Scott Laird paid £1 by his grandma after Manchester United goal

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Preston North End defender Scott Laird was delighted to get on the scoresheet in Monday night's 3-1 defeat against Manchester United, and despite crashing out of the FA Cup fifth round he still managed to cash-in on his goalscoring exploits after receiving £1 from his grandmother.

The 26-year-old has earned himself £27 in total - not a bad return for a left-back - thanks to an age-old family tradition that sees him rewarded every time he finds the back of the net.

It was a informal agreement that first began when Laird was a young boy growing up in Somerset, but something he and his grandma have carried on, even after turning professional.

"Every time we scored as kids, she used to give me and my brothers a pound," the former Plymouth Argyle trainee told BBC Somerset. "Even though I'm 26 now, I still carry that tradition on."

After leaving Home Park in 2008, Laird joined Stevenage where he went on to score an impressive 20 goals in 216 appearances before linking up with the Lancashire club in 2012.

His strike at Deepdale earlier this week marked Laird's seventh goal for Preston, but just because it was against more illustrious opposition doesn't mean he is in line to receive a bigger payment.

"She was the first person I rang [after the game] and I said 'I want that pound'," he added. "I tried saying I wanted a bit more because it was against Manchester United, but she says that wasn't in the contract.

"It's something I'll be going on with until the end of my career."

Preston had dared to believe they could be on the verge of a lucrative quarter-final clash against Arsenal in March after Laird's goal gave the Lilywhites a surprise lead against Louis van Gaal's side.

However, second half goals from Ander Herrera, Ashley Young and a controversial Wayne Rooney penalty ensured it was the Red Devils who progressed to the last eight of the competition at the expense of their plucky opponents.

Simon Grayson's side will now turn their attention back to the league, where they are hoping to gain promotion from the third tier back to the Championship with 17 games still left to play.

Occupying fourth spot with 53 points, Preston are currently ten points clear of seventh and look likely to finish in the play-off places, but will still have their sights set on the top two if they can close the six-point gap between themselves and MK Dons in second spot.

Preston fans: Do you think the Lilywhites will win promotion back to the Championship? Or will Simon Grayson's side fall short between now and May? Share your thoughts below...

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