Raising funds for local groups through new book based on Preston’s Invincibles

A new book which tells the legendary tale of the Invincibles – the Preston North End team who swept all before them for over a decade towards the end of the 19th century - is also raising funds for our clubs based in Chorley, Leyland and Preston.

‘The One and Only Invincibles: Preston North End’s footballing pioneers’ explains how the Deepdale based-club came to dominate football in Britain for over a decade, to the extent they earned the title of the Invincibles – the Unbeatables – after going 54 matches unbeaten in 1886/87 and winning 42 consecutive matches the following season.

The book written by Martin Atherton is available to buy now, with all proceeds from book sales going towards our Sporting Memories clubs based in Chorley, Leyland and Preston respectively. Martin has been involved with the clubs mentioned for a significant period of time having been a member as well as a volunteer for the clubs.

Martin’s new book, which is based on the extensive records of Club Historian Ian Rigby, also details the life stories of these early professional players – both on and off the pitch – to show how football was different to the sport we know today. This includes profiling how the players were ordinary people living in Lancashire whilst achieving extraordinary success on the football field.

How to get your copy of the book

We’d strongly encourage anyone who has a passion for Preston North End or about English football history in general to purchase a book as all the proceeds will go towards supporting the successful running of the three clubs based in Lancashire.

The book is available to buy for just £10 and can be bought online by emailing Martin via invinciblesbook@gmail.com


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