For the final game of the 2019/20 season the Lilywhites and the Robins will be officiated by someone who hasn’t done any of their games yet in the campaign.
On Wednesday evening the match official for our clash with managerless Bristol City at Ashton Gate will be experienced referee Andy Woolmer.
It is Andy's 34th game of the season and his first North End game since November 3rd 2018, when he sent off Chris Maxwell in a 1-1 draw at Ipswich Town, when Paul Gallagher went between the sticks after scoring a free kick!
Andy also refereed our last game of the season on the final day of 2016, when we drew 1-1 with Sheffield Wednesday at Deepdale, his last game before the trip to Portman Road.
That was one of four games that Woolmer took charge of a PNE game in the first half of the 2016/17 season; as well as overseeing the points being shared with the Owls, the Northamptonshire-based official also took charge of our EFL Cup win over Hartlepool United early in the campaign, late September's 2-2 draw at Birmingham City and November’s 3-1 win at Rotherham United that year.
His early season visit to PR1 for the EFL Cup tie was the referee's seventh visit to Deepdale in his 13th year on the EFL lists, meaning the Wednesday game was his eighth.
The season prior to that he took charge of PNE twice, the clash again between North End and Sheffield Wednesday, at Hillsborough in October 2015, and then in March of 2016, the 1-1 draw at home to Queens Park Rangers.
His first game in charge of the Lilywhites was way back in January 2005, when he was the referee for our 2-1 victory over Crewe Alexandra and he was also referee on Good Friday 2015 for a win over Rochdale, preceded by the 2013 home win over Stevenage, when Lee Holmes and Will Hayhurst were on target for then manager Simon Grayson’s men.
So far this season he has officiated 33 games, issuing 91 cautions and four red cards. This midweek he will be assisted by Mark Jones and Adam Crysell, whilst John Busby will act as the fourth official.
You can watch the game live on iFollow PNE, with former and PNE and City man Rob Edwards joining our commentary team for the game - just click here now for details of how to sign up.