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Championship Preview: Ipswich Town

22 June 2015

Preston North End’s second home league game of the season sees Ipswich Town make the long trip to Lancashire on Saturday 22nd August.

The Tractor Boys were another side who were in promotion contention last season as they looked to end their 13-year stay in the Championship.

Losing a Play-Off semi-final is never easy, but losing it to your arch-rivals in the form of Norwich City last season would have deepened the blow for the East Anglia outfit, who are currently the longest-serving Championship team.

Keeping hold of key players such as David McGoldrick and Tyrone Mings will be no easy feat, but current boss Mick McCarthy has promotion pedigree in his locker having accomplished it with Sunderland and Wolves in the past.

After a date at Deepdale in late August, Preston and Ipswich will meet again on the 16th January for the 32nd time since their first meeting in 1954.

Head to Head

Preston: 13
Draw: 8
Ipswich: 9

In the run in to Preston North End’s FA Cup run in 1954 which ended at the last hurdle losing to West Brom in the final, Ipswich Town stood in the way of a Quarter-final slot for the Lilywhites.

It was the first time the two had ever played against each other – yet that didn’t stop Scot Symon’s Preston side putting Town to the sword in front of over 30,000 fans at Deepdale.

North End’s formidable front line led the charge, with braces from both Charlie Wayman and Jimmy Baxter, along with goals from Angus Morrison and Sir Tom Finney to give Preston a comfortable 6-1 victory.

The Stadium

Portman Road, which has been the home of Ipswich Town for over 130 years currently holds a capacity of 30,311.

The ground lays siege to statues of footballing greats such as Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson just outside of the arena, and their home underwent significant redevelopment in the early 2000s increasing the capacity by a further 10,000 seats.

Played for Both

Over 60 years separate the first to the last player to play for both sides - the first being Mick Burns who played for the duo in the 1930s - the latest being Ricardo Fuller who represented both after the turn of the century.

But in-between them is triple European Cup winner David Johnson whose spell at Ipswich coincided with leaving Everton and returning to Merseyside for Liverpool in 1982.

Johnson concluded his career at Preston North End in 1984 after winning 10 major honours prior to his move to Deepdale. The forward spent a single season at the Club scoring three goals in 24 appearances before bringing down the curtain on an illustrious career at the end of that season.



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