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On This Day… 13th April

13 April 2020

On this day 11 years ago, the Lilywhites began a run of four straight wins that would take Alan Irvine’s side into the Championship Play-Offs.

Trailing Cardiff City by a number of points and a big goal difference at that stage, every game was a must win and they put in a professional performance to defeat Sean O’Driscoll’s Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The hosts almost went ahead following a dour opening period, but Dean Shiels was unlucky to see his looping header come back off the post.

But the visitors then took the lead when Chris Brown met Ross Wallace's fine cross to head in from close range.

Billy Jones almost made it 2-0 with a header that flew over but Preston did seal the points through Neil Mellor's fierce second half strike.

After the game Irvine was asked whether a Play-Off place was a realistic target: “Yes it is,” he said. “Obviously we're relying on other teams to slip up badly, but it is. We just have to do our own job, finish the season on a high and see where we get to.

“The players have shown fantastic character all through the season and they are a terrific group to work with.”

Twelve months ago today, Josh Ginnelly made his North End debut at West Bromwich Albion. Prior to the suspension of the current season, he was on loan at Bristol Rovers and earlier this season, he scored a hat-trick in the Lancashire Cup win over Chorley.

Angus Morrison was a mainstay of Preston North End’s great side of the 1950s and he made the last of his 280 appearances for the club on this date in 1957.

Angus scored our second goal in the 1954 FA Cup Final to give us the lead in the 51st minute, but he ended up with a losers' medal as we eventually went down 3-2.

He also helped maintain the club’s tradition for signing Scots, being one of five players from north of the border in that Cup Final side.

A goalscoring winger, he signed from Derby in 1948 and played in the second division championship side of 1951 and didn't miss a game for almost four years. He left for a season at Millwall in the summer of 1957 before retiring after his 280 games for North End had brought him 74 goals and a deserved place in our history books.


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