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On This Day… 7th April

7 April 2020

There aren’t too many wins on this date in our history, just eight in our 25 games played on 7th April… but one of them was against Blackpool!

That came when we beat the Seasiders on this date 1958, 2-1 at Deepdale, however, the most recent win was back in 1987, when on a Tuesday night we won on the way to promotion.

It was a trip to Rochdale that year that produced the three points, as two second half goals from Gary Brazil (54 minutes) and Peter Zelem (78) gave John McGrath’s men the win in the fourth division second-placed promotion season.

On this date in 1951, we lost by the only goal of the game to West Ham United to bring to an end an unbeaten run of 18 home games.

After losing the opening game of the season to Manchester City, we won 15 and drew three, including seven straight wins up to the Hammers match. During that long unbeaten run, we set a league record of 14 consecutive wins (home and away) as we raced to the second division title.

Former Liverpool and North End star Michael Robinson made his Lilywhites debut as a 17-year-old striker on 7th April 1976.

Over the next three years, he scored 17 goals in only 54 games before becoming our record transfer when he joined Manchester City.

He later played in the FA Cup Final for Brighton & Hove Albion and starred in the Liverpool side that won the Football League division one title, the League Cup and European Cup in 1984.

He later moved to Spain and has been a highly-regarded sports presenter on Spanish television since retiring. Less well known is that he provided the voice of the ugly sister in the Spanish language version of the film Shrek!

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