Peter Ridsdale looking forward to return to Home Park
FORMER Plymouth Argyle chairman of football Peter Ridsdale is 'delighted' at the prospect of returning to Home Park with Preston North End for a pre-season friendly next month.
Argyle will host the League One outfit on Wednesday, August 8, with kick-off at 7.45pm.
Ridsdale was appointed as Preston's chairman of football last December having previously held the same role at Argyle.
Ridsdale was at the helm for the Pilgrims during their seven months in administration before James Brent completed his buy-out of the club last October.
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It was Ridsdale who sacked Peter Reid as Argyle manager and replaced him with Carl Fletcher.
Then, soon after moving to Preston, Ridsdale took the decision to dismiss boss Phil Brown and appointed Stevenage's Graham Westley.
Preston's visit to Home Park will come four days after they entertain another of Ridsdale's former clubs, Leeds United, at Deepdale.
Ridsdale told Herald Sport: "We will have no other matches in the South West.
"We were looking for an away pre-season fixture. I was talking to (Argyle general manager and football secretary) Jason Turner and we both realised we had a spare slot and suggested the fixture to our respective managers.
"I'm delighted to be returning to Home Park," he added.
The pre-season game against Argyle will be the second of two friendlies in which Preston will play League Two opposition.
They will travel to AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday, July 31.
ARGYLE PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES FIRST TEAM
Sat, July 21 v Yeovil Town (A) 3pm
Tue, July 24 v Truro City (A) 7.45pm
Fri, July 27 v Weston-Super-Mare (A) 7.45pm
Tue, July 31 v Tiverton Town (A) 7.45pm
Wed, Aug 8 v Preston North End (H) 3pm
Sat, July 21 v Callington Town (A) 3pm
Thurs, July 26 v Bridport (A) 8pm
Wed, Aug 1 v Elburton Villa (A) 7.45pm
Fri, Aug 3 v Tavistock (A) 7.30pm
Mon, Aug 6 v Saltash United (A) 7.30pm