The match official for Saturday’s trip to the City Ground is a man who oversaw the Lilywhites on four occasions in 2018/19.
Experienced referee Geoff Eltringham will be in charge as North End take on Nottingham Forest.
The last time we the north east official was for the superb home win over Norwich City back in February, before which he also refereed our final game of 2018, when we took a point from a fine performance against Aston Villa.
Prior to that he was referee when the Lilywhites travelled to Ashton Gate and defeated Lee Johnson’s Bristol City in October 2018 and also North End’s trip to Elland Road back in September, having also officiated five games for Alex Neil’s side in the 2017/18 season.
In that campaign, having taken charge our early season game at Derby County, Geoff also took charge of the Boxing Day trip to Barnsley, our January win at Nottingham Forest – meaning he has done this game before - March’s victory over Bristol City at Deepdale and finally our goalless draw with Norwich City in mid-April.
He also refereed one North End game in 2016/17, the home clash with our Barnsley, having also done one the previous season, the 1-0 home win over Reading.
The year prior to that he took charge of three PNE games, including the 2-0 home win over Peterborough United in March. Back in the 2013/14 campaign he also took charge of North End twice, both of those at Deepdale - the 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers back in November 2013 and then the goalless draw with Sheffield United in March.
The County Durham official is an experienced referee who had taken charge of North End a number of other times in the past including the very first game after the departure of Graham Westley, when John Dreyer took the team against an in-form Bournemouth side and ran out 2-0 winners.
He also looked after a thriller back in 2010, when North End overcame Crystal Palace 4-3 at Deepdale.
For the game, the referee will be assisted by Adrian Waters and Jonathan Hunt, whilst David Richardson will act as the fourth official.
Geoff has so far taken charge of four games this season, with eight cautions and no red cards issued and this will be his first visit to the City Ground since January 2018, when the visitors were… PNE!