Looking at the fame of Preston you will of course as a Leicester fan decide that the most important is that our former fox and club legend Steve Walsh is born in the city, but listening to him singing vocals or doing an instrumental on sax would probably not work in his favor.
Looking on you will find Trumpeter Eddie Calvert and Saxophonist Ian Kirkham being in good relation with Walsh as they are also boys of Preston. Let the ride begin as we do take on the challenge to tell you our further story.
As a long life Simply Red fan you do of course know the songs of this band. Ian Kirkham will be found as their saxophonist and a key member, being part of the settlement since the start in 1986 and also being back when a restart came to life in 2010.
A number of great hits to collect from but in the situation Leicester are at the moment no better song than Money’s To Tight (To Mention) would suit us all as we are still waiting for the first signing of the summer.
Preston are a step further in pre-season with the game against Leicester as their last test before their big league kick off vs. Wigan on the 30th of July. Preston were tested in their last pre-season event as they took on SPL side Hearts at home. Preston came out as 2-1 winners after goals from Ben Woodburn and Alan Browne.
So far no big money additions as manager Ryan Lowe do have a good group, still three new faces have arrived on free transfers. Ben Woodburn is new from Liverpool, Robbie Brady joins from Bournemouth as well as goalkeeper David Cornell on the move from Peterborough.
Ryan Lowe is the manager being appointed in December last season coming in from Plymouth Argyle. Previously experience in the hot seat at Bury and doing a grand job at Gigg Lane. The 43 year old Lowe also have a long league career at several places, he used to play as a striker and added up 626 league games in a career lasting 18 years from 2000 to 2018.
Preston ended last season in 13th place and might be eager to get higher as they in previous seasons did flirt with promotion to Premier League. Former Leicester and Preston forward David Nugent will be in the commentators team on Saturday.
New signing Robbie Brady is a very experienced player and the 30 year old will most certainly be one to watch. Their captain Alan Browne must also be given notice as his presence is huge. So far played 296 league appearances since joining in 2014. The third player we would like to give special attention is Dane Emil Riis. Still only 24 and a former Denmark U.21 international joining from Randers in 2020.
Preston might be more famous for their past than present as several great players has been seen here over the years and during the years of the 60’s and 50’s. Their last season in the top flight was as far back as 1960-61. After that their top moment in football was playing in the final of the FA Cup in 1964.
In the group of famous players you will always find Tom Finney on top of the list. He added up 433 league games and scored 187 goals. This is still the record of most goals scored. Finney is also capped 76 times and scored 30 goals in his time for England. Bill Shankly is a previous player so is Tommy Docherty and Howard Kendall all famous as managers with success at Liverpool, Manchester United and Everton. Adding West Ham manager David Moyes to the list as he started his life in management at Deepdale. Preston are also holders of a very unique and special honour, being the first team to win the league title in English football.
We will be looking at this game with extra glasses as it will mark out the strategy of Brendan Rodgers and his priorities. Leicester will play Derby two hours earlier with another team and assistent manager Chris Davies taking charge. Both games will of course be important but we still believe that the event at Deepdale is the one with highest priority as the season comes one game closer.
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