Match Of The Week – Preston North End 1-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers

The term “sleeping giant” is a misused one, often used to describe a club that had a few glorious seasons, many years ago. If there are two clubs that deserve this particular epithet, then it would probably have to be Preston North End and Wolverhampton Wanderers. These are clubs that have hit the highest heights and plummeted the depths. Two of the original twelve founding members of the Football League that haven’t troubled the top division too much over the last couple of decades or so. It’s now impossible to be able to remember Preston North End’s glory days unless your the owner of a bus pass. The club’s true glory days came in the sepia-tinted days of the 1880s, when the “Invincibles” won the very first league championship with a team that won eighteen of their twenty-two league matches and the FA Cup in the same season. Much of their last thirty years, however, have been spent between the last two divisions, and in 1986 they finished bottom of the Football League. In recent seasons, things have improved for them slightly. They were promoted back into the second tier in 2000 and have spent much of the last eight years or so trying to get back into the Premier League. Last season, however, they had a disastrous start to the season, and relegation looked a distinct possibility until...

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