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On This Day… 25th April

25 April 2020

This date is another memorable one, with another another trip to Leyton Orient to remember, one that took us ’53 miles west of Venus’!

Yes, it was on this day in 1987 that we climbed back out of the fourth tier of English football with that great day at Brisbane Road.
On this date in 1987, John McGrath’s side saw Les Chapman score his only goal for the Lilywhites and this helped seal promotion at Leyton Orient in a 2-1 win.
When asked how he felt about his goal, he famously replied '53 miles west of Venus' which became the title of a fanzine the following season!
There have been a couple of great wins to remember in the past couple of decades too.
On this day in 2015, Joe Garner's hat-trick saw the Lilywhites sweep aside eventual Play-Off Final opponents Swindon Town at Deepdale.
That season’s League One top scorer Garner met Paul Gallagher's pass to lob over Tyrell Belford before the pair combined again, this time a header from a free-kick. Garner then netted his 25th of the season from close-range on 51 minutes after Jermaine Beckford's effort hit the bar.
But in 2009 an even more memorable game, as the ten-man Lilywhites turned round a deficit to stop Birmingham City from getting promotion that day and kept their own Play-Off dreams alive.
The Blues missed the chance to secure promotion to the Premier League as North End hit back for a dramatic win – a stunning last-minute free-kick from Ross Wallace - who was then sent off for his celebration - sealed victory.
Keith Fahey's header put City ahead before Lee Williamson and Lee Bowyer were both sent off for grappling inside the centre circle, but captain Paul McKenna's rocket shot from 25 yards levelled matters before the late drama.
Then PNE manager Alan Irvine said post-match: “Even though this is as hard a place to come back as you can possibly find in the Championship, I still felt there were chances for us.
“If these results manage to get us in the Play-Offs then fantastic, it will be a great season for us considering where we were this time last year. If they don't then it's still great progress, but obviously I want us to be in there when it really matters."
There’s a birthday today for another popular man at Deepdale. Former player and manager David Moyes marks his 57th birthday today, happy birthday David!
One of a select few to take on both roles at Deepdale, David's playing career effectively ended once he took over from Gary Peters in the manager's office in 1998.
In all, he spent nine years with North End, between signing for John Beck in 1993 and joining Everton in 2002. North End were the last of his clubs as a professional, having started with Celtic before moving back and forth between England and Scotland.
He made 174 appearances for the Lilywhites, scoring 19 goals from his usual centre half position and was Peters' assistant before being appointed manager himself.
He took PNE to promotion in 2000 and was only 90 minutes from the Premier League a year later before Everton gave him the opportunity he couldn't quite achieve at Deepdale. He has since gone on to manage several other clubs here and abroad and is currently in his second spell with West Ham United.
At the other end of the emotional scale, we were sadly relegated from the Championship on this day in 2011 following a 1-0 home defeat to Cardiff City and points for Crystal Palace and Doncaster Rovers.

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