The 2013–14 season was Preston North End's 126th year in the Football League and their third consecutive season in the third division of English football, Football League One.

Season overview

In Simon Grayson's first summer in charge, he permanently signed 4 players, Tom Clarke, [2] a centreback, Chris Humphrey, [3] a right winger, Kevin Davies, [5] a Centre forward and Alex Nicholson, [6] a right back. He also signed Declan Rudd on a season long loan [7] from Norwich City. He allowed 3 players to leave during the summer, those being Luke Foster, [8] Chris Robertson [9] and Andrew Procter. [10]

The 2013–14 season started off well, unbeaten in their first 9 league games. They also beat local rivals Blackpool in the League Cup, before being beaten by Lancashire rivals Burnley in the second round.

The 9 league game unbeaten run came to an end on 5 October, against Peterborough United, a 2–0 defeat [11] and was followed up with another 2–0 defeat, against Crewe. [2] Preston then went on another 9 game unbeaten league run, winning 5 and drawing 4, including a win against Leyton Orient, only their second league defeat of the season. [2] The unbeaten run came to an end after a 3–0 home defeat to Brentford, [2] but was followed up with 3 more consecutive wins, against Carlisle United, Shrewsbury Town and Port Vale.

Preston's FA Cup campaign started off successfully, with a 6–0 win over Barnet in the first round. [2] That was followed up with a 1–0 over Wycombe Wanderers. [2]

Preston's 2nd game of 2014 was against Wolves, which ended in a 2–0 defeat. [2] In the FA Cup, Preston came up against Ipswich Town in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, drawing 1–1, [2] before winning 3–2 in the replay. [2] In the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, Preston were drawn against Nottingham Forest. They drew 0–0 [2] before Preston lost 0–2 in the replay. [2]

Following that loss, Preston then went onto a 12-game unbeaten run in the league, their 3rd of the season, which strengthened North End's position in the play off positions, placing them 17 points ahead of 7th placed M.K. Dons, with 27 points available. The unbeaten run was then lost after a 1–0 defeat by Swindon Town, [3] but was followed up with two consecutive wins against Peterborough United [3] and Crawley Town, [3] which all but secured their play off place, being 18 points clear of M.K. Dons, with 18 points to play for. The next game was a 1–1 draw with Bristol City [3] followed up with a 6–1 romp against Carlisle United. [3]

Preston won two and lost two of their final four league games of the season. They lost 1–0 to Brentford [3] Preston then went on to beat Shrewsbury Town [3] and Gillingham, [3] moving them up to 3rd place. The final game of the season was against Crewe, which they lost 2–1, [3] meaning they ended the season in 5th place.

The result meant that Preston would face Rotherham United in the League One play-offs. The first leg ended in a 1–1 draw after top scorer Joe Garner produced a breathtaking equaliser for the home side. [3] In the second leg, Preston took an early lead through Paul Gallagher, but went on to concede 3 goals; losing 3–1 on the night and 4–2 on aggregate. [5]

League One Data

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
3 Leyton Orient 46 25 11 10 85 45 +40 86 Qualification for League One play-offs
4 Rotherham United (O, P) 46 24 14 8 86 58 +28 86
5 Preston North End 46 23 16 7 72 46 +26 85
6 Peterborough United 46 23 5 18 72 58 +14 74
7 Sheffield United 46 18 13 15 48 46 +2 67
Updated to match(es) played on 3 May 2014. Source:
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted.
Notes:
  1. Four teams play for one spot and promotion to Football League Championship.

Result summary

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 23 16 7 72 46 +26 85 12 9 2 44 26 +18 11 7 5 28 20 +8

Last updated: 3 May 2014.
Source:

Result by round

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Ground H A H A A H H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A A H A H A H A H A A H H A A H A H H A H A H H A
Result D D D D W W W W W L L W D W D W D W W D L W W W L D D W W D D W D W W D D L W W D W L W W L
Position 15 14 12 12 9 6 5 4 4 5 5 4 4 4 4 5 5 3 3 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 3 5

Last updated: 3 May 2014.
Source:
Ground : A = Away; H = Home. Result : D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Kits

Supplier: Nike
Sponsor(s): Carer's Trust
The Football Pools (back of shirt)
The Space Centre (shorts)

Home
Away

Last updated: 10 July 2013.
Source:

Squad

No. Name Position (s) Nationality Place of Birth Date of Birth (Age) Club caps Club goals Int. caps Int. goals Date signed Signed from Fee Contract End
Goalkeepers
1 Thorsten Stuckmann GK Gütersloh ( 1981-03-17 ) 17 March 1981 57 0 1 November 2011 Free Agent Free 30 June 2015
23 Declan Rudd GK Diss ( 1991-01-16 ) 16 January 1991 14 0 18 June 2013 Norwich City Loan 31 May 2014
26 Steven James GK Stockport (age 18) 1 July 2013 Academy Trainee 30 June 2014
Defenders
3 Scott Laird LB / LM / CM Taunton ( 1988-05-15 ) 15 May 1988 24 4 27 May 2012 Stevenage Free 30 June 2014
4 Paul Huntington CB / RB Carlisle ( 1987-09-17 ) 17 September 1987 43 4 1 July 2012 Yeovil Town Free 30 June 2014
5 Tom Clarke CB / DM Sowerby Bridge ( 1987-12-21 ) 21 December 1987 22 May 2013 Huddersfield Town Free 30 June 2015
6 Bailey Wright CB / RB / LB Melbourne ( 1992-07-28 ) 28 July 1992 59 3 1 July 2009 Academy Trainee 30 June 2015
16 David Buchanan LB / LM Rochdale ( 1986-05-06 ) 6 May 1986 38 0 24 May 2012 Tranmere Rovers Free 30 June 2014
18 Shane Cansdell-Sherriff CB / LB / DM Sydney ( 1982-11-10 ) 10 November 1982 22 1 16 May 2012 Shrewsbury Town Free 30 June 2014
20 Ben Davies CB Barrow-in-Furness ( 1995-08-11 ) 11 August 1995 3 0 25 January 2013 Academy Trainee 30 June 2014
28 Alex Nicholson RB / RW Newcastle-upon-Tyne ( 1994-02-01 ) 1 February 1994 26 September 2013 Free Agent Free 30 June 2014
32 Scott Wiseman RB / CB Kingston upon Hull ( 1985-10-09 ) 9 October 1985 1 0 10 January 2014 Barnsley Free 30 June 2015
Midfielders
2 Keith Keane DM / RB Luton ( 1986-11-20 ) 20 November 1986 31 1 1 July 2012 Luton Town 30 June 2014
7 Chris Humphrey RW / LW Saint Catherine ( 1987-09-19 ) 19 September 1987 2 0 4 June 2013 Motherwell Free 30 June 2015
8 Nicky Wroe CM / RM Sheffield ( 1985-09-28 ) 28 September 1985 37 11 16 May 2012 Shrewsbury Town Free 30 June 2014
11 Lee Holmes LM / RM / AM Mansfield ( 1987-04-02 ) 2 April 1987 33 3 29 May 2012 Southampton Free 30 June 2014
13 Joel Byrom CM Oswaldtwistle ( 1986-09-14 ) 14 September 1986 27 2 1 July 2012 Stevenage Free 30 June 2014
19 John Welsh CM / RM Liverpool ( 1984-01-10 ) 10 January 1984 42 1 14 May 2012 Tranmere Rovers Free 30 June 2014
21 John Mousinho CM Isleworth ( 1986-04-30 ) 30 April 1986 27 1 29 May 2012 Stevenage Free 30 June 2014
22 Jack King AM / CF / CB Oxford ( 1985-08-20 ) 20 August 1985 45 7 31 May 2012 Woking Free 30 June 2014
24 Will Hayhurst LM / RM Longbridge ( 1994-02-24 ) 24 February 1994 27 4 1 January 2012 Academy Trainee 30 June 2015
25 Ryan Croasdale CM Lancaster ( 1994-09-26 ) 26 September 1994 1 July 2013 Academy Trainee 30 June 2014
30 Josh Brownhill CM Warrington ( 1995-12-19 ) 19 December 1995 3 1 1 July 2013 Academy Trainee 30 June 2014
31 Alan Browne CM Cork ( 1995-04-15 ) 15 April 1995 1 January 2014 Cork City Undisclosed 30 June 2015
37 Neil Kilkenny CM Enfield ( 1985-12-19 ) 19 December 1985 9 0 14 0 14 November 2013 Bristol City Free 30 June 2014
Forwards
9 Kevin Davies CF Sheffield ( 1977-03-26 ) 26 March 1977 1 0 10 July 2013 Bolton Wanderers Free 30 June 2015
10 Stuart Beavon CF / RW / AM Reading ( 1984-05-05 ) 5 May 1984 37 9 31 August 2012 Wycombe Wanderers Undisclosed 30 June 2014
12 Paul Gallagher CF Glasgow ( 1984-08-09 ) 9 August 1984 19 1 1 0 30 October 2013 Leicester City Loan 2 January 2014
14 Joe Garner CF / RW Blackburn ( 1988-04-12 ) 12 April 1988 15 0 8 January 2013 Watford Free 30 June 2014
15 Graham Cummins CF Cork ( 1987-12-29 ) 29 December 1987 39 5 31 January 2012 Cork City £84,000 30 June 2014
17 Craig Davies CF Burton upon Trent ( 1986-01-09 ) 9 January 1986 7 0 31 January 2014 Bolton Wanderers Loan 31 May 2014
28 Iain Hume CF / RW / AM Edinburgh ( 1983-10-30 ) 30 October 1983 60 22 38 6 14 September 2010 Barnsley £880,000 30 June 2014
29 Chris Beardsley CF Derby ( 1984-02-28 ) 28 February 1984 22 3 1 August 2012 Stevenage Free 30 June 2014

Statistics

As of 3 May 2014
No. Pos Nat Player Total League FA Cup League Cup League Trophy
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Thorsten Stuckmann 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2 MF Keith Keane 43 2 30+7 2 4 0 2 0 0 0
3 DF Scott Laird 40 1 31+3 1 3+1 0 1 0 1 0
4 DF Paul Huntington 30 2 19+4 2 4 0 2 0 1 0
5 DF Tom Clarke 49 5 42 3 4 1 2 1 0+1 0
6 DF Bailey Wright 48 4 43 4 2+1 0 2 0 0 0
7 MF Chris Humphrey 47 2 30+12 2 3 0 1+1 0 0 0
9 FW Kevin Davies 42 5 25+12 3 3 2 0+2 0 0 0
10 FW Stuart Beavon 30 3 19+7 3 2 0 1 0 0+1 0
11 MF Lee Holmes 39 3 18+14 3 2+2 0 2 0 1 0
12 MF Gallagher, Paul Paul Gallagher (on loan from Leicester City) 32 9 25+3 6 4 3 0 0 0 0
13 MF Joel Byrom 13 2 7+4 2 0+2 0 0 0 0 0
14 FW Joe Garner 42 23 27+8 18 2+2 5 1+1 0 1 0
16 DF David Buchanan 24 0 16+3 0 3 0 1 0 1 0
17 FW Davies, Craig Craig Davies (on loan from Bolton Wanderers) 15 5 12+3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 MF John Welsh 42 2 30+6 2 4 0 1 0 1 0
22 MF Jack King 27 2 21+3 2 0+2 0 0+1 0 0 0
23 GK Declan Rudd (on loan from Norwich City) 52 0 46 0 5 0 1 0 0 0
24 MF Will Hayhurst 10 0 2+4 0 1+2 0 1 0 0 0
25 MF Ryan Croasdale 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
26 GK Steven James 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 DF Alex Nicholson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
30 MF Josh Brownhill 25 4 11+13 4 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
31 MF Alan Browne 8 1 4+4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 DF Scott Wiseman 16 0 13+2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
37 MF Neil Kilkenny 30 2 24+3 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
Players currently out on loan:
8 MF Nicky Wroe (at Oxford United) 7 0 1+4 0 0 0 0+1 0 1 0
15 FW Graham Cummins (at Rochdale) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 DF Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (at Burton Albion) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 DF Ben Davies (at York City) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 MF John Mousinho (at Stevenage) 3 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
27 FW Iain Hume (at Fleetwood Town) 22 2 9+9 2 1+1 0 2 0 0 0
29 FW Chris Beardsley (at Bristol Rovers) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players who have left the club:
17 MF Jeffrey Monakana 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Play-offs statistics

As of 15 May 2014
No. Pos Nat Player Total Play-offs
Apps Goals Apps Goals
2 MF Keith Keane 1 0 0+1 0
3 DF Scott Laird 1 0 1 0
5 DF Tom Clarke 2 0 2 0
6 DF Bailey Wright 2 0 2 0
7 MF Chris Humphrey 2 0 0+2 0
9 FW Kevin Davies 2 0 1+1 0
10 FW Stuart Beavon 1 0 0+1 0
11 MF Lee Holmes 1 0 1 0
12 MF Gallagher, Paul Paul Gallagher (on loan from Leicester City) 2 1 2 1
14 FW Joe Garner 2 1 2 1
16 DF David Buchanan 1 0 1 0
17 FW Davies, Craig Craig Davies (on loan from Bolton Wanderers) 1 0 1 0
19 MF John Welsh 2 0 2 0
22 MF Jack King 2 0 2 0
23 GK Declan Rudd (on loan from Norwich City) 2 0 2 0
30 MF Josh Brownhill 1 0 0+1 0
31 MF Alan Browne 1 0 1 0
32 DF Scott Wiseman 1 0 1 0
37 MF Neil Kilkenny 1 0 1 0

Captains

As of 18 April 2014
No. P Name Country No. games Notes
19 MF John Welsh 35
2 MF Keith Keane 15
6 DF Bailey Wright 2

Source: Competitive match reports.
Competitive matches only
Matches started as captain only
Country : FIFA nationality; No. : Squad number; P : Position ; Name : Player name; No. Games : Number of games started as captain.

Goals record

As of 15 May 2014
Rank No. Po. Name League One FA Cup League Cup League Trophy Play-offs Total
1 14 FW Joe Garner 18 5 0 0 1 24
2 12 MF Paul Gallagher 6 3 0 0 1 10
3 5 DF Tom Clarke 4 1 1 0 0 6
4 9 FW Kevin Davies 3 2 0 0 0 5
17 FW Craig Davies 5 0 0 0 0 5
Own Goals 5 0 0 0 0 5
7 6 DF Bailey Wright 4 0 0 0 0 4
8 10 FW Stuart Beavon 2 0 0 0 0 2
11 MF Lee Holmes 3 0 0 0 0 3
30 MF Josh Brownhill 3 0 0 0 0 3
11 2 MF Keith Keane 2 0 0 0 0 2
4 DF Paul Huntington 2 0 0 0 0 2
7 MF Chris Humphrey 2 0 0 0 0 2
13 MF Joel Byrom 2 0 0 0 0 2
19 MF John Welsh 2 0 0 0 0 2
22 MF Jack King 1 0 0 0 0 1
27 FW Iain Hume 2 0 0 0 0 2
37 MF Neil Kilkenny 2 0 0 0 0 2
18 3 DF Scott Laird 1 0 0 0 0 1
31 MF Alan Browne 1 0 0 0 0 1
Total 72 10 1 0 2 85

Contracts

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
Status
Contract length
Expiry date
Source
6 DF Bailey Wright 20 Signed 2 years June 2015
1 GK Thorsten Stuckmann 32 Signed 2 years June 2015
24 MF Will Hayhurst 18 Signed 2 years June 2015

Last updated:

Transfers

In

N
P
Name
EU
Country
Age
Type
Moving from
Transferwindow Ends
Transferfee Source
5 DF Tom Clarke EU 25 Free Transfer Huddersfield Town Summer 2015 Free
7 MF Chris Humphrey EU 25 Free Transfer Motherwell Summer 2015 Free
23 GK Declan Rudd EU 22 Loan Norwich City Summer 2014 Season Long Loan
9 FW Kevin Davies EU 36 Free Transfer Bolton Wanderers Summer 2015 Free
28 DF Alex Nicholson EU 19 Free Transfer Free agent Summer 2014 Free
31 MF Alan Browne EU 18 Free Transfer Free agent Winter 2015 Free
37 MF Kilkenny, Neil Neil Kilkenny EU
28 Free Transfer Bristol City Winter 2014 Free
32 DF Scott Wiseman EU
28 Free Transfer Barnsley Winter 2015 Free

Loans in

No.
P
Name
Country
Age
Loan club
Started
Ended
Start source
End source
12 FW Gallagher, Paul Paul Gallagher 33 Leicester City 30 October End of season
37 MF Kilkenny, Neil Neil Kilkenny
28 Bristol City 14 November 6 January
17 FW Davies, Craig Craig Davies
31 Bolton Wanderers 31 January End of Season

Sources: For loan start source see "Start source". For loan end source see "End source".
EU = if holds or not a European Union passport ; Country : when 2 flags, 1st flag = country that plays for internationally, 2nd flag = country of birth; No. = number on jersey; P = Position (for position name, pause mouse pointer on abbreviation); Name = Name on jersey (for more extensive name, pause mouse pointer on name); In/Out = In: The player came in on loan, Out: The player went out on loan; Loan club = the club that the player moved on loan to or the club that the player came from on loan; Started = the date when the player's loan started; Ended = the date when the player's loan ended.

Out

N
P
Name
Country
Age
Type
Moving to
Transferwindow Transferfee Apps
Goals
Source
27 DF Luke Foster 27 Contract Ended Free agent Summer Free 8 1
5 DF Chris Robertson 26 Contract Terminated Port Vale Summer Free 46 2
18 MF Andrew Procter 30 Contract Terminated Bury Summer Free 41 1
17 MF Jeffrey Monakana 20 Transfer Brighton & Hove Albion Winter Undisclosed 49 6

EU = if holds or not a European Union passport ; Country : when 2 flags, 1st flag = country that plays for internationally, 2nd flag = country of birth; N = number on jersey; P = Position (for position name, pause mouse pointer on abbreviation); Name = Name on jersey (for more extensive name, pause mouse pointer on name); Age = age on the day of the signing; Moving from = only indicate the club the player was playing before start playing for this club in this season, for the type of the moving see Status column; Moving to = only indicates the club the player is going to play next, for the type of the moving see Status column; Ends = when the player's current contract ends; n/a = Not applicable; Apps = Total number of competitive appearances (including substitute appearances) at the club prior to departure; Goals = Total number of competitive goals scored at the club prior to departure.

Loans out

No.
P
Name
Country
Age
Loan club
Started
Ended
Start source
End source
20 DF Ben Davies 22 York City 19 July End of Season
15 FW Graham Cummins 29 Rochdale 2 September End of season
17 MF Jeffrey Monakana 20 Carlisle United 12 September 12 November
18 DF Shane Cansdell-Sherriff 35 Burton Albion 25 September End of season
8 MF Nicky Wroe 28 Shrewsbury Town 25 October 9 January
29 FW Chris Beardsley 33 Bristol Rovers 31 October End of season
21 MF John Mousinho 27 Gillingham 7 November 3 December
8 MF Nicky Wroe 32 Oxford United 10 January End of Season
21 MF John Mousinho 31 Stevenage 31 January End of Season

Sources: For loan start source see "Start source". For loan end source see "End source".
EU = if holds or not a European Union passport ; Country : when 2 flags, 1st flag = country that plays for internationally, 2nd flag = country of birth; No. = number on jersey; P = Position (for position name, pause mouse pointer on abbreviation); Name = Name on jersey (for more extensive name, pause mouse pointer on name); In/Out = In: The player came in on loan, Out: The player went out on loan; Loan club = the club that the player moved on loan to or the club that the player came from on loan; Started = the date when the player's loan started; Ended = the date when the player's loan ended.

Fixtures and results

Pre-season

League One

League One play-offs

FA Cup

League Cup

League Trophy

Overall summary