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Match Previews

Match Preview: Huddersfield Town (H)

5 January 2023

Preston North End will meet Huddersfield Town for the fourth time this season when the sides come head to head in the third round of the FA Cup this weekend.

Match Information
Saturday 7th January, 12.30pm kick-off
FA Cup Third Round
Home kit – available online and in-store!

Supporter Information

Tickets for this fixture will be available to purchase right up until kick-off, with supporters able to buy in person from the ticket office, over the phone on 0344 856 1966, or online from

The fan zone will be open as usual before and after the game, with timings and full details to be confirmed in our matchday information article prior to matchday.

Given that this is a 12.30pm kick-off, the matchday shuttle bus service timetable will adjust accordingly, with full timings below.

Leyland Tesco (Stop A – Car Park) – 10.50am
The Railway Pub, Leyland – 11am
Ye Olde Hob Inn, Bamber Bridge – 11.05am
Beam and Brycg Pub, Bamber Bridge – 11.10am
Arrive at Deepdale, Lowthorpe Road – 11.30am

Matchday Programme


Young forward Finlay Cross-Adair will feature on the front cover of Saturday’s shortened edition of The One And Only.

In his interview which features in the 32-page programme, he talks about his hopes of featuring in this fixture, his recent development at the club and also how strange it will be to see himself feature on the cover of The One And Only!

You can pick up a copy of the programme for £2.50 from around the ground or order online by clicking here.

How To Follow The Game

FA Cup fixtures are not able to be streamed on iFollow either overseas or in the UK, however this game has been selected for international coverage, so supporters are advised to check their local TV listings.

Audio commentary will be available as normal, though, with Guy Clarke and David Buchanan on the mic. Audio match passes are not available, but a monthly pass can be bought for £4.49. Subscribe here!

As usual, there will be coverage before, during and after the game here on PNE.Com and across our social media channels.

In The Dressing Room

Ryan Lowe confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Emil Riis is currently in a brace after suffering a knee injury in the first half of Monday’s victory over Stoke City.

The Dane will be seeing a specialist in the coming days and only then will PNE know how long the forward will be sidelined for, but the manager said “the likelihood of losing him for a bit is very high”.

Irish duo Robbie Brady and Troy Parrott are both back in training now and have a chance of making this fixture, but it will be a case of monitoring their progress on Thursday and Friday.

Jordan Storey and Sean Maguire are both unlikely to feature.

A Look At Our Visitors

After beating Huddersfield Town away from home twice earlier this season, PNE hosted the Terriers at Deepdale on Boxing Day, with the side from West Yorkshire coming out on top.

Mark Fotheringham’s team went on to win their next game in a clash with Rotherham United, before starting 2023 with a home defeat to Luton Town.

They’ve still got work to do to get themselves out of the Championship bottom three, but on Saturday the focus will be solely on progressing to round four of the FA Cup.

Going Head To Head

Games played: 99
PNE wins: 38
Draws: 24
Huddersfield Town wins: 37
Last victory: Huddersfield 0-1 PNE, 18th October 2022

One To Watch


As is always the case with cup competitions, it’s difficult to predict how many changes will be made, but Jordan Rhodes could be the man to keep an eye on if he is to feature.

The 32-year-old forward, who has played almost 600 games in his career to date, has six goals to his name so far this season, with two of those coming against PNE.

He also has a good record against North End prior to the current season, having netted a hat-trick back in 2011, while he also scored for Blackburn Rovers at Deepdale in the 2015/16 campaign.

Match Officials


Anthony Backhouse will referee a Preston North End fixture for the first time in his career on Saturday.

Backhouse, from Cumbria, has taken charge of games in League One and League Two mostly this season, however he did referee a league clash between Coventry and Cardiff City at the end of 2022.

In the 20 games which he has officiated so far this season, he has shown a total of 57 yellow cards, and he’s yet to dismiss any players.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Stoke City 0 PNE 1

2 January 2023

A 93rd-minute Ched Evans header ensured Preston North End kicked off the new year with three points away to Stoke City.

It looked as though the game was going to end goalless, until Evans popped up in the third minute of stoppage time to flick a header home to earn a victory on the road.

Ryan Lowe made four changes from Thursday’s defeat at West Brom, with Andrew Hughes returning from injury, while Ali McCann, Bambo Diaby and Daniel Johnson also came in.

After a 15-minute delay to kick-off due to traffic congestion, PNE made a very lively start to the game and could have benefitted from some great early crosses into the area from the likes of Browne – operating at wing back – and Johnson.

Álvaro Fernández had the first effort of note, seeing a volley blocked at close range after a good one-two between himself and Riis, while Jacob Brown tested Freddie Woodman at the other end.

Harry Clarke then had a powerful effort inside the area blocked at close range by McCann, and minutes later Emil Riis was forced off through injury.

The best chance of the half fell to the hosts on 40 minutes, who could and perhaps should have taken the lead. Josh Tymon cut the ball back from the byline for Tyrese Campbell, whose effort lacked power, so his strike partner Brown flicked it goalwards where Woodman was brilliantly across to save, but the forward was flagged offside in any case.

The goalkeeper then came up with two big saves in stoppage-time, firstly diving to his left to deny Campbell, before then saving with his legs to keep out Brown’s effort, which had taken a deflection off of Browne.

There weren’t too many opportunities to talk about at either end in the opening stages of the second half, with the majority of the game being played in the middle of the park.

North End’s best breaks, on separate occasions through Ben Whiteman and Johnson, saw yellow cards brandished for the hosts, as they cynically fouled when PNE looked to attack in numbers.

There was a big chance for Stoke in the 83rd minute when Nick Powell’s knockdown fell to substitute Delap just four yards out, but he got his touch all wrong as he sent the ball away from goal.

Just a minute later, PNE had their best opportunity of the game, with Woodman’s long ball forward bouncing over the defence and through to Woodburn, whose volley looked to be dipping over Bonham, but the ‘keeper just got a touch.

At that stage, it looked as though the game may end in a deadlock, but three points were earned late on when Evans flicked Browne’s corner towards goal and the ball went in off the post, cuing huge celebrations in the away end.

Stoke City line-up: Bonham; Wilmot, Souttar, Fox; Clarke, Baker (Laurent, 79), Thompson, Smallone, Tymon; Campbell (Powell, 74), Brown (Delap, 65). Subs not used: Bursik, Kilkenny, Fosu, Taylor.

PNE line-up: Woodman; DIaby, Lindsay, Hughes; Browne (Ledson 90+6), Whiteman, McCann, Johnson, Fernández; Riis (Woodburn, 23), Evans. Subs not used: Cornell, Cunningham, Bauer, Cross-Adair, Potts.

Attendance: 20,034 (1,606 PNE fans)

Referee: Mr L Doughty.

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Ticket News

Stoke City Tickets On Sale

30 December 2022

Tickets for Preston North End’s opening game of 2023, against Stoke City, will remain on sale until 12.30pm on Saturday 31st December.

PNE will start the new year as they did in 2022, with a trip to the bet365 Stadium to take on Stoke City, for a 3pm kick-off on Monday 2nd January 2023.

The club have been allocated 2,629 tickets for this fixture and these are available to buy online from, in person from the ticket office, and over the phone on 0344 856 1966.

Tickets can be collected from Deepdale prior to close of play on New Year's Eve or they can be picked up from turnstile 55 at the bet365 Stadium on the day of the game.

Stoke City have confirmed there will be no option to pay on the day.

Ticket Prices

Adults £25
Over 65s £19
U18s £15
U11s £12

Disabled Supporter Information

Disabled supporters will pay in accordance with the prices above, except for disabled adults whose tickets are priced at £19. Please note, these tickets can only be purchased either in person or over the phone from the ticket office. A complimentary carer ticket will be provided if required.

There are also 14 pairs of tickets available for wheelchair users and carers for this fixture.

Eight disabled parking spaces are available, priced at £10 each. These spaces can be bought from the Deepdale ticket office, either over the phone or in person. Please be prepared to share your car registration at the time of purchase.

If any supporters require headsets for this fixture, please email by close of play on Thursday 29th December.

Coach Travel

Coach travel is available from both Deepdale and Leyland for this fixture, with travel priced at £13 per Ambassador and £15 per non-Ambassador. Coaches will depart both locations at 12 noon.

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