PNE Legends

Sir Tom Finney

PNE Goals: 210
International Goals: 30
PNE Appearances: 472
D.O.B: 5/04/1922
Nationality: English
Position: Striker/Winger
Honours: Football League First Division Runners-up (1952/53, 1957/58), Football League First Division Third Place (1956/57), Football League Second Division Champions (1950/51), FA Cup Runners-up (1954), Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year (1954, 1957).

  • Scored on his Preston and England debuts!
  • His only hat-trick was for England in 1950 against Portugal when he scored four of England’s five goals to help them win 5-3
  • Was the first person to be voted ‘Footballer of the Year’ twice, in 1954 and 1957
  • Had a play written about his life that was performed in Preston
  • Finney’s face was replicated into the seats of The Tom Finney Stand at Deepdale in 1996
  • Sir Tom is the current Preston North End President
  • Finney unveiled the water feature sculpture ‘The Splash’ outside Deepdale in 2004. The sculpture is a replica of a picture showing Tom Finney beating two defenders at a waterlogged Stamford Bridge in 1956
  • He was knighted at Buckingham Palace in 1998

Alan Kelly Senior

Appearances: 511
D.O.B: 05/07/1936
Position: Goalkeeper
Honours: Football League Third Division 1970/71
Other Clubs: Drumcondra, Bray Wanderers

  • When he retired, Kelly joined North End’s coaching staff and was promoted to assistant manager under Nobby Stiles in 1977
  • In 1983, he was appointed became manager of the Lilywhites but after a bad run of results over the Christmas period he left the club in February 1985.
  • In 1985–86, his son Alan Kelly, Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps when he made his debut in goal for Preston.
  • He has a stand named after him at Deepdale, The Alan Kelly Town End

Graham Alexander

Nationality: Scottish
Appearances: 372
Goals: 54
D.O.B: 10/10/1971
Position: Defender
Other Clubs: Scunthorpe, Luton, Burnley

  • Alexander scored 77 penalties during his career with a success rate of over 90 per cent.
  • He left PNE for local rivals Burnley in 2007 but he couldn’t stay away long and came back to north end in 2011.
  • He became a manager after he retired from playing, his first job was at local side Fleetwood Town.

Bill Shankly

Nationality: Scottish
D.O.B: 02/09/1913
Position: Defender
Other Clubs: Carlisle United
Honours: FA Cup 1938

  • Preston bought Shankly from Carlisle United for just £500
  • He made his first team debut on 9 December 1933 against Hull City
  • He won the FA Cup with the Lilywhites in the 1937/38 season
  • His playing career was interrupted by the second world war when Shankly joined the RAF
  • He also loved boxing and fought as a middleweight in the RAF
  • By the time the Football League fully restarted after the war, he was 33 years old and coming to the end of his career
  • He then went into management, and managed Carlisle United, Grimsby Town, Workington, Huddersfield Town and Liverpool
  • He managed Liverpool for 15 years and developed a great relationship with the fans at Anfield and won lots of trophies including the UEFA cup once and the FA Cup twice.

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