137 Years at Deepdale

Preston North End’s Iconic Ground Pays Homage to a Rich History

By Dan Stelly | Photo via SteHLiverpool


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Tenants: Preston North End

Location: Preston, England

Capacity: 23,404

Opened: 1878

From Preston North End’s inaugural match in 1878 to a May victory that paved the way for the club’s promotion to the Championship, Deepdale has quite literally seen it all. The Lilywhites have called the ground home for 137 years, during which time they became England’s most dominant side of the late 19th century before lifting their last major trophy in 1938.

Nods to the team’s rich history adorn Deepdale, including the Invincibles Pavilion — named after the Preston side that went unbeaten during the 1888–89 season — colored seats depicting club heroes, and a fountain/statue of winger Tom Finney’s famous slide tackle in flood-like conditions. However, the focus isn’t on club legends these days. Instead, all eyes are on a current crop of players, a squad that has the chance to bring top-flight soccer back to Deepdale for the first time since 1961.

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Additional photos: Sophia Boeer & Luke and Kate Bosman

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