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September 10, 2010
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William Sudell: the first great manager
William Sudell was the man most responsible for Preston’s success. He joined the club in 1867 and became manager in 1881.
Sudell wanted Preston North End to be the best team in the country. He brought in new Scottish players, including a defender called Nick Ross. Ross was perhaps the first player to think seriously about tactics in football.
Sudell and Ross made the other players think about the way they played. They even brought a blackboard into the dressing room before matches to plan how to beat the opposition.
Preston became known as ‘the Invincibles’ – because they almost never lost. In the three seasons between 1887…
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