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Championship Preview: Cardiff City

2 July 2015

Russell Slade’s Cardiff City come to Deepdale on the 17th October hoping for a much improved season to their previous.

Having suffered relegation from the Premier League a year before, the Bluebirds were hoping to bounce back to the top flight at the first attempt last season.

Unfortunately for the Welsh side, things didn’t turn out like that, resulting in the departure of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Just two months into the season.

Up stepped the former Leyton Orient boss in Slade, but he could only steer City to a mid-table finish, 16 points off the Play-Offs.

But as with every season comes fresh optimism, and now that the unrest off the field seems over with owner Vincent Tan reverting back to Cardiff’s traditional blue strip as oppose to red half-way through the
previous campaign - City fans will have high aspirations of a much improved year to the last.

Head To Head

Preston: 33
Draw: 21
Cardiff: 32

Turn the clocks back six years, and the North End under Alan Irvine really turned on the style against their Welsh opposition back in April 2009.

On a spring afternoon at Deepdale, it took just 17 minutes for Preston to find the net with Neil Mellor beginning the rout, and he grabbed his second four minutes before half-time.

Jon Parkin made it three six minutes into the second-half and that was followed by an own-goal by Mark Kennedy three minutes later to make it 4-0 to the Lilywhites.

As if the blow wasn’t big enough for the Bluebirds, the home side continued to rub salt into the wounds – Chris Brown made it 5-0 in the 75th minute, and the demolition was complete when Lee Williamson grabbed the six, four minutes before full-time.

The Stadium

The Cardiff City stadium has been the home of Cardiff City since 2009, after they said goodbye to Ninian Park, the place they called home for 99-years.

Home to the Welsh National team also, the purpose-built stadium has a capacity of 33,280 after upgrading the stadiums capacity since it first opened.

The ground is built to expand to 60,000 fans if needed, although it was announced that a part of the stadium is to be shut for this season due to a smaller demand for tickets.

Played for Both

Gareth Ainsworth is arguably the most notable name to have played for both in PNE terms, with the now Wycombe manager enjoying three spells at the Club.

His first came in 1992, but his most fruitful stint at North End came when he returned in 1993 making 82 appearances, whilst notching up 12 goals.

His third and final return came in 2002 where he made a further five appearance for PNE in 2002, before joining Cardiff a year later, where he played 9 times for City.

Other names include Stan Davies, Ron Healey, Jack Jennings and Mick Martin, whilst former Walsall manager Jimmy Mullen played over 100 times for Cardiff, but only once for Preston.

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