Preston North End Football Club (often shortened to PNE) is a professional football club in Preston, Lancashire, whose team currently plays in the EFL Championship, the second tier of the English football league system.
Originally a cricket club, Preston have been based at Deepdale since 1875. The club first took up football in 1878 as a winter fitness activity and decided to focus on it in May 1880, when the football club was officially founded.
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The 2013-14 season marked the 125th anniversary of the Football League's formation and of Preston winning the first ever championship undefeated. To mark the occasion, a special crest was commissioned that incorporated the traditional Proud Preston initials and their old nickname. The new badge evidently went down well and it reappeared the following season with the script "Established 1880" on the lower scroll.
Home kit: White with navy trim with navy shorts
Away Kit: Yellow
Historically, Preston North End's main rivalry has been with Blackpool and the West Lancashire derby between the two clubs has been contested across all four divisions of the Football League since 1901. Preston's local rivals in the league in recent years have included Burnley, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic.
In 1996, Preston's Third Division title made them the third club to have been champions of all four professional leagues in English football. This feat has also been achieved by Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1988, local rivals Burnley in 1992, and both Sheffield United and Portsmouth in 2017.
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