In Both Camps; Preston North End

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Leicester and Preston North End do have many players who have been in both camps. Daniel Iversen is the most recent to have played for The Lilywhites, being on loan for two seasons, adding up 67 league games while at Deepdale.

Going a number of years back you also find Graham Cross in this list, as he spent time with Preston from 1977 to 1979, playing a total of 45 league games, scoring one goal. Cross is the leading player regarding most appearances in all competitions at Leicester, on a total of 599 games from 1961 to 1976.

Callum Davidson joined Leicester from Blackburn as one of the summer signings of 2000, done by Peter Taylor. Callum represented Scotland during his days at Leicester, something he also did when at Preston. He added up 101 league games for Leicester from 2000 to 2004, he joined Preston and played at Priestfield from 2004 to 2011, adding up a total of 166 league games, scoring 21 goals.

Former Leicester assistant and caretaker manager Michael Appleton, is also one in both camps, being a player at Preston from 1997 to 2001, adding up 115 league appearances, scoring 2 goals. Richard Cresswell must not be forgotten, he is a real legend at Preston, playing at the club from 2000 to 2006, joining from Leicester, with a total of 49 goals in 187 league games. He had a very short stay at Leicester being at the club for a few months playing only 8 league games and never scoring.

John Curtis had spells in both camps, being a fringe man at Leicester a year before joining Preston on loan from Portsmouth, adding up 12 league games, he made the field 15 times while with Leicester. Roger Davies spent a while on loan at Preston during his days at Derby, being on the field in 2 games, later playing 26 for Leicester as we all know he will always be credited in football for his first period at Baseball Ground, being involved in one league triumph.

Ritchie De Laet is also a player with a past in both camps. The Belgian played for Leicester and as we all know part of the League winning team in the 2015/16 season. He lost his place in the team and went on loan to Middlesbrough. He played 115 league games for Leicester, scoring 4 goals, from 2012 to 2016. His time at Preston was in 2010, coming on loan from Man Utd, playing 5 times in league action.

Paul Gallacher is a bit of a cult hero at both clubs, joining Leicester from Blackburn in 2009 and actually contracted until 2015. He spent two season on loan at Preston, before joining permantly in 2015, being at Deepdale until 2021, when he decided to retire at the age of 36, he was recently voted “Player of the Decade” at Preston. His tally of league games at Leicester was 118, scoring 25 goals. His total at Preston was 264, scoring 34 goals. He was a favorite of Sven Goran Eriksson as he played regularly under his time in management at Leicester, and probably an underrated man in football. He is still involved at Preston, being part of their first team coaching staff.

Former goalkeeper Martin Hodge was at Preston during two loan spells appearing in 1981 to 1983, a total of 44 times in league action. He was later with Leicester, playing 75 league games from 1988 to 1991. Midfielder Jason Jarrett spent a short period of time at Deepdale and also on loan at Leicester while at Preston. He was with Preston from 2006 to 2009, his loan period at Leicester was in 2007, adding up 13 games and doing well as Leicester escaped relegation.

Hugh McIlmoyle spent time at Preston and Leicester, as the 1961 FA Cup finalist had his early years at Leicester being at Preston for two years from 1971 to 1973, adding up 60 league games and scoring 10 goals. At Leicester he made 20 league appearances and scored 5 goals.

Former Leicester manager Gordon Milne played as a midfielder for Preston from 1956 to 1961, he later joined Liverpool and ended his league career with Blackpool in 1970. He was manager at Leicester for four years doing a grand job as Leicester gained promotion in 1983 and stayed up in all his years in charge, before he was moved upstairs in 1986.

Another Leicester manager, Frank O’Farrell, was at Preston in his playing days, adding up a total of 118 and scoring 1 goal, appearing in the same team as Gordon Milne. Sean St. Ledger had his breakthrough at Preston, playing steady for Ireland during his days at Deepdale, playing a total of 185 league games, scoring 10 goals. He later joined Leicester and he stopped on 36 league appearances, today a scout at Leicester.

Mike Stowell, goalkeeper coach at Leicester, is also a former Preston North End player, playing twice during a loan spell in 1989-90, he also started his career at Deepdale, moving to Everton before being involved in first team affairs. Goalkeeper Gavin Ward had spells at Leicester and Preston. A gap of 10 years between, playing for Leicester from 1993 to 1995, 38 league games for Leicester, from 2004 to 2005 at Preston, 7 league appearances.

David Nugent is a legendary player especially at Preston, representing them for England as his only cap was achieved while at Deepdale. He played vs. Andorra is one with a 100% goalscoring ratio for England, scoring the final goal in the 3-0 win vs. Andorra, the year was 2007. He represented Leicester from 2011 to 2015, adding up 159 league games, scoring 54 goals. He later moved back to Preston and a total of 24 games in his last stay, ending in 2021. His first period at Deepdale was from 2011 to 2015, adding up 94 league games, scoring 33 goals. A grand hero in both camps.

Not to forget Frank Worthington, who had a spell at Preston in his later football years, representing Lilywhites from 1986 to 1988, adding up 23 league games, scroing 3 goals. During his days at Leicester from 1972 to 1977 he achieved legendary status, scoring 72 goals in 210 league appearances.

Players in both camps,

  • Goalkeepers
    • Martin Hodge
    • Daniel Iversen
    • Gavin Ward
  • Defenders
    • Callum Davidson
    • Graham Cross
    • Ritchie De Laet
    • John Curtis
    • Sean St. Ledger
    • Greg Cunningham
  • Midfield
    • Jason Jarrett
  • Forwards
    • Richard Cresswell
    • Paul Gallacher
    • Roger Davies
    • Hugh McIlmoyle
    • David Nugent
    • Frank Worthington


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