Vital QPR takes a look at Championship side Preston North End
FACTS & FIGURES
Nickname: The Lilywhites
Ground: Deepdale – 24525
Manager: Darren Ferguson
FA Cup – Winners: 1889, 1938
FA Cup – Runners-up: 1888, 1922, 1937, 1954, 1964
Football League First Division – Champions: 1889, 1890
Football League First Division – Runners Up: 1891, 1892, 1893, 1906, 1953, 1958
Football League Second Division – Champions: 1904, 1913, 1951
Football League Second Division – Runners Up: 1915, 1934
Football League Third Division – Champions: 1996
Football League Third Division – Runners Up: 1987
Record Attendance: 42,684 v Arsenal (First Division, 1968)
Record league victory: 10-0 v Stoke City (First Division, 1889)
Record league defeat 0-7 v Blackpool (First Division, 1948)
Record Buy: £1,500,000 – David Healy from Manchester United
Record Sale: £6,000,000 – David Nugent to Portsmouth
Record Appearances: Alan Kelly Snr – 513 – 1958-1973
Record Goals: Sir Tom Finney – 210 – 1946-1960
Darren Ferguson’s Preston have it all to prove in the Championship after a mediocre spell last time out – the ex-Posh boss not covering himself in glory at either Peterborough or Deepdale.
He now needs to step up and earn his previously billed reputation and take a Preston side beyond a 17th-placed finish and into the higher echelons of the league.
The additions, barring Paul Hayes, have been underwhelming as the Lilywhites seemed destined for a season of mediocrity under Ferguson Jnr.
An already floundering rearguard has been added to by Craig Morgan, from relegated Peterborough and the ageing Wayne Brown, while the loss of Ross Wallace and Neil Mellor cannot be understated.
I would be surprised if Preston were relegated but its an entirely more plausible prospect than the Lilywhites challenging the top six in this division.
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