Match Preview


Wed 31 Jul 13

Venue: Sixfields
Kick-off: 3pm
Date: Sunday, August 25th
Competition: Skybet League One

Coventry City welcome Preston North End to Sixfields as they look to extend their winning run to three games.

The Sky Blues are currently the highest scorers in English football after their 4-0 win at Carlisle United.

Leon Clarke grabbed a brace whilst Billy Daniels and Franck Moussa scored within the first half to record back-to-back wins.


Preston North End are aiming to return to the Championship this season, with manager Simon Grayson in his first full season with the Lilywhites.

Grayson joined the club in February during last season after Graham Westley was sacked following 12 home games without a win.


Kevin Davies and Chris Humphrey have been signed from Bolton Wanderers and Motherwell respectively whilst Declan Rudd has been signed on-loan from Norwich City. 

Grayson’s side are yet to record a win this season, drawing all their first league games against Wolves, Rotherham and MK Dons. 


The first fixture between the two sides was 103 years ago when Coventry beat Preston 2-1 in the FA Cup.

Despite the early victory over the Lilywhites, Preston hold 14 wins over City with 12 draws between the two sides, and 10 wins for the Sky Blues.

Last five fixtures

26/01/2013 Preston 2-2 Coventry City, League One
10/01/2013 Coventry City 3-2 Preston, JPT Trophy
22/12/2012 Coventry City 1-1 Preston, League One
19/03/2011 Preston 2-1 Coventry City, Championship
25/09/2010 Coventry City 1-2 Preston, Championship


Stephen Elliott

The current Coventry City striker also enjoyed a two-year spell at Preston North End in 2008.

After a one-year spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Elliott moved on a free to Deepdale and scored seven goals in 46 appearances in Lancashire.


The former Republic of Ireland international moved to Coventry City in the summer on a free transfer after having a two-year spell in the Scottish Premier League with Hearts. 

At the end of the 2013/14 season, Elliott was released by manager Steven Pressley and is currently a free agent.

Gavin Ward

The football league journeyman had a short one-year spell with Coventry City after joining the club in 2003.

He moved on a free transfer to the club after a short spell at Walsall and made 12 appearances for City during his time at the club.


After his stint with the Sky Blues, he moved to Preston North End for two years, but he only made seven appearances in Lancashire.


Chris Humphrey

The current Jamaica international moved to Deepdale on a free transfer in the summer having spent four years with Scottish Premiership side Motherwell.

The 25-year old started his career at Shrewsbury and he made over 100 appearances whilst at Motherwell, including playing for the Steelman in the Europa League.


He has started all three league games for Preston so far, providing width and pace down the right wing and looking to provide for the experienced Kevin Davies.

Grayson’s side have only scored two league goals so far this season so Humphrey will be looking for his first league goal for Preston against Coventry.


Tickets for the Sky Blues' home League One clash with Preston North End at Sixfields Stadium are now on general sale.

City host the Lilywhites on Sunday, August 25th with kick off at 3pm.