City take on 2nd most famous Preston
By S.Dunne.
Friday 18 Sep 2009 11:23:00
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City take on 2nd most famous Preston.

If you were to stop anyone in the street and ask them “Where is Preston?” They would more than likely respond “Recording new material for the ordinary boys after his split with Chantelle. Preston is not only famous for his one hit wonder “Boys will be Boys” he also famously holds the record for spending more than 12 hours by a pool with Michael Barrymore and coming out alive, a record he broke during his stint in the Celebrity Big Brother House.


What many people will be shocked to learn is that there is actually a whole town called Preston. I cannot confirm if the town was named in honour of the Ordinary Boys lead singer as when I did start to research the town I got bored. It appears that Preston is the Alan Shearer of Towns, devoid of any interesting facts or history this town, like Shearer has nothing remotely humorous about it and is so far behind on the times that you may struggle to even find a Balti Pie before Kick-Off.


Coventry has its fair share of bogey teams and sadly Preston could be classed as another one of them. Past records at Deepdale Road do not read well and Travelling City fans must be hoping a good result will lift there moods and make travelling to Shearer-town worthwhile. The more eager City fans that arrive early could visit the National Football Museum, which houses such historical artefacts as Mark Lawrenson’s Moustache, The Leicester squads Roast Recipe from La Manga and video footage of the last time Freddy Eastwood scored a goal.


Apparently Preston’s Mascot the “Deepdale Duck” remains one of the longest established and most recognised mascots in the Football League. Personally its more like who gives a “Deepdale *uck” as he would easy get his ass handed to him on a plate by his more famous brethren Howard, Daffy, Donald and Toilet.


More notable people to grace the history of Preston other than the Duck are:


Benjamin Franklin (one of the Founding Fathers of the United States) and therefore Preston must be blamed for the invasion of overweight camera hugging tourists invading our shores, Computers being setup with (English) United States as standard and the whole cast of “Friends being allowed to make a living.


Preston is also the home city of the animator Nick Park, the creator of Wallace and Gromit, and in September 2007, the City Council announced that it would be raising £100,000 in order to build a bronze statue of the two characters. So we get Lady Godiva and Preston gets “The Wrong Trousers”. I dont know whether to take the piss or be jealous. Although with funds currently standing at £12.56 they may have to resort to a Papier-mâché statue of Dick Dastardly and Muttley.


Kenny Baker the actor who played R2D2 in the Star Wars films, also lives in the city. So travelling City fans must be careful where they step and be sure that what you believe is a bin to stub your cigarette out on isnt in fact Kenny Baker going to the match in full costume.


The final and possibly most famous of Prestons exports, (Yes even including the Duck) is Television and radio football pundit Mark Lawrenson. Mark was a product of the Preston North End youth system. Constantly being questioned about his sexuality due to handle bar moustache and effeminate ways he left Preston and moved to Brighton and Hove Albion (Genius).  He then went on to an illustrious career with Liverpool FC where Biker moustaches were just coming into fashion behind Shell suites and perms.


City will be buoyed by there midweek win against Sheffield United with Best and Morrison hoping to continue there goal scoring partnership upfront. My head says a loss but my heart says a 2-1 win to the Sky Blues. But most would take a draw going on past Deepdale experiences.


Ill stick with my 2-1 win prediction with Turner scoring from a Clingan corner, before running the length of the pitch past the Sky Blue faithful, up Aisle 12, through the double doors, down the corridor into the lifts, up a few floors to the Gantry and shoving the Tannoy system up the stadium announcers Arse, probably before looking down and realising hes been given offside.  


Play Up Sky Blues

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