Seagulls v Lilywhites in focus

MEET THE BOSS: Chris HughtonThe former Tottenham defender was appointed as Brighton manager in December 2014.

Thursday, 13th October 2016, 12:44 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 8:03 pm
Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton

He had previously been in charge of Newcastle, Birmingham and Norwich. Last season, Hughton guided the Seagulls to third place – they missed out on automatic promotion on goal difference. Brighton then lost to Sheffield Wednesday in the play-offs. As a player, Hughton turned out more than 300 times 
for Spurs.

MEET THE REF: Craig Pawson

The Premier League referee is in charge of Preston’s visit to Brighton. It is the first time that Mr Pawson has officiated a North End game since their 1-0 defeat at Millwall in the FA Cup in January 2013. The South Yorkshire whistler was in charge of this summer’s Community Shield and has refereed five top-flight matches this season. In his last game, he controversially allowed a late Arsenal goal to stand at Burnley.

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40 years ago: On October 12, 1976, Preston beat Peterborough United 6-2 at Deepdale. Alex Bruce scored a hat-trick, with Mike Elwiss, Barrie Mitchell and substitute John Smith also on target.

24 years ago: A Tony Ellis hat-trick gave North End a 3-2 victory over bitter rivals Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on October 10, 1992. Ellis scored his third goal just a few minutes after being knocked unconscious. It was a first win in charge for caretaker manager Sam Allardyce, who had taken over from the sacked 
Les Chapman.

18 years ago: On October 12, 1998, North End won 1-0 against Manchester City at Maine Road. The game was played on a Monday night although it was not shown on television. Gary Parkinson struck Preston’s winner from the penalty spot.