KEITH RIPLEY has good reason to remember Huddersfield Town’s last League Cup clash with Preston.
It provided him with the only goal of his senior career.
Ripley was a 22-year-old winger working as a civil servant and playing part-time for Gainsborough Trinity when signed for £1,500 by Tom Johnston during the 1978 close-season.
At that time the first round of the cup was a two-legged affair played as a curtain-raiser to the League campaign.
After Fourth Division Town lost 3-0 at Deepdale, Ripley made his debut from the bench in the second leg, scoring alongside Ian Holmes (penalty) in a 2-2 draw with the Second Division (now Championship) side.
He started the opening-day League game at home to Crewe, but made just four more appearances, three of them from the bench, before joining Doncaster the following summer.
The only other League Cup clash between the pair was in 1965-66, when North End beat their Second Division rivals 1-0 in the third round at Leeds Road.