Former PNE goalkeeper passes away

Fred Else in action for PNE in 1953
Fred Else in action for PNE in 1953
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Former Preston North End goalkeeper Fred Else has died at the age of 82.

Else signed for the Lilywhites in 1953 and went on to make 238 appearances between the posts, Sir Tom Finney among his team-mates.

The Wigan-born player was regarded as one of the best uncapped goalkeepers of his era, although he did play for England ‘B’.

North End sold Else to Blackburn in 1961 for £17,000, his Rovers debut ironically coming against PNE in a friendly.

He was Blackburn’s first-choice keeper for five years, playing 221 games,

During the 1965/66 season, Else joined Barrow and later became their manager.

After retiring from football, Else moved into teaching and he later lived in Cyrpus for a number of years.

He was a member of the PNE Former Players Association.