PNE’s King Kev netted landmark goal

Kevin Davies celebrates his goal against Coventry City
Kevin Davies celebrates his goal against Coventry City
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Kevin Davies joined a landmark list of Preston North End goalscorers when he netted the club’s 7,000th league goal in the weekend draw with Coventry City.

He later got a red card for a challenge on Sky Blues defender Andy Webster, so Davies was probably not in the best frame of mind to digest the fact he had entered the history books.

He joined Percy Smith, George Harrison, Charlie Wayman, Alex Dawson, Don O’Riordan and Gary Parkinson in the North End ‘thousand’ club.

It was Smith who netted Preston’s 1,000th league goal way back in March 1907, in a 1-0 victory over Derby County.

Harrison had the honour of scoring the 2,000th more than 21 years later, a goal which came in a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion.

A 4-2 win over Brentford at Deepdale in September 1950, saw the Lilywhites reach the 3,000-league goal mark.

North End’s second goal that day, scored by Wayman, was the landmark strike.

The 4,000th PNE league goal came from Alex Dawson in November 1963.

Dawson, nicknamed ‘The Black Prince’ and hugely popular with the North End supporters, was on target in a 1-1 draw with Sunderland.

Almost 19 years passed until the 5,000-goal landmark was reached.

The scoring honour for that one fell to defender O’Riordan in a 1-1 draw with Lincoln City at Deepdale in March 1982. And almost 16 years later –to the day – right-back Parkinson scored PNE’s 6,000th goal.

That came in a 3-2 victory over York City, Parkinson curling home the winner from a free-kick.

And then came the 7,000th from the right boot of Davies, the striker turning home a cross from David Buchanan.

North End became only the 11th club to reach 7,000 goals.

Sunderland just pipped them to being the 10th, having done so the weekend before in a 4-1 win at Fulham in the Premier League.

Manchester United have the highest number of league goals, finding the net 7,619 times.

Behind them are Liverpool with 7,432, the Anfield club having moved above Wolves in the last couple of games – Wolves have netted 7,427 goals.

PNE boss Simon Grayson viewed Davies’ goal against Coventry as a deserved end product to some enterprising attacking play from his side. Said Grayson: “We played some good stuff and mixed our play up well.

“We got the ball up to the strikers, we passed it into the midfield and got into wide areas well.

“The goal we scored came from a great ball in by David Buchanan which Kevin got on the end of very well.

“At 1-0 we needed that second goal to take the edge off the game, and unfortunately we got done by the sucker punch.

“That is twice that Coventry have scored against us in injury time this season.”