Preston North End will face Blackburn Rovers at Deepdale for the 54th time in competitive league action on Saturday afternoon.
Overall it is the 107th league meeting of the two Lancashire outfits, with the Lilywhites well ahead, 40-29, on the head-to-head, but the past counts for nothing on derby day!
Our first meeting was in the opening league season, PNE winning 1-0 in December 1888 and down the years there have been plenty of goals on the regular basis, the biggest margin of victory being a 4-0 home triumph in December 1946, whilst the only time we have scored five against Rovers was in Sir Tom Finney's last season, a 5-3 triumph in March 1960.
In recent years we have had some positive results, last year's 4-1 win preceded by a late success in front of the Sky Sports cameras in December 2016, when Callum Robinson proved the match-winner.
Robinson's late strike gave PNE victory over Rovers as five goals were scored in a wonderful Lancashire derby at Deepdale - the forward fired in ten minutes from time after Blackburn had levelled twice.
Daniel Johnson scored two first-half goals for North End, a superb curling 25-yard effort and a penalty.
Rovers' Danny Graham also netted twice - first on the rebound after missing a penalty before the break, and a deflected equaliser in the second half.
Robinson's winner, his third goal in his last five league games, was a clinical finish into the bottom corner from 12 yards and capped a pulsating match, full of drama and attacking football.
Simon Grayson's side were clinical going forward as Johnson opened the scoring with a stunning first-time shot into the corner. Both penalties appeared clear-cut - Johnson first bringing down Blackburn's Sam Gallagher and Darragh Lenihan hand-balling while challenging PNE striker Simon Makienok.
Graham's weak spot-kick for Rovers was saved by Chris Maxwell, but the former Sunderland striker powered in the rebound after a mad goalmouth scramble.
Johnson stroked in his penalty, sending Jason Steele the wrong way, to make it 2-1 to the hosts at half-time.
Graham's second goal had an air of fortune, taking a deflection off Tom Clarke and past Maxwell, but Blackburn could not hold on for a point.