Preston North End FC
We currently play in the EFL Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. Originally a cricket club, Preston have been based at Deepdale since 1875. The club first took up football in 1878 as a winter fitness activity and decided to focus on it in May 1880, when the football club was officially founded. Deepdale is now football's oldest ground in terms of continuous use by a major league club.
Preston North End was a founder member of the Football League in 1888. In the 1888-89 season, the team won both the inaugural league championship and the FA Cup, the latter without conceding a goal. We were the first team to achieve the 'Double' in English football and, as we were unbeaten in all matches, are remembered as 'The Invincibles'. Preston won the league championship again in 1889-90 but our only major success since then has been our 1938 FA Cup Final victory over Huddersfield Town. The club's most famous players have been Tom Finney and Bill Shankly, who are both commemorated at Deepdale by stands named after them. Other notable players include Tommy Docherty, Alan Kelly Sr. and Graham Alexander.
Until 1961, Preston were usually members of the First Division but, having been relegated after the 1960-61 season, we have not yet returned to the top flight. we were first relegated to the Third Division after the 1969-70 season and have spent 28 of the 49 seasons since 1970 in the bottom two divisions, including a span of 19 seasons from 1981 to 1982 to 1999-2000. Preston have faced serious financial issues and were twice in danger of closure. The club is now owned by businessman Trevor Hemmings and has been established in the EFL Championship since gaining promotion in 2015.
Here you will find a large number of official photographs covering Preston North End players, match action, legendary players, the women's and youth teams and the iconic Sir Tom Finney
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