Think you know your Lilywhites’ history? Take the ultimate challenge. LEP reporter Dave Seddon has posed 100 questions to ponder over the Christmas holidays. The answers to be revealed on this site on New Year’s Eve.
1, Who were Preston’s first opponents in the Football League in 1888?
2, Which ground was the 1889 FA Cup final played at, PNE beating Wolves 3-0?
3, When were Preston relegated from the First Division for the first time?
4, Which Preston player broke his leg in a game against Burnley in September 1903, the fans having a whip-round for him after he was carried off?
5, Why was PNE’s FA Cup replay with Brighton in 1908 abandoned in extra-time?
6, Who beat PNE in the 1922 FA Cup final at Stamford Bridge?
7, Which Welsh non-league side did PNE play in the FA Cup in January 1923?
8, Which player, who went on to be a famous title-winning and FA Cup-winning manager, made his PNE debut in a 5-0 win over Hull in December 1933?
9, Who scored PNE’s goal in the 1937 FA Cup final defeat to Sunderland?
10, Who skippered PNE when they won the FA Cup in 1938?
11, How many league games did PNE play in the 1939/40 season before the league was abandoned because of the outbreak of the Second World War?
12, Who made his PNE first-team debut against Leeds United on August 31, 1946?
13, Who was PNE’s leading scorer in the 1946/47 season as football resumed after the war?
14, Which club did PNE sign Tommy Docherty from in 1949?
15, Which striker scored 27 league goals as PNE won the Second Division title in 1950/51?
16, Who pipped PNE to the First Divison title in 1952/53?
17, Which team did PNE need two replays to beat in the FA Cup quarter finals in 1954?
18, Which two players scored for PNE in the 1954 FA Cup final against West Bromwich Albion?
19, Which club did PNE sign striker Tommy Thompson from in 1955?
20, Which defender made 191 consecutive appearances for PNE between 1951 and 1955?
21, Who established himself as PNE’s first-choice goalkeeper towards the end of the 1955/56 season and stayed in the side until 1961?
22, Which goalkeeper made his PNE debut as a teenager against Arsenal at Highbury in December 1958?
23, Which team did Tom Finney score his last Preston goal against in April 1960?
24, Which PNE defender scored in successive games against Charlton and Stoke in November 1962 and then didn’t score again for more than five years?
25, Who did PNE sign from Manchester United for £20,000 in October 1961?
26, Who scored PNE’s goals in the FA Cup semi-final against Swansea at Villa Park in 1964?
27, Whose place in the 1964 FA Cup final side did Howard Kendall take?
28, What record did Howard Kendall set when he played in the FA Cup final?
29, Which two players scored hat-tricks when Preston beat Cardiff City 9-0 on the final day of the 1965/66 season?
30, Which club did Preston sell Howard Kendall to in 1966?
31, Which former Burnley striker was PNE’s leading scorer in the 1968/69 season with 20 goals?
32, Which striker did PNE sign from Bradford City in October 1970?
33, Who christened Preston fans as The Gentry in 1970?
34, Which North End defender was an ever-present in the 1970/71 title-winning side?
35, Who scored twice for Preston as they beat Rotherham 3-0 to win the Third Division title in May 1971?
36, Which striker did PNE sign from Middlesbrough in 1971 and has a statue outside Carlisle United’s ground?
37, Which 1966 World Cup winner was appointed as Preston manager in the summer of 1973?
38, Who did Preston sell Alex Bruce to in February 1974?
39, Which player did North End swap to bring back Alex Bruce in September 1975?
40, Who scored twice on his PNE debut in a 2-2 draw at Carlisle?
41, On which ground did PNE beat Crewe in an FA Cup replay in November 1976?
42, Which two players were sold to Brighton by Preston before the 1977/78 campaign?
43, Who did Alex Bruce score four goals against in one game in February 1978?
44, Which striker, now a television pundit in Spain, did Preston North End spot playing as a youngster at a tournament at Blackpool’s Pontins holiday camp?
45, Preston beat Derby 3-0 in the FA Cup in January 1979, that their only game that month because of a harsh winter. Alex Bruce scored twice but who got the other goal?
46, Which club were promoted to the First Division after winning at Deepdale on May 2, 1981?
47, Tommy Docherty was appointed as Preston manager in June 1981. Which club did they obtain his services from?
48, Against which side did goalkeeper Peter Lichfield make his Preston debut in 1981?
49, Which non-league side did Preston beat 5-1 in the first round of the FA Cup in November 1982?
50, Name the player who scored in the last three games of the 1982/83 season?
51, PNE beat Bournemouth 1-0 at Dean Court on the opening day of the 1983/84 season. Who was the Cherries manager that day?
52, Which right-back scored twice in a 3-2 win at Wolves in the Milk Cup in October 1983?
53, Which Test cricketer played at centre-half against North End in December 1983?
54, Which non-league side knocked PNE out of the FA Cup in December 1984?
55, What was the crowd at Deepdale when PNE played Scunthorpe in a midweek afternoon kick-off in November 1985?
56, In the re-election season, who took over as caretaker manager when Brian Kidd resigned?
57, Name the three PNE defenders who John McGrath dubbed ‘the solicitors’ in the 1986/87 promotion-winning side?
58, Which ground did the Chorley v PNE FA Cup tie in December 1986 take place at?
59, Who joined Preston as a player in February 1987 after losing his job as Tranmere’s manager?
60, Who scored PNE’s winning goal against Orient at Brisbane Road which clinched promotion in April 1987?
61, Which striker did Preston sign from Oldham for £23,000 in October 1987 and scored on his debut?
62: Who was the former Leyland Motors goalkeeper who came on loan to Preston in February 1990?
63, In John Beck’s first game in charge of PNE in December 1992, who was North End’s goalkeeper?
64, Which striker did Preston sign from Warrington Town in 1993?
65, Which was the last game played on Deepdale’s plastic pitch?
66, Who did John Beck controversially drop from the PNE side for the 1994 play-off final against Wycombe at Wembley?
67, Neil Trebble joined Preston in July 1994. What was his former job?
68, Which PNE defender did Sky commentator Andy Gray label a ‘future £1million player’? He was later sold to Lincoln for £30,000.
69, Name the two strikers signed by Gary Peters in the summer of 1995 and who bagged 41 goals between them that season?
70, Which Preston-born player made his PNE debut as a substitute in a 4-0 win at Torquay?
71, Who did Gary Peters describe as ‘goals on legs’ after signing him from Tranmere in 1996?
72, From which club did Preston sign Sean Gregan?
73, Which striker scored both of PNE’s goals in the 4-2 home defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup in January 1999?
74, Name the two goalkeepers who featured in PNE’s promotion campaign of 1999/2000?
75, Which Icelandic striker arrived at Deepdale in late 1999?
76, Who scored PNE’s winner against Wigan at the JJB Stadium in April 2000?
77, Which American striker joined Preston on loan in September 2000 from Columbus Crew?
78, Who scored a dramatic late winner to take PNE’s play-off semi-final against Birmingham into extra-time?
79, Name the four Preston players to score penalties in the shoot-out victory over Birmingham City.
80, Which player was sold by PNE to Manchester City for £5m in February 2002?
81, Who was named caretaker manager after David Moyes’ departure to Everton?
82, Craig Brown signed which striker from Tivoli Gardens in the summer of 2002?
83, Which ex-Celtic and Wolfsburg midfielder joined Preston in 2003?
84, Who did Billy Davies appoint as his assistant-manager when getting the Preston manager’s job?
85, Preston signed David Nugent from which club?
86, Who succeeded Billy Davies as PNE manager?
87, Which defender joined Preston from Peterborough in the summer of 2006?
88, Which Premier League club did Alan Irvine leave to become Preston boss?
89, Who was the future England striker who PNE signed on loan from Manchester United after Darren Ferguson’s appointment?
90, Phil Brown returned to his former club Hull to sign which player in January 2011?
91, Who were PNE’s opponents when Phil Brown got his first win as North End manager?
92, Which Preston goalkeeper scored with a goalkick against Notts County in August 2011?
93, Who were joint-caretaker managers after Phil Brown was sacked?
94, Which Irish striker did Graham Westley sign from Cork City in January 2012?
95, Preston signed which midfielder from Woking in July 2012?
96, Name the goalkeeper who lasted for only three days at North End before leaving, claiming he was homesick?
97, John Dreyer had one game in charge of PNE. Who were the opponents?
98, Who scored for PNE in Simon Grayson’s first game in charge?
99: On August 5, 2013, who put the ball in the Blackpool net?
100: Name the three clubs who current Preston North End midfielder Daniel Johnson played for on loan from Aston Villa?