On Saturday afternoon Ben Pringle could have been lining up in an opposition shirt, but for his move to Deepdale a month ago.
Born and raised in Newcastle and a former season ticket holder at St James’ Park, it is easy to work out what drew his attention on the fixture lists. However, with Fulham this weekend, then Derby County and Ipswich Town all being in the first five league games, means a lot of early reunions for him!
“The ones I look out for the most; Newcastle, now they have come down, first of all, then Rotherham, Derby and Ipswich, as well as Fulham, so to get three of them really early is going to be good,” he told the matchday progamme.
“It is funny the way things work out. Putting what happened in Cork aside, we will be ready for today and it will be a completely different outcome and scenario. We will be up for it; the first home game, the crowd will be up for it and it is something to look forward to. We had Hartlepool on Tuesday and one of my best friends plays for them as well, so it has been quite funny how things have worked out.
“I did the first four days with Fulham and they didn’t ease back in, they were straight back into things and you could tell that by the way they were when we played them in Ireland. We had only been back in ten days and were just starting to up it a little bit, but they looked fitter, more organised and ahead of where we were. It wasn’t a pleasant experience for me, but I am sure we can change that on Saturday.”
As well as much, much more from Pringle in the 100-page edition of The One And Only, we also have exclusives with his former Fulham room-mate Tom Cairney, former PNE and Fulham fan favourite Brian McBride, plus new features with Jordan Hugill, Chris Maxwell, Paul Gallagher and Paul Huntington.
There are some fantastic new sections including a serialisation of the new graphic book ‘The Rise Of The Invincibles’, a heart-wrenching section about the effect of WW1 on football 100 years ago, 13 pages of content about our opponents and the use of well over 200 images packed in to the perfect bound tome.
It will be on sale from inside and outside the ground and from the club’s ticket office Saturday, still for just £3 – it truly is value for money, so make sure you pick up yours this weekend.