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On This Day... 25th March 2014

25 March 2020

On 25th March 2014, a young Alan Browne made his debut for Preston North End as a second half substitute at Deepdale.

The Irishman had signed for the club in January of that year from Cork City, and made his debut off the bench against Peterborough United in a League One clash at Deepdale.

The score was 1-1 when Browne entered the pitch, with Neil Kilkenny cancelling out Danny Swanson's opener for the visitors. Browne was brought on by then-manager Simon Grayson on 78 minutes, before a Joe Garner brace in the final ten minutes secured the win for North End.

Browne went on to make a further eight appearances that season, scoring once in the 6-1 win over Carlisle United, as the Lilywhites finished the season in the League One Play-Offs.

The midfielder's development has been impressive since then, with him going on to help the club win promotion to the Championship as well as picking up a number of end of season awards including the main Player of the Year award in 2018.

Browne has also been recognised on the international stage, making eight senior appearances for the Republic of Ireland, scoring his first goal for his country in the 3-1 friendly win over Bulgaria back in September.

Since his debut, the 24-year-old has made almost 250 appearances for the club in all competitions so far, scoring 32 goals in that time.


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