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Match Previews

Match Preview: Stoke City (A)

31 August 2023

Preston North End will be backed by more than 2,600 fans at Stoke City this weekend as Ryan Lowe's side search for a fourth league victory in succession.

Match Details

Date: Saturday 2nd September, 3pm kick-off
bet365 Stadium
Sky Bet Championship
Third kit – available to buy in-store and online!

Supporter Information


Tickets for this fixture are now sold out, with 2,608 PNE fans set to make the journey to the bet365 Stadium.

Supporters who have bought tickets can collect from Deepdale up until 6pm on Friday, while any uncollected will then be sent to Stoke on the supporter coaches for collection at the away end from turnstile 55. Please note, there will be no tickets available to buy on the day.

Supporters needing to pray at half-time can do so by speaking to Stoke City staff members wearing red 'Matchday Support' jackets outside of Door Y in the away compound. These fans will be escorted to a nearby prayer room before being brought back in time for the second half.

Who’s Available?

Ben Whiteman is now back in training and a decision will be made on Friday as to whether or not he will be involved in the squad for this fixture.

One man who definitely won't be part of the 20 at the bet365 Stadium is Robbie Brady, who has made good progress in his rehab but he won't be risked on Saturday.

Long-term absentees Calvin Ramsay, Ched Evans and Emil Riis remain sidelined.

Opposition Focus


There won’t be many clubs in world football who have had a busier summer than Stoke City, having seen the arrival of 15 new players as of Thursday morning, and more deals are expected before Friday’s transfer deadline.

One of those incomings was attacking midfielder Daniel Johnson, who left PNE in the summer after making 336 appearances for the club, while fellow former North End midfielder Ben Pearson is also on the Potters’ books.

Some of the new faces will inevitably take longer to settle than others but André Vidigal looks like the one to watch, having netted four in his first five matches for Stoke, who have won two and lost two in the Championship so far.

A Recent Clash

A stoppage-time header from Ched Evans earned North End all three points in the opening match of 2023.

Follow The Action

Supporters can listen to this match live on iFollow PNE, with a £2.50 match pass or a £4.49 monthly pass. Commentary comes from Anthony Wareing and Graeme Atkinson.

This fixture has been selected for international coverage and therefore will be unavailable to watch on iFollow PNE in those selected territories. Fans are advised to check their local TV listings to see whether the match is being shown in their area.

All the action can also be followed across our social media channels and here on the club website.

Match Officials


Referee: Matthew Donohue
Assistant Referees: Andrew Fox and Jonathan Hunt
Fourth Official: Peter Wright

Matthew Donohue will take charge of his eighth PNE match this weekend and his third clash between these two sides. His previous time refereeing a North End game was the 4-0 defeat to Middlesbrough on Gentry Day in March 2023.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Stoke City 0 PNE 2

2 September 2023

A brace from Will Keane against Stoke City secured a fourth successive victory to send Preston North End to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table.

After a goalless first period, half-time substitute Duane Holmes earned PNE an early second-half penalty which Keane stepped up to smash down the middle.

US international Holmes then squared the ball six minutes later for Keane to score his fourth goal of the season, and North End defended superbly to hold on to the three points.

Ryan Lowe made two changes from the victory over Swansea City last weekend, as Jack Whatmough came in for his first league start for the club, while Ali McCann returned to the starting XI.

The Potters arguably made the better start to the match, without really causing any problems, before North End settled and started to see plenty of the ball.

It was Alan Browne who had the first chance of note for either side on 17 minutes as he tried his luck with his left foot from 20 yards. The skipper’s effort took a deflection which looked as though it might help the ball sneak in at the near post, but goalkeeper Mark Travers did well to reach it and parry away from goal.

Travers came up with an even better stop later in the half when he spared the blushes of Enda Stevens, whose touch while facing his own goal would have inadvertently given North End the lead, and the Irish defender then reacted to block Keane’s rebound strike.

PNE opted to make a half-time change which almost instantly paid dividends as substitute Holmes found Keane inside the opening minute of the second period, and the Irishman fired a low shot a matter of inches wide.

Holmes was causing all sorts of problems and his skill drew a foul inside the penalty area from Burger to earn his side a penalty, and Keane stepped up to confidently fire straight down the middle.


North End then found a second just six minutes later when Potts played a superb ball behind the defence for Holmes to run on to and he selflessly squared for Keane who tapped home for his second of the day – sending the packed-out away end into raptures.

Alex Neil’s side inevitably looked for a reaction and made a triple change, but PNE were still limiting them to very little. In fact it wasn’t until the 77th minute when Freddie Woodman was called into meaningful action, as he denied Tyrese Campbell’s effort.

Stoke kept sending the ball forward as they threw everything at North End, but the visitors defended brilliantly to maintain the clean sheet and extend their impressive start to the Championship campaign.

Stoke City line-up: Travers; Hoever (Gooch, 62), McNally (Rose, 62), Wilmot, Stevens; Burger (Jojić, 90), Pearson (Johnson, 62); Léris (Junho, 71), Laurent, Campbell; Wesley. Subs not used: Bonham, Gayle, Thompson, Sidibe.

PNE line-up: Woodman; Storey, Whatmough (Cunningham, 83), Lindsay; Potts, McCann, Ledson, Hughes; Browne, Frøkjær (Holmes, 45); Keane (Woodburn, 88). Subs not used: Cornell, Bauer, Rodriguez-Gentile, Best, Mawene, Seary.

Attendance: 22,957 (2,586 PNE fans)

Referee: Mr M Donohue.

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Ticket News

Stoke City Tickets Sold Out

30 August 2023

Tickets for North End’s upcoming away match against Stoke City are now sold out!

PNE will be backed by 2,608 supporters at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday 2nd September as Ryan Lowe's side look to continue the unbeaten start to the Sky Bet Championship season.

Supporters who have bought tickets can collect from Deepdale up until 6pm on Friday, while any uncollected will then be sent to Stoke on the supporter coaches for collection at the away end from turnstile 55.

Please note, there will be no tickets available to buy on the day.

Ticket Prices

Adults £25
Seniors (65+) £19
U18s £15
U11s £12

Disabled Supporter Information

There are 14 tickets available for wheelchair users, with a complimentary carer ticket provided where required.

Disabled supporters will pay in accordance with their relevant age band above, besides adult supporters who will pay the concession rate of £19.

Eight disabled parking spaces are available, priced at £10 each, and these can be bought from the Deepdale ticket office in person or by phone on 0344 856 1966.

Coach Travel

Coach travel is available from both Deepdale and Leyland for this fixture, priced at £14 per Ambassador and £16 per non-Ambassadors.

Coaches will depart both locations at 12 noon.

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