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On This Day… 9th April

9 April 2020

Club News

On This Day… 9th April

9 April 2020

We’ve had two wins on this date in the last couple of decades, both of different significance for the players involved.

The most recent came on 9th April 2013 when Oldham Athletic were the visitors to Deepdale and a local-born player scored his last goal for the club.

North End defeated the Latics in a hard-fought match to deepen the Latics' relegation fears. Jose Baxter twice came close to putting the visitors in front, but fired a 20-yard strike wide and forced Declan Rudd into a superb save from his free-kick.

But the Lilywhites began to take control and Jack King hit the crossbar, before Nicky Wroe slammed home a penalty after Jonathan Grounds handled in the penalty area.

And then in the last minute, with Oldham throwing their goalkeeper up, North End and Will Hayhurst broke up field, with the young left winger going all the way through to score his fourth and final goal for the club.

Eight years before that, in the 2004/05 Play-Off Final season, Billy Davies’ men headed across the Pennines to face Rotherham United in a vital Championship battle and came away with a win at the old Milmoor ground.

And on the day, it was a player with a lot of connections to the ground that started a comeback for the Lilywhites that ultimately meant the Lancashire half of this roses battle was the winner.

It was winger Chris Sedgwick who scored against his former club to start a second half comeback and keep North End on track for a place in the Play-Offs.

Will Hoskins gave Rotherham the lead from 25 yards with an attempted cross that finished in the PNE goal, but Sedgwick converted Richard Cresswell's though ball after the break with a 20-yard strike.

And to secure the three points, centre half Youl Mawene hooked the ball past scored Mike Pollitt for the winner, while David Nugent struck the woodwork.

After the game, then manager Billy Davies said: “We were sluggish in the first half, but the second half was okay. This was a very difficult game for us and all credit to the players for their commitment in the second half.

“The home fans were great to Chris Sedgwick on his return to Rotherham and it was a great finish by him for our first goal.”

George Summerbee made his North End debut on this date in 1938 having signed from Aldershot, but his career at Deepdale was effectively ended by the outbreak of the Second World War the following year.

He returned to Deepdale in 1946, but only made four appearances in all for the club.He is best known for having both his son and his grandson play for Manchester City: Mike and Nicky. George's brother George was also a professional with Aldershot.

Sean St. Ledger scored his first goal for the club against Southend United in a 3-2 home defeat on this date 2007.

Sean only scored ten times in 199 games, but his most important one got us into Play-Offs on final day of the 2008/09 season, when he bundled in a 74th minute header against QPR. We still needed a last-minute goal line clearance by Darren Carter to secure the win, but we went on to face Sheffield United in the end of season lottery.

The Lilywhites suffered their record league defeat on 9th April 1927 when we went down 7-0 away to Nottingham Forest. Despite conceding seven goals for the first time in a league match, PNE ended the season in sixth place and had a chance of promotion from the second division, but our last four games were all away and all were lost.

We have equalled this record defeat once more since and also lost one game each by 7-1 and 7-2 scorelines.

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