Meet Chesterfield’s boss:
Paul Cook is gunning for back-to-back promotions at Chesterfield, this play-off campaign following on from winning League Two a year ago. The 48-year-old’s success with the Spireites has attracted the attention of Portsmouth, who are belived to have him on the shortlist for their managerial vacancy. Cook’s first job in management came with Southport but he lasted only seven months there. He then took charge of Sligo Rovers in Ireland for five years, returning to England to manage Accrington Stanley.
Meet the ref:
Mark Haywood is in charge of PNE’s visit to Chesterfield. The previous Preston game he refereed was their 4-0 win at Oldham in February, while he was also in the middle for the 3-1 Capital One Cup defeat at Middlesbrough. This is Mr Haywood’s ninth season on the league list as a ref.
PNE this week...
44 YEARS AGO:
This week in 1971, Preston won the Third Division title with a 3-0 win over Rotherham at Deepdale, Alan Spavin (2) and Clive Clark on target. The result took them above Fulham, who they had beaten 1-0 three days earlier at Craven Cottage.
32 YEARS AGO
North End beat Reading 2-0 at Deepdale on May 7, 1983, Alan Gowling and Steve Elliott on the scoresheet. They won their last three games that season with Gowling netting in all three.
15 YEARS AGO
On May 6, 2000, Preston rounded off their Second Division title-winning season with a 2-0 win at Bristol City. The title was already in the bag and 3,000 PNE fans made the trip to Ashton Gate to see Brett Angell and Michael Appleton score.