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On This Day... 4th April

3 April 2020

Today we have a couple of birthday celebrations, plus a very memorable match from exactly 20 years ago.

Firstly, that game, and who can forget what happened at the then JJB Stadium on Monday 4th April 2000, with what was probably close to 10,000 North End fans in all stands.

North End started the game on top and in control, taking just over quarter-of-an-hour to open the scoring and send the away end into a state of euphoria.

Defender Jackson took advantage of an attempted clearance after David Eyres’ corner and fired acrobatically past Carroll into the Latics net for the opening goal.

After that Moyes’ men did superbly to soak up the pressure in what was a tight and tense affair, but as the whistle went the side knew they were on the verge of promotion - a huge obstacle had been crossed and the team were almost there in their aim for promotion.

Bristol City losing at the same time meant the Lilywhites surged to seven points clear at the top, practically putting them out of reach.

At the end of the season, when his side were crowned champions, the Scottish manager credited the result with outlining the squad’s incredible mentality: “Going to Wigan and winning 1-0 – that was a big achievement. I thought then if the players can overcome that hurdle, they can overcome anything.”

Back to those celebrating today and our current right back and No.2 Darnell Fisher is 26 today! Since signing from Rotherham United in 2017, the former Celtic player has racked up 99 appearances for PNE and will be keen to reach his century once play resumes.

The 2017 player of the year, Aiden McGeady, also celebrates his birthday today, reaching 34 years of age.

The only representatives of their countries to play for North end made their respective debuts in 2005 and 2011.

Yoann Folly was born in Togo and made two brief substitute appearances on loan from Portsmouth in 2005, whilst South Africa captain Bongani Khumalo signed on loan from Spurs in 2011.

Although he played for the Bafana Bafana, he was in fact born in neighbouring Swaziland. His six games for North End made a more favourable impression than his fellow African during his loan spell from Tottenham Hotspur.


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