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Preston North End football club is a professional English football club based in the city of Preston. The club currently competes in the Championship, which is the second tier of the English football pyramid.
Preston currently plays their home matches at Deepdale, which has been their home ground since 1878. It is recognised by many as being the oldest, continuously-used football stadium in the world and has a maximum capacity of 23,408.
Preston’s biggest rivals are Blackpool, against whom they compete in the West Lancashire Derby.
Preston North End is one of a select number of clubs that have won all four divisions in the Football League. The first two titles they won are arguably some of the most famous in the club’s history, having been winners of the first-ever Football League season in 1888/89, doing so by going unbeaten and finishing 11 points clear of runners-up Aston Villa. They repeated the trick the following season, this time finishing just two points ahead of Everton to win back-to-back titles, before then finishing as runners-up in each of the next three seasons. Preston won the first-ever League and FA Cup double in the 1888/89 season as they beat Wolves 3-0 in the FA Cup final. The club then won their second FA Cup in 1938 after beating Huddersfield with a 119th minute winner from the penalty spot from George Mutch.
The club have also won the Second Division title three times in their history, the first two coming in the 1903/04 and 1912/13 seasons. The most recent came in the 1950/51 season as they finished five points ahead of runners-up Manchester City in the title race. Preston have been crowned champions in the third tier twice, coming in 1970/71, when they finished just one point ahead of Fulham, and in 1999/2000 when they were promoted alongside Burnley. They also won the fourth tier of English football in 1995/96, with the trophy cabinet being completed by six Lancashire Senior Cups and one Football League War Cup.
Preston North End was founded officially as a football club in 1880, having originally been founded in 1863 as a cricket club. They later became a founding member of the Football League in 1888 and, in doing so, became the first team in English football to win the First Division and FA Cup double. They won each of the first two editions of the First Division and finished as runners-up in each of the next three, but were relegated to the Second Division in 1901. The club were then forced to wait until 1938 for their next major honour, which was again the FA Cup that they won after beating Huddersfield 1-0 in what was the first FA Cup final to be broadcast on television.
Preston’s greatest-ever player, Sir Tom Finney, made his debut for the club in 1948 and went on to score 187 goals in 433 appearances, as well as scoring 30 goals in 76 caps for England. He now has a stand named after him at Deepdale. Finney won the Second Division title with Preston, as well as twice finishing as runners-up in the First Division and once in the FA Cup too, that they lost 3-2 to West Bromwich Albion.