The 52-year-old had spent the past nine years as the reserve team manager at Manchester United. Previously, he had been the player-manager at Hull City and had also enjoyed a stint coaching Belgian club Royal Antwerp. Joyce spent five years at Deepdale as a player, making more than 200 appearances. He also played for Bolton, Burnley and Plymouth.
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58 years ago: North End were embroiled in a fascinating FA Cup fifth-round trilogy against Bolton Wanderers and they also faced the Trotters in a league encounter too. In total the two teams met four times in the space of nine days. Unfortunately for PNE, after 2-2 and 1-1 draws at Burnden Park and Deepdale respectively, it was Bolton who prevailed in the FA Cup, 2-1 in the second replay. The Trotters also collected the three points on offer by winning the First Division encounter 2-1. Les Campbell was the goalscorer for PNE.
32 years ago: Preston went out of the Freight Rover Trophy, beaten 3-2 on aggregate by Rochdale.
12 years ago: David Nugent struck against Ipswich Town as North End drew 1-1 at Deepdale.