Memory match: Gary Brazil fires Preston North End to victory at Brentford in 1988

Preston North End's recent record at Brentford's Griffin Park doesn't make for happy reading but the PNE team of 1988/89 enjoyed the trip.

Tuesday, 14th July 2020, 9:45 pm
Updated Tuesday, 14th July 2020, 9:50 pm
Preston striker Tony Ellis takes on a Brentford defender at Griffin Park in October 1988

They beat the Bees 2-0 on October 22, 1988, the win part of an eight-match unbeaten run they put together in Third Division action.

Both PNE goals in West London that afternoon came from Gary Brazil.

On as a half-time substitute, Brazil showed his prowess in front of goal to swing the outcome in North End's favour.

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PNE left-back Mick Rathbone puts in a challenge against Brentford

They had been outplayed by Brentford in the first half, the hosts hitting the woodwork twice and denied on three occasions by goalkeeper David Brown.

Brazil was back in the squad after serving a three-match suspension for a red card at Notts County the previous month.

In the first half, Brentford's record buy Richard Cadette twice saw shots come back of the bar.

Andy Sinton was the man who found Brown in fine form, the keeper denying the Bees leading scorer three times with fine saves.

Preston defender Jeff Wrightson makes a challenge

The flow of the game was flipped on its head just a few minutes after Brazil's arrival on the pitch.

He latched on to a flick from Tony Ellis to brush past two defenders and fire a low left-foot shot into the net.

Brazil's second goal mid way through the second half was a spectacular effort.

There seemed little danger when the ball fell him 20 yards out but he sold a covering defender a superb dummy to create space before rifling a superb shot into the roof of the net.

Preston centre-half Adrian Hughes wins a header at Brentford

Brazil came close to a hat-trick in the closing stages but after a jinking run put his shot just the wrong side of the post.

North End followed this win up with a 5-0 thumping of Gillingham four days later at Deepdale, Brazil on target with a hat-trick.

Only once since this 1988 victory have Preston won at Griffin Park, that a 3-1 victory in September 2011.

PNE: Brown, Williams, Atkins, Hughes (Allardyce 66), Wrightson, Rathbone, Mooney, Joyce, Swann (Brazil 46), Patterson, Ellis.

Attendance: 5,584