In focus: Burnley v PNE

Clarets boss Sean Dyche
Clarets boss Sean Dyche
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Sean Dyche is considered to be one of the brightest young managers in English football.

The former Chesterfield, Watford and Millwall defender had a solid, if unspectacular, playing career. It is as a manager that he has really made his name. He arrived at Turf Moor in October 2012 after being harshly sacked by the Hornets in favour of Gianfranco Zola.

After steering the Clarets to safety in his first season, he guided the club to promotion to the Premier League the following year, although was unable to prevent them from going straight back down.


Kevin Friend is in charge of the derby clash. He was the referee the last time the two clubs met at Turf Moor in the league – a match which North End lost 4-3 after leading 3-1. Friend dismissed PNE’s Billy Jones in that match – handing him a second yellow for timewasting at a throw-in.


59 YEARS AGO: North End enjoyed a fine victory over Manchester City at Deepdale in the First Division. A crowd of more than 25,000 saw goals from Frank O’Farrell, Tommy Thompson and Sammy Taylor seal a 3-1 victory.

33 YEARS AGO: An entertaining match at Roots Hall ended with North End securing a fine away win over Southend United in the Third Division. Goals from Mark Walsh, Steve Elliott and Graham Houston contributed to a 3-2 win.

27 YEARS AGO: The 5,000 fans who attended Deepdale for Preston clash against Cardiff City were treated to a goal fest. The old Third Division encounter ended in a 3-3 draw. Striker Tony Ellis scored twice for the home side and he was joined on the scoresheet by Gary Brazil.