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On This Day… 14th April

14 April 2020

The 14th April has been fairly productive for the Lilywhites over the past couple of decades and we begin our look back with a win in the capital two years ago.

The Lilywhites came from behind to win at QPR on this date 2018. North End move up to eighth, three points off the Play-Offs, with three games of the campaign remaining.

The visitors had keeper Declan Rudd to thank for keeping them in the game, as he tipped over Ryan Manning's header with the score at 1-0, Matt Smith having poked in Manning's volleyed cross to put the hosts ahead.

But After QPR forward Idrissa Sylla had a penalty shout turned down PNE rallied and levelled on the stroke of half-time when Callum Robinson’s close-range effort from a low ball in from Darnell Fisher just crept over the line.

After having a goal ruled out for offside, Robinson seeing his tap-in from Tom Clarke's header chalked off, the former Villa man then turned Alan Browne's goalbound header home on the line to seal victory for Alex Neil's side.

After the game the manager said: “I didn't think we played particularly well first half, but it was a much improved second half and we ran out worthy winners. In the first half I didn't think they were much better than us, I just thought it was a scrappy match and we needed to be better in the second half and we did that which was pleasing.

“We still have to focus on ourselves. Whatever happens elsewhere, if we don't win our games we aren't going to have a chance so we will keep going and see what happens.”

Back in 2012 there was another tight game, as Chris Robertson scored the only goal of the game as PNE beat Huddersfield Town.

Defender Robertson, set up by Danny Mayor, netted from eight yards as the Terriers slumped to their third successive defeat.

Chris Holroyd hit the post for the hosts with a volley as they went in search of a second goal. At the other end, Jordan Rhodes saw a header fly inches wide, but North End held on.

Five years prior to that, the Lilywhites ended a run of four straight defeats to get their Play-Off bid back on track with a resounding victory at the Ricoh Arena.

The visitors got off to a flyer when Chris Sedgwick scored his first of the season in the eighth minute

Sedgwick then help set up David Nugent for his 17th of the campaign.

Three minutes after the restart Brett Ormerod widened the gap further before he added his second on 56 minutes as North End cruised home.

After the game, then boss Paul Simpson said: “It's as well as we've played for a long time, but I think it's a reward for the way they have stuck together this week. We haven't got too distracted with everybody being negative and writing us off.

“We kept our heads and it was a fantastic performance. We had a great attitude to working, we mixed it up and got our rewards.”

There were some other big events on this date, as back in 1972, club stalwart George Ross played his final game of 441 for PNE, a total which leaves him eighth in the club's all-time appearances list.

He was a member of our FA Youth Cup Final side of 1960, playing alongside Alan Spavin, Peter Thompson and Dave Wilson amongst others and he was still only 17 when called into first team action on Boxing Day that same year.

Better known as a right back, he showed his versatility in his first two full seasons by playing mainly on the other flank before establishing himself as first choice right back in 1963/64.

He played in the 1964 FA Cup Final and was a regular in the 1971 third division championship side before moving on to Southport for a season before joining great friend Spavin at Washington Diplomats in the US.

After retiring, George was often to be found in a chip shop before North End away games (he knew all the good ones) and he was a host in the Invicibles Lounge until his sad and untimely death in 2016. 

Mark Jones made his PNE debut on this day in 1984 alongside brother David - one of a very few sets of brothers to play for the club.

Nick and Jimmy Ross of the Invincibles side and Hugh and Frank O'Donnell played alongside each other whilst other brothers to appear for PNE separately include the three Becton boys - Martin, Frank and Tommy, Stuart and Mick Baxter and Kevin and Farrell Kilbane.


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