• John Ritchie

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    John O'Neill, the former Preston North End defender from the late 1950's/early 1960's has sadly died after a short illness. He had been suffering with cancer.

  • Dublin-born John actually signed for Preston at the same time as Alan Kelly, from Irish club, Drumcondra, at the end of April 1958. Due to the consistency of regular full-backs, Willie Cunningham and Joe Walton, John had to bide his time in the Club's reserve team. Cunningham and Walton had only missed one game between them since 1955!

  • He eventually made his PNE league debut away, at Arsenal, on 20th December 1958 in a 2-1 win but even his debut was overshadowed by 16 year-old goalkeeper, John Barton, making his debut too. It took many months before John gained a regular spot in the first team line-up, starting in September 1960 in place of Joe Walton. John was called up by the Republic of Ireland to play against Wales that September too.

  • John, a plasterer by trade, enjoyed a game of golf and attended a number of the PNE Former Players' functions

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  • Preston North End appearances: 50 League 4 FA cup 9 League cup Total: 63.

    John Nicholas O'Neill born Dublin 8th September 1935.

    Died Blackpool 23rd September 2012.

  • Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

  • Words by Ian Rigby.