The match referee for this Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup third round tie with Doncaster Rovers is Andy Davies, making his second trip to Deepdale this season.
His first appearance in PR1 was the local derby with Bolton Wanderers back in September. That was, in fact, the officials’ second-only time of taking charge in PR1, making the long trip up from Hampshire for the game.
His first trip here was back in January 2018, when he was referee for the 1-1 draw with Birmingham City.
Whilst that was 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 seventh year on the EFL lists, but only his fifth 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.
This will be his 22nd game of the new season, having issued 66 cautions and six red cards – five of them coming in the last three games! His last game was the New Year’s Day clash between Crawley and Colchester United, where two men saw red.
He will be assisted by Adam Crysell and Billy Smallwood and the fourth official will be Barry Lamb.