This weekend’s 100 page edition of The One And Only features interviews and features connected with Roses battles with people from both sides of the Pennines having their say.
“I think both sides have got something to prove and Simon [Grayson] will be looking to bounce back with his team. Bradford will be no pushovers though; they’ve got a good manager in Phil Parkinson so there will be a lot resting on it.
“Preston are pushing for promotion and are desperate to get out of League One and there right up there. They’ve had a few blips but they’ve got the right man in charge with Simon Grayson who’s a great guy, and I know him from playing with him many years ago and there’s no one better to take them out of this league.”
Whilst current PNE marksman Kevin Davies – another who hails from Yorkshire – agreed that the competitiveness of these fixtures was always there.
“There is certainly just as intensive a rivalry when a Lancashire side plays a Yorkshire side, as you get when you play a local derby,” he said.
“Having played most of my career on this side of the Pennines I always notice it.
“I always find it quite amusing that when we play a side from Yorkshire, like Sheffield United or Leeds, when they start singing ‘Yorkshire, Yorkshire’, I have to stop myself singing – it’s kind of strange that I’ve never played for a Yorkshire side other than at schoolboy level, but with the manager and Snods at the Club there are plenty of people flying the flag for the white rose!
“There’s a lot of banter that flies round between the players and staff as well as between the clubs, so there is a good rivalry.
“When we travel over to play teams in Yorkshire, like Sheffield United or Rotherham in the past year, Snods always says that the hotels are nicer and the people are friendlier!
“There’s been plenty of banter this year with the cricket as well because of Lancashire’s relegation and Yorkshire winning the title. The manager gives it out to people like Joe Garner and we had a bit of a laugh about that – it’s all good fun.”
Other interviewees in this programme include Jon Parkin, Glynn Snodin, Ricky Heppolette, former Bantam Kyel Reid, Paul Gallagher and much much more.
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