There are a number of ties between West Bromwich Albion and Preston North End right now, with a host of ex-Lilywhites at The Hawthorns.
Boss Sam Allardyce is a former Preston player and caretaker manager, whilst Callum Robinson was a favourite during his time at Deepdale.
In goal, West Brom have Sam Johnstone – about as Preston as it gets. Johnson was born in Preston, and is the son of ex-North End stopper Glenn Johnstone.
In 2015, Johnstone joined his hometown club on loan from Manchester United, playing a key role in the club’s promotion by keeping three clean sheets in the play-off campaign.
Johnstone returned to North End in January 2016, saying just a month to aid Preston’s goalkeeping issues following Jordan Pickford’s exit.
Now with West Brom, Johnstone remains popular to Preston fans – and he is enjoying a great rise in the Premier League, with some even backing him for an England call-up.
Today, Johnstone made a stunning last-gasp save to deny Harry Maguire a winner for Manchester United, earning the Baggies what would be an invaluable point.
Johnstone has earned huge praise for his save, with Gary Lineker branding his stop ‘sensational’ and ‘unbelievable’, with North End fans no doubt delighted to see one of our own excelling in the Premier League.