6th place in the Championship after a good run of form towards the end of the
season, qualifying for the play-offs. The club again missed out on promotion to the Premier League after
losing 2–1 on aggregate to Sheffield United. On 29 December 2008, Irvine was sacked after a poor run of
results. In the 2009–10 season, Preston finished in 17th place.
CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION
| Official Name
|| Preston North End F.C. |
| Club Nickname
|| The Lilywhites |
| Year Founded
|| 1880 (136 years ago) |
| English County
|| Lancashire |
| Current Ground
|| Deepdale |
| Ground Location
|| Preston, England |
| Club's Owner
|| Trevor Hemmings |
| Club Chairman
|| Peter Ridsdale |
| Current Manager
|| Simon Grayson |
| Current League
|| Championship |
| Last Season
|| Championship, 11th place |
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INTERESTING STADIUM FACTS & INFORMATION
Sir Tom Finney Way, Preston,
Lancashire, PR1-6UU, England
OPENED: ......... 1875 |
SURFACE: ........ Grass
COST: .............. not available
CAPACITY: ...... 23,404
RECORD: ......... 42,684 (1938 vs Arsenal)
OWNER: ........... Preston North End F.C
OPERATOR: ..... Preston North End F.C
FIELD SIZE: ...... 110 x 75 yards (101 x 69 meters)
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