PRESTON NORTH END owner and race horse owner Trevor Hemmings has died, the club has confirmed.
The billionaire businessman was 86.
Hemmings owned more than 100 horses in his life, three of which – Hedgehunter (2005), Ballabriggs (2011) and Many Clouds (2015) – won the Grand National.
Preston released a short statement on their website.
It read: “Preston North End Football Club can sadly confirm the devastating news that its owner Trevor Hemmings CVO has passed away this evening 11th October 2021.
“A further statement will be made in the coming days but in the meantime his family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult time.”
Hemmings also owned League of Ireland side Cork City.
Preston and Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson, who appeared for years as a pundit on Match of the Day, wrote a touching tribute on social media.
It read: “Very sad news to hear of the passing of Trevor Hemmings..
“He was Mr PNE… As former Players/Staff & Supporters we owe this man a Huge Debt of Gratitude.
“Without him who knows where our football club would be.
“RIP Sir & thanks for all you did for us… Love to the Family.”
Fellow Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler added: “RIP Trevor Hemmings.
“How sad, thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and everyone associated with Preston.”
An EFL statement read:” We are saddened by the news of Trevor Hemmings’ passing and send our sincere condolences to all at Preston North End this evening.
“Rest in peace, Trevor.”