Played for both

Scott Wiseman

Scott Wiseman

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The journey to Spotland this weekend will be a very familiar one for Preston right-back Scott Wiseman.

Wiseman made more than 100 appearances for Rochdale in a three-year stay between 2008 and 2011.

He joined Dale after leaving Darlington and later left them to follow manager Keith Hill to Barnsley.

The Gibraltar international returned to the PNE side at Leyton Orient on Tuesday after missing two games with a knee injury.

That was an injury he first suffered in the league victory over Port Vale a fortnight ago, a game he managed to complete.

But it flared up again in the pre-match warm-up at Gillingham, forcing him to pull-out just 30 minutes before kick-off.

He also missed last week’s win over Fleetwood before returning to bring some balance to the defence at Brisbane Road.

Wiseman is not alone in the list of players who have pulled on the shirts of both North End Rochdale.

There are well over 50 to have served both, one of them being midfielder Brian Barry-Murphy who is still on Dale’s books.

The Irishman played 21 times for Preston between 1999 and 2003 after David Moyes signed him from Irish club Cork City.

After leaving Deepdale, the midfielder played far more regularly in spells with Sheffield Wednesday and Bury.

Barry-Murphy then joined Rochdale in 2010 and this summer joined Keith Hill’s backroom staff as player-coach.

He remains registered as a player but has not been on the pitch this season, with his coaching duties taking precedence.

Another member of the Dale coaching staff is a name very familiar to Preston supporters.

Tony Ellis is their academy manager, the former striker having served North End in two spells.

He first joined PNE from Oldham in a £23,000 move in October 1987.

The Mancunian scored on his debut against Port Vale and went on to net 32 goals in just over two years.

A big money move which cash-strapped North End could not turn down, took him to Stoke City.

But Ellis was back at Deepdale two-and-a-half years later, rejoining at the start of the 1992/93 season.

The highlight of that second spell was a hat-trick in a 3-2 victory over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road – the third of those goals coming a few minutes after he had been knocked spark out by a robust challenge from Gary Briggs.

Blackpool was ironically to be the next stop in Ellis’ career, with him moving to the Fylde coast in July 1994.

He moved for a tribunal-fixed fee of £165,000, the switch enraging the North End supporters.

And he got plenty of stick when he returned with the Seasiders that November for an FA Cup tie with Preston won 1-0.

Ellis moved on to play for Stockport and Bury, before signing for Rochdale in 1999.

He went back to Spotland as head of youth in 2007 during Keith Hill’s first spell as manager, and now has the academy manager title.

Others to have played for both PNE and Dale include Ian Bryson, Graeme Atkinson, David Flitcroft, Ronnie Hildersley, Chris Lucketti and Les Chapman.

Bryson, who was Preston skipper in the 1995/96 Third Division title-winning season, moved to Rochdale in 1997.

Midfielder Atkinson, who was a team-mate of Bryson’s in the mid-90s, had a loan spell at Dale towards the end of his time at Deepdal in 1997.

And he later joined them full-time after spells at Brighton, Scunthorpe and Scarborough.

David Flitcroft, the Bury manager, started his career at Deepdale as a trainee.

He later played 160 games for Rochdale and was assistant manager there.