Preston North End earned a slim lead over Chesterfield in the first leg of the League 1 play off semi-final on Thursday 7th April 2015.
Jermaine Beckford scored the only goal of the game after just six minutes after Chris Humphrey’s pass cut through a nervy Spireites’ defence.
The hosts responded strongly – Gary Roberts and Ollie Banks both coming agonisingly close to scoring in the second half, but a solid Preston defensive unit held on and head back to Deepdale on Sunday with a 1-0 lead in the tie.
On a personal note, this was my first time reporting from the press box at the Proact Stadium – a very exciting experience and one I look forward to continuing next season!
On Saturday 30th April 2011, I was at the Crucible Theatre for the semi finals of the World Championship watching two former world champions John Higgins and Mark Williams battle it out for a place in the final.
After 10 years for me, 33 years for my Dad and 139 years in total, the final countdown on Chesterfield’s home of Saltergate finally reached zero. Chesterfield’s game against Bournemouth was the last game ever to be played at Saltergate, before the side move to the B2net stadium next season.We took plenty of photos on this brilliant, yet sad day.
On Wednesday 28th April I was back at the Crucible. I met Steve Davis (again) and Chris Edwards from the rock band Kasabian, before going in to watch two brilliant quarter final matches come to an end.
Mark Allen is the latest snooker star to be interviewed on ryan147.com . I would like to thank Mark for taking the time to answer my questions this week with the World Championships just one month away.
Irishman Mark Allen burst onto the scene by winning the 2005 World Amateur Championship. After a promising amateur career, Mark got onto the main tour for the 2005/06 season and by the time the 2008/09 season arrived he was already in the elite top 16.
Mark has been quite successful in the world championships. In 2007 he qualified but lost to Ken Doherty in round 1, then in 2008 he pushed Stephen Hendry all the way but once again lost in the first round. Finally in 2009 he reached the semi finals, beating Ronnie O’Sullivan along the way before losing to eventual winner John Higgins.
Mark Allen won his first professional tournament in 2009, winning the Jiangsu Classic beating Ding Junhui 6-0 in the final. Despite this win Allen is yet to win a ranking event however at the age of 24 he still has plenty of time.