The last time Preston North End met Leeds United at Elland Road, it turned out to be the game of the season, as Preston pulled off one of the most spectacular comebacks in recent memory.
One that current Preston manager Simon Grayson won’t have forgotten.
It was Preston’s first win at Leeds in half a century, and they will be hoping not to have to wait that long for their next as the two meet this weekend.
The 2011 goalfest aside, historically this fixture has been a tight affair.
Here we look back at the last five meetings between the two teams at Elland Road.
Leeds United 4 Preston North End 6 (npower Championship, 28 September 2010)
Preston fought back from 4-1 down in this 10-goal thriller thanks to a hat-trick from former York City striker Jon Parkin.
Parkin opened the scoring before goals from Lucciano Becchio, Alex Bruce, and a brace from Davide Somma appeared to have put Leeds out of sight. But Parkin’s second and a goal from Keith Treacy got Preston back into the game at 4-3 before a Callum Davison penalty drew them level.
Parkin then completed his hat-trick to complete the comeback over Simon Grayson’s Leeds side and Iain Hume put the match to bed, heading in the sixth.
Leeds United 2 Preston North End 1 (Cola-Cola Championship, 30 March 2007)
Bottom of the Championship Leeds upset the odds against a promotion-pushing Preston with a last-gasp winner from striker David Healy.
Preston had led from the fifth minute after Brett Ormerod poked home after a through-ball from former United man Danny Pugh. Robbie Blake then equalised after good work by Richard Cresswell, before Northern Irish hitman Healy converted a cross from former Preston winger Eddie Lewis right at the death.
Leeds United 1 Preston North End 1 (Coca-Cola Championship Play-offs, 5 May 2006)
It was advantage Preston after the play-off semi-final first leg clash between the two sides in 2006. The two sides had met on the last day of the season with Preston coming out on top. North End had also won five of their last six in the league, whilst Leeds had only won once.
David Nugent opened the scoring with a beautiful jinxing run past four Leeds players at the start of the second half, but Eddie Lewis salvaged a draw for the hosts with a pin-point free-kick curled right into the top corner. Leeds went on to win 2-0 at Deepdale the Monday after, winning the tie 3-1 on aggregate.
Leeds United 0 Preston North End 0 (Coca-Cola Championship, 5 November 2005)
This game was played on Bonfire Night, but this encounter was lacking the seasonal fireworks. Liam Miller made his debut having joined on loan from Manchester United, but the two teams cancelled each other out in a dogged affair where a free-kick from the Irishman was arguably the highlight.
Leeds United 1 Preston North End 0 (Coca-Cola Championship, 16 October 2004)
Danny Pugh scored the only goal of the game in this one with his impressive sixth goal of the season as the sides met in October. The match was a dour affair with chances few and far between, but the future North End man’s goal was the first that United had scored in over seven hours of football. Eddie Lewis, playing for Preston, very nearly stole a point at the death, but was denied by a fantastic Neil Sullivan save. After the meeting, David Healy who failed to score in the fixture was sold to Leeds United for £650,000.