Enjoy a Newspaper History of the Lilywhites
Preston North End FC was a founder member of the Football League in 1888. The Lilywhites won the first ever league title without losing a match. No other team finished a top flight season unbeaten until Arsenal repeated this feat in 2004. In addition to winning the inaugural league championship in 1889, Preston won the FA Cup. The Lilywhites therefore became the first club to win the prestigious League-FA Cup ‘double’. Preston defended their league title in 1890 and finished as runners-up in the following three seasons. The Lilywhites were a real force in the game during the early years, but other teams improved and Preston was sadly relegated in 1901. The club has since won titles in each of the other three divisions. The Lilywhites have also reached further FA Cup finals, winning the trophy for the second time in 1964.
Personalised Preston Football Books - Inspired Gifts
A Preston North End Gift Book can be an inspired present for a fan of the Lilywhites. It is unique, smartly presented and filled with fascinating newspaper reports on the history of the club. Being able to personalise this Preston Football Book makes the gift even more special and shows the thought that has gone into buying it. The present will also prove to be a terrific addition to a supporter’s Preston memorabilia collection.
Preston North End Football Book Coverage
This Preston North End Football Book opens with the club defeating Blackpool 2-1 to become the 1913 Division Two Champions. It goes on to cover a selection of great games through the decades of the 20th Century and many highlights from the present era.
Early stories in the Preston Football Book include beating Aston Villa 6-1 in 1920, the 4-0 defeat of Liverpool in 1952 and the 8-0 thrashing of Birmingham City in 1958. The Gift Books also revisit the glory of the club’s successful FA Cup runs, including the historic victory in 1938, when Preston North End won the FA Cup by beating Huddersfield Town 1-0 at Wembley Stadium, plus the finals of 1922, 1937, 1954 and 1964. Read about the last game of the 1953 season, when Preston beat Derby County, but lost the league title to Arsenal on goal difference. The Preston Books also contain reports on Ton Finney’s final game in 1960, Nobby Stiles signing for £20,000 in 1973, his appointment as the Lilywhites’ manager in 1977 and Bobby Charlton’s resignation in 1975. More recent newspaper content in this Gift Book includes Preston winning the Division Three title in 1996 and becoming Champions of Division Two in 2000.
Newspaper coverage continues right up to the end of last season. This unique insight into Preston North End’s history makes these books truly memorable gifts and a great addition for a collector of Preston memorabilia.
Preston North End Memorabilia
If you are a collector of Preston North End memorabilia or looking for other Preston gifts, why not consider our Preston Calendar or Preston Diary? Each month features a newspaper headline on one of the Lilywhites’ key games. The presents can be personalised with the recipient’s name to make them even more special and both items make great gifts for Preston North End fans. Other Preston presents include Framed Newspaper Reprints and special Preston North End Mugs.
Finally – Did You Know?
- In 1887, the Lilywhites thrashed Hyde 26-0 in the FA Cup. This margin of victory remains a club record.
- As inaugural league champions, Preston North End have the right to wear their home kit at all times. The club chooses to use an away shirt due to financial reasons.
- The National Football Museum is located in Preston’s Deepdale Stadium.
- Preston North End’s biggest rival is Blackpool The two teams have faced each other over one hundred times across all four divisions.
- Preston won the Third Division title in 1996. In doing so, the Lilywhites became the third team to win all four division championships.