Had things worked out differently during the summer, than One Direction star Louis Tomlinson would have been joint owner of Doncaster Rovers – tonight’s opponents for Preston.
he 22-year-old singer launched a bid with former Donny chairman John Ryan to buy the club.
However, the attempt failed in July after they did not raise the £2m needed through a crowd-funder scheme.
It was a big blow for Rovers fans on the back of relegation to League One in May.
There had been talk of big-money signings should the takeover have gone through.
But Donny boss Paul Dickov had to alter his recruitment plans and in recent weeks has added five Bosman signings to the squad.
Their season started on a high note with a 3-0 away win at Yeovil Town. They followed that up by beating York 1-0 in the Capital One Cup a week ago.
But on Saturday they got a rude awakening as Port Vale beat them 3-1 at the Keepmoat Stadium.
They were 3-0 down by half-time and later had striker Harry Forrester sent off.
Donny did manage a consolation goal through substitute Kyle Bennett.
PNE supporters might remember Bennett from his loan spell with Bradford last season.
He and Neil Kilkenny were red-carded in North End’s visit to Valley Parade in January after an off-the-ball scuffle.
But Kilkenny had the red card rescinded on appeal and Bennett’s three-game ban was reduced to a single match.
Reflecting on his side’s defeat at the weekend, Donny boss Dickov accepted that there would be an element of inconsistency as the squad knitted together.
Dickov said: “We knew after last week’s game at Yeovil we’ve still got a lot of work to do.
“I said it last week – the group’s only been together for a short space of time and it’s going to take time for them to gel. We’re going to get days when we look good.
“There will be days when we struggle, and we did in the first half.
“In the second half I thought we were a lot better.
“We passed the ball better and looked more of a threat, but at 3-0 down it’s too late to do that. If we want to do well this year, we’ve got to be much better than we were in the first half.”