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Promoted: All You Need to Know About Preston North End

In this third and final piece, arguably Preston's most handsome resident gives you the skinny on PNE

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So we've had a look at Bristol City and MK Dons, and therefore this piece must come to a close with a look at Preston North End.

Well known to us at Bolton Wanderers as a result of their recent transfer dealings with have seen our very own Kevin Davies, Craig Davies and Jermaine Beckford spend time at Deepdale - our near-neighbours have a rich history of their own.

Let's have a look at Preston North End:


Simon Grayson

Key players:

Joe Garner, Tom Clarke, Bailey Wright, Super Kevin Davies and John Welsh


Deepdale (23,404)


The Lilywhites


White shirt, navy shorts and white socks with navy hoops

Potted History:

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".

Based on results achieved during 112 seasons in the Football League from 1888-89 to 2010-11, 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.

Preston North End were 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.

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.

Present manager Simon Grayson joined the club in February 2013 replacing the bastard Graham Westley who was run out of town like the dog he is. Former Blackpool and Leeds United boss Grayson had experienced League One Play Off success with both Blackpool and Huddersfield Town previously.

Last Season

After missing out on automatic promotion on the final day of the season, PNE recovered well to win the Play Off Final in convincing fashion, recording a 4-0 win over Swindon Town at Wembley courtesy of a hat-trick from on-loan Bolton Wanderers man Jermaine Beckford.

The 2014-15 season was Preston North End's 127th in the Football League. It was also their fourth-consecutive season in League One.

Yet again, local lad Joe Garner was top scorer, notching an impressive 25 goals, but the arrival of Beckford in January undoubtedly gave them the push they needed to finally make their way to the Championship.

Preston only lost ten games in all competitions, from a total of 63 matches, scoring 84 goals along the way. An impressive 30 clean sheets also showed a solid backline, with the impressive Australian defender Bailey Wright excelling. They will hope to retain the services of Beckford and Paul Gallagher, who during his third loan spell of his career showed what a good player he is in the lower leagues.

PNE also have one Kevin Davies in their ranks. Beloved by most sensible Bolton Wanderers fans, SKD made over 400 appearances for the club, and is one of the most distinguished captains in our recent history. Talks are ongoing about his future at Deepdale, with all Wanderers fans praying that his two year spell at Preston is extended a little longer, so that we can give him the send-off that he deserves.