This Lancashire derby had been moved to a Sunday lunchtime kick-off to be screened by the largely forgotten ITV Digital TV Channel.
It was a classic “blood and thunder” encounter, there was no quarter asked or given, and the Clarets’ victory increased their lead at the top of Division One to four points.
It also ended an eleven match unbeaten run by North End, then managed by David Moyes, as well as providing another slice of Burnley FC history.
After early pressure from Preston the Clarets took the lead in the 16th minute when defender Arthur Gnohere latched on to Lee Briscoe's free-kick to score his first goal in English football.
Eight minutes later Burnley’s lead was doubled when Glen Little intercepted a half-hit back pass to slot the ball home.
On the half hour North End were back in the game when McKenna picked up a loose ball and fired a low shot past Nik Michopoulos.
Just before half time the scores were level and it was game on when Healy was fouled in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Up stepped a man who is now an integral part of the history of both Deepdale and Turf Moor, on this occasion his loyalties were with Preston and he smashed the ball into the net. His name, of course, was Graham Alexander.
On 61 minutes Arthur Gnohere, enhanced his already cult status with the Burnley fans when he exchanged passes with the excellent Glen Little to score a goal worthy of settling any match.
“King” Arthur Gnohere was born in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in 1978 and joined the Clarets from French club Caen in the summer of 2001.
He became the first player born on the African continent to represent the Clarets at senior level, and when his 17th minute effort hit the net it was the first goal ever scored for Burnley Football Club by an African-born player.
Burnley team (235):
Nik Michopoulos, Dean West, Arthur Gnohere, Ian Cox, Lee Briscoe,
Glen Little (Paul Weller), Tony Grant, Kevin Ball, Alan Moore (Lenny Johnrose)
Ian Moore, Graham Branch (Gareth Taylor).