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We continue our series of archive videos of the clubs of Football League One this morning with one of the twelve founder members of the Football League and the first champions of England in 1889, Preston North End. We don’t have footage, of course, of their first unbeaten season in the Football League, but we do have six matches from the years between 1905 and 1992, kicking off with some Mitchell & Kenyon footage of a match between Preston and Aston Villa from 1905. Our next match is from during the Second World War, and features Preston playing Arsenal in the 1941 Football League War Cup final in front of a crowd of 60,000 people at Wembley (Preston won the replay of this match by two goals to one, in case you were wondering.)
Our next two matches come from the 1960s. In 1964, Preston North End made the final of the FA Cup again, and our third match is more news footage, this time from British Movietone, of their quarter-final trip to The Manor Ground to play Oxford United. This is followed by a full-length episode of Match Of The Day from Deepdale in March 1966, which saw Preston at home against Manchester United, again in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Our final two games come from the colour television era. We have a home league match against Queens Park Rangers from March 1972, and finally a reminder of the club’s short-lived artificial pitch, seen in this case for another home league match, this time against Chester City from August 1992.
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Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.
Enjoyed watching the video of the 1941 FA War League Cup Final which shows and refers to my Uncle Frank Gallimore Jersey #2. Only yesterday I was speaking to my cousins Patricia and Margaret (daughters of Frank Gallimore) who had brought along the book Proud Preston PNE’s One Hundred Seasons of Football League History to show me. My Grandson Evan Holland is a goalkeeper for the U13 Ottawa Fury. The Ottawa Fury website is currently running an article under the heading Fury Headlines which refers to Evan’s link to PNE’s Frank Gallimore.