Gary bids for a Megson family double

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GARY Megson is trying to emulate his old man and end an Owls wait of almost 55 years, at Preston tomorrow.

The last time the club won a League game at Deepdale, left back Don Megson was in the side.

It was a 4-3 victory in March, 1960, and the Owls have played 16 league matches there since then without winning.

The goals came from Derek Wilkinson, Keith Ellis, 2, and Bobby Craig in a season when Wednesday finished fifth in the top flight and reached the FA Cup semi-finals.

They have not always failed at Preston since those days: they twice won 2-0 there, in the 1983-84 League Cup and 1991-92 FA Cup.

Since the 1992 cup victory for the Owls, there have been eight league meetings at Deepdale and Wednesday have drawn five of them and lost only three.

On the most recent visit, in March, 2010, they came back from two down to draw 2-2.

One of the Preston goals that day came from Neil Mellor - but there will be no big game against the Owls tomorrow for the striker who is a fan of theirs and was a Hillsborough hit while on loan last season and then a summer target.

He injured a knee just before Christmas and is expected to be out until March. At one stage it was feared he could be out for the rest of the season.

Mellor has 11 goals and was named League One Player of the Month for a haul of six in five games in September - pipping Gary Madine.

After having to go off in a 1-0 win at MK Dons on December 17, Mellor had surgery in London last week.

Nineteen-year-old Jamie Proctor, a 6ft 1ins centre forward who came through Preston’s youth system, is set to partner Iain Hume if he passes a fitness test.

Proctor came back from a double hernia operation but after playing three games in 10 days suffered a reaction and has missed the Christmas programme. He has made 19 league and cup appearances this season and scored three goals.

Preston have joint caretaker managers in Graham Alexander and David Unsworth after the sacking of Phil Brown.

A full appointment is expected to be made after the next two games - against Wednesday and against Rochdale away on Monday. Preston will have a 12-day period without a match after that, for they were due to play Notts County on January 7, and that game is off because County are in the third round of the FA Cup.

Alexander is favourite to land the job if Preston opt for an internal appointment; if they bring in an outsider then ex-Forest boss Billy Davies could be the choice. Chairman Peter Ridsdale has interviewed “a number” of external candidates.