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Russell Slade

Russell Slade

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MEET THE BOSS:

Russell Slade is in charge of Cardiff City – he took the job in October 2014.

he 55-year-old was previously Leyton Orient boss, resigning from that job a few weeks before moving to South Wales. Slade guided Orient to the League One play-off final in May 2014 where they were beaten by Rotherham on penalties. Cardiff are the sixth club Slade has managed – he had bossed Scarborough, Grimsby, Yeovil and Brighton prior to his four years at Orient. Slade was a PE teacher in his younger days before moving into coaching.

MEET THE REF:

Wiltshire referee Brendan Malone is in charge of PNE’s visit to Cardiff. This will be the first time that Mr Malone – a postman – has been in the middle for a Preston game in his six years on the league list. This will be his 24th game of the season, four of them in the Championship.

THIS WEEK:

59 YEARS AGO:

On February 27, 1957, Preston beat Everton 4-0 at Goodison Park. Tommy Thompson netted twice, with Tom Finney and Sammy Taylor on target. They finished third in the First Division that season.

26 YEARS AGO:

This week in February 1990, Preston beat Cardiff City 4-0 at Deepdale. Steve Harper scored a hat-trick with Warren Joyce on target with the other goal. It gave Les Chapman his first victory as PNE boss since succeeding John McGrath.

20 YEARS AGO:

Preston took a big step towards promotion on February 24, 1996, with a 2-1 victory over Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park.

The prolific Andy Saville found the net, with sub Graham Lancashire coming off the bench to score the winner in front of a big away support.