This weekend we have an official who will be taking charge of his first ever game at Deepdale, in Hampshire referee Andy Davies.
This will be his first game of 2017/18 where he has officiated either PNE or visitors Birmingham City, having refereed 15 games, issuing 56 cautions and one red card so far in the current campaign; his last match being last weekend’s 2-0 home win by Brentford against Bolton Wanderers.
Whilst this is his first game as Deepdale, the match official has taken charge of North End games in the past, including the opening game of the 2016/17 at Reading.
This is his sixth year on the EFL lists, but only his fourth ever PNE game. He took charge of 2015/16s goalless draw at Brighton & Hove Albion back in October 2015, having previously been the match official for a Lilywhites fixture back in 2012 at Leyton Orient.
He will be assisted by Jonathan Hunt and Billy Smallwood, whilst the fourth official will be experienced select group two referee Andy Madley.