As the 2010s come to end, it’s time to look back on Preston North End’s best 11 of the decade, as chosen by UCLan Live writers and North End fans: Adam Salisbury, Ryan Smart and George Hodgson.
After much deliberation and tense, heated debates, the final draft of PNE’s team of the decade is as follows:
Not all fans will agree with the choices, with some notable PNE servants missing out.
Here the voting panel outline the thinking behind their decisions and reveal how difficult it was to leave certain players out.
“It was a very tough call, with the likes of Callum Robinson, Alan Browne, Tom Barkhuizen and even Bailey Wright unfortunate to miss out.
“On the whole I feel it’s the right eleven, with the right mix of consistent performers, fan favourites and exceptional one-season players in McGeady and Pickford” – @GHodgson4
“Baring in mind North End have spent a fair portion of the decade in League One, it was difficult to find that balance between Preston’s best players of the decade but also those who have served the club well.
“With this in mind, you could argue that Billy Jones was unlucky not to slot in at right-back, despite spending such a short time at the club over the period. Bailey Wright was also a good servant for PNE, and had he not left the club for Bristol City, he’d definitely be in.
“I’d have Jordan Hugill in the side personally – what a player. UTW.” – @ATSalisbury
“Like Adam says it was a difficult choice between players who have had long-term success with North End over the decade, and the most individual talent.
“For instance, Joe Garner was vital in getting North End promoted from League One although Jordan Hugill was better suited to the Championship.
“Pickford and McGeady are two automatic selections in the team for me, with the pair two of the best players I have seen play at Deepdale.
“Paul Huntington was our eventual choice at centre-back although you could realistically have either Bailey Wright or Sean St. Ledger, although St. Ledger was perhaps a more valuable asset at the back end of the previous decade.
“You could also count Darnell Fisher, Robinson and Barkhuizen unlucky to miss out, given their relative successes over the second half of the decade.” – @RSmart1