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Match Previews

Match Preview: Middlesbrough (A)

16 March 2023

Preston North End will be celebrating Gentry Day this weekend as they see in the international break with an away trip to Middlesbrough.

Match Information
Riverside Stadium
Saturday 18th March, 3pm kick-off
Sky Bet Championship (Matchday 38/46)
Home kit – available in-store and online!

Supporter Information

Subject to availability, tickets will remain on sale from until 2pm on Friday, while sales will continue in person and over the phone on 0344 856 1966 until 5pm. 

Tickets will also be available on the day from the away ticket office from 1.30pm on matchday, but please note only cash payments will be accepted. Any supporters collecting duplicate or pre-paid tickets can do so at the away ticket office.

There is a prayer room situated in the East Stand at the Riverside Stadium, close to the away end of the ground. Any PNE fans looking to use the prayer room are advised to speak to their nearest steward, and they will be able to escort supporters to and from their seat.

How To Follow The Game

This match has been selected for international broadcast and therefore will be unavailable to watch on iFollow PNE in the majority of regions worldwide. Supporters are advised to check their local listings to see if the match is available to watch in their area.

Live audio commentary will be available as usual, though, with Guy Clarke and David Buchanan on the mic. You can buy an audio match pass for £2.50 or an audio monthly pass for £4.49 by clicking here.

There will also be the usual coverage of the match across our social media channels and here on PNE.Com.

In The Dressing Room

After returning to the bench from injury for the midweek victory over Rotherham United, defender Andrew Hughes will be available once again this weekend.

Liam Lindsay, who has been nursing a slight injury in recent weeks, is back on the grass but is unlikely to be in contention for Saturday’s game.

Elsewhere, midfielder Ali McCann is making good progress and could be back before initially expected.

A Look At Our Hosts


In the reverse fixture between PNE and Middlesbrough earlier in the season, the Teessiders arrived at Deepdale dangerously close to the drop zone and under brand new management in Michael Carrick.

It has been some turnaround since that point, though, with Boro having picked up 47 points in their 20 games following their defeat in PR1.

That’s a run which has seen them surge from the depths of the division right up to the top, and they are now well within a chance of pipping Sheffield United to second spot – currently sat six points behind the Blades.

Going Head To Head

Games played: 106
PNE wins: 34
Draws: 26
Middlesbrough wins: 46
Last meeting: PNE 2-1 Middlesbrough, 29th October 2022

One To Watch


You’ll do well to find a striker in better form than Chuba Akpom right now, with the Boro attacker having netted 24 goals in just 32 games so far this season.

He’s been in red-hot form all campaign and he’s showing no signs of slowing down either, with ten goals in his last nine games.

Akpom – who came through the Arsenal Academy – has been playing just off of main striker Cameron Archer in recent weeks, a man PNE know well from his exploits on loan at Deepdale last term.

Match Officials


Matt Donohue will referee his second PNE game of the season this weekend.

His previous time taking charge of a North End fixture was a home defeat to Stoke City in October 2022, but he was on fourth official duties during the week as Ryan Lowe’s side beat Rotherham United.

So far this season, Donohue has taken charge of 28 matches, brandishing 98 yellow cards and two reds.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Middlesbrough 4 PNE 0

18 March 2023

Preston North End’s unbeaten run came to an end on Gentry Day as high-flying Middlesbrough won 4-0.

Over 1,650 PNE fans were in attendance on the annual tradition of Gentry Day – an occasion to remember those connected to the club that we have sadly lost.

Boro went ahead midway through the first half through Chuba Akpom, before Cameron Archer scored a double and Marcus Forss netted right at the death.

PNE made two changes from the midweek victory over Rotherham United, with Álvaro Fernández and Ryan Ledson coming into the side.

It was a relatively quiet opening to the game, with the hosts seeing much of the ball but without creating any real opportunities.

In fact, it was PNE who had the first meaningful effort of the afternoon, as skipper Alan Browne crossed to the far post for Brad Potts to meet the ball in the air, but he headed over.

At the other end, Boro went ahead on 22 minutes as Akpom played the ball into former PNE loanee Archer, who in turn played it back to the division’s top scorer, and he fired past Freddie Woodman from 12 yards.

North End’s No.1 came out on top in the 33rd minute, though, when Middlesbrough broke in numbers and Akpom looked for his second of the day, but Woodman saved low to his left.

Home goalkeeper Zack Steffen was called into action twice in the latter stages of the first half, firstly through Tom Cannon who struck a low effort goalwards, while Browne flicked Fernández’s cross towards the near post.

Boro then doubled their lead seven minutes into the second period as Archer won the ball from Diaby, before cutting inside and firing into the roof of goal.

Archer got his second of the afternoon just short of the hour mark, receiving the ball from Akpom on the edge of the box before converting past Woodman.

Cannon had an opportunity at the other end on 71 minutes, volleying goalwards from close range, but the goalkeeper stuck out a hand and tipped his strike wide of goal.

North End were reduced to ten men in the 88th minute as Diaby was shown a second yellow for bringing down Akpom, before Forss scored with one of the last touches of the game, converting from close range.

Middlesbrough line-up: Steffen; Smith, Fry, Lenihan, Giles; Howson (Barlaser, 82), Hackney (Mowatt, 72); Forss, Akpom, McGree (Bola, 72); Archer (Ramsey, 82). Subs not used: Roberts, McNair, Crooks.

PNE line-up: Woodman; Storey, Diaby, Cunningham (Hughes, 28); Potts, Whiteman, Ledson, Fernández (Brady, 86); Browne (Woodburn, 86), Johnson (Delap, 86); Cannon. Subs not used: Cornell, Onomah.

Attendance: 28,304 (1,659 PNE pre-sales).

Referee: Mr M Donohue.

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Ticket News

Tickets On General Sale For Gentry Day At Middlesbrough

16 March 2023

Tickets for our Gentry Day trip to Middlesbrough are now on general sale.

Preston North End will head to the Riverside Stadium for the club’s annual Gentry Day fixture on Saturday 18th March.

The club have been allocated 2,118 tickets for this game and, as of Friday 17th March, around 1,650 tickets had been sold.

Subject to availability, tickets will remain on sale from until 2pm on Friday, while sales will continue in person and over the phone on 0344 856 1966 until 5pm. 

Tickets will also be available on the day from the away ticket office from 1.30pm on matchday, but please note only cash payments will be accepted. Any supporters collecting duplicate or pre-paid tickets can do so at the away ticket office.

Sales Period

Tickets were firstly on sale exclusively to Founder Member Ambassadors* before then becoming available for Gold Ambassadors** with 300 loyalty points or more. 

All Gold Ambassadors could then buy one ticket each, but tickets are now on general sale and there is no restrictions on the amount of tickets available to each supporter. Tickets can be bought over the phone on 0344 856 1966, online from and in person from the Deepdale ticket office.

Buy Your Ticket Here

If you are unsure about how many loyalty points you currently have, you can find out via the 'Loyalty Point' section under the 'My Account' tab on

Hospitality customers who qualify for tickets can buy through the club’s commercial department by calling 0344 856 1960.

*For clarification, Founder Member 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

Adults £31
Seniors (65+) £23
U18s £18

Disabled Supporter Information

There are 12 tickets available for supporters in a wheelchair, while ambulant disabled supporter tickets are included within the general allocation.

Both ambulant disabled supporters and wheelchair users will pay in accordance with their relevant age band, as per above, with a carer ticket provided free of charge, if required.

Coach Travel

With this game marking the club’s annual Gentry Day, coach travel has been heavily subsidised for this fixture, priced at just £10 per person.

Coaches will depart both Deepdale and Leyland at 10.45am.


Middlesbrough advise any supporters travelling to the game on a minibus or a private coach to book their parking ahead of matchday.

Parking spaces are priced at £15 per coach and £10 per minibus, and they can be booked by calling 01642 929421.

Any supporters who do not pre-book can pay cash on the day of the game, at an increased price of £20 per coach and £15 per minibus.

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