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Preston North End Football Club
Deepdale
Sir Tom Finney Way
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Originally formed as a Cricket Club in 1862, Preston North End played its first Association Football match in 1878. The club was guided by Major William Sudell, who had a clear vision of how to make the club successful. He imported players from other areas, mostly Scotland. They were paid match fees and given high-paid jobs outside of Football. This led to accusations of professionalism and in 1884 Preston was expelled from the FA Cup. In 1885, however, a revolt by northern clubs forced the league to accept professionalism. In 1887 Preston set the record score in first class English football by beating Hyde 26-0 in the FA Cup. Preston was the major founding member of the Football League in 1888. In the first season, they became the first club to win the League and FA Cup double. They also became the first and only team to have been unbeaten in both the League and Cup. They won the league again the next year, but have not done so since. In 1938 Preston won the FA Cup for the second time. The club then went into something a decline but since 2000 has returned to the second tier and has been challenging for a Premier League spot, losing out in the play-offs for two consecutive seasons.


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