It was December 2017 the last time Saturday’s match official, Tim Robinson, took charge of the Lilywhites.
That game, a 1-0 win at home to Sheffield United, saw Robinson as the man with the whistle at a PNE game, for the second time in three weeks.
Tim, from West Sussex, in his seventh year on the EFL list and was the match official for the 1-1 draw with Norwich City at Carrow Road in November that same season.
Before that, he last took charge of North End in his only trip to Deepdale, when we overcame Birmingham City 2-1 back in March of the previous season.
That was his fourth game overall in charge of the Lilywhites, the others all being away trips; Brentford, Ipswich and a 2-0 victory at Coventry City when Joe Garner and club captain Tom Clarke were on the scoresheet.
This will be his 25th game of the season, his last being Tuesday’s goalless draw between Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday at the Den, and in the previous 24 he has issued 91 cautions and seven red cards.
This is his second Forest game of the season, having overseen their 2-2 home draw with Birmingham City back in August.
The assistants on Saturday afternoon will be Jonathan Hunt and Mark Jones, whilst the fourth official assigned to the game is John Brooks.