Preston North End will renew their rivalry with Gillingham on Saturday afternoon in the second round of the FA Cup, kick-off 3pm.
The tie will take place at Deepdale with the winners entering Sunday’s third round draw live on ITV1. Down the years North End and the Gills have had a number of electrifying encounters, and Saturday’s meeting will be the first between the two sides for over seven years.
North End boss Graham Westley will be looking to get back to winning ways after last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Leyton Orient, the Club’s first in seven games.
Gillingham, currently top of League Two, will travel 260 plus miles north to Lancashire for the second times in seven days following their 1-1 draw at Accrington Stanley.
Defender Keith Keane underwent an operation on Wednesday and will be out for approximately three months. Scott Laird is the other long term absentee for the Lilywhites.
Anthony Elding will also miss Saturday’s game as the striker is cup-tied, whilst winger Jeffrey Monakana is a doubt after missing last week’s trip to London through injury.
Tickets will be at a discounted rate for supporters like the previous round against Yeovil Town with adults able to gain entry for £10 and concessions £5. Home matchday tickets can be bought in store, by calling 0844 856 1966 or by visiting MyPNE.com at any time.
If you can’t make the game, remember you can listen to full match commentary with PNE Player from 2.30pm and they bring all the drama as it happens.
Due to high demands, the Club has created additional space in the Invincibles Lounge for only £20 for adults and £15 for concessions. If you are interested please book by 5pm on Friday by calling 01772 693311 or 693304.
The One And Only
We have a full 84-page, perfect bound programme for this weekend’s all-important FA Cup tie with the Gills at Deepdale.
And with it being the FA Cup, we have some special interviews. These include a chat with former North End skipper and modern PNE legend Sean Gregan, who talks about how the games in the 1990’s were almost seen as ‘derby games’.
‘Greegs’ will be at Deepdale on Saturday for the game and if you’ve booked in, or thinking of booking hospitality, then you could have a chance to meet the man himself – he will also be making the hot shot half-time draw out on the Deepdale pitch, so make sure you buy your £1 ticket to see if you can get your prize presented by him!
Back to The One And Only and we also have Shane Cansdell-Sherriff and Lee Trundle reminiscing about their favourite Cup memories, whilst we hear from new signing Todd Kane.
The main interview – for the very first time since he joined the Club in January – is with manager Graham Westley, who discusses his time as a player with Gillingham and how it has influenced his future playing and managerial career.
You can pick up your copy of The One And Only for just £3 from the sellers inside and outside the ground and from the Club’s ticket and retail store from Friday afternoon – you can also order online at www.mypne.com.
Sitting high in League Two, Martin Allen’s Gillingham will be targeting promotion to League One as they look to climb their way back up the Football League ladder.
It has been a promising start to the 2012/13 campaign for the Kent outfit, and have an impressive record on the road winning six games in League Two, losing only once.
It will be the second time in seven days that the Gills have been in the north west of England, but will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday at Deepdale.
Allen will be boosted by the return of top goal scorer Danny Kedwell after a groin problem, however they will be without the services of goalkeeper Stuart Nelson after his red car last weekend, so Tommy
Forecast is expected to deputise. Joe Martin is the only other player expected to be missing.
The Gills team which played Stanley is as follows:
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The whistle-blower for Saturday’s FA Cup tie between PNE and Gillingham is Trevor Kettle from Berkshire.
Mr Kettle is an experienced official and has been involved in the game since the 2002/03 season, refereeing in the Football League.
His record so far this season 64 yellows and three reds brandished from 15 games.