• Features

    Within the features section you can find current news and contributions from our members and/or supporters - including interesting facts, anecdotes and anything else relevant to the Former Players Association. If you would like to contribute to this area please contact us.

  • The Ultimate Sacrifice

    It is 100 years since The Battle of the Somme. Several former players were involved in WW1, sadly not all of them came back home.

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  • Preston North End 1911 Census

    With the results of the 1911 Census being readily available to read, I wondered wondered just where about the North End squad of footballers would have lived...

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  • Time Gentlemen Please

    Having recently searched for information on former player, Tom Pratt, I accidentally came across a site about public houses and inns, in and around Preston...

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  • Well Done Paul Sparrow

    Our Association would like to congratulate former player, Paul Sparrow, on completing the London Marathon in 4 hours 26 minutes. He ran it to raise money for the Orchid Male Cancer charity. Up to date he has raised over £3,700. Well done Paul.

  • PNE FPA Ties For Sale

    We can now offer exclusive 'Preston North End Former Players Association' ties to members for £10 including postage and packaging. Please contact us for details.

  • Torres' Goalscoring Record

    It was interesting to see the media pick up on Fernando Torres being the Quickest Liverpool player to score 50 league goals. He did it in just 72 games. Other famous names near the top of the Liverpool “leaderboard” are: Albert Stubbins 50 in 80, Roger Hunt 50 in 81,  John Aldridge 50 in 83, Ian Rush 50 in 84, Robbie Fowler 50 in 88.

    Looking through Preston North End players records I came up with the Quickest PNE player to reach 50 league goals was Ted Harper who did it in rapid speed, just 51 games. Wow! Following Ted are Jimmy Ross 50 in 68, Tommy Roberts 50 in 73, Charlie Wayman 50 in 75, Alex Dawson 50 in 79, Percy Smith 50 in 80, and Tommy Thompson 50 in 83.

    It would be interesting if other Clubs picked this up and sent in their “quickest to 50” for comparisons.
    Two other PNE goalscoring records of note are Nick Ross’s 11 goals in first 5 league games ( “Best scoring start to a PNE league career”) and Tommy Thompson’s 11 consecutive league games scored in (scoring 17 goals on the way)