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On This Day… 20th April

20 April 2020

There’s only one place to start today and that’s back in 1996 when the Lilywhites were promoted with a 2-0 win over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road.

A double from the unstoppable frontman Andy Saville was enough to send the travelling faithful home knowing the team were to be heading back out of the fourth tier, a day to remember for Gary Peters’ men.
Moving forward 17 years, our last win on this date saw Jeffrey Monakana score the only goal of the game to defeat Tranmere Rovers at Deepdale.
Despite bossing the opening stages, North End almost fell behind when Mamady Sidibe forced a fine save from Norwich loanee Declan Rudd, but Monakana put the hosts ahead when he rifled home after Will Hayhurst's effort was cleared off the line.
The midfielder almost doubled his tally after the break, but his shot flew just over as the hosts eased to victory, with North End remaining unbeaten at Deepdale since then manager Simon Grayson had replaced Graham Westley in mid-February.
Back in 1970, the year’s player of the year Bill Cranston played his final game for North End on this date. He was a strange choice as only made 20 appearances at centre half that season and had never been a regular starter since signing from Blackpool six seasons previously – if you know where Bill is now, the club are trying to contact him and would love to hear from you – just email
Fellow Scot, Bert Patrick, another fringe player throughout his time at Deepdale, scored his only PNE goal in the same match! This came seven years after he signed for the club and five years after the full back had made his debut. He finally left for Barrow in 1971, having made 57 appearances in eight years.
On this date in 1963, we came out on top of a nine-goal thriller by beating Swansea Town (as they were then known) by six goals to three at Deepdale.
Swansea took the lead in the first minute through Kenny Morgans, but Alex Dawson equalised five minutes later. A 30th minute goal by Eddie Thomas gave Swansea a half-time lead but no-one could have imaged the fireworks to follow.
The Lilywhites were 4-2 up by the 65th minute before hopes of Swansea revival were sparked by Thomas's second goal in the 82nd minute. However, Dawson was not finished yet and in the final seven minutes he claimed a hat-trick with two further goals.
Sadly, there were only just over 7,500 in the ground to see such wonderful entertainment. This was one of 21 North End matches in which nine goals have been scored in aggregate.
1996 pictures courtesy of the Lancashire Post.

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