By Chris Wright
The 2013/14 League Cup campaign farted into life last night with a first-round match at Deepdale between near and dear Lancashire neighbours Preston North End and Blackpool, with the home side winning through a late goal from new signing Tom Clarke two minutes from time.
Sadly, the final whistle sparked unsavoury scenes as fans rushed onto the pitch to jeer at one another and release two years of pent-up goading – what with the two bitter rivals having not played each other since February of 2010.
As the BBC reported at the time, a Preston steward was injured during the melee when he was inadvertently knocked over and trampled by a pair of cantering police horses, with the club later confirming that he had been taken to hospital for an x-ray on his shoulder.
Thankfully, the injuries sustained by the steward, while incredibly painful, weren’t overly serious – just a whole lot of bruising.