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Preston North End 1-1 Leyton Orient

Sir Tom Finney statue

Preston North End held promotion rivals Leyton Orient to a draw on an afternoon when Deepdale paid tribute to club legend Sir Tom Finney.

Before the match, fans, players and officials observed a minute's silence for the former England winger, who has died at the age of 91.

Preston's players, who wore shirts with Finney's name on the back, went behind when Mathieu Baudry struck.

However, Joe Garner's penalty earned North End a deserved point.

Kevin Davies spurned a glorious late chance to earn a poignant victory for Simon Grayson's men, but the former England and Bolton Wanderers striker could not direct Scott Wiseman's cross on target.

A crowd of 13,440 attended the match, almost 4,000 more than Preston's average for the season, and it created a fine atmosphere and fitting tribute to Finney, one of England's finest ever players.

Preston North End's players wore shirts with Finney's name printed on the back
Preston North End's players wore shirts with Finney's name printed on the back

Before the match, supporters passed around a large banner bearing Finney's face while videos of the one-club player were played on the big screen.

Both captains led their teams out carrying wreaths, which were handed over to Finney's family shortly before an impeccably observed minute's silence.

Orient had the game's best chance when the unmarked Lloyd James forced Declan Rudd into a good save from eight yards out while, at the other end, Garner shot wide after being picked out by Paul Gallagher.

Preston eventually got into their stride and Craig Davies's neat turn and shot was well saved by Eldin Jakupovic midway through the first half and Neil Kilkenny had a long-range strike tipped wide by the goalkeeper.

However, the visitors went into the lead when poor defending allowed the ball to break to Baudry, who rifled home from 10 yards out.

Preston got themselves back into the game after the break when Craig Davies was bundled over in the box and Garner kept his composure to level.

Kevin Davies spurned a great opportunity to take all three points, but it was not to be for the home side.

The result leaves Preston fourth, still five points behind third-placed Leyton Orient.

Preston manager Simon Grayson on 5 live Sport: "It was absolutely fantastic here today. It was very sad news last night but as a mark of the man, people have shown their respects all across different football clubs.

"Our club can be very proud of how we've conducted ourselves over the last 24 hours, because it's not easy. So many people came through the turnstiles today. Hopefully he'll be looking down on us with a smile on his face, hopefully if we get promotion this year.

"I once met him in his home - as a football person I wanted to go and experience a man who has respect across the game worldwide. I sat with him for a few hours and listened to his stories. I could have been there for many more hours. That was a moment I can look back on, and I think I was fortunate to have met such a man."

Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade told BBC London 94.9: "They got back into the game from a penalty situation and I thought it was an excellent dive.

"Their keeper has also handled the ball a good three or five metres outside the box.

"We were set up better than we have been recently. There were not too many chances at either end. We thought we could be a threat on the counter-attack. It was going to be a difficult day today and a tough outing for us and it was important after the defeats we have had to get something out of the hand.

"We have conceded lots of late goals lately and maybe with hindsight it will be a decent point, but when you are one nil up and a penalty decision has gone against you when someone has dived horizontal through the air, it's disappointing."

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Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Rudd
  • 32Wiseman
  • 3Laird
  • 19Welsh
  • 5Clarke
  • 6Wright
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forBrownhillat 76'minutes
  • 2KeaneBooked at 43minsSubstituted forHolmesat 57'minutes
  • 17DaviesSubstituted forDaviesat 76'minutes
  • 37Kilkenny
  • 14GarnerBooked at 45mins


  • 1Stuckmann
  • 9Davies
  • 10Beavon
  • 11Holmes
  • 16Buchanan
  • 22King
  • 30Brownhill

Leyton Orient

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 30Jakupovic
  • 5Cuthbert
  • 3Sawyer
  • 4Vincelot
  • 6Baudry
  • 15Clarke
  • 11OdubajoSubstituted forBattat 82'minutes
  • 8James
  • 9LisbieSubstituted forDagnallat 70'minutes
  • 10Mooney
  • 7Cox


  • 12Larkins
  • 14Batt
  • 19Lasimant
  • 21Bartley
  • 23Dagnall
  • 25Simpson
  • 29Ness
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Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamLeyton Orient
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Preston North End 1, Leyton Orient 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Leyton Orient 1.

  3. Post update

    Scott Laird (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Shaun Batt (Leyton Orient).

  5. Post update

    Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by David Mooney (Leyton Orient).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Leyton Orient. Shaun Batt replaces Moses Odubajo.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Nathan Clarke.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Brownhill replaces Paul Gallagher.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Kevin Davies replaces Craig Davies.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Mooney (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  15. Post update

    Scott Laird (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Leyton Orient. Chris Dagnall replaces Kevin Lisbie.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Preston North End 1, Leyton Orient 1. Joe Garner (Preston North End) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  20. Post update

    Penalty Preston North End. Craig Davies draws a foul in the penalty area.

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3Leyton Orient31187662323061
9Port Vale30134134345-243
10MK Dons30126124643342
17Bristol City32614124752-532
21Notts County3293204052-1230
22Sheff Utd2878132838-1029
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