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Match Previews

Match Preview: Wigan Athletic (A)

28 July 2022

Preston North End will get their 2022/23 Championship season underway on Saturday with a short trip to the DW Stadium to face Wigan Athletic.

Supporter Information

Away tickets for this fixture are sold out, with 4,700 PNE supporters heading to the DW Stadium, however any fans looking to return their tickets and claim a refund can do so until 5pm on Friday.

Fans can collect from the Deepdale ticket office until 6pm on Friday, while uncollected tickets will be sent to the stadium with the supporter coaches on the day of the game, and will be available to collect from the West Stand ticket office from around 2pm.

The Marquee, located under the North Stand of the DW Stadium, will be open exclusively to PNE supporters from 12.45pm for pre-match refreshments. It can host up to 400 fans, and will also be open at half-time as well as before the game.

How To Follow The Game

Supporters in the UK and Ireland can listen to the game live with a £2.50 match pass, or a £4.49 monthly pass, and live commentary comes from Guy Clarke and former PNE defender David Buchanan.

Fans overseas can watch all the action live with a £10 match pass. You can subscribe to iFollow here.

There will also be the usual coverage across our social media channels before, during, and after the game, including here on iFollow PNE.

In The Dressing Room

First Team News

Ryan Excited To See Yellow Wall Of PNE Fans

28 July 2022

Manager Ryan Lowe has almost a fully fit squad to choose from for this fixture, with only Sean Maguire currently missing, and he’s not expected to be available until mid-August.

The gaffer has plenty of options all over the pitch, though, and could hand out competitive debuts to up to six players this weekend.

While most of the signings have featured during pre-season, Álvaro Fernández and Troy Parrott could feature for the first time in a PNE shirt in this fixture.

A Look At Our Hosts

Wigan Athletic will be looking to make a strong start to their campaign after being crowned champions of League One last season, finishing on 92 points.

The Latics spent almost the entirety of 2021/22 occupying a top-two spot, but it wasn’t until the final day that their promotion and title was secured.

They enter the new campaign – their first in the Championship since 2019/20 – with pretty much the same squad as last season, with former Blackburn Rovers defender Ryan Nyambe their only addition of the summer window so far.

Going Head To Head

Games played: 47
PNE wins: 20
Draws: 14
Wigan Athletic wins: 13
Last meeting: Wigan Athletic 1-2 PNE, 8th February 2020

One To Watch


Former PNE loanee Will Keane had the best year of his senior career during the 2021/22 campaign, hitting 26 goals in League One and finishing the season top of the division’s goalscoring chart.

First Team News

Browne ‘Can’t Wait’ To Start New Campaign

28 July 2022

Since his time at Deepdale in 2015, when his only league goal came in a 2-0 win over Burnley, he’s spent time with Hull City and Ipswich Town, but a move to the DW Stadium has really brought his career to life.

His form with the Latics has earned himself a spot in the Republic of Ireland setup, and he’ll be hoping he can continue last season’s form during the upcoming campaign, despite the step up to the second tier.

Match Officials


Bobby Madley will referee his first PNE fixture in over five years on Saturday.

He last took charge of a North End fixture in January 2017, when Arsenal came out narrow victors in the third round of the FA Cup at Deepdale.

Madley – whose brother Andy has refereed PNE regularly over the years – officiated League One and Two games last season, but has been promoted to Select Group 2 ahead of the upcoming campaign.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Wigan Athletic 0 PNE 0

30 July 2022

Preston North End and Wigan Athletic played out a goalless draw at the DW Stadium on the opening day of the Championship season.

Emil Riis and Troy Parrott came closest to breaking the deadlock for PNE in the first half, but ultimately neither side could find the breakthrough before North End then played the final ten minutes with a man disadvantage after Ched Evans saw red.

Ryan Lowe handed out three full debuts in the Championship opener, with Freddie Woodman, Robbie Brady and Parrott all in from the start.

PNE started brightly in the wet conditions, with the first real opportunity seeing Ben Whiteman fizz a low effort towards goal, and debutant Parrott stuck out a leg, but his touch was wide of goal.

At the other end, Woodman was called into action by defender Jack Whatmough’s shot, tipping it wide of goal, before he then also kept out Tom Naylor’s header.

Brady and Liam Lindsay then combined twice in the space of a few minutes as North End looked to break the deadlock, however the defender headed over the crossbar on both occasions.

Left wing back Brady was involved again as he played it over the top to Riis, who charged towards goal before firing the ball across the box, and Parrott was just inches away from meeting it at the far post.

The two strikers both had big chances in stoppage time, with Parrott firstly bearing down on goal, and his shot was saved by Ben Amos, who then produced another stop with his right leg to deny Riis’ follow-up effort. The resulting corner was won in the air by Andrew Hughes, and a flick goalwards from Riis saw the ball hit the bar and go over.

It was the home side who started brightest in the second period, with a flurry of crosses coming into the PNE penalty area, and Woodman was required to keep out former North End loanee Will Keane on 65 minutes.

Parrott then had a chance at the other end on 71 minutes in his last action of the game, being slid through into the area, but he fired across goal and wide.

The visitors were then reduced to ten men on 80 minutes as substitute Evans saw red for a challenge on Tilt, and North End managed the game from that point to make sure they went home with a point.

Wigan Athletic line-up: Amos; Darikwa, Whatmough (Kerr, 38), Tilt, Bennett (Pearce, 90); Lang, Power, Naylor, McClean; Magennis (Humphrys, 78), Keane. Subs not used: Jones, McGrath, Shinnie, Aasgaard.

PNE line-up: Woodman; Storey, Lindsay, Hughes; Potts (Woodburn, 66), Whiteman, Browne, Johnson (Ledson, 85), Brady (Fernández, 72); Riis, Parrott (Evans, 72). Subs not used: Cornell, Bauer, McCann.

Attendance: 15,429 (4,729 PNE fans)

Referee: Mr R Madley.

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Ticket News

Wigan Athletic Tickets Sold Out

25 July 2022

All tickets for our Championship opener away to Wigan Athletic are now sold out!

Preston North End begin the new campaign with a local derby at the DW Stadium, and the club received an allocation of 4,700 tickets in the North Stand.

Due to the expected demand for this fixture, tickets first went on sale in priority periods before reaching the general sale stage, where tickets soon sold out.

Collection Information
Any supporters wishing to return their ticket and claim a refund can do so until 5pm on Friday 29th July, while fans can collect from Deepdale until 6pm that day.

Any tickets which have not been collected will be sent to the DW Stadium with the supporter coaches. They will be available to pick up from the West Stand ticket office once the coaches arrive, which is expected to be between 1.30pm and 2pm. Duplicate tickets can also be collected here.

Sales Period
Tickets for this fixture first went on sale exclusively to Founder Member Ambassadors*, before then going on sale to any Gold Ambassadors** who purchased one away ticket during the 2021/22 season, and then to all Gold Ambassadors

Once tickets then went on general sale to all supporters, the remaining tickets sold out on Wednesday 27th July.

*For clarification, Ambassadors are supporters who have held a season card continuously from the 2012/13 season onwards, excluding the 2020/21 season when the status was carried over due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Supporters who are unsure whether they are an Ambassador or not can check through their purchase history under the 'My Account' drop down menu on MyPNE.Com.
** Gold Ambassadors are supporters who purchased a season card for the 2022/23 campaign during the early bird period.

Ticket Prices
Ticket prices for this fixture were priced as follows:
Adults £29
Over 65s £18
18 to 21-year-olds £18
U18s £10
U12s £5
Supporters in a wheelchair will pay in accordance to their relevant age band, and will be located on raised platforms within the North Stand. A carer ticket will also be provided free of charge, if required.

Coach Travel
Coach travel is available from both Deepdale and Leyland for this fixture, and is priced at £10 per Ambassador. Non-Ambassadors can also now purchase travel for this fixture, with coach tickets priced at £12 per person. Coaches will depart from both locations at 12.30pm.

Matchday Parking
Parking will be available on matchday on Car Park 1, which is located on Stadium Way, WN5 0UN.

Spaces cannot be pre-booked and are pay on the day, with only card payments available, for £20 per coach, £10 per minibus and £5 per car.

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