First visit to Preston
With my latest novel, "Twenty-six Nil", relating to the histories of both Hyde Football Club and Preston North End FC, I was pleased to be invited to speak in the city (formerly the town) of the 1888 Invincibles. It was in the October of 1887 that North End hosted Hyde in the visitors' first ever FA Cup tie: a match which the highly ambitious young club lost 26-0.
Last week I had a day in Preston, touring three libraries and speaking to many interesting (and interested) members about the book and the times it describes. It was great fun to address them all and answer their questions. I have irons in the fire for future visits to central Lancashire with, I hope, an introduction to the football club at some point.
Here I am enthused before an audience at Kingsfold Library on the south side of Preston.