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PNE 5000: Alexander's pride at Preston milestone

"It's another page in the history of a brilliant club"

1 July 2020

Preston North End legend Graham Alexander has spoken of his pride at seeing his former club prepare to become the first to reach 5,000 League games this evening.

Preston's Sky Bet Championship fixture against Derby County will see the EFL founding members reach the milestone, as they continue their push for a Play-Off place.

Speaking about the achievement, Alexander congratulated the Lancashire club and recalled some of his fond memories of playing at Deepdale.

"It adds another page in the history of a brilliant club," he said. "They are one of the founding members of the League, and have had such a rich history of great players and achievements.

"To be the first to reach this milestone is another part of that history. To have been a player there in the past and have my own little place in that history, it makes me really proud.

"I had an amazing time at North End; it turned my career around, going there. I joined at the right time, with the right team-mates and manager, and my career took off from there.

"I owe the club a lot, because a lot of the standout moments of my career came while I was at Preston. I'm so grateful to the club."

Preston are one of a number of Clubs battling for a Play-Off spot this season, and Alexander says he would love to see the club achieve promotion.

"That was the target when I went there 20 years ago too, and we had a few close calls along the way. I was involved in two or three of them, and they've had a couple since.

"They're in the Play-Off picture again this season, and that's the holy grail for Preston North End. It's a club with a great history and tradition, but it's also a club that wants to do well in the present.

"The natural next step for the club is to try to get that promotion, but there are a lot of Clubs in a similar position and with a similar motivation.

"If any club deserves it, it's Preston North End."

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