Preston North End have never hit the big-time of the Premier League since its inception in the early 1990’s, and for all of that decade they failed to even climb into the second tier of English football.
After not playing in what is now known as the Championship since the 1980s, North End secured a promotion back to that level in the year 2000, and for 17 seasons that is where the Lilywhites have plied their trade.
Of course there was the four years between 2011 and 2015 that they spent in League One, but a few of those are ones that North End fans would rather forget – especially when Graham Westley was manager.
There has been some highly successful players to pass through Deepdale in the 21st century, with the likes of Ricardo Fuller, David Nugent, Callum Robinson and Jordan Hugill all scoring lots of goals for PNE and some of them went on to make the club lots of money.
Other signings though were much more forgettable for the club – let’s take a look at a few of those ones that PNE fans may not even remember pulled on their colours.