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Raynor Looking Forward To Return

24 February 2014

Can you believe it is 20 years since Paul Raynor became a Deepdale cult hero with his Play-Off winner as we ripped up the plastic?!

Well, that’s the case, and the former winger returns to the venue of one of his career highlights as Rotherham United’s assistant manager on Tuesday night.

He spoke to The One And Only ahead of the game and admitted it is a fixture he has been looking forward to.

“Big Claude [Davis] will, I’m sure, will be looking forward to it, as will Craig Morgan,” he told Tuesday’s matchday programme. “Both are good players and both have an affection for the Club as well. 

“It’s a big club, it’s a family club and the ex-players that I speak to only have a fondness and nice things to say about Preston North End. 

“There is a real warmth there – it is a great traditional club and I am sure that those two guys, as well as myself, are looking forward to it.”

Rotherham have had a fantastic campaign so far, building on last year’s promotion and Raynor believes they are ahead of schedule with their progress: “We have not shouted from the rooftops. At the start of the season we did want to do well and we thought we might have an outside chance of nicking into those Play-Off spots , but we’re probably got a little bit further on that we thought we get to. 

“We are ambitious as a club, we are ambitious an group of players and a management team and we are enjoying the experience at the moment. We are keeping our feet firmly on the ground. 

“Preston were one of the teams we identified that would have a good start to the season and would be up there challenging. 

“As soon as the Club went out and signed the likes of Kevin Davies people know that they meant business and they added to what was already a strong squad and it has the makings of a really entertaining game.”

You can read much more from Paul, including his tribute to Sir Tom Finney, his memories of the 1994 Play-Off campaign and more in Tuesday’s night’s matchday programme, along with much, much more.

We have an extended interview with skipper John Welsh, chats with Kevin Davies, Bailey Wright and Scott Laird picking the greatest XI he has played with. We also have all our usual features and 15 pages devoted to our visitors from South Yorkshire, all included in 84 pages of perfect bound content.

Don’t forget; The One And Only is now available to download on your iPhone and iPad via the Matchday Digital app.

The Matchday Digital App allows you to view the North End programme anytime, anywhere. You can make one-off purchases or take out a season pass so you are subscribed to the whole season. If you can’t make the game, simply download the programme on the Matchday Digital app and be part of the game.

The slick digital version comes with all the content you would have in the printed programme, but with added features including:

• Programmes available to fans any time, anywhere
• Download back copies from past games
• Programmes will be made available for purchase worldwide
• Easy to use curl or slide ‘turn page’ technology
• Keyword search taking you straight to a particular player or feature
• Pinch screen feature to zoom into articles or images
• Add articles to Facebook or Twitter via the social media feature
• The Matchday Digital app is free to download on to your iPhone/iPad.

Preston North End supporters can download an individual issue at £2.99 or take out a season pass for £49.99.

Download the Matchday Digital app on your iPhone or iPad for free now by clicking on the below iTunes App Store icon. Alternatively simply go to the iTunes App store on your iPhone/iPad and search for ‘Matchday Digital’.

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