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Cardiff manager Russell Slade
Cardiff manager Russell Slade
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MEET THE BOSS:

Former PE teacher Russell Slade has just celebrated his first anniversary in charge of Cardiff.

The 55-year-old had previously been Leyton Orient boss, managing them for more than four years. He took the London side to the League One play-off final in 2104, only for them to lose on penalties to Rotherham in the final at Wembley. Slade resigned from the Orient job a couple of weeks before going to Cardiff. He has also managed Scarborough, Grimsby, Yeovil and Brighton, while he was No.2 at Sheffield United and Notts County.

MEET THE REFEREE:

Stuart Attwell from Warwickshire is in charge of PNE’s clash with Cardiff. Mr Attwell has returned to the Premier League list this season, taking charge of two top-flight games to date. His last visit to Deepdale was for January’s FA Cup tie against Norwich.

THIS WEEK:

26 YEARS AGO:

On October 14, 1989, North End came from 2-0 down to beat Brentford 4-2 at Deepdale. Tony Ellis began the comeback in the 59th minute, before Warren Joyce equalised. Steve Harper volleyed PNE into the lead, with Gary Swann netting the fourth.

20 YEARS AGO

Preston enjoyed their trip to Devon 20 years ago this week, winning 4-0 against Torquay at Plainmoor. Ian Bryson and Andy Saville were both on target twice, the game seeing a league debut as a substitute for Kevin Kilbane.

15 YEARS AGO

Icelandic striker Bjarki Gunnlaugsson came off the bench to score PNE’s last-gasp winner against Norwich. The players celebrated by holding aloft Steve Basham’s N.10 shirt, the striker having broken his leg in the previous game against Tranmere.