Representatives for Preston North End have revealed their shock at being invited to join American billionaire Charlie Stillitano’s proposed European Super League, and have said that they would welcome any move that would see them restored to world football’s top table.
The Deepdale side last experienced success when lifting the FA Cup in 1938, but continue to draw on the fact that, in the Football League’s inaugural season, ‘Proud Preston’ went the entire schedule unbeaten, and also became the first side to claim the coveted Double. However, the next 127 years have been less kind to the original ‘Invincibles’.
Finding themselves alongside Manchesters United and City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in a recent meeting to discuss potential changes to the football landscape, North End chairman Peter Ridsdale later told reporters: ‘I’ve got to be honest, we were surprised and flattered to be invited along to this meeting. But clearly Mr. Stillitano knows his history, and is aware that we were the first giants. I’m sure when Fred Dewhurst lifted the original FA Cup at the Oval, he knew that one day we’d be proudly standing shoulder to shoulder alongside the game’s titans’.
Stillitano told US satellite radio station SiriusXM: ‘Clearly there is a power vacuum within UEFA at the moment, and it’s one that I’m keen on exploiting in order that Manchester United can become even richer. Everyone loves money, don’t they?’
When questioned about Preston’s involvement, he replied: ‘There’s a team called The London Spurs, I believe, who play in the same colours as them. So, yeah, my bad on that one. But we could always move the North Enders down to the capital. After all, Preston’s near to London, isn’t it? Isn’t it? Where the hell is Preston?’
Stillitano’s proposal has been met with anger and derision by English football fans, who are traditionally the last people the clubs care about in their pursuit for global domination. There is currently no schedule planned for the breakaway league.