Big match focus: Terriers v Lilywhites

MEET THE BOSS: David WagnerThe 45-year-old has been in charge at Huddersfield since October 2015.
HUddersfield Town boss David WagnerHUddersfield Town boss David Wagner
HUddersfield Town boss David Wagner

His background is in German football although he won eight caps for the United States – his dad is from the USA. Wagner worked with Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund and was Klopp’s best man at his wedding. Klopp is the godfather of one of Wagner’s daughters. It was expected that Wagner would join Klopp’s coaching staff at Liverpool but he was the surprise choice of the Terriers to replace Chris Powell and has done a great job.

MEET THE REF: Lee Probert

The Wiltshire official will take charge of Preston’s visit to Huddersfield. Injury ruled Mr Probert out of the whole of last season but he has been back refereeing since August and was in the middle for the Premier League clash between Watford and Sunderland on April 1. In the 2014/15 campaign, he was in charge of PNE’s 2-0 win at MK Dons and the FA Cup replay victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. This will be his 28th game of the season.


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37 years ago: Preston drew 1-1 with Chelsea at Deepdale on April 12, 1980. Centre-half Mick Baxter scored for PNE in front of a crowd of 13,069.

33 years ago: On April 14, 1984, North End beat Orient 3-1 at Deepdale. On target for Alan Kelly’s men were John Kelly, Peter Houghton and Graham Houston.

24 years ago: A goal from Liam Watson gave Preston a 1-0 win over Exeter City at St James Park. It stretched their unbeaten run to four games and seemingly put them beyond relegation danger. But John Beck’s men lost their last five games and were relegated.

10 years ago: Preston beat Coventry 4-0 at the Ricoh Arena. Brett Ormeord scored twice, with David Nugent and Chris Sedgwick on target too.