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Tony Mowbray
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MEET THE BOSS: Tony Mowbray

The 53-year-old has enjoyed a six-game unbeaten start to his Ewood Park tenure since taking the job last month in succession to Owen Coyle who had only been in post since last summer.

Mowbray has overseen two wins and four draws, the 2-2 draw at Fulham on Tuesday night lifting them out of the bottom three. This is Mowbray’s sixth managerial post, having been in charge at Hibernian, West Bromwich, Celtic, Middlesbrough and Coventry. He had been out of work since leaving Coventry in September.

MEET THE REF: Stuart Attwell

The Premier League official is in charge of PNE’s clash with Blackburn at Ewood Park. It is the first time Mr Attwell has refereed Preston since the 1-1 draw with MK Dons last April when he sent off MK keeper Cody Cropper – Joe Garner’s penalty was saved by striker Alex Revell who went in goal. Mr Attwell has refereed seven games in the top flight this season, the latest being Everton’s win over Sunderland last month. Sian Massey is one of the assistants at Ewood.

THIS WEEK...

57 years ago: On March 16, 1960, North End drew 3-3 with Wolves at Molineux. Les Dagger, Alex Farrall and Sammy Taylor were on target for PNE who were without the injured Tom Finney.

50 years ago: Preston beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Deepdale on March 18, 1967. John Ritchie and Willie Irvine found the net. That season, the Lilywhites narrowly avoided relegation from the Second Division.

30 years ago: On March 17, 1987, North End won 3-1 against Stockport County at Edgeley Park. Gary Swann, John Thomas and Frank Worthington scored the goals for the promotion chasers.

26 years ago: Preston beat Birmingham 2-0 at Deepdale on March 16, 1991, Warren Joyce and Lee Cartwright scoring the goals.