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On This Day… 30th March

30 March 2020

We go back long before any of us can remember today, to the Lilywhites’ first FA Cup success and the completion of our unbeaten season.

It was this day in 1889 that we completed our double-winning inaugural Football League season, beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 in the FA Cup Final at the Kennington Oval.

The first ever Football League championship had been completed two months earlier and the Invincibles cemented their reputation by doubling up with the FA Cup, completing the feat without even conceding a goal in the competition!

This made up for losing the previous year's Final when they were subjected to some dubious refereeing decisions.

Former Lilywhites centre half, Tony Singleton, only scored two goals for North End in 333 appearances and both also came in the FA Cup.

The second of his goals came on this date in 1966, at Old Trafford, as we eventually went down to a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United in an FA Cup quarter-final replay.

His only other goal was the 35-yard plus screamer in the 1964 semi-final against Swansea Town that saw us reach the Final as a second division side, where we went on to narrowly lose 3-2 to Bobby Moore’s West Ham United at Wembley.

A year ago today, pacey winger and current Glasgow Rangers man Brandon Barker made the last appearance of his loan spell for the club in a 2-1 defeat at Reading.

There are only three players in the club’s history to make three separate debuts for the football club, one of those is Gareth Ainsworth and the last of his debuts was on this day in 2002, when current Wycombe Wanderers manager Ainsworth joined us again on loan from Wimbledon.

The first opponents for one of North End's favourite players of recent years were Portsmouth and the Lilywhites ran out 2-0 winners in a spell where Kelham O’Hanlon had taken over as caretaker manager after David Moyes had departed for Everton.

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