Jamie found himself on outside at PNE

Jamie Proctor came through the ranks at his home-town club Preston North End  and later played for Crawley Town
Jamie Proctor came through the ranks at his home-town club Preston North End and later played for Crawley Town
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He used to be ‘one of our own’ at Deepdale but for 18 months of his career, Jamie Proctor found himself at the other end of the country in West Sussex.

The striker, born and raised in Preston, is among a small group of players to have turned out for both North End and Crawley Town.

Ingol boy Proctor came through the ranks at PNE, starting off as a schoolboy on the old five-a-side pitches on Lowthorpe Road.

He would go on to play 40 games for his home-town club, scoring four goals.

Proctor’s debut came as a 19-year-old on the final day of the 2009/10 season, coming on as a substitute in a 4-1 defeat at Reading while Darren Ferguson was in charge.

At the start of the following campaign he was loaned out to Stockport for first-team experience before coming back into the fold at North End after Phil Brown had taken over.

His first goal in a PNE shirt came against Watford at Deepdale in May 2011, his neat finish rounding off a 
3-1 victory.

Under Brown, he became a regular starter at the start of the 2011/12 campaign as North End looked to bounce back from relegation.

Proctor was part of a three-pronged attack with Iain Hume and Neil Mellor, one which helped fire them to a seven-game winning run in the league.

However, injuries to that trio was a major reason for the downturn in form which would eventually cost Brown his job.

Mellor damaged his ankle, Hume suffered knee ligament damage and Proctor needed surgery to repair a double hernia.

Proctor returned to action, well ahead of schedule and probably not fully fit, in the latter stages of Brown’s reign.

While he did play under Graham Westley, the striker’s face was one of those not to fit with the controversial boss.

After reporting back for pre-season training in July 2012, Proctor became one of the ‘Rossendale Eight’.

They were made to train apart from Westley’s newly-assembled squad at a gym in East Lancashire.

That number was steadily whittled down as the eight moved on, Proctor joining Swansea City.

His time with the Swans did not turn out as envisaged, with him restricted to playing for their development squad.

He had a short spell on loan with Shrewsbury before joining Crawley in January 2013 on a free transfer.

His time with the Red Devils saw him make 68 appearances in which he scored 14 goals.

This summer Proctor returned to Lancashire, joining Fleetwood Town.

He scored in three of his first four games for the Cod Army.

Another player with PNE and Crawley connections is Keith Keane – still in the Preston squad but not in the first-team frame.

Keane spent 93 days on loan at Broadfield Stadium between September and December.

He played 15 games for Crawley and got booked in nine of them.

The change of manager there, with Dean Saunders stepping in to replace John Gregory while he has heart surgery, seems to have scuppered Keane’s chances of a return.

Former Preston winger Jeffrey Monakana had a short loan spell at Crawley towards the end of last season.

It was Brighton who hired him out to their Sussex neighbours, the Seagulls having signed him from North End last January.

Jamaica international Claude Davis played for both clubs.

PNE were his first club in England after Craig Brown signed him from Jamaican side Hazard in 2003.

Three years later, PNE sold him to Sheffield United for £2.5m, with a £3m move then taking him to Derby.

Davis joined Crawley in September 2011 after a spell with Crystal Palace, staying for 18 months.