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Kidd Overwhelmed At All-time XI Honour

24 June 2013

Former PNE player Ryan Kidd was ‘overwhelmed’ at being named the Club’s best ever left back after voting for the position concluded on Sunday.

The ex-North End defender scored 12 goals in over 300 appearances during his time at Deepdale, forcing the hands of many fans in the poll to find Preston’s all-time XI.

And Kidd was delighted to have received the honour, highlighting his relationship with the Club’s supporters as something of paramount importance.

“I’m overwhelmed really,” he told PNE.Com.

“I thought I’d always had a good rapport with the fans but there’s been some fantastic players in that position so to win that accolade, obviously I’ve been retired now for ten years, but it’s just fantastic for people to remember what I did.

“I wasn’t, in my eyes, a stand out player – I just did my job so to be voted the left back is amazing.

“I’m getting a bit emotional, I don’t know why! Obviously I’ve got a massive relationship with the football club but that’s amazing, I’m so chuffed.”

The tough-tackling full back won two league championships during his nine year stint with PNE, but insists the growth of the Club remains his lasting memory from his time at Deepdale.

“Since I joined, the Club just grew in the early 90’s right through to the millennium when I finished,” he said.

“I think I was involved in six Play-Offs and we won a couple of championships within that as well and we only had two years where we weren’t involved.

“It was a massive point of growth for the football club and that’s my living memory in terms of managing to be at the Club when we had some fantastic times.”

Meanwhile, Kidd is confident that his former teammate David Moyes can be a success at Manchester United and claims the Scot was always a budding coach – even in his playing days at North End! 

“He is an incredibly driven guy, always has been from the moment he walked into the football club,” Kidd said.

“He was a ready-made captain, but a coach as well, he was always ahead of his time.

“He was a decent player but you could always see that he was going to aspire to good things as a manager.

“He’s done a fantastic job at Everton and Manchester United now he has obviously groomed himself into that sort of position with how he has handles himself over the past few years.

“The pressure is on to go and win trophies but I think he couldn’t be at a better Club to do that.”

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