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Exclusive Alan Browne PNE column

To see my Preston North End team-mate and room-mate Greg Cunningham fracture his leg in the Easter Monday game against Norwich was gutting.

Preston North End
Jason Walker netted the equaliser

Magpies force a point but still have work to do

Gloucester City 2 Chorley 2

Ten-man Chorley twice came from behind to claim a well-deserved point – but it was not enough to guarantee a place in the National League North play-offs.

Chorley FC
Brig scorer Regan Linney

Non-league round-up

Regan Linney, Matt Lawlor and Stuart Vasey goals gave Bamber Bridge a 3-1 home win over Ossett Albion in the NPL First Division North.

Non-League
Fylde players celebrate at the final whist (Photo: Steve McLellan)

Coasters are champions

AFC Fylde were crowned National League North champions following a clinical 3-0 victory away at Boston United.

AFC Fylde
Andy Boyle has impressed when given a chance by Simon Grayson

Boyle’s got Monday night fever

A night under the lights at St James’ Park is just what Andy Boyle had in mind when he swapped the League of Ireland for Deepdale.

Football
Phil Brown, right, and his coaching staff with the trophy.

Lancaster City seal title triumph with five-star display at Glossop

Lancaster City romped to the Evo-Stik First Division North title with a thumping 5-2 final-day win at Glossop North End.
Sport
Kevin Ellison.

Exeter City 3-1 Morecambe

Two Injury-time goals saw the Shrimps suffer a controversial defeat at St James’s Park.

Sport
Preston pay a second visit of the season to St James' Park on Monday night

Dave Seddon’s Press View

Newcastle United’s St James’ Park is the bespoke ground to visit in the Championship this season without a doubt.

Preston North End
PNE manager Simon Grayson

Irish scouting trip for PNE boss

Preston North End could be ready to cast their recruitment net in Ireland again after Simon Grayson watched a game in Dublin on Friday night.

Preston North End
Simon Grayson knows his PNE players will have to improve after three defeats on the spin

‘Show Magpies what we’re made of’ demands Grayson

Simon Grayson says Preston will go to Newcastle with no fear despite their 6-0 defeat earlier in the season.

Preston North End
Preston and Chorley hospitals arent making the grade

REACTION: Preston and Chorley hospitals aren’t making the grade

New CQC reports show that out of five key areas, only ‘caring’ scored a rating of ‘good’.

Health
Programme award for PNE

PNE’s ‘One and Only’ scoops top honour

Preston North End might have seen their play-off fade recently but they have finished top of the league for the quality of their matchday programme.

Preston North End
Ugo Ehiogu

Grayson pays tribute to former team-mate Ugo Ehiogu

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson has paid tribute to former Aston Villa and England defender Ugo Ehiogu who died today at the age of 44.
Preston North End
Fancy a flutter?

Weekend betting column: Tough at Toon for PNE

Joe Whitaker of local independent bookmakers ValueBet takes a look at this weekend’s sporting action.

Preston North End
Alex Jones and Sam Allardyce challenge  in the air as Bob Atkins (left) and Nigel Jemson look on during Prestons FA Cup clash with Newcastle in 1987

Memory match: Newcastle v PNE, January 1987

Preston pushed Newcastle all the way they when they met in the FA Cup at St James’ Park in January 1987.

Preston North End
Diego Costa reportedly remains a target for clubs in China

Gossip: Costa’s Chinese breakaway?

Friday’s football stories from the papers and web

Football
Matt Jansen with Magpies skipper Andy Teague

Magpies unconcerned by Darlo ground issue

Chorley boss Matt Jansen is not paying too much attention to the off-the-field events surrounding National League North rivals Darlington 1883.

Chorley FC
Aaron Wildig suffered a tight hamstring on Easter Monday

Difficult finish does not put off Bentley

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley admits he does not mind having a tough end to the League Two season.

Morecambe FC
Bamber Bridge captain Matt Lawlor lifts the NPL League Cup after their 2-1 win over Grantham Town (photo: Ruth Hornby)

Brig League Cup win was for Gerry says boss

Bamber Bridge manager Neil Reynolds dedicated his team’s NPL League Cup triumph to the memory of club stalwart Gerry Lawson.

Bamber Bridge FC
Phil Brown, right, and Dave McCann look on as Josh Earl breaks down the wing against Kendal. Picture: Tony North

Lancaster City boss backs side to thrive in title decider

Lancaster City boss Phil Brown is confident his side will thrive under pressure in their title decider.

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