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Nottingham Forest may have swept aside Sam Allardyce’s beleaguered West Ham to claim a Premier League scalp in the third round but Preston of League One proved an altogether tougher nut to crack in last night’s FA Cup fourth-round tie her.

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It was difficult to miss Alan A'Court on a football field. The dashing, blond left-winger, who featured for England in the 1958 World Cup finals and shone for Liverpool as they returned to the top flight of the domestic game in 1962, was an effervescent individual, bubbling with verve and exuding an engagingly obvious enjoyment of his work.

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Blackpool 1 Preston 1

Nolan jerks Newcastle back to life at the top

Newcastle United 1 Preston North End 0

Ray Charnley: Footballer who was Blackpool's leading scorer for nine consecutive seasons in the First Division

There have been Blackpool footballers who have played more games for the club than Ray Charnley; and there have been men who have contributed more league goals to the Bloomfield Road cause than the tall, rangy Lancastrian centre-forward. But on both counts, from faithful fans of the Seasiders whose memories stretch back half a century and beyond, there would have to come the heartfelt and grateful rider: not many.

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Preston chase taste of the big time

Preston North End 0 West Bromwich 0: Lack of funds at Deepdale hampering Irvine's push to escape the Championship

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Burnley's elevation to the Premier League seems to have given the North-west a fillip with Preston North End and Blackpool rubbing shoulders with the Championship pacemakers. Neil Mellor and Richard Chaplow scored as Preston's 2-1 win at Leicester City brought to an end the hosts' 25-match unbeaten home run. "Looking around the team, it's hard to pick anybody who didn't play well," the Preston manager, Alan Irvine, said.

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Everton increased the pressure on Hull manager Phil Brown as they cruised into the Carling Cup fourth round with an emphatic win at the KC Stadium last night.

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