2009/10 Championship Preview: Preston North End

Last updated : 15 July 2009 By @blades_mad1889

Jon Parkin (middle); can his goals boost North End up the Championship table?

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The Lilywhites may count themselves fortunate that they made the Championship Play-Offs last time round, they sneaked in on the last day of the season at the expense of Cardiff City but lost out in the semi-final stage (2-1) to Sheffield United over two legs.

Their success last season not only came from manager Alan Irvine who has been touted for bigger things in years to come but for Barnsley born striker Jon Parkin who found the net eleven times last season whilst at the back Sean St Ledger was a strong unit.

However despite their success last season its going to be tough to re-create that winning formula and believe that an outside play-off finish is expected.

Blades-Mad Predicted Finish: 12th (not good enough)

Betting Odds:

2008-09 Players Statistics

Player NamePositionDoB#AppsGoals
Lonergan, Andy
Goal19 Oct 19831510
Hart, Michael
Defence10 Feb 198027 (+1)0
Davidson, Callum
Defence25 Jun 1976320 (+2)4
Chaplow, Richard
Midfield02 Feb 1985422 (+5)3
Mawene, Youl
Defence16 Jul 1979541 (+3)2
Sedgwick, Chris
Midfield28 Apr 1980742 (+2)1
Hawley, Karl
Forward06 Dec 198182 (+5)0
Brown, Chris
Forward11 Dec 1984916 (+16)6
Nicholson, Barry
Midfield24 Aug 19781029 (+12)3
Carter, Darren
Midfield18 Dec 19831111 (+11)0
St Ledger, Sean
Defence28 Dec 198412516
Chilvers, Liam
Defence06 Oct 1981140 (+1)0
Whaley, Simon
Forward07 Jun 1985157 (+15)1
McKenna, Paul
Midfield20 Oct 197716492
Jones, Billy
Defence24 Mar 198719493
Trotman, Neal
Defence26 Apr 19872100
Henderson, Wayne
Goal16 Sep 19832200
Wallace, Ross
Midfield23 May 19852539 (+5)5
Parkin, Jon
Forward30 Dec 19812633 (+9)11
Nolan, Eddie
Defence05 Aug 19882720 (+4)0
Elliott, Stephen
Forward06 Jan 19842923 (+16)6
Neal, Chris
Goal23 Oct 19853000
Mellor, Neil
Forward04 Nov 19823324 (+14)12
Barton, Adam
Midfield07 Jan 19914000

* Statistics up to and including 26 May 2009