It has been ten years since the Lilywhites beat Norwich City at Deepdale in the league and it came exactly the same week – in fact it was a decade on Thursday!
It was Saturday 14th February 2009, as Jon Parkin gave North End fans a Valentine’s Day treat with the only goal of the game for Alan Irvine’s Play-Off chasing team.
‘The Beast’, Parkin, struck as the Lilywhites defeated the Canaries to climb to fourth in the Championship table.
The visitors had dominated before Parkin struck, with Andy Lonergan making outstanding saves to deny long-range efforts from Lee Croft and Mark Fotheringham.
Parkin hit the post, but was not to be denied when he controlled Paul McKenna's corner and drilled the ball past keeper David Marshall.
Richard Chaplow almost doubled the lead, but Marshall saved his mis-hit strike and North End held on for the points to cement a place in the top six.
After the game, manager Irvine said: "It is a lovely position to be in at the moment. If we could just stop the league right now that would be okay. It would be something freakish if [53 points] was not enough to make sure we are in the league next year.
"At the end of this month we will have a really good idea of what chance we have of winning promotion."
City boss Bryan Gunn said: “I'm disappointed to get nothing from the game. We were the better team for the first 42 minutes.
"If [the foul on Wes Hoolahan] was outside the box a ref would probably give a foul. If it is in the box it is a penalty. When you are in the bottom six those decisions don't go for you. When you are in the top six they do."
PNE line-up: Lonergan, Jones, Davies, St. Ledger, Nolan, Nicholson, McKenna, Chaplow (Carter, 69), Sedgwick (Whaley, 69), Parkin (Mawene, 88), Brown. Subs not used: Neal, Hawley.
Norwich City line-up: Marshall, Otsemobor, Doherty, Shackell, Grounds, Croft, Fotheringham, Russell, Hoolahan (Carney, 78), Gow (Killen, 70), Cort (Cureton, 79). Subs not used: Nelson, Leijer.
Referee: Rob Shoebridge (Derbyshire)