It’s club football all of the way until Wales’ Play Off game with Finland, and, hopefully, a Final against Poland or Estonia, in late March now and City make what is a regular trip to Preston tomorrow hoping to put their poor showing against Norwich, where a 2-1 lead beyond the eightieth minute was turned into a 3-2 defeat, behind them.
The good news is that Erol Bulut confirmed in his media conference yesterday that Manolis Siopis should be available after injury kept him out of Greece’s two games over the past week and Perry Ng will be returning after missing the Norwich match.
The club website coverage of the press conference showed pictures of Aaron Ramsey and Callum O’Dowda running around a training pitch and our manager said he was hopeful that both of them will be available for selection before the turn of the year.
Meanwhile, here’s the normal quiz on our upcoming opponents with the answers to be posted on here on Sunday.
60s. Born on a Christmas Eve during the Second World War, this winger started off at Preston and made close to two hundred league appearances for them over seven years before moving to a team that were one of the giants of the game then, and still are now. The step up did not work out for him as he made just a single league appearance for his new club before a return to Preston for seven more years was completed. Loan moves to two lower division sides with yellow/amber in their kit followed before the end of his time at Deepdale with a short lived move to a club that faced Manchester United in European competition at a time when they were defending Champions. His final club were Shropshire non leaguers, but who is he?
70s. A Preston team beaten by City during this decade featured three players who finished their careers with European Cup winners medals, name them and the game in which they faced us.
80s. A defender who won one of his seven international caps in a World Cup Finals tournament, he had long since ended his days of representing his country when he signed for northern birds after a decade representing a capital club. Signing for Preston just as the seventies were ending, he spent two years with them before a move to a learned team and then a short return to his first club to finish, can you name the player I’m describing?
90s. Was the Davis money spent getting this forward in as a replacement ? (5.5)
00s. Steal from a Prince’s property?
10s. Who is the Preston player (he’s not a defender) from this decade who has picked up getting on for twenty yellow cards for every goal he scores over a long career?
20s. What is the relevance of the Rebel Army from Turner’s Cross to the current Preston squad?
60s. David Wilson moved from Preston to Liverpool in 1967 only to return to Deepdale later that year. Following loan moves to Bradford City and Southport, Wilson crossed the Irish Sea to play for Waterford, the team who were Irish Champions when they faced defending European Cup Winners Manchester United in that competition in 1968/69. Wilson finished his career at Telford United in 1974.
70s.David Sadler (with Manchester United in 67/68) and Mark Lawrenson and Michael Robinson (with Liverpool in 83/84) were all European Cup winners who were in the Preston team beaten 1-0 at Ninian Park in April 1976.
80s. John Blackley played for Scotland against Zaire in the 1974 World Cup while a Hibs player and signed for Newcastle in 1977. He next spent two years with Preston until 1981, before a couple of seasons with Hamilton Academicals and a return to Hibs for the 83/84 campaign.
00s. Rob Edwards.
10s. Soccerbase shows that Ben Pearson has scored five goals and been booked ninety seven times since making his debut in 2014 (plus five red cards).
20s. The Rebel Army and Turner’s Cross are the nickname and ground respectively of Cork City, the side Preston signed their captain Allan Browne from in 2014.