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Preston North End Football Club

Notes of a distant follower 2017/18 season
in the Sky Bet Championship

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PNE's ground Deepdale, Bill Shankly Kop and Invincibles Stand from the ex-National Football Museum viewing point.

A good season - 1964Directions to DeepdaleSir Tom FinneyThe PNE Story

6th May 2018 P46 W19 D16 L11 F57 A46 Pts73 Pos 7th

April was another interesting month with PNE ending up as a candidate for the play-offs up to the final day. PNE losing to Derby at home on 2nd April was a very significant result as Derby pipped PNE to the play-offs by 2 points. Similarly drawing at home to Norwich in late April was 2 points lost. Nevertheless not many would have forecast PNE ending 7th.

Top scorers: Sean Maguire 10, Jordan Hugill 10, Alan Browne 9, Tom Barkhuizen 8, Callum Robinson 7.

John Welsh, 34,is to leave after 143 games and 6 years.


31st March 2018 P39 W15 D15 L9 F49 A41 Pts60 Pos 10th

An interesting month with 2 away wins, a home defeat and a heavy away defeat at Sheffield Wed.


28th February 2018 P34 W12 D15 L7 F40 A33 Pts51 Pos 9th

Six points from 5 games wasn't too good a haul. Losing at home to Ipswich, although drawing at home to high flying Wolves and Aston Villa isn't too bad.

31st January 2018 P29 W11 D12 L6 F35 A28 Pts45 Pos 9th

Ending the month with a 3-0 win at Notts Forest recovered the lost points of the month. Selling Jordan Hugill for £10m to West Ham, currently managed by David Moyes was good business. Alex Neale saying he hadn't been the same since his transfer request before the season was rejected.

PNE are 3 points from the play-off positions.

The team against Notts Forest was:

1 Rudd, 14 Fisher, 5 Clarke, 23 Huntington, 32 Earl, 4 Pearson substituted for Moultat 85 minutes, 12 Gallagher substituted for Johnson at 80 minutes, 39 Bodin booked at 75mins, 8 Browne, 29 Barkhuizen, 37 Robinson substituted for Horganat 88 minutes.
Substitutes: 7 Horgan, 10 Harrop, 11 Johnson, 15 Woods, 17 Spurr, 21 Moult, 22 Maxwell.

31st December 2017 P25 W10 D10 L5 F28 A23 Pts40 Pos 8th

A very good December with 4 wins and 2 draws. An away win at high flying Cardiff as the last game of the year adding cream.


30th November 2017 P19 W6 D8 L5 F22 A21 Pts26 Pos 13th

Four points from five matches saw another poor month although things are beginning to look up with an away win at Bristol City and a draw at Norwich in the last games. Losing 2-0 at home to Aston Villa and 3-0 away at Ipswich in the first 2 games of the month spoilt the goal difference.


31st October 2017 P14 W5 D7 L3 F17 A14 Pts22 Pos 10th

A poor October saw PNE get only 1 point in 3 games after being only seconds away from the 2nd spot when Fulham equalised at the end of the game in mid-October. Losing 3-2 away at top placed Wolves and then 3-2 at home to in form Brentford didn't seem so bad but the first game of November they lost 2-0 to Villa, also on a run, at home. Warning signs are up. Injuries to defenders are being put down to the defeats with up to 5 being injured.

Simon Grayson who left PNE for Sunderland before the season has been sacked with Sunderland in the relegation zone. Everton have also sacked their manager.


30th September 2017 P11 W5 D5 L1 F11 A6 Pts20 Pos 6th

Two good away wins at Hull and Birmingham kept PNE in the play off zone after 3 home draws and a big win against Cardiff. Ex PNE manager Simon Grayson brought Sunderland to Deepdale on the last day of September, after PNE overturned an away goal to take the lead Sunderland equalised.


31st August 2017 P5 W2 D2 L1 F2 A1 Pts8 Pos 7th

Respectable position with an amazingly low For/Against tally. PNE's striker Hugill puts in a written transfer request a day before the window closes after interest from other clubs. The request is rejected. Two 1-0 wins and one 1-0 defeat starts the season with 0-0 draws at Leeds and Middlesbrough. . Plus a defeat in the League Cup at Accrington Stanley.


12th August 2017 Leeds v PNE

8th August 2017 PNE v Accrington Stanley in EFL

5th August 2017 PNE v Sheffield Wednesday


1st August 2017 P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 Pts0 Pos 18th


28th July 2017 Fleetwood 1 PNE 5

25th July 2017 PNE 1 Burnley 2

22nd July 2017 PNE 1 Newcastle United 1

19th July 2017 Accrington Stanley 2 PNE 3

18th July 2017 Morecamble 0 PNE 2

15th July 2017 Stockport County 1 PNE 2

7th July 2017 Bamber Bridge 0 PNE 7


26th July Darnell Fisher, full back signs from Rotherham.


4th July 2017 Alex Neale signed as new manager

Alex Neale formerly of Norwich and Hamilton has been signed as the new PNE manager on a one year rolling contract. Neale left Norwich in March after guiding them to the Premier league but being unable to keep them there in the previous season..


29th June 2017 Simon Grayson moves to Sunderland.

Quite a blow the respected manager takes former PNE manager David Moyes former job. Grayson was often praised for the job done at Preston, always with the preface 'on a limited budget'. PNE said they are in no hurry to find a replacement.


30th June Kevin O'Conner, defender, signs from Cork.


23rd June Josh Harrop, striker, signed from Man U.


20th June Rudd goalkeeper returns to PNE from Norwich

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