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Chorley v Preston North End Match Preview

16 September 2019

Preston North End head to Victory Park to take on Jamie Vermiglio's Chorley on Tuesday night, for the first round of the Lancashire Cup.

The tie, a 7pm kick-off sees the Lilywhites looking to progress against the National League Magpies in one of the longest running cup competitions in world football.
 
The Lancashire Cup was first contested in 1879/80 and Darwen were the first winners. Blackburn Rovers are the current holders and have won the trophy more times than any other club with 19 wins.
 
Before the start of the Football League, the Lancashire Cup was the most prestigious competition in the county, especially for those clubs whose professionals were banned from the FA Cup.
 
North End have won the trophy six times since the first occasion in 1886/87. In that first victorious season, North End beat Blackburn Rovers 7-1, fellow Blackburn side Witton 12-0 and overcame Bolton away in the Final. They won 3-0 in front of 15,000 spectators.
 
PNE won again in 1893, 1895 and 1900 and their only other win before 1997 was when the trophy was shared with Bolton in 1939. After a 1-1 draw, the outbreak of the Second World War meant the replay was cancelled and both clubs jointly held the trophy that season.
More recently, North End lost both the 2006 Final, against Oldham Athletic and the 2011 Final, versus Blackburn Rovers, both on penalties.
The Lancashire FA Senior Cup is nowadays a competition for all professional clubs from the National League upwards and is sponsored by Interfit.
 
Competition rules state that clubs must field at least six players with full time professional contracts from their first team squad. If scores are level after 90 minutes, the tie is decided by penalties with no extra time.
 
Manager Alex Neil is expected to name a squad with plenty of senior experience in it, with a number of first team players in need of match minutes, with some players returning from injury.
 
The game is a 7pm kick-off, with tickets on sale online here with tickets priced at just £3 for adults up until 5pm on the day of the game. After this time, tickets will be available on the gate for £5. Please note that all U12s are free of charge.
 
We will have live updates of the game across social media with a match report on PNE.Com and reaction following the game. We will also be providing fans with the full 90 minutes of action with commentary being uploaded to iFollow PNE after the game, for those who can’t make it.

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