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Gentry Day might not have fallen at the best time this year but we must look beyond the football on this special occasion. The speculation over Alex Neil’s future at Preston North End amid interest from West Bromwich, has dominated the agenda in recent days.PNE’s form dip just at the wrong time of the season may also have dampened some fans’ enthusiasm for a day wearing a bowler hat at The Hawthorns.Forget the covetous stares being cast in Neil’s direction from the Sandwell area and put to one side too recent results.Gentry Day goes beyond that, it is more an occasion to remember those North End faithful no longer with us and to do so in a unique way.No other fans dress up to the nines and don a bowler in the way PNE supporters do.It is a nod back to the 1970s and that glorious Third Division title-winning season of 1970/71 under Alan Ball Snr.Ball christened Preston fans as the ‘Gentry’ after a midweek away game against Shrewsbury in … [Read more...] about Dave Seddon’s Preston North End Press View: Celebrate Gentry Day…and forget the rest!
Are the football public finally starting to take some notice of Preston North End’s surge into the Championship’s play-off race? Following last Saturday’s win over Birmingham City, Alex Neil complained that very few folk outside of the Preston fan-base cared about the Lilywhites – hence them going under the radar.But it just might be that their 12-game unbeaten run is beginning to register with some.BBC Five Live had Neil as a phone guest on their Monday night show – the PNE boss quizzed by Kelly Cates, Andy Townsend and Chris Sutton.There’s been the interest from West Bromwich in Neil too – however unwelcome that is – which shows the progress made by North End has not gone unnoticed beyond the Lancashire border.One man who cannot be accused of ignoring PNE is Colin Murray, presenter of the EFL highlights on Quest on a Saturday night.If I didn’t know already that he is a diehard Liverpool fan, I would have had Colin down as a … [Read more...] about Dave Seddon’s Preston North End Press View: Football folk taking notice of PNE at last
Preston have come out of the blocks at the speed of Usain Bolt when it comes to doing early business in the January transfer window. But let’s flip the calendar back a few months to last summer to kick this week’s column off.In among June, and July’s wheeling and dealing, would I be alone in thinking that the best piece of business done was to get Paul Gallagher to sign a new contract?In what he has given to the side this season, I’m sure there are plenty who think along the same lines.Some of the players signed in the summer are starting to find their feet, Jordan Storey especially, and in recent games Ryan Ledson too.But another year on the clock for Gallagher is looking better business by the week.At the end of last season it looked like the midfielder would be leaving Deepdale after a stay which started with a loan spell at the end of October 2013.He decided to stop and is the senior figure in among a squad where many are under the age of 26.To have someone … [Read more...] about Dave Seddon’s Preston North End Press View: Paul Gallagher is a leader
Saturday’s trip to Hillsborough sees the Championship season reach its halfway point. Preston North End’s bid to continue their excellent recent run against struggling Sheffield Wednesday will be game 23 of the 46-game campaign. It’s fair to say it’s been something of a mixed bag. Hopes were high after a seventh-placed finish and a near miss in a run for a play-off spot last time around. But the start to the season was so poor that the 3-2 defeat against Sheffield United in September saw the Lilywhites slip to the foot of the table. Fast forward three months and Alex Neil’s side head back to South Yorkshire on the back of just one defeat in their last 12 games, a run that has seen them rise to 15th in the second tier. The win over Millwall on Saturday means PNE are now closer to the play-offs than the bottom three and very much looking up ahead of a busy Christmas and New Year schedule. The report card so far is very much in the ‘B’ or … [Read more...] about Adam Lord’s Preston North End Press View: Half-term report