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Rise Until Lambs Become Lions

What will PNE's future hold?...
Started on 13 October 2013 by The-forgotten-one
Latest Reply on 9 January 2014 by The-forgotten-one
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1 min Kick Off

After the captains have shaken hands, Coventry win the toss choose their side which leaves North End to kick the game off.

5 min

Early corner for Coventry, The ball is swung in.

Højbjerg gets his head to it.

Its not the best clearance & it falls to Lobjoilt who vollies the ball back towards goal.

Rudd doesn't have to move as he easily catches the tame shot.

7 min - Booking


Buchanan tired to wriggle his way out of trouble and managed to draw a foul by Batron.

12 min


Willis gets caught by a flailing arm as he and Davies both challenge for a header.

Davies looking rather sheepish with that challenge.. This game might turn into a true battle with challenges from both teams flying in.

20 min

Hume goes close with a looping header only finding the roof of the net after a deep cross from Buchanan.

na na, na na na na, na na na na, na na PRESTON NORTH END

23 min - Booking


Keane clips McAleny as the ball is played forward.

A bit of a dirty challenge there.

25 min - Booking


The free-kick was taken early which was intercepted by Højbjerg who tried to drive forward but it instantly 'wrestled' to the floor by Thomas, players comes to a head here & the game is put on pause while the players are separated.

28 min - Booking


McAleny with a nasty challenge on Keane, He left studs in there and caught Keane on the thigh.

I don't think that rivalry is over yet.

37 min - Goal!


Hume wins a corner late in the half... lets wee where this goes.

He drills in a cross aiming for the front post.

Barton & Sarr both tussling for a foot hold......

The ball whistles in to the 6 yard box and some how ends up in the back of the goal!

GOAL PNE... it seems like looking over the reply again Barton closes his eyes and it comes off his upper body while both players & the ball fall into the back of the net.

45+ 3 min

The ref.. brings the first half to a close & this game has been a full scale battle for possession and it seems like PNE are slightly winning the battle at the moment .

Half Time

MT - Welcome back, That own goal sure has knock the wind out of Coventrys sails.. they wander off the feild to the PNE fans heckles.

MT - A solid first half for both teams however PNE seemed nick that last goal which will hit this Wolves team hard.

CK - Most defiantly Martin there was a lot of talk surrounding Barton playing against his old club in this game to which you need be at least be solid, however his first half display can't of gone any worse for the lad.

MT - Lets hope both teams can carry across the fire they show'd the footballing world into this second half which will soon commence.

*Pre-game music blasts back out as the teams jog back out onto the pitch*

45 min

The teams are back out and look raring for more with both teams pumped up.

47 min

Its Coventry who seem to be the more eager in the early stages with the midfield playing pass after pass.

51 min - Booking


Its a easy free kick given to City as Zaliukas shows some early signs of annoyance and gives away a needless free-kick.

59 min

The tables have slightly turned now as PNE begin to crack up some pressure of their own gaining 2 corners in quick succession, Both coming to nothing.

64 min

Free-kick to City here in quiet a dangerous area.

Højbjerg gets a warning by the ref, that surly will be his last before he is in the book.

The ball is swung in from the left into the crowded penalty area...... Rudd does well to rise and catch the ball safely.

67 min - Booking


Welsh goes in the book for a rather ruff looking tackle on Barton many of the City fans not happy about that one.

67 min

Substitution for PNE here:

Højbjerg : Mousinho

The young lad is greeted by a massive round of applause from the PNE faithful as he leaves the field... he looks disappointed to be leaving the action so late on.

73 min - Booking


Another late one there from Buchanan he was a little late... maybe wanted to leave his mark on Willis.

75 min

Substitution for Coventry here:

Wilson : Moussa

City just with a straight swap for striker for striker... Wilson who has ran his socks off here today running the channels.

76min - Goal


GOAL!.. from the same freekick the ball is drilled across the box were it was super sub Moussa who flicked the ball on.

and it fell gracefully to Ilori at the back post who seemed to be unmarked.

This game is not over by any means... we sure do have a game on our hand now.


Substitution for Coventry here:

McAleny : Clarke
Another striker is added to the fray.. it looks like that goal has lifted Coventry and the fans who are screaming for there team to attack.


A flurry of chances come by as PNE are able to break through Lopez who wriggles his way past 2 defenders and plays a peach of a ball through to Beavon.

OHHHHHH close... he narrowly misses the target as he goes to wide.


The 90mins are up and this game is going to extra time!... The teams swap sides and it is Preston who get the game under way.


Substitution for PNE here:

Lopez : Laird

95 min - Booking


No complaints from Moussa, who clatters into the back of Hume.

Freekick to The Lillywhites.

100min - Goal!



PNE will be so ashamed with the marking as SUPER SUB Clarke rises to meet the corner from Vuckic and it hits the back of the net.

Has to be the winning goal in my eyes!.

102min - Goal!



What a fantastic game for the neutral as from kick off PNE manage to string some passes together drawing the City defence one way and then the next, as the ball was played out wide to fan favourite Hume who took a touch and found the on coming Laird who had managed to gain a yard on his man at the back post to slide in and bury the ball into the net.


Half time in extra time here, will there be any more late drama here?...


Both teams seemed to of taken a step back as the game gets under way yet again, I can only assume no-one wants to lose this game at all!.

117min - Booking


A slight pull on Mousinho's shirt is enough to see the lad tumble to the floor and see the ref pull out another yellow card.


Yes the game goes to penalties!.. they have competed blow for blow and can't be divided in normal or extra time!.

The teams huddle together and instructions are being given out as to who may or may not be taking these final important kicks.


Preston win the toss and choose to kick first...

Goal scorer Laird is the first to take a spot kick, He stedies himself and....

Ilori is first for City looking confident he places the ball down waits for the whistle ....

Top goal scorer Davies is next in line, he take three long strikes and....

Clarke follows no messing around as he quickly places the ball and runs up ....

Sarr has been chosen, He looks nervous....

Vuckic collects the ball of Rudd before he shoots....

Rudd collects the ball himself and places it on the spot....

Conor runs up to take his spot kick....

Hume with his back to goal waiting until the whistle....

Adams take the ball from Rudd's hands & has to wait while he takes his time going back to his line, he stedies himself and....



The fans have gone wild!, This is the fist time Preston North End have won this cup!... Fantastic Game.....

Press Room

Seems like our victory and success in the hunt for silverware has got people talking!:

Shame the board are not in a very celebratory mood... Think we'll have a party anyway!:

[spoiler=Stuck Up Board]

Nice to see the press congratuate us... looks good on my CV!:

End Of Month Report - March.


Games: 7.
Win: 4.
Draw: 2.
Loss: 1.

League Table


- In.
New intake of youth players.

- Out.

Monthly Awards

Manager Of The Month

Player Of The Month

Grahams thoughts.....


*Logs In*

February log.. Status: Drunk. Location: Pub!.

Dear Diary,


1st silverware as PNE manager... lets hope there is more to come but this is a fantastic feeling!.

I've been told by the board to keep things low key... I can't help it we already had the party booked!.

Also looking at the league table it looks like we have made some headway into also gaining that title and bring it to Deepdale!

7 games remaining in the season 4 home games, 3 away days... I believe we only need another 8 points and we can relax.. surly has to be in the bag.

My player of the month... has to be Laird due to his performance in the cup final he came on as a sub and grabbed a goal and scored a pen to help us to victory.

[spoiler=Scott Laird][/spoiler]

No negatives that I can see we are on our way to the finish line only need to keep the ship steady and we will be champions, soon as that is announced I can look at offloading some drift wood and scouting a couple of player for next season.

I might introduce a couple of the youth team into the first team over the next couple of games... lets drop them in at the deep end and see how they swim.

BUT!... for now am getting another drink! CHEERS!

Graham Alexander
Preston North End Manager.
*Logs off*

April Report

Preston North End 2-1 Crewe
Davies (11, 64)


Pretty standard victory, after the high of the Cup win we where bound to come into this with high spirits. A lot of the team were fatigued from the extra time (& partying) but we still managed to take all 3 points and keep Deepdale a fortress.

Bristol City 2-0 Preston North End


Well... that back fired, we attempted to play a couple of the younger players... may of been a bit to soon haha!... I have to admit though that Jones played extremely well before bring chopped down and having to come off injured.

Preston North End 4-2 Carlisle United
Davies (1, 41, 90+2)
Laird (pen 88)


Back to winning ways, We brought a few first team regulars back into the team & was greeted by a great, great game of football. We scored in the first 13 seconds and I thought we had it all in the bag however credit to Carlisle they came back fighting... I did not like our set piece defending for them goals at all... however a lucky pen & last min goal from Davies to complete his hatrick seal three points!

Fans celebrate Preston North End's Championship promotion
Thousands of fans turned out to celebrate Preston North Ends' promotion to the Championship

PNE fans have celebrated the success of their League One championship victory parade with still 4 games remaining.

The open-top bus tour started at Deepdale Stadium after a trophy presentation for the team, who beat Carlisle 4-2 to seal the title.

Veteran of football Kevin Davies scored the winning goal in injury time at Deepdale on Saturday, securing the title & promotion to the Championship.

Manager Graham Alexander's post match comments was that the victory as a "Massive Achievement & the reward for all the professionalism his team have shown over the season".

The open-top bus went through Moor Park, into the town centre, and then back to the Docks.

Doncaster Rovers celebrate promotion to the Championship with a hatrick goal in injury time at Deepdale Stadium on Saturday.
After the match, two Preston icons congratulated the team on Twitter.

Ex-Manager David Moyes had this to say:

David Beckham, Had a minor spell with the north west side at the start his career:

Owner Trevor Hemmings, had also come out to the media in a rare appearance to say: "What an amazing climax to a truly wonderful season."

"Everyone connected to the club deserves great credit for bouncing back into the Championship."

"I am sure supporters will be out in force this evening to celebrate PNE being crowned champions."

Thank you all again... really didn't expect to get so many views on my frist story... am sure I will keep this one going... really into this save..

p.s alllllll comments are welcome! :D

April Report: Pt2

Brentford 0-2 Preston North End
Lopez (6)
Wright (85)

Title secured!.. BOOM! on a massive high.. this was a very good victory on the road against a Brentford team who were 2nd in the league at the time so to beat them 2-0 was a good result. I think a bit of fatigue is kicking in to be honest because I'm having to rotate quiet a few players in these last few games.

Preston North End 2-4 Shrewsbury
Monakana (6)
Højbjerg (29)

Oh dear, oh dear.. bad day at the office maybe. I can only thank god we have already secured the title as this defeat was embarrassing, winning 2-1 at half time to then lose 4-2 was not happy!

Preston North End 0-1 Gillingham

last home game of the season... 16,000 strong PNE fans!.. and we lose 1-0 to 10 men. another dismal result we controlled the game for many parts even had two goals disallowed so annoying!. I've told the lads I don't want to finish this season on a low and to go into this final game with there heads held high

End Of Month Report - April.


Games: 6.
Win: 3.
Draw: 0.
Loss: 3.

League Table


- In.

- Out.

Monthly Awards

Manager Of The Month

Player Of The Month

Young Player Of The Month

Grahams thoughts.....

*Logs In*

February log.. Status: Mix Feelings. Location: Boardroom!.

Dear Diary,

I am so glad to get this month out of the way, a very mixed bag of results!.

In response to the board hearing we had secured the 2nd piece of silverware I have been offered a new contract to carry over my leadership skills into the new year & 2 more ahead of that.

The last couple of games were awful we completely lost our form & crumbled in games and situations we wouldn't of in games earlier on in the season.

As per last month a said I would try out one or two youth players, all of them have had quiet good starts to their careers however the stand out performer would have to be Alex Jones.

[spoiler=Alex Jones]

He has shown great potential in his opportunity given in the first time which am keen to build on and making him drive to cermet a perminent place in future.

One final game against Crewe, Lets go out with a bang!

Graham Alexander
Preston North End Manager.
*Logs off*

May Report

Crewe 0-2 Preston North End
Hume (60, 67)
Wright (78)

[spoiler=Player Ratings][/spoiler]

Absolute stormer of a match to finish the season, I think we saw it all really.. a double sending off (not happy about), some great goals and to be honest a quiet close game!... after the game ended it was great seeing all the away support cheering us as we went over to thank them!.

End Of Season Report - 2013-14.

Total Results

Games: 56.
Win: 39.
Draw: 9.
Loss: 8.

League Tables

Season Awards

Manager Of The Season

Players Team Of The Season

Top Transfers

I haven't really taken note of any transfers over the course of the season however at looking back there has been quiet a few that have been classed as stella signings

Shaqiri's transfer from to seems to be there big money transfers this season and I'm surprised they have managed to sign him from the German champions, elsewhere have strengthened their midfield with both Ben Arfa & Khedira joining the noisy neighbours. signed central defender Subotic from .

& both made 9 signing this season which is mainly due to the step up in quality they were playing in

Graham's thoughts.....

*Logs In*

February log.. Status: Relaxed. Location: Spain.

Dear Diary,

*licks lips after sipping cold beer*

First season done and dusted and we probability couldn't of done any better overall, 2 pieces of silverware in my first season here must of got the fans seriously talking and hopefully the board as well.

At the start of the season we were told to push for promotion which all parties believed to be realistic so to myself as all I wanted to do really was get through my first season with an already well established team.

Now I've sent the lads away to get some rest and relax after the full on shift they all put on this season looking back it is very obvious that Kevin Davies lead the team from the front and having him in the team was critical to our success, he was dictate tempo and advice some of the young lads on how to improve there play.

I now have also gone on holiday however don't think am not working I have been in contact with one of my personal friends who has mentioned a name to me so hopefully I can put something together once I've had a look at the lad.

I have also issued some players with reports that they are leaving so to clear some extra funding for some fresh faces who we will need to hopefully make an impact in the championship.

Ahhhh.... for now... let me rest!

P.S - What puts the cherry on the top of the cake is seeing Blackpool being relegated.

Graham Alexander
Preston North End Manager.
*Logs off*

Alexanders Notes - Pre-Season Round 2014-2015

Pre-Season Results

Preston North End 2-0 Burnley
Burns (28)
Dawkins (31)

I organised this first friendly, was to good not too to be honest. Rivalry renewed as we were promoted so a good way to test out our team against competitive opponents. The actual game was very even on stats however it was our finishing that sealed the deal as Burnley were woeful in attack, A good solid start to the season and we can only get better as some of our regulars were away on international duty... Also this was the last game before Dawkins had to return his parent club. (Nice way to finish I think)

Bristol City 3 - 4 Preston North End
Keane (9)
Beavon (14)
Hume (21)
Sarr (60)

An arranged rematch between us considering we lost to them last season I wanted game that would again be a bit fiery and it didn't disappoint. This was Will Keanes first start and he marked it with a goal (lets hope its the start of many). The only negative I saw out there was the fact that we were 3-0 up and them let them back into it!

Colchester 0 - 1 Preston North End
Beavon (75) Beavon

3 wins on the trot, nice to see the lads have come back and are up for this season!. A tight affair with both teams having over 20+ shots Frimpong is quiet a boss in that defensive midfield role he has slotted into the team very well and will defiantly challenge Welsh for the start.

Preston North End 1 - 0 Arsenal FC
Beavon (75)

WHAT A RESULT!... yes yes I know its a friendly but we were not given a chance to do over this well established Premiership team but we did it.. we managed to keep them at bay by parking the bus and hitting them on the counter attack, youngster Gartland (GK) had a great game and with the signing of Foderingham the number one shirt may well chop and change over the season.

Preston North End 1 - 1 Manchester City
Lescott (15)

Final pre-season game.. Our strongest opponent.. and we have managed to rag another result from a premier league team, have to admit we were on the end of endless pressure and they must of hit the post about 3 times. I feel we have had a great pre season carrying on our form from last season bring on Wolves.

Transfers In

Will Keane - Free Transfer
Ex-United forward Keane was one of the most anticipated strikers to come through the youth set up however he was released this season which had opened up the door for us to sign the lad and get him banging in some goals for us this season.

Wesley Foderingham - Swindon - £450K
After the end of Rudd's loan deal and the loss of Stuckmann I had to find a new goalkeeper. I hit the reports and found that Swindon had recently been relegated, however Foderingham was unhappy about the situation so I put in a offer and managed to secure his services on a 2 year deal.

Emmanuel Frimpong - Free Transfer
Hard tackling midfielder Frimpong was my 3rd signing of this transfer window, I studied his performances in the reserve team as I was informed that he was in his last year of his contract. Once noted as the next 'Alex Song' He will be a rock in front of our defence.

Gavin Gunning - Free Transfer

Gunning joins us as an opening opens up for a CB, He has witnessed a team in the Premiership (Blackburn) & the last couple of seasons has played regularly for Dundee in the Scottish Prem so will be experienced enough at this level.

Alex Grimaldo - Barcelona - £350k
Young Alex was not originally in my plans to sign however after looking over my squad I realized that I needed a better/cover for left mid so I did some scouting of my own and found him. Weather he starts or not we will wait to see but defiantly one to keep an eye on.

Tomeu Leon - Free Transfer
Final signing of the transfer window Tomeu was the youth player my scout had brought to my attention. Whilst on holiday I went to watch the lad play in the Celta under 16's and to say he was a diamond in the Spanish ruff was a under statement... As soon as the lad left the field I demanded to see him and try and sign him on for us. We were so lucky because he hadn't signed a pre-contract, meaning after arranging the paperwork we only needed to pay Celta a pennies for who I believe to be Sergio Ramos.

[spoiler=Tomeu Leon][/spoiler]

Transfers Out

Shane Cansdell-Sherriff - Mansfield - £10k

Joe Garner - Free Transfer

Lee Holmes - Free Transfer

Josh Rees - Free Transfer

Ryan Crosdale - Free Transfer

Steven James - Free Transfer

Graham Cummins - Oxford United - Free Transfer

Joe Bryom - York City - Free Transfer

Lyle Magolis - Grimsby - 3 Month Loan

Jeffery Monakana - Yeovil - Loan

Thorsten Stuckmann - Manchester United - £27K

Paul Huntington - Inverness CT - Free Transfer

Staff Changes

We have kept all of the other staff that we had under contract which is a positive, we have actually managed/Been told to add back room staff so I have acquired the following:

David Beckham - Coach - Oldham
David joins us from Oldham where he was a under 18 coach, however due to the fact that they got relegated from League One I pounced and brought him in to cover our technique training for the first team... Great man to have around the place due to his vast experience at a higher level.

Leandre Griffit - Coach - Free Agent
Newly released Griffit was a winger by trade and has been around however has hung up his boots due to lack of games in the MLS, I signed him on to take over our shooting training which he is naturally good at training.

Jamie Redknapp - Coach - Free Agent
Jamie was a pundit for Sky Sports however I had over heard he wanted to get back into the game as a coach. His years analysing games on Sky Sports means he knows the game very well and for that we have got him organising our tactics and assessing the opponents teams.

Richard Langley - Scout - Free Agent
Langley joins the back room staff to undertake a Under 18s role at the club, This is his first position aside from playing on the field.

David Healy - Scout - Free Agent
David recently left Bury & failed to land a playing contract due to him struggling with injury's PNE fans know all about Healy where he was a hero or not the decision will be split however he joins our scouting team due to his international experience.

Kike - Scout - Free Agent
Pretty un-known in the English leagues hardly ever played football however seems to know how to spot a player as he was the lad who gave me the report on Leon. Lets see if he can uncover any more Spanish gems.

Grahams thoughts.....

We seem to have managed to get a hold of some good talent in this transfer window, After the promotion to the Championship the board seem to trust me a little bit more with a bigger budget so I still have a bit of money to spend however I will only sign the right player as we have a pretty solid team as shown by the results in pre-season, I feel we can/should exceed the expectations of the board and the media.

I feel the best signing for the current squad I think is Frimpong due to the fact that he has played with the first team of Arsenal & has been able to slot into the first team no problem were are the others may need some time. To be honest I'm excited about all of these signing lets hope the crowd can get behind them and we can get some points under our belt in the first few games.
Will Keane is a great signing! Especially on a free!
good signings
@Josh779: Yes I know, I was surprised he was released as well he is currently my highest paid player though @ £7k a week :l...

@LeedsUnitedForLife: Thanks Buddy!
Great detail in the update!!

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