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First Team Coach

Paul Gallagher

First Team Management



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After hanging up his boots on a fantastic career with the Lilywhites, Paul Gallagher moved into a position as first team coach under Frankie McAvoy in May 2021.

First arriving at Deepdale in 2007 on a loan deal, Gally went on to accumulate 313 appearances for PNE before calling a day on his playing career.

He featured 19 times in his first spell for the club and, after spending six years with Leicester, the midfielder returned in 2013.

His re-introduction to the Deepdale faithful couldn't have gone much better, scoring a hat-trick in an FA Cup tie against Barnet.

He helped North End achieve a Play-Off position that season and his goal in the second leg of the semi-final against Rotherham United put the Lilywhites in pole position to reach Wembley, but the Millers came back and ended Gally's loan spell on a sour note.

That wasn't to be the end, though, as he returned to score seven and assist 17 the following year, as Simon Grayson's men were promoted to the Championship via the Play-Offs.

Given his status as a loan player, the final against Swindon could well have been his last game for the club, but sure enough he completed a permanent move in the summer of 2015.

His role remained just as important in a division higher, being named Supporters' Player of the Year, while also being voted Goal of the Season for his stunning strike at Charlton Athletic.

As time went on, he was used as more of a central midfielder, instead of playing out wide or up top as he was earlier in his career.

In fact, he even showed his quality wearing the gloves, stepping in for the sent-off Chris Maxwell away at Ipswich Town and procuding a brilliant save to keep the scores level.

That was one of just many memorable moments for the man who is now, and forever will be, considered a club legend.