Preston North End Match Stats Preview
Updated Monday, 19th March 2012
All the historical match stats for the match at Brunton Park tomorrow evening as United look to make it fifteen home games in a row unbeaten
History of the Carlisle United v Preston North End fixture
The Blues face the Lilywhites in Cumbria on Tuesday evening, holding a marginal historical advantage in matches between the two sides at Brunton Park. Of the seventeen games played over the years, United have recorded seven wins, and Preston have come away with five victories, while the other five matches have ended in draws .
The last time the two teams met in Carlisle though was nearly fifteen years in October 1997, as the visitors ran out cosy 0-2 winners in a League Division Two (tier three) match, that being Preston's largest margin of victory in their five wins at Brunton Park. The North End goals, on a mid-October Friday evening scored by Gary Parkinson on 23 minutes then Lee Ashcroft after 47 minutes in front of 6,541 spectators inside Brunton Park.
Carlisle's last victory at home to North End meanwhile was in the Autoglass Trophy first round in the 1993-94 season, a campaign in which United reached the Northern Area final before losing 4-3 on aggregate to Huddersfield. The Blues starting things off though at the opening stage by winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Peter Valentine and Darren Edmondson in either half as 3,909 fans looked on.
Before that game you have to go back over 30 years to find Carlisle's last league win at home to North End, United defeating the Lilywhites 1-0 at home in the old Third Division season of 1981-82. The sole Blues goal, in the final game of a six match winning run for the Cumbrians scored by Keith Houghton on an early February Tuesday evening in front of 5,044 spectators.
Carlisle's biggest win at home to the Lilywhites meanwhile came in the old Second Division in the 1972-73 campaign. United thrashing North End 6-1 on Boxing Day 1972, two days before yours truly was born. The Blues goals scored by Joe Laidlaw and Dennis Martin with a brace apiece, while Chris Balderstone and Kenny Wilson also weighed in with single strikes. The solitary Preston reply being netted by Alex Bruce as 9,939 fans looked on.
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