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Preston North End
PNE FC.png
Full name Preston North End Football Club
Nickname(s) The Lilywhites,
Founded 1880
Ground Deepdale,
Preston, England
(Capacity: 23,408)
Chairman England Derek Shaw
Manager Scotland Darren Ferguson
League The Championship
2008–09 The Championship, 6th
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Preston North End Football Club (pronounced /ˈprɛstən ˈnɔrθ ˈɛnd/) is an English professional football club located in the Deepdale area of the city of Preston, Lancashire, currently playing in the second tier of English league football, The Championship. They were a founder member of the English Football League in 1888 and were the first English football champions.



In the past Preston were famously successful, being the first winners of "The Double" in English football. In 1888-89 Preston became the only team to go throughout an entire season unbeaten in both the league and FA Cup — also with the record of never conceding a goal in the FA Cup, only Arsenal F.C., in 2003-04, have managed to have an unbeaten season in any league division since, with the Gunners also achieving the feat in the top flight (although Arsenal played 38 games to Preston's 22). PNE were league champions again the following season, and have not won the title since. Their last major trophy was an FA Cup triumph in 1938.

Preston North End, as first winners of the Football League, have the right to wear their home kit at all times. This right is shared with two other clubs: Notts County (as the first registered club in the football league), and Reading (for being 'the royal club'). In recent years however, all three clubs have adapted to using a change shirt due to the extra financial reward this brings.[citation needed]

Preston were relegated to the Second Division (currently the Football League Championship) in 1961 and have not played in the top division since. They did reach the FA Cup final in 1964, but lost to West Ham United.

Bobby Charlton, an England World Cup winner from 1966, was appointed Preston manager in 1973, but was unable to stop them from sliding into the Third Division in his first season and left after two years in charge. A brief respite in 1978 saw them win promotion back to the Second Division, but they went down after three seasons and in 1985 fell into the Fourth Division for the first time in their history.

Preston North End in 1888-89, the first Football League champions, subsequently doing 'The Double'

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. Veteran player Les Chapman took over as manager, but left in October 1992 to be replaced by John Beck. The 38-year-old Beck had only recently been sacked by Cambridge United, where he had achieved two successive promotions and come within a whisker of attaining a unique third. Beck was unable to save Preston from relegation from the first season of the new Division Two. He endured a Division Three playoff final failure before quitting in 1994 to be replaced by his assistant Gary Peters

Peters guided Preston to Division Three title glory in his first full season as manager, and quit in February 1998 to be replaced by 34-year-old defender David Moyes. Preston quickly developed into Division Two promotion contenders under Moyes, reaching the 1998-99 playoffs (losing to Gillingham in the semi-finals before finally being promoted as champions a year later.



Preston began the new millennium by winning promotion from Division 2 in the 1999-2000 season as champions. They almost made it two promotions a row in 2001, but lost 3-0 to Bolton in the Division One playoff final.

Moyes left for Everton in March 2002, and his assistant Kelham O'Hanlon took over for the remainder of the season. Preston narrowly missed out on the play-offs and in the summer former Scottish national coach Craig Brown took over as manager. Preston were little more than a mid-table side during Brown's tenure, though they were never in any real danger of being relegated. He left in August 2004 to be succeeded by his assistant Billy Davies.

Davies guided Preston to the Championship playoff final in his first season as manager, but they lost to West Ham United. They reached the playoffs again the following year, this time losing in the semi-finals, to Leeds United. Davies then moved to Derby and was replaced by Carlisle boss Paul Simpson, who took over Davies's team and initially carried on where Davies left off. Preston spent much of the 2006-07 season in the automatic promotion or playoff places, however from March 2007 the club slid rapidly down the league. This happened even after holding on to David Nugent in the transfer window and Simpson being allowed to bring in a number of loan signings. The club failed to make the end-of-season play-offs, despite a 1-0 victory over Birmingham City at Deepdale on the final day of the season. They finished the season in seventh place.

Chart showing the progress of Preston North End through the English football league system from the inaugural season in 1888–89 to 2007–08 when Preston North End came 15th in the League Championship

On 11 July 2007 David Nugent, the first Preston player to win an England cap for 50 years, left the club to join Portsmouth for a reported transfer fee of £6,000,000. Although the club lost only one key player (David Nugent) and brought in several players including Darren Carter, Kevin Nicholls and Karl Hawley, to reshape the team they did not recover from their poor run of form. In August 2007, Simpson banned the playing of Elvis Presley's Can't Help Falling in Love, a song which had been a popular part of the pre-match music at Deepdale for over ten years, stating, "I don't know whose idea this song is at the start, because it seems to put everyone in a bit of a depression. We have to make sure we get something which the players respond to and go out and perform and the fans respond to as well. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying we are losing games because of that song. But we have to do whatever we can to generate an atmosphere",[1] a move which angered some Preston fans.[citation needed] 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.

On the 20th November, Everton's assistant manager Alan Irvine was appointed as Preston's new manager on a three-and-a-half year deal, and he achieved his first objective as manager by achieving Preston's survival in 15th place. The following season he lead Preston to 6th in the Championship after a good run of form towards the end of the season, qualifying for the playoffs. They lost 2-1 on aggregate to Sheffield United after a 1-1 draw at Deepdale was followed by a 1-0 loss at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane. On 29 December , Irvine was sacked after a poor run of results, with the club appointing Darren Ferguson as his successor on the 6th January.


Deepdale Stadium was built in 1860 and opened in 1878.

Deepdale is the longest continuously used football ground in the world, in 2011 it will have been used for 135. The biggest attendance seen was 42,684 for a Division One clash with Arsenal in April 1938.

In 1933 the Town End burnt down and demolished and rebuilt.

Following a complete reconstruction betwen 1996 and 2009, the stadium now holds a capacity of 23,408 seats, and can add extensions by removing the roofs on 3 stands to put up extra tiers for seating, if this is ever done the maximum it can hold will be 50,000 spectators.

The stadium was chosen as the location for the National Football Museum due to Preston being the first ever winners of the Football championship and therefore making Preston the first home of English football.

Deepdale also appears in the name of the club mascot Deepdale Duck.

The current pitch dimensions are 110x77 yards.

Play-off defeats

Preston have made the play-offs in a record eight seasons and in all 3 divisions, but have not yet been promoted via this route. Preston's first appearance in the play-offs was in 1989 where they were beaten in the 3rd Division (now League One) play-off semi final by Port Vale.

In the third division (now League Two, formerly division 4) they lost in the 1994 final to Wycombe Wanderers 4-2 at Wembley after beating Torquay United in the semi finals, then a year later they were beaten by Bury in the semi-finals.

Preston's next appearance was in the then Second Division (now League One) in 1999 where they were beaten by Gillingham in the semi-final. Following promotion to the 1st Division in 1999/2000, Preston reached the play-offs in their 1st season at the higher level where they beat Birmingham City in the semi-final on penalties before being beaten by Lancashire rivals Bolton Wanderers in the final which was the first to be held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

They reached the play-offs again in 2005 where they once again reached the final in Cardiff after beating Derby County in the semi-final, however once again they were beaten in the final, this time by West Ham United. Preston's 2006 play-off campaign again resulted in defeat, this time at the semi-final stage against Leeds United.

Preston North End reached the playoffs once again on May 3, 2009. To get there, on final day of the season they defeated Queens Park Rangers 2-1. Goals from Jon Parkin and Sean St. Ledger, in the 34th and 74th minutes, helped them to overtake Cardiff City, who lost 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday, to take the 6th place spot, and ultimately, a chance for top flight football in the Premier League. Preston and Cardiff had the same amount of points and the same goal difference, but Preston had scored one more goal and finished ahead of Cardiff in the league table. In the first leg of their semi-final, Preston and Sheffield United drew 1–1 at Deepdale. In the second leg, however, Preston's hopes of Premier League football were shattered once again, losing 1-0 Sheffield, suffering a 2-1 loss on aggregate. A 59th minute goal by Greg Halford sealed Preston's exit from the playoff stages, with Sheffield destined for the playoff final against Burnley at Wembley Stadium.

Managerial history

Listed Preston managers who took charge of over 100 games according to when they became manager: As of 11th May 2009
Manager Nationality Period G W D L Win % Point Av.
Will Scott  England 1949-1953 163 78 36 49 47.85 1.65
Cliff Britton  England 1956-1961 230 102 54 74 44.35 1.56
Jimmy Milne  Scotland 1961-1968 350 126 96 128 36.00 1.35
Alan Ball  England 1970-1973 118 44 36 38 37.29 1.42
Nobby Stiles  England 1977-1981 174 56 67 51 32.18 1.35
John McGrath  England 1986-1990 192 74 53 65 38.54 1.43
Gary Peters  England 1994-1998 159 72 41 46 45.28 1.61
David Moyes  Scotland 1998-2002 234 113 58 63 48.29 1.70
Craig Brown  Scotland 2002-2004 106 36 30 40 33.96 1.30
Billy Davies  Scotland 2004-2006 101 45 35 21 45.55 1.68
Paul Simpson  England 2006-2007 67 27 26 14 40.3 1.42
Alan Irvine  Scotland 2007-2009 111 45 26 40 40.54 1.45
Darren Ferguson  Scotland 2010- 7 3 1 3 42.86 1.48


In 1996, their Third Division title glory made them the third and last team to have been champions of all four professional leagues in English football, although this feat had previously been achieved by Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1988 and local rivals Burnley in 1992.




As of 22 February 2010.[3]

Current squad

Bold represents players who have achieved Full Caps at international level.
No. Name Nationality Position Date Of Birth (Age) Previous Club Notes
1 Andrew Lonergan England GK October 19, 1983 (1983-10-19) (age 26) Youth
22 Wayne Henderson Republic of Ireland GK September 16, 1983 (1983-09-16) (age 26) Brighton & Hove Albion
2 Michael Hart Scotland RB February 10, 1980 (1980-02-10) (age 30) Aberdeen
3 Callum Davidson Captain Scotland LB June 25, 1976 (1976-06-25) (age 33) Leicester City
5 Youl Mawéné France CB July 16, 1979 (1979-07-16) (age 30) Derby County
6 Neill Collins Scotland CB September 2, 1983 (1983-09-02) (age 26) Wolverhampton Wanderers
12 Sean St Ledger Republic of Ireland CB December 28, 1984 (1984-12-28) (age 25) Peterborough United
14 Liam Chilvers England CB November 6, 1981 (1981-11-06) (age 28) Colchester United
19 Billy Jones England RB March 24, 1987 (1987-03-24) (age 22) Crewe Alexandra
20 Tom Williams Cyprus LB July 8, 1980 (1980-07-08) (age 29) Peterborough United On loan from Peterborough United until the end of the season
31 Dominic Collins England CB April 15, 1991 (1991-04-15) (age 18) Youth
37 Conor McLaughlin Northern Ireland RB July 26, 1991 (1991-07-26) (age 18) Youth
4 Richard Chaplow England CM February 2, 1985 (1985-02-02) (age 25) West Bromwich Albion
7 Chris Sedgwick England RW April 28, 1980 (1980-04-28) (age 29) Rotherham United
8 Veliče Šumulikoski Republic of Macedonia CM April 24, 1981 (1981-04-24) (age 28) Ipswich Town
10 Barry Nicholson Scotland CM/RW August 24, 1978 (1978-08-24) (age 31) Aberdeen
11 Darren Carter England CM December 18, 1983 (1983-12-18) (age 26) West Bromwich Albion
15 Paul Coutts Scotland CM July 22, 1988 (1988-07-22) (age 21) Peterborough United
16 Keith Treacy Republic of Ireland LW/RW September 23, 1988 (1988-09-23) (age 21) Blackburn Rovers
17 Paul Parry Wales RW/LW August 19, 1980 (1980-08-19) (age 29) Cardiff City
23 Matthew James England CM July 22, 1991 (1991-07-22) (age 18) Manchester United On loan from Manchester United until the end of the season
25 Ross Wallace Scotland LW May 23, 1985 (1985-05-23) (age 24) Sunderland
34 Adam Barton Northern Ireland CM January 7, 1991 (1991-01-07) (age 19) Youth
35 Danny Mayor England RW October 18, 1990 (1990-10-18) (age 19) Youth
36 Neil Dougan Northern Ireland LW March 8, 1992 (1992-03-08) (age 18) Youth
39 George Miller England CM November 25, 1991 (1991-11-25) (age 18) Youth
9 Chris Brown England FW December 11, 1984 (1984-12-11) (age 25) Norwich City
18 Danny Welbeck England FW November 26, 1990 (1990-11-26) (age 19) Manchester United On loan from Manchester United until the end of the season
26 Jon Parkin England FW December 30, 1981 (1981-12-30) (age 28) Stoke City
33 Neil Mellor England FW November 4, 1982 (1982-11-04) (age 27) Liverpool
38 Jamie Proctor England FW March 25, 1992 (1992-03-25) (age 17) Youth
Out on loan
21 Neal Trotman England CB March 11, 1987 (1987-03-11) (age 23) Oldham Athletic On loan to Huddersfield Town until the end of the season
27 Eddie Nolan Republic of Ireland CB/RB/LB August 5, 1988 (1988-08-05) (age 21) Blackburn Rovers On loan to Sheffield Wednesday until the end of the season
29 Stephen Elliott Republic of Ireland FW January 6, 1984 (1984-01-06) (age 26) Wolverhampton Wanderers On loan to Norwich City until the end of the season

Technical staff

Manager: Scotland Darren Ferguson
Assistant Manager: England Kevin Russell
Strength & Conditioning Coach England Scott Taylor
First Team Coach England David Unsworth
Goalkeeping Coach Wales Darren Ward
Head of the Medical Department England Matt Radcliffe
Director of Youth England Dean Ramsdale
Youth Team Coach England Jamie Hoyland
Assistant Director of Youth England Nick Harrison
Youth Development Officer England Darren Finch
Chief Youth Scout England Jim McCluskie
Technical Development Officer England Phil Eastwood

Club records


Preston's primary rivalry is with Blackpool F.C., and the West Lancashire derby between the two clubs has been contested nearly 100 times across four divisions of league football. Preston also enjoys local rivalries with Lancashire clubs Burnley, Blackburn Rovers and to a lesser extent Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic.

Women's football

The affiliated women's football team is called Preston North End W.F.C., which currently plays in the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division.

Notes and references

  1. ^ Ellis, Brian (2007-08-28). "Elvis banned from Deepdale". Lancashire Evening Post. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d 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.
  3. ^ "Profiles". Preston North End F.C..,,10362,00.html. Retrieved 2008-02-01. 
  4. ^ a b c d e (w) Milestones,,,10362~1033950,00.html, retrieved 2009-03-13 
  5. ^,,10362~1033911,00.html

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