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On This Day… 15th April

15 April 2020

We’ve got a couple of big wins on this date in the last 20 years, but firstly we have a current player celebrating his birthday.

It is Alan Browne's 25th birthday today, happy birthday Alan! Signed from Cork City in January 2014, the now No.8 made his debut three months later versus Peterborough United.

His first goal arrived in only his fourth game and on his first start, as Carlisle were dispatched 6-1 at Deepdale.

He scored 12 goals last season, just one behind Callum Robinson and he has gone on to play 243 times for North End, scoring 32 goals and he was chosen as Player of the Year in 2018.

The first of our games we look back on saw the Lilywhites guarantee their place in the Play-Offs on this date 2006, after coming from behind to beat Leicester City at the then Walkers Stadium.

Matty Fryatt got Leicester off to a flyer, scoring the fastest-ever goal by a Foxes player when he slid home Gareth Williams' cross after nine seconds.

Simon Whaley cancelled out the opener on the stroke of half-time when he fired in a low shot from 25 yards and then PNE sealed the points soon after the break when Jason Jarrett headed home Claude Davis' flick-on.

After the game Leicester manager and future PNE caretaker boss Rob Kelly said: “We got as good a start as we could have dreamed of - but we weren't as good as we have been recently.

“If we could have scored a second goal I think it would have been a different game. But their goalkeeper made a couple of good saves, and Preston got back into it just before half-time.

“During the break, I emphasised to the players how important it was going to be to start the second half well. But we conceded a second goal within five minutes.”

Whilst North End boss Billy Davies added: “I'll certainly be having a drink tonight because, without a doubt, it's a much greater achievement than last year when we reached the Play-Offs.

“We've had people leaving the club and people falling by the wayside because of injury, so we haven't had any consistency of team selection all season. We've been forced to play square pegs in round holes and grind out results all season.

“But even though we're in the Play-Offs now, it doesn't mean we wrap the rest of the players in cotton wool. What we do is go all out for third position in the table, because we want to be going into the Play-Offs as the form team.”

Another big game was 20 years ago today, when North End went one step closer to the now League One title with a 2-0 win over Bristol Rovers.

It was the last time we played the ‘Gas’, as we scored once in each half at the Memorial Ground, with Jon Macken grabbing the opener four minutes before the break and Bjarki Gunnlaugsson scoring the second just after the hour mark.

One ex-North Ender, Bud Maxwell, made his last PNE appearance in 1939, although he did not know it at the time, with football being suspended only three games into the next season after the outbreak of the Second World War.

He had a tremendous average of a goal just over every two games over four and a half years at Deepdale, scoring 65 times in 138 games. Signed from Kilmarnock in 1934, he was 26 at the start of the war and he returned to Rugby Park in 1945.

On this date in1892, the Lilywhites played our penultimate game versus Accrington. No relation to the better-known Accrington Stanley, Accrington FC were fellow founder members of the Football League, but only spent five seasons in the league before resigning in 1893.

They had lost a Test Match to Sheffield United (an early form of Play-Off) and rather than be demoted to the second division, they left the league entirely. Financial troubles in the Lancashire League saw the club fold in January 1896 and a founding member of the Football league ceased to exist.


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