PNE v Swindon Town focus

Robins boss Mark Cooper
Robins boss Mark Cooper
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Meet Swindon’s boss: Mark Cooper, 46, is coming to the end of his second season in charge of Swindon after being appointed in August 2013.

The son of former England and Leeds left-back Terry Cooper, this is his seventh managerial job. He started out as a boss at Tamworth and has since managed Kettering (twice), Peterborough, Darlington and Telford. As a player, Cooper pulled on the shirt of 17 clubs, including spells with Exeter, Birmingham, Fulham and Hartlepool. He moved into non-league, playing a century of games for Tamworth.

Meet the referee: Lincolnshire referee Gary Sutton has the whistle for Preston’s home clash with Swindon. This is his first visit to Deepdale since October 2011. He has taken charge of two PNE away games since then – the JPT tie at Bury in December 2013 and August’s 1-1 draw with Doncaster.

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28 YEARS AGO:

On April 25, 1987, Preston clinched promotion from the old Fourth Division with a 2-1 victory over Orient at Brisbane Road.

Goals from Gary Brazil and player/assistant manager Les Chapman delivered the win for John McGrath’s side.

25 YEARS AGO

Preston edged closer to Third Division safety thanks to a Friday night 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic at Springfield Park. John Thomas ran clear of the Latics defence to score the game’s only goal.

15 YEARS AGO

North End were beaten 2-0 at Cambridge United on April 24, 2000 but that did not stop a promotion party taking place at the Abbey Stadium. Results elsewhere meant that David Moyes’ side clinched promotion and the Second Division title with two games to spare.