Preston North End Football Club is a football club that is based in Preston, Lancashire and it was first set up in 1880. The club plays in the EFL Championship and it plays its games at Deepdale. It has the nickname “The Lilywhites” and the club has seen some success over the years.
History of Preston North End
Preston North End was started originally as a cricket club in 1863 and created a rugby union team in 1877 before starting the football team in 1880. The club moved to a new location in the northern area of Preston, which is where the “North End” name came from.
It was in 1875 that Preston North End originally leased Moor Park that was on the ground where the current Deepdale stadium is based. Preston North End was one of the first football teams to become professional.
Preston North End was the very first winner of the league and “The Double” after winning the FA Cup also and not being beaten over the entire season. They did not even concede a goal during their FA Cup run.
This Preston North End team was forevermore known as “The Invincibles”. The team won its second and the club’s most recent league title the following season in 1889/1890. It has been runner up on six occasions, last doing so in the 1957/1958 season.
Turbulence for the club
Over the next few decades, the club experienced a lot of turbulence, getting promoted to the Fourth Division at one stage. The last major trophy that the club has won was the FA Cup in 1938 and got to their last final in 1964. Preston North End is one of just a handful of teams that has won the league at every professional league level in England. At one stage in the 1980s, the club was close to closing.
The lowest note came during the 1985/1986 season when they finished in 23rd place in the Fourth Division and had to fight for re-election to remain in league football. It was in 1998 that the central defender of the side David Moyes was appointed as manager. He brought them to a championship win in the Third Division before losing out in the play-off final the next year to get promoted once more.
Moyes left to take over Everton in 2002 and the club stayed consistent for a few years. However, tax issues led to the team dropping back a tier in 2011 before a new owner steadied the ship.
Preston North End supporter base
The Deepdale stadium is the oldest football ground in the world that has continually been used by a team in a major league. In recent years, there have been renovations conducted on the ground to make it more modern and were completed in 2008. It now has a seating capacity of just over 23,000.
The main rival for the club is Blackpool, with the two teams battling it out in the West Lancashire Derby. Other regional rivals include the likes of Wigan Athletic, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley and Blackburn Rovers.
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Preston North End has a lot of history, with some of its historic teams being among the best to grace the English game. Since then, there have been a number of issues that have brought the club to the brink of extinction, but it has always managed to survive and stay strong. It is now cemented in the upper half of EFL Championship football.
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