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On This Day... 19th April

19 April 2020

We only go back 12 months for our first look back to games played on 19th April in North End’s history.

It was a day when the Lilywhites put four unanswered goals past already-relegated Ipswich Town at Deepdale.

Striker Callum Robinson scored two fine goals for the hosts before the break, firing into the corner from the edge of the box before volleying in his second.

Lukas Nmecha almost made it 3-0 on the stroke of half-time, but his header was scrambled away by Ipswich goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski.

Manchester City loanee Nmecha did get his goal in the second half, tapping in after Robinson's initial effort was saved, and he then squeezed home the Lilywhites’ fourth.

Kayden Jackson came closest to scoring for the Tractor Boys but saw his strike bounce off the crossbar at 3-0.

After the game, North End manager Alex Neil said: “We had good quality at times when we needed it and Callum Robinson was involved in all four goals, so I think that shows his importance to us.

“He's a good player, he is one of our key players. What he did here, not every player can do. He had the quality to damage them. After the last week, it was important we came out and put on a good performance and put things right.

“I felt we played well and, although we were a bit loose at times, we got four goals, so I'm really pleased with that.”

Another win on this date came in 2003, when two goals in the last 30 minutes gave Craig Brown’s Lilywhites a 2-0 home win over Sheffield United at Deepdale.

Dickson Etuhu opened the scoring just after the hour mark, before Eddie Lewis tied up the three points with the second with just three minutes left on the clock.

Also, on this date, good friends and former NE team-mates John Smith and Ricky Thomson both scored their first goals for the club on 19th April; although in different years!

John struck first in 1975, in a 2-2 third division draw with Colchester United, whilst Ricky scored for the first time two years later. This was also in a 2-2 home draw, this time with Chesterfield.

John left Deepdale in 1979 to play in America before spending a season with Halifax Town, his 105 games bringing 18 goals. Ricky's career was ended at 24 by a serious knee injury after 21 goals in only 79 games. Both are now regular attendees of the Sporting Memories group in Leyland every Monday.

Kevin Kilbane's final appearance came on this date in 1997, prior to him signing for West Bromwich Albion in the summer.

The Republic of Ireland international emulated Sir Tom in growing up on Holme Slack just across Blackpool Road from Deepdale and playing as a winger.

He was only 18 when he made his debut and only just 20 when he left. He went on to play for Sunderland, Everton, Hull City, Wigan Athletic, Huddersfield Town, Derby County and Coventry City in a long and distinguished career that also included 110 caps for the Republic of Ireland.

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