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Match Previews

Match Preview: Ipswich Town (A)

5 October 2023

Preston North End will see in the international break with a long trip to East Anglia to face Ipswich Town.

Match Details

Date: Saturday 7th October, 3pm kick-off
Venue: Portman Road
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Kit: Third kit

Ticket Information

Tickets will remain on sale from until 3pm on Friday, while sales will continue until 5pm in person from the ticket office and over the phone on 0344 856 1966.

Collections can be made from Deepdale until 6pm on Friday, and any pre-paid and duplicate tickets can also be collected from Portman Road from 1.30pm on matchday from the away ticket office.

There will be no option for supporters to pay on the day.

Who’s Available?

Both Alan Browne and Jordan Storey missed Wednesday night’s defeat to Leicester City through illness, so their health will need to be assessed ahead of Saturday.

Andrew Hughes also didn’t make the matchday squad at the King Power Stadium due to a tight calf, and manager Ryan Lowe was expecting to hear the results of a scan on Thursday.

Everybody else who featured against Leicester is expected to be available for the weekend.

Opposition Focus


You wouldn’t know it’s Ipswich Town’s first season back in the Championship since the 2018/19 campaign, given the start they’ve made which has seen them take 25 points from their opening ten matches.

Kieran McKenna and his side earned plenty of plaudits for their exploits in League One last season, with the Tractor Boys playing an attractive style of football and accumulating 98 points, which remarkably wasn’t enough to win the title.

Having strengthened significantly in the summer, the Portman Road side have made a stunning start to the campaign, and sit in the automatic promotion places at this early stage of the season.

A Recent Clash

Two goals each for Callum Robinson and Lukas Nmecha earned PNE a 4-0 victory over an already-relegated Ipswich Town side in April 2019.

Follow The Action

Fans worldwide can listen to this match live on iFollow PNE with a match, monthly or seasonal pass.

Supporters overseas also have the option to watch the game live on iFollow. Click here to subscribe.

There will also be the usual extensive coverage across social media and here on the club website before, during, and after the game.

Match Officials


Referee: David Webb
Assistant Referees: Rob Smith and Andrew Dallison
Fourth Official: Will Finnie

David Webb – the man in the middle for North End’s season opener at Bristol City – will take charge of Saturday’s fixture.

So far this season, he’s shown 33 yellow cards and one red in eight Sky Bet Championship matches.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Ipswich Town 4 PNE 2

7 October 2023

Goals from Mads Frøkjær and Ben Whiteman weren’t enough to earn Preston North End a point at Portman Road as Ipswich Town came out 4-2 winners.

Conor Chaplin’s opener was soon cancelled out by Frøkjær for his second goal of the season, but strikes from Brandon Williams and Nathan Broadhead saw the hosts go into half-time with a two-goal lead.

PNE made a triple change at the break and substitute Ben Whiteman pulled one back seven minutes into the second period, but Kayden Jackson made sure the home side took all three points by netting in the 78th minute.

Ryan Lowe made four alterations to the side which was beaten at Leicester City during the week, with Alan Browne, Frøkjær, Ryan Ledson and Will Keane coming into the starting XI.

There was little goalmouth action to talk about in the opening stages of the game, but the hosts took the lead 18 minutes in when a corner-kick routine saw Leif Davis pull the ball back for Chaplin, who swept home from 12 yards.

North End drew level, though, just short of ten minutes later when Robbie Brady’s ball over the top dropped halfway between Frøkjær and Milutin Osmajić, and the ball eventually fell for the former who sent a good first-time finish beyond Vaclav Hladky.


After Freddie Woodman excellently denied George Hirst from a one-v-one situation, the Tractor Boys retook the lead in the 35th minute as Williams cut out a Greg Cunningham pass and the full back ran almost the length of the pitch before sending a low effort in off the post.

Osmajić then had a big chance just a few moments later when a loose ball broke his way, but he couldn’t find the target with a left-footed strike.

PNE fell two goals behind in the first minute of stoppage-time as a cross from the right was won in the air at the back post by Cameron Burgess and then again by Hirst, before it was tapped home by Broadhead.

Woodman had to come up with decent stops to twice deny Wes Burns and a Chaplin effort in first-half stoppage-time.

North End opted to make a triple change at the break and one of those introduced – Whiteman – pulled one back just seven minutes in as Ledson’s cross was cleared to the midfielder, whose shot from just inside the area deflected off a defender and went in off the post.

PNE were playing some good stuff in the period which followed and looked a threat, with Liam Millar among those trying to make things happen, but the leveller wasn’t arriving.

Then, with 12 minutes left, Omari Hutchinson broke away and found an unmarked Jackson in the box, who finished well past Woodman to score his side’s fourth, and the goalkeeper then had to make a save in the third minute of stoppage time to deny Freddie Ladapo.

Ipswich Town line-up: Hladky; Williams, Woolfenden, Burgess, Davis; Morsy, Luongo (Ladapo, 76); Burns (Jackson, 59), Chaplin (Hutchinson, 59), Broadhead (Harness, 59); Hirst (Hirst, 76). Subs not used: Walton, Clarke, Ball, Scarlett.

PNE line-up: Woodman; Whatmough (Bauer, 26), Lindsay, Cunningham; Potts, Browne (Whiteman, 45), Ledson, Brady (Holmes, 45); Keane, Frøkjær (Woodburn, 70); Osmajić (Millar, 45). Subs not used: Cornell, Stewart, Best, Mawene.

Attendance: 29,018 (826 PNE fans).

Referee: Mr D Webb.

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Ticket News

Ipswich Town Tickets On Sale

5 October 2023

More than 750 PNE fans have already got their ticket for the weekend's trip to Ipswich Town.

North End will take on the Tractor Boys at Portman Road for the first time since November 2018 on Saturday 7th October (3pm).

The club have been allocated 1,196 tickets for this fixture, and as of Thursday 5th October more than 750 tickets had been sold.

Tickets will be available to buy until 3pm on Friday 6th October from, while sales will continue in person from the ticket office and over the phone on 0344 856 1966 until 5pm.

Collections can be made from Deepdale until 6pm, while pre-paid and duplicate tickets can be picked up from the away ticket office by the away turnstiles at Portman Road from 1.30pm on matchday. There will be no option to pay on the day.

A full guide for supporters can be found by clicking here.

Ticket Prices

Adults £31
Seniors (65+) £24
U23s £18
U19s £10

Please note, 73 of the tickets included in the allocation are restricted view, and these will only go on sale if and when the standard allocation has sold out.

Disabled Supporter Information

There are 28 tickets available for ambulant disabled supporters located in Block S in the lower tier of the Cobbold Stand. Please note, this is a separate area to the rest of the away supporters, with home fans also located in this stand.

Tickets in this area cannot be bought online, and ambulant disabled supporters in this area will pay in accordance with their relevant age band below, while a complimentary carer ticket will be provided if required.

Adults £26
Seniors (65+) £21
U23s £17
U19s £9

Ambulant disabled supporters wishing to sit in the upper tier can do so, but please note there is no lift access or accessible toilet facilities in this area, and supporters will pay standard ticket prices.

There are also eight pairs of tickets available for wheelchair users in a mixed home and away disabled area. These are located in Block DA of the Magnus Group West Stand. Wheelchair users will pay in accordance with the below prices and a carer ticket will be provided where required.

Adults £23
Seniors (65+) £20
U23s £17
U19s £9
U12s £6

Coach Travel

Coach travel is available from Deepdale and Leyland, with a departure time of 7am from both locations.

Travel is priced at £31 for Ambassadors and £33 for non-Ambassadors.

Car Parking

There are four car parking spaces available for visiting disabled supporters, located in the Suffolk County Council Multi-Story Car Park.

To reserve a space, please contact the ticket office with your name and car registration.

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