We’ve been busy speaking to former Player of the Year winners since its’ inception in 1968, as we look ahead to the 5,000th game upon resumption and today our focus is 2013 recipient John Welsh.
The Liverpool-born midfielder reflects on his career in an hour-long chat, discussing coming through the ranks at Liverpool, getting booked a very short time into his Premier League debut, the experience of the 2005 Champions League Final and the decision to leave his boyhood club.
He moves on to his time with Hull City, scoring against, but unfortunately having his leg broken in games against North End, with former Reds team-mate Neil Mellor involved in the tackle that ruled him out for a year.
Then he extensively looks back on his time at Deepdale, discussing signing for Graham Westley, his ‘Guild game’ first goal for the club, the change of manager and approach, the disappointment of 2013/14’s Play-Offs and onto promotion in 2015.
Carrying on into the Championship, his injury at Brighton & Hove Albion and then the arrival of Alex Neil, before finishing with his emotional send-off; Welshy speaks to iFollow PNE for an hour from his home.
To watch the full interview, just click on the video at the top of the page and come back tomorrow when we will have another of our interviews, as we look to speak to every Official Preston North End Player of the Year winner we can over the coming weeks.