In focus: PNE v Barnsley

THE MANAGER: PAUL HECKINGBOTTOMThe 39-year-old Yorkshireman was appointed as Barnsley's head coach in February after Lee Johnson left Oakwell to take over at Bristol City.

Friday, 9th September 2016, 2:00 pm
Updated Monday, 12th September 2016, 6:06 pm
Paul Heckingbottom

To say he has enjoyed success in his first few months is an understatement, as he guided the Tykes to promotion via the League One play-off final and won the JPT at Wembley. Barnsley have won 18, drawn five and lost only seven of his 30 games in charge.


The County Durham-based referee will be the man in the middle at Deepdale as PNE take on Barnsley. This is Mr Eltringham’s eighth season on the Football League list.

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Last term, he refereed North End’s 1-0 home victory over Reading, awarding a penalty from which Joe Garner scored the winner. This will be the seventh game he has taken charge of this term, his previous assignment being Nottingham Forest’s 3-1 win over Leeds last month.


70 years ago: Willie McIntosh scored a hat-trick as PNE won 3-2 at Grimsby Town on September 7, 1946. It was the third game of the season after the Football League resumed action after the end of the Second World War. McIntosh bagged a treble in Preston’s next game, a 5-1 victory over Charlton.

46 years ago: On September 9, 1970, Preston won 3-1 against Torquay at Plainmoor in the League Cup. Two goals from Gerry Ingham and a strike from Alan Spavin gave Alan Ball’s men the victory in South Devon. They followed it up with a 4-1 home win over Reading in league action.

22 years ago: Neil Trebble’s stoppage-time goal gave 10-man Preston a 1-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage on September 10, 1994. PNE played most of the second half a man down after Mark Sale was sent off, then Trebble struck late on.