Match Of The Past: Preston North End
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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