Preston North End

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First Played: 2011-2

Win Rate: n/a

Last Updated: 29 May 2023

Now, can we suggest that Preston North End are the reason didn’t get a third straight promotion up into the Championship in 2012? The short answer, potentially, is “yes”. And you’ll hear us out for why. After going up twice in succession, our first crack at the third tier was going very well in January 2012. Obviously, it caught the attention of other clubs; boss Graham Westley deciding to take up the chance to manage the Lilywhites when they came calling midway through our epic 2011-2 League One campaign.

The momentum, naturally, stuttered a bit – even though Gary Smith did ultimately get us into the playoffs. It still makes you think what might’ve been if GW stayed put. Mind you, our on-field record against the historic Lancashire giants is pretty pish too; no wins in our first six encounters. We ended up going down, PNE had a burst in the Championship themselves. For the 2023-4 season, we’d be once again sat at the same table. Is seventh time lucky a thing when it comes to head-to-head records. We can only hope…


Preston North End: The Facts

Deepdale Stadium
Sir Tom Finney Way, Preston, PR1 6RU

0870 442 1964


Who are Preston North End?

We don’t begrudge the Lilywhites such a rich, long history; a pre-eminent reputation they’ve created for themselves in English football. But it does give us a lot to cram into a short space of copy. And it’s down to effort that we complain. We make no qualms about skipping bits and pieces in PNE’s history. If they’re bothered, they can point everyone towards a more comprehensive resource. Anyway, let’s get this show on the road. The year, for reference, is 1880.

The early part of their history is probably what we can label “the most successful”. As founder members of the Football League, they were the first-ever champions of England; becoming the first club to do the Double in 1889. Even more remarkable is that they remained unbeaten in the league and didn’t concede one single goal in the FA Cup. The caveat is that there probably weren’t as many other teams around to stand in their way. They’d follow up that iconic season with another title the following season.

Never again, however, would they be champions of England. They finished second three seasons on the bounce in the 1890s, before needing a Test Match to retain their Football League status in 1894. And the Lilywhites were once again runners up in 1905. Yet, this came after they’d had to win promotion back up from Division Two; a level they’d soon find themselves becoming more familiar with than they’d probably have liked. Not that it didn’t bring with it titles and promotions back to the top flight.

Oh, and there was a second FA Cup success in 1938.

Looking past World War Two, the club’s undoubted highlight was finishing second to Wolves in the 1957-8 Division One campaign. But the time they spent in the top flight was still being outweighed by the time they were kicking around the second tier. In the year that Tottenham Hotspur became the first team since Preston North End to win the Double, the (northern) Lilywhites were relegated. To date (2023), it was the last time they were seen at the top table of English football.

In the years that followed, things really took a bit of a nosedive. The nadir came during the mid-1980s as the club found themselves in Division Four of all places. It was only for one season, however, and the club would have to make do with third tier action for the rest of that decade. As the Premier League came into being in the early 1990s, Preston – as early powerhouses of the English game – were still dawdling in that third tier. It needed a concerted effort through the 1990s and 2000s to return even as far as the second.

Preston North End: Record vs Boro'

Pl W D L F A GD Pts* WR%
Overall 6 0 3 3 3 11 -8 3 0%
Home 3 0 2 1 3 6 -3 2 0%
Away 3 0 1 2 0 5 -5 1 0%
League 6 0 3 3 3 11 -8 3 0%
Cup 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a 0%

* league points only

Preston North End: Result-by-Result (Boro' Scoring First)

Tuesday 11 March 2014

Saturday 14 September 2013

Saturday 09 March 2013

Saturday 10 November 2012

Monday 09 April 2012

Saturday 10 December 2011

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How to get to Preston North End – Travel Information – Distance: 203 miles

By Road

At around 200 miles, this is one of the longer journeys for Stevenage fans. A conservative estimate places the journey time at more than 3.5 hours. Essential components of the trip are the M1 and M6 – or the A14 and M6.

Leave the M6 motorway at Junction 31a; using the B6242 exit for Preston (East) and Longridge. Take the third exit at the roundabout for the B6242 and continue over one roundabout. At the next one, however, turn left (first exit) for the B6241. Just under a mile, bear round to the left. In 0.4 miles more, the ground will be on the left.

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Car parking at the ground is available – but at a cost of £15 on the day! You might also want to avoid the grass verges near the ground in case you annoy the local authorities. So, you can try a car park that costs £7 behind the Main Stand across Sir Tom Finney Way. Or Moorfields School will let you park up at a cost of a fiver.

By Rail

Station: PRESTON
Services to: LONDON EUSTON

The station is around a mile from the stadium, so be prepared for a lengthy walk. Head east on Fishergate towards Mount Street. Continue onto Church Street for nearly half a mile before turning onto Deepdale Road (now called Tom Finney Way… it’s the A6063).

After nearly a mile, turn right onto Park Side and again onto Hollins Road for the away end.

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