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Dirty Dozen : Preston North End 15/02/2021

Posted by Matt Rowson in Nonsense.

“Dirty Dozen” is a feature that I write for the match programme;  mindful that the programme might be enjoying a slightly lower readership than is normal, I’m reproducing the pieces that were in the corresponding home programme prior to away games for the rest of the season (with the club’s permission).

Format is simple – twelve questions, how many do you know the answers to?

Feel free to enter your responses or scores in comments but I won’t be marking them. Answers at the top of the comments.

  1. Which current Premier League manager took up his first management position at Preston in 1998 aged 34, having turned out for the club at centre-back for the previous six years?
  2. Watford’s first manager had been the leading goalscorer in Preston’s “Invincibles” double-winning side of 1888/89. What was his name?
  3. Name the striker, sold by Watford to Preston in 2013, who would score 50 goals for the Lilywhites over the next two season.
  4. Watford, then in the Division 3 (South), beat second tier Preston 1-0 in an FA Cup 3rd Round replay in January 1950 in front of 27,000. Which Preston talisman, whose penalty had salvaged a draw in the original match four days earlier, missed the replay with tonsilitis?
  5. A league cup tie at Deepdale in August 2015 saw a changing of the guard at Vicarage Road. Which three Hornets debuted in that game, and which three were making their final outings for the side?
  6. In which decade did the Hornets last sign a player from Preston North End?
  7. The 2005/06 season would see the Hornets earn promotion to the Premier League, but began with a home defeat to the Lilywhites. Which striker, who would score 8 goals in 13 games against the Hornets, scored the visitors’ opener?
  8. Adam Thompson scored the first goal of his fledgling career to earn a 2-2 draw with Preston at Vicarage Road during our last League encounter here in February 2011. Which Championship side did he leave to join Leyton Orient at the end of January?
  9. The Hornets most recent League encounter with Preston prior to this season was on the last day of the 2010/11 season. How many years later did the relegated Lilywhites win their next Championship game after triumphing 3-1 at here?
  10. The above game was the last in charge for which Watford manager, and which slightly surprising Championship record did his 14th-placed Hornets hold that season?
  11. On the last day of the 1997/98 season the Hornets memorably beat Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage. Who did Preston beat 2-1 at Deepdale to mean that the Hornets won the Division Two title?
  12. Which domestic achievement do Preston share with Wolves, Burnley, Sheffield United and Portsmouth?


1. Matt Rowson - 15/02/2021

1. David Moyes
2. John Goodall
3. Joe Garner
4. Tom Finney
5. Fernando Forestieri, Gabriele Angella, Connor Smith bowed out; Miguel Britos, Nathan Aké, Giedrius Arlauskis debuted
6. 1930s
7. David Nugent
8. Rotherham United
9. Five
10. Malky Mackay, Most Away Goals Scored (38)
11. Bristol City
12. Champions of all four divisions

10+: North End to your talents
6-9 : Moderately Impreston-ive
0-5: Wizard of Drivel

2. Harefield Hornet - 15/02/2021

Only 3 again! – Bloody Crap but consistent!

3. davidfishermusic - 16/02/2021

Got the first 4 and I thought I was on for a big score. Then didn’t get any others. Ah well. Should have got Nugent, but plumped for the Northern Irish David instead.

My main Watford-Preston memory is a 2-0 loss in Ray Lewington’s final game as manager. A wretched performance that convinced the board to sack him before the April International break and usher in the Boothroyd era (I don’t think I’ve invented that memory, though it is possible).

A reminder that there was a time that sacking a popular manager with only a few games remaining worked out well for us

4. Mike Peter - 16/02/2021

7 1/2 – got 1-3, Angella/Forestieri/Britos for 5, 7, 8, 11 and 12. I must confess I didn’t really the phrasing of 9 and 10 – although I can’t guarantee I’d have got them if I had!

Matt Rowson - 16/02/2021

Good work…

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