In focus: PNE v Leeds

MEET THE BOSS: Steve Evans has spent almost seven months as Leeds head coach '“ a relatively long service since Massimo Cellino became the club's owner.

Friday, 6th May 2016, 1:00 pm
Whites boss Steve Evans

He was appointed on October 19 in succession to the sacked Uwe Rosler. Former Preston winger Paul Raynor, who scored for PNE in the 1994 play-off final against Wycombe at Wembley, is Evans’ No.2. Evans, 53, previously managed Boston United, Crawley and Rotherham. Speculation surrounds Evans’ long-term future at Elland Road, bearing in mind Cellino’s reputation.

MEET THE REF:

Wiltshire referee Brendan Malone will take charge of a game at Deepdale for the first time on Saturday. He was in the middle for PNE’s 2-1 defeat at Cardiff in February. He has refereed 30 games this season, six of them at this level of the game.

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45 YEARS AGO: On May 4, 1971, Preston won the Third Division title. Having won promotion at Fulham three days earlier, they beat Rotherham 3-0 at Deepdale to finish top of the table. Alan Spavin scored twice and Clive Clark netted in front of a bumper 28,224 crowd.

35 YEARS AGO: Despite beating Derby County 2-1 at the Baseball Ground on May 6, 1981, North End were relegated from the old Second Division. Alex Bruce scored both of PNE’s goals but Cardiff’s 0-0 draw at champions West Ham meant they survived at Preston’s expense.

22 YEARS AGO: On May 7, 1994, Preston drew 1-1 at Wycombe, Ryan Kidd scoring. The sides met again at Wembley three weeks later.