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Derby Days Require A Hero

23 October 2014

North End’s visit of Fleetwood Town is the latest in a long line of derby days to be held at Deepdale and these intense rivalries always require someone to put their head up to be counted.

One man who did that in the past, both against Blackpool and Burnley, was former North End striker Neil Mellor, and he admitted that scoring goals against bitter rivals always meant more: “I love scoring goals in any games, but of course finding the net in derby games are more memorable.

“The supporters will come up to me and say how much they enjoyed that goal, especially the Blackpool goal because of the rivalry and it was good to beat them on their own patch. Those goals mean an awful lot especially from memory, and perhaps more important than other goals I’ve scored.

“Having said that, I prefer it when supporters remember us for winning those games more than anything else.

“I remember when we lost against Blackpool and I hated that feeling. It’s all very well and good scoring a goal, but winning the game was the most important thing and when we won the game there was a real buzz in the dressing room after it, especially Blackpool and Burnley away.

“Those games are the ones you want to win.”

Mellor is one of many derby based feature interviews in Saturday’s edition of The One And Only, including David Eyres, Ronnie Jepson, Luke Parkinson – son of Gary – and an extended sit down with Tom Clarke, who made his name with North End fans in last year’s won over Blackpool.

Also in this weekend’s edition of the 100-page matchday programme are exclusive chats with Joe Garner about wearing the armband at Gillingham, Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander, Chris Lucketti, Youl Mawene, Chris Humphrey, Kelvin Langmead and Neil Kilkenny.

We also have a dozen pages of content about our visitors, making their first trip to PR1 and all the rest of the usual features, articles and over 200 images – it really is a bargain for just £3!

They will be on sale from Friday afternoon from the Club shop, online and in person from our sellers inside and outside of Deepdale on matchday.

Don’t forget; The One And Only is also 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 by going to the iTunes App store on your iPhone/iPad and search for ‘Matchday Digital’.

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