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Championship Preview: Sheffield Wednesday

1 July 2015

PNE’s Championship preview resumes with Sheffield Wednesday who like many other teams will begin the new season, with a new manager.

Just last night, the Owls confirmed that Portugal-born Carlos Carvalhal is the new man in the Wednesday hot-seat, after out-going manager Stuart Gray left the club earlier last month.

Gray enjoyed his first and only full season last time out as manager of the South Yorkshire contingent after being installed initially as caretaker in November 2013.

He led the club to a strong mid-table finish last time out, but the board have instead opted overseas for the 2015/16 campaign.

Carvahal comes to England relatively unknown having spent the majority of his playing and managerial career in his home land, but arrives with the likes of Sporting Lisbon, Besiktas and Braga all ticked off on his managerial CV.

Head to Head

Preston: 40
Draw: 23
Sheffield Wednesday: 39

13 years ago saw the North End knock four past the Owls – and whilst the usual suspects in David Healy and Jon Macken both got on the score sheet after Dickson Etuhu broke the deadlock, there was a surprising debut goal for a young Cumbrian.

Wednesday’s Alan Quinn reduced the deficit after Etuhu and Macken initially gave PNE a 2-0 lead, and Paul Reid, who came on to replace Sean Gregan in the 33rd minute marked his first and only ever game for Preston with a goal in the 67th minute.

Healy grabbed the fourth seven minutes later, whilst Efan Ekoku converted from the spot-kick to give Wednesday a consolation in a 4-2 victory for North End back in the 2001/02 campaign.

The Stadium

Another ground for North End fans to really look forward to visiting this season, Hillsborough stadium has a capacity of just under 40,000 making it the second largest ground outside of the Premier League.

PNE fans are no strangers to trips to Sheffield in recent times of course having visited rivals Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane twice last season, and Wednesday are based just three miles down the road from their Sheffield counterparts.

Played For Both

At least 15 players have played for both Northern clubs with George Bargh, Dean Barrick, Danny Cameron, and Richard Cresswell all playing over 100 games for Preston whilst also representing Wednesday during their days.

Another is Neil Mellor, who during his time in Preston was loaned out to the Owls for the 2010/11 season.

His 32 games for Sheffield Wednesday in all competitions saw him find the net 20 times – complementing his 43 goals in 85 games for Preston before retiring at the age of 28 due to injuries.



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