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On This Day… 23rd April

23 April 2020

After a couple of extended editions of our On This Day series, we are a little shorter on recalls today, with not many recent games… or memorable ones to look back on!

However, when Plymouth Argyle visited Deepdale on this date in 1932, Ted Harper recorded his third hat-trick for the Lilywhites since signing from Spurs in December.
 
Ted ended season with 26 goals from 27 games and this set him up for the following campaign when he was to set the all-time club record of 37 league goals in a season, scored in 41 appearances!
 
This total included the star centre forward hitting two hat-tricks and twice scoring four goals in a match. He was surprisingly allowed to join Blackburn Rovers the following year to an outcry from the fans, as he had scored 69 goals in only 80 appearances in league and cup.
A debutant on this date came back in 1973, when Stuart Baxter made his bow at Bristol City.
One of a rare set of brothers to play for North End, he never played alongside Mick, possibly because they were both centre halves and Mick was seen as the better player.
 
Something of a trailblazer, Stuart played in Scotland, Australia, Sweden and the US after leaving Deepdale and this globetrotting continued in his coaching career.
 
He was head coach of South Africa twice and Finland as well as managing club sides in Sweden, South Africa, Turkey, the US, Finland and the England U20 side.

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