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Championship Preview: Wolves

29 June 2015

Next up in our Championship preview is Wolverhampton Wanderers, who visit Deepdale on Saturday 26th September.

After a trip to Brentford, Preston North End will play host to Kenny Jackett’s Wolves side.

The Molineux outfit ended the 2014/15 campaign just outside the top six, missing out on only goal difference, despite a 4-2 win at home on the final day against Millwall. 

Jackett will be hoping to go one better next season and at least make the Play-Offs as they look to win a second promotion in three seasons. 

With the game at Deepdale coming earlier in the season, the reverse fixture will be plated on Saturday 13th February. 

Head To Head

Preston: 44
Draw: 24
Wolves: 48

The last time the two sides faced each other was in January 2014 when both sides were looking for promotion from League One. 

It ended in defeat for the Lilywhites as Wolves came out 2-0 winners at Molineux thanks to goals from Dave Edwards and Lee Evans either side of half time. 

North End were under pressure from the start, and Edwards slotted under Declan Rudd to put the home side ahead. 

Joe Garner almost levelled the score but was denied but the cross bar before Evans doubled Wolves’ lead with a rebound effort after Rudd had denied James Henry’s initial effort.

It was only the second win in eight games for Wolves who remained in third place, behind Leyton Orient and leaders Brentford. 

Despite their position at this stage, a strong end to the campaign saw Wolves win the league and secure promotion to the SkyBet Championship. 

The Stadium

The start of the 2014/15 campaign saw Wolves celebrate 125 since their first league game at Molineux. That game was played on 7th September 1889 with Wolves beating Notts County 2-0. 

The current capacity of the stadium in 36,700 and North End fans will make a 191 mile round trip to the stadium on 13th February 2016. 

Played for Both

There are a number of players who have played for both Preston North End and Wolves. One example is Jack Nelson, Chorley-born defender who started his football career with PNE, making his debut in 1928. 

He went on to make a total of 71 appearances for the Lilywhites, scoring two goals from defence before leaving for Wolves in 1932 where he played 74 games. 
Midfielder Mark Rankine also played for both sides, he left Molinuex after four years with Wolves in 1996 before spending the next seven years at Deepdale. 

In his time with the Lilywhites, Rankine made 233 appearances, before he joined Sheffield United in 2003. 

Other players who represented both clubs include Hugh McIlmoyle, Sammy Thomson, Peter Zelem, Ken Knighton and Dale Rudge. 


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