Preston haven’t played for almost a month now, with the global health crisis stopping football in its tracks all over the world.

North End sit sixth in the Championship table as things stand, meaning they will be interested to see how the EFL decide to play out the final weeks of the season.

Whilst we, of course, hope North End get to play in a playoff campaign once it’s safe to do so, but fans were given a chance to savour Preston’s last playoff campaign on Sunday.

Neil Kilkenny of Preston North End and Jimmy Ryan of Chesterfield for the ball during the Sky Bet League One Playoff Semi-Final second leg match between Preston North End and Chesterfield at Deepdale on May 10, 2015. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)


Preston showed the first leg of the 2015 clashes with Chesterfield on Thursday, with Jermaine Beckford giving the Lilywhites a 1-0 lead heading into the second leg at Deepdale, which was streamed on Sunday.

Fans savoured a Beckford brace and a Joe Garner penalty as Preston booked their place at Wembley Stadium against Swindon Town – and we all know how that ended.

Supporters took to Twitter to reminisce over Garner’s performance and his time at Deepdale, but players involved in the game were also keeping an eye on North End’s stream of the game.

Sam Johnstone of Preston North End during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Preston North End at Portman Road on January 16, 2016. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Ex-Preston captain John Welsh admitted he was watching along, and claimed that the first half made him realise just how good midfield partner Neil Kilkenny was during the game, with the Australian one of the more underrated Preston players of the last 10 years.

West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone hasn’t forgotten his Preston roots either, celebrating a crucial first half save from Sam Clucas in that Chesterfield game that ultimately helped North End go on to win.

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