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Marston And Lawro Voted All-time XI CBs

1 July 2013

Joe Marston and Mark Lawrenson have been selected as PNE’s All-time XI centre back pairing.

After a week’s worth of voting, the Australia and Republic of Ireland internationals will join Alan Kelly Snr, Graham Alexander and Ryan Kidd to complete the side’s defensive unit.

The duo fought off strong competition from Bill Shankly, Sean St Ledger and Youl Mawene to win the poll and secure their place in the team.

Marston collected over a quarter of the votes, romping his way to victory by the time the competition had closed.

The defender became the first Australian to appear in an FA Cup Final when he ran out at Wembley for North End in their 1954 defeat to Midlands side West Bromwich Albion. 

He enjoyed over 180 games for Preston in a five year stay in the Football League, and earned 37 international caps.

Lawrenson, meanwhile, started his glittering career as a Lilywhite in 1974 and treated Deepdale to the first three years of his immaculate reading of the game.

The Republic of Ireland international would later play for the dominant Liverpool side of the 1980s, winning five First Division championships and picking up a European Cup winners’ medal in the process. 
Below are the results of the ‘Fans’ All-time XI’ centre back poll as voted for over the past seven days:

Joe Marston             28%
Mark Lawrenson     17%
Youl Mawene           14%
Bill Shankly              12%
Sean St Ledger         8%
Other                         21%

This week, voting begins for a right winger and, once again, it’s up to you, the fans, to decide who will win the poll!

Widely regarded as PNE’s greatest ever player, Sir Tom Finney will surely be a popular choice among supporters.

The Preston-born attacker made the number seven shirt his own in a 14 year career at Deepdale, becoming the Club’s all-time leading goal scorer with over 180 successful strikes.

Finney is held in the highest regard by all Lilywhites supporters and football fans across the world - such was the impact of his footballing genius.

The most iconic North End player in the history of the Club, the former England international has a stand named after him and a statue in his image at Deepdale.

He was knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours in 1998 and still resides in the City of Preston to this day.

However, PNE have enjoyed a number of other right-sided wide men in their ranks over the years.

These include the likes of Gary Ainsworth, Graham Bell, Gordon Coleman, Michael Appleton and Derek Temple.

Although, none of the above, including the revered Finney, is ensured a place in the Club’s All-time XI without your vote!

So, to register your selection, simply reply to the post on Facebook, or alternatively on Twitter name your selection followed by the ‘hashtag’ of #PNEXI.

You can also email your vote to

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