FRANK WORTHINGTON, who watched last Saturday’s Galpharm derby clash with Sheffield Wednesday, was on the scoresheet last time Town won at Preston.
He grabbed a double as Town made light of a muddy surface at Deepdale to chalk up a 3-1 triumph during their 1969-70 Division II promotion campaign.
Worthington struck with sizzling shots after 34 and 40 minutes of the November meeting watched by 12,750, taking his season’s goal haul to eight in the process.
After Jimmy Lawson netted a minute before the break with a piledriver of his own, Town had to withstand a second-half home onslaught, during which Willie Irvine scored.
Town have made 11 trips to the famous Lancashire venue since then, the most recent during the 2000-01 Championship campaign.
That game finished 0-0, one of six stalemates in that sequence of games between the sides who have twice clashed in FA Cup finals, Town winning in 1922, Preston in 1938.
Fittingly, Town supporters will be housed in the Bill Shankly Stand tomorrow (tickets can be bought at the booth adjacent to the away end on the day, but for cash only).
The legendary former Leeds Road and Liverpool manager played for Preston in their 1938 Wembley victory over Town, when George Mutch’s extra-time penalty clinched a 1-0 success.
Preston also have stands named after Sir Tom Finney, who celebrated his 90th birthday eight days ago, and long-serving sixties keeper and later North End manager Alan Kelly.