Preston North End Club Profile
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Preston North End : Club Background
Preston North End fall into the category of one of the old school 'traditional' football clubs that appear in the footballing history books in particular during the early years. Formed in 1881, like Sheffield Wednesday they were formed out of a cricket club which had existed since 1862. The origins of their name are fairly self-explanatory, as a club based at the north end of Preston's centre. The name of their ground comes from the Deepdale Farm land that was used as the base for their sports, which also briefly included rugby union, and has been their one and only home for football matches.

The very large majority of Preston's club records lie during their early years. In 1887-88 they beat Hyde 26-0 in the first round of the FA Cup, and then in 1888-89 they were founder members of the Football League - again setting a record that would last over 100 years, as the only top flight side to go a whole season unbeaten. Their Football League title wins in 1888-89 and 1889-90 were followed up by runners-up slots in the following three seasons, whilst another runners up slot was gained in 1905-06, but bar two seasons during the 1950s, they've not not seen those dizzy heights since, and unless you were a Preston fan prior to 1961, you'll not have seen them play top flight football. Their other major honours came in 1889 when they won the FA Cup without conceding a goal, and in 1938 when they claimed the cup for a second time.
The view Yeovil Town fans travelling to Preston will have from the away end
The view Yeovil Town fans travelling to Preston will have from the away end - the stand trhat's visible is the Town End.
Photo ©2012 Martin Baker

Apart from that early period during the late 19th Century, Preston's other golden era happened just after the end of the Second World War. That era coincided with the career of Preston's most famous son - Sir Tom Finney. His 473 appearances and 210 goals would have been even greater were it not for the War stopping him from making his debut until the age of 24, having signed just prior to war breaking out. Known as the 'Preston plumber' due to his father's family business, he played 76 times for England scoring 30 goals, and the name of one of the roads adjacent to the stadium now carries his name.

Aside from Finney, Preston's tradition and history has doubtless been responsible for them attracting many high profile names to their club. In Alan Ball, Bobby Charlton and Nobby Stiles they were managed by three of England's World Cup winners, whilst former Scotland and Manchester United boss Tommy Docherty had a brief spell in charge, with Craig Brown a second former Scottish national manager to take control. They've also taken on players who have gone onto greater things - David Beckham cut his teeth whilst on loan as a teenager, whilst Bill Shankly spent the bulk of his playing career at Deepdale before going on to become one of football's most famous managers at Liverpool.

During the 1950s, Preston were Second Division champions in 1950-51, and were then Football League runners up in 1952-53 and 1957-58. They were FA Cup finalists in 1954, losing to West Bromwich Albion. Finney finally retired in 1960, after 14 years of playing for one club, and 21 years after he first signed forms - a very rare example of a one club man, if we overlook a brief comeback for Northern Ireland side Distillery three years after he officially hung up his boots.

Finney's retirement in 1960 was followed by Preston's relegation from top flight football a year later, although the abolition of the maximum wage rule that existed in football is blamed upon the demise of the Lilywhites just as much as Finney's playing exit, with bigger clubs able to pay higher wages than this Lancashire club ever could. They did reach the FA Cup Final in 1964 as a second tier side, but hit a new low in 1970 when they faced third tier football for the first time in their history - with insult added to the injury by it coinciding with Blackpool's promotion to the top tier, with the Tangerines being the club that stuck the knife in at the critical point. By 1984-85, they'd sunk even lower as the Fourth Division welcomed them, and by the following season, only the old boys re-election system stopped their 23rd place finish in the fourth tier from sending them down to the Conference - by far the club's record low.

From the mid-1990s onwards, Preston began to rise back upwards. Between 1986 and 1994, they were one of a few select clubs that made use of a plastic pitch, and they were also one of the exponents of long ball football through John Beck. However, it was after grass was brought back to Deepdale that they began their rise up through the leagues. They were Fourth Division champions in 1995-96, and then third tier champions in 1999-2000 and until the end of the 2010-11 season were one of the 'nearly' sides of the Championship - getting into the play-offs during 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2009 only to fall at the final hurdle. However despite that, the wheels were to come off rather sharply, and Preston were destined to leave the Championship in the other direction.
The Tom Finney Stand at Deepdale
The Tom Finney Stand at Deepdale
Photo ©2012 Martin Baker

The Lilywhites fall from grace came during the 2010-11 season, as part of the surprisingly catastrophic reign of Darren Ferguson, with Fergie Jnr winning just 13 out of his 49 matches in charge before getting the chop. Former Bolton Wanderers, Derby County and Hull City manager Phil Brown, was brought in during January 2011 but couldn't save them, as they finished 21st in the Championship, thus ending an eleven season spell in second tier football. Brown was also fired in December 2011 when it became apparent that they weren't going to go straight back up again, with David Unsworth and Graham Alexander presiding over a short caretaker period.

In came Graham Westley, who Glovers fans will recall as entertaining us as Farnborough Town's manager in one of the best hissy fits we've ever witnessed in a game played at the Avenue Stadium, Dorchester. Westley was slow to show any progress, as they finished a disappointing 15th place at the end of the 2011-12 Season. His idiosyncratic ways of managing a football team kept us all entertained from the sidelines, and the impression we had was that Preston fans were less than taken by his ways. By the time their fans came down to Huish Park, they carried 'Westley Out' banners, proudly displayed from the Screwfix Stand before the game.

As it happens, we did them a bit of a favour - a 3-1 win for the Glovers in that Tuesday night game saw Westley kicked of Preston the next morning - and that heralded the return of happier times at Deepdale with the arrival of Simon Grayson. Although he was the former manager of arch rivals Blackpool, he was welcomed with open arms and adopted a team which despite having a number of Westley's former Stevenage players, was not saddled with the high-earners that some of his predecessors had to deal with. Having secured them in League One in his first six months, the boss guided the Lilywhites to the play-off semi-finals in 2014 where they missed out to eventual winners, Rotherham United.

The death of the club's greatest player, Sir Tom Finney, in February 2014 was a major event in the Lancashire city with thousands lining the streets for his funeral. Finney was 91, making him one of England's oldest living former international players. Some astute business over the summer has seen North End start the 2014-15 campaign in fine form and promotion is again top of the agenda for supporters. Can they avoid the dreaded play-offs though?
The Invicibles Pavillion - built in 2008 and the newest part of the ground
The Invicibles Pavillion - built in 2008 and the newest part of the ground
Photo ©2012 Martin Baker

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Preston North End : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Preston North End

22/07/2003HomeFrndD4-42185Gall 5, 43, 44, Edwards 84
09/09/2011AwayNPL1L3-411474Edgar 31, MacLean 64, 81
28/01/2012HomeNPL1W2-14245A Williams 30, 62
29/09/2012AwayNPL1L2-38520G Williams 6, Burn 87
12/02/2013HomeNPL1W3-13661Hayter 73, Ralph 80, Madden 90
20/01/2015AwayFL1D1-17491Ugwu 45

Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Preston North End


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Preston North End : Club Statistics




Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable


Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence:
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence:

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Preston North End : Club Information
Sir Tom Finney Way

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Telephone Number : 0844 856 1964
Fax : 01772 693366
Chairman : Peter Ridsdale
Secretary : Ben Rhodes
Safety Officer : David Asbridge
Web Site : Jonathon Swift
Manager : Simon Grayson

Capacity : 23,403
Seated : 23,403
Covered Terrace : n/a

Record Attendance :
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Ticket Prices :

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Bill Shankly Kop, which has a 6,000 capacity, although is often shared on a 50:50 basis with home supporters.

This 2014-15 League One fixture has the following prices set:

Adults: £21.00; Over-65s and Aged 16-18 and full time students: £15.00; Aged 15 and under: £8.00; Under-8s: FREE.

Full time students will need to provide identity to receive the concession. The Under-8s offer is only available in advance of the fixture, when purchasing a full priced adult ticket. If you have other arrangements or pay on the day, you'll pay the Junior rate.

Note that Deepdale's turnstiles do not accept cash payments, and so you'll need to visit one of the club's two ticket offices at the stadium before heading to the gates.

Disabled Info:

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters pay the same as the above prices, but are able to admit an assistant free of charge. You're advised to book in advance - call them on 0844-856-1966. Disabled facilities are available in the same stand as other Yeovil Town supporters.

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Preston North End : Directions To The Ground
The Bill Shankley Kop - despite its name it's actually the away end - sometimes shared
The Bill Shankley Kop - despite its name it's actually the away end - sometimes shared
Photo ©2012 Martin Baker


Preston is situated a long way up the M5 and M6, north of Manchester, and thus one of Yeovil Town's longer trips. Their Deepdale ground is situated on the North-East side of Preston city centre, about 1.3 miles from the Railway Station. However, this means that those driving to the ground can get there without having to negotiate the city centre itself, assuming you're coming in via the M6.

By Road

Exit M6 at Junction 31 heading towards Preston, up a tree-lined boulevard and onto New Hall Lane until you reach a roundabout opposite the Hesketh Arms pub and turn right (second exit). Carry along Blackpool Road about five minutes (traffic depending) until you see Deepdale on your left-hand side.


With the possible exception of disabled supporters there is no parking for away supporters at the ground. Your best bet is to use side-street parking which is reasonably plentiful around the ground. If you can get yourself parked up on Skeffington Road that's as good as you'll get, otherwise if you venture a bit further afield there's parking to be had in residential areas.

If you punch in Watling Street Road and/or Victoria Road into your sat nav, you should find a few places to park on various side streets in this general area. There’s a few other business/school car parks open for the day for various prices (£2-£3) seems the average - Deepdale Junior School is on St Stephen's Road or a bit further away (15-minute walk) is the Fulwood Conservative Club, on the junction of Blackpool Road and Garstang Road.

By Supporters Coaches

The Green and White Supporters Club are running coaches to the match for this 2014-15 season League One fixture as follows:

Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 12.30p.m. Cost of travel will be £29.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £27.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at - remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number.

By Rail

Preston is one of the main interchange stations on the West Coast Mainline and stopped at by virtually every service. You can get direct services from Taunton to Preston (4 hours) or from Yeovil Pen Mill, via Bristol Temple Meads (5 hours-ish) or, if you’re exiled, London Euston (2 hours-ish).

The station is in the city centre and about a half-an-hour walk to the ground, if you head to the top of the slope at the main entrance and turn right onto the main high street (Fishergate), continue along for about 10 minutes until you hit a dual carriageway (Ringway). Cross the dual carriageway and bear left onto Deepdale Road, the ground is on your right about another 15-20 minutes’ walk. There are alternative routes (obviously) but this is the easiest to follow.

Check the National Rail Enquiries site for details of services.

By Bus

There are bus services which run past Deepdale, but for the time it takes to find Preston bus station and get aboard the right bus, you may as well have walked it. The bus station is at the opposite end of the city centre from the train station and routes going via Deepdale are the 19/19a (Royal Preston Hospital) and cost about £1.30 each way.

You can find out times etc, on the Preston Bus website (

By Taxi

There is a taxi rank at the train station and others dotted around the ground, but a decent local firm is Millers Taxis availble on 01772 884000.

A selection of alternative Preston taxi companies can be found here.
Spacious facilities in the concourse area of the Bill Shankley Kop
Spacious facilities in the concourse area of the Bill Shankley Kop
Photo ©2012 Martin Baker

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Preston North End : Web Resources
Web Sites - Official Site
Preston's official site - part of the PTV network.

Preston North End Mad
Most MAD Franchise sites are run by robots on auto-post that churn out stuff you can get elsewhere. On this occasion Preston MAD is run by a Preston fan, and you can definitely tell the difference.

Web Message Boards

PNE Online Forum
Busy independent forum for all your Preston-related discussions.

E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters

Local Press

Lancashire Evening Post
Dedicated online section for Preston North End news, via the Lancashire Evening Post - updated daily.

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Preston North End : Food & Drink
General :

Preston has just the one brewery inside the city, namely the Hart Brewery (often known as Hart of Preston). As they are a smaller brewery, there's no single mainstream brewery with a tie over the city, meaning there's a fair bit of variety out there. For those who want a beer close to the stadium, The Sumners and the Royal Garrison are opposite each other in Tom Finney Way, whilst the Withy Trees is a slightly longer walk but therefore a bit less busy. The Anderton Arms is Good Beer Guide listed, and convenient for those driving in off the motorway. If you're after a pub crawl, then Friargate in the City Centre is about 30 minutes walk and will give you a string of high quality pubs, that are given the CAMRA quality stamp.

As far as food is concerned, if you’re not after the pub grub that most of these places serve, there is the Deepdale Shopping Park which is about a 10-15-minute walk from the ground down Blackpool Road. It’s got a selection of fast-food time emporiums: McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, KFC, Subway, Gregg’s, Nando’s, Costa Coffee, not to mention a drive-thru Starbucks at the entrance - or there’s a Sainsbury’s supermarket right by the ground.

Club Bar :

Unless you’re a VIP, there’s not an official club bar at the stadium, the nearest watering hole is the Deepdale Labour Club on Skeffington Road, a minute’s walk from the ground, it’s 50p to get in, has snooker, cheap beer and satellite television. Expect plenty of "you're not from round here" to be uttered a lot though.

All stands have bars in the concourse serving the usual range of lager, bitter, soft drinks as well as your expected range of food and snacks.

Local Pubs :

Anderton Arms - One for those driving to the ground
Anderton Arms - One for those driving to the ground
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Anderton Arms: If you’re driving to Deepdale, come off at Junction 31a of the M6 and head towards the city centre and you will see the Anderton Arms on the roundabout. This is a great place to stop for a pre-match meal with everything from a full grill, fish menu, gourmet burgers, sandwiches, pudding ... a good selection, anyway. Another one for the ale fans with Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and Cask Marque approvals all round here for quite a varied selection of ales, including many from the Thwaites brewery down the road in Blackburn. Only really accessible if you’re driving, as probably a good 45 minutes walk from the stadium. Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday 11.30am to 11.00pm. Friday to Saturday 11.30am to midnight. Note they admit Children aged over 14 only when dining with an adult.
Anderton Arms, Longsands Lane, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 9PS. Tel: 01772 700104. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Black Horse - City centre pub and one of several on Friargate
Black Horse - City centre pub and one of several on Friargate
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Black Horse Hotel: Another pub you cannot afford to avoid if you’re having a drink, it’s right opposite the city centre’s main shopping centre, the St George’s, and the only pub in Britain which has three exits onto three different streets – impressed? No, thought not. But, as a Grade II-listed property it’s everything you’d imagine it to be with a lovely curving bar, mosaic-style floors, an old-style vault, lounge and other rooms ... oh, the beer, well there’s a good range of real ales - it’s a Robinson’s pub - and spirits. A mate of mine swears by the Hatters Mild in this place. I have no frame of reference about the stuff. There’s a brilliant juke box in this place as well, but the toilets leave a lot to be desired – if you’re wondering what the smell is, it’ll be them.
Black Horse Hotel, 166 Friargate, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2EJ. Tel: 01772 204855. Map: Click Here.

Dog and Partridge - Rock music and real ale in Friargate
Dog and Partridge - Rock music and real ale in Friargate
© David Coates
Dog and Partridge: The Dog is well-known in Preston as being a pub for lovers of loud music, motorbikes and beards and, for many years, it had the smell and rough-round-the-edges appeal to go with it – even a ferocious dog in the beer garden! It has had a good tidy up in the last year and looking a lot more respectable these days, you’ll find a selection of real ales. Regular real ales are Young's Special, Tetley Dark Mild and Tim Taylor's Landlord, though there are two guest from the direct delivery list provided by Punch – you can get Weston's Old Rosie here as well. Food served all day and Ronnie, the landlord, is something of a legend in these parts.
Dog and Partridge, 44 Friargate, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2AT. Tel: 01772 252217. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Old Black Bull - Good real ale pub in Friargate
Old Black Bull - Good real ale pub in Friargate
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Old Black Bull: Smack in the heart of the city centre and opposite the local Wetherspoons, The Greyfriar, the Old Black Bull has to be a must-see for the discerning drinker. It dates back to the mid-1800s and has all the charms with a black-and-white Tudor frontage, huge fireplace and black-and-white tiled throughout; rumour even has it there are tunnels running under the pub to a nearby pub which gave monks access in days gone by. The landlord, Stan Eaton who has been in situ more than 20 years, is a real ale fanatic and anyone seeking these kind of brews with not be disappointed with what they find – all the Cask Marques and other accreditations you could wish for and a great range. You might even spot Preston’s own Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff tucked up in here, it’s his favourite pub in the city. Read review here.
Old Black Bull, 35 Friargate, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2AT. Tel: 01772 823397. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Station Hotel - Worth a shout if you want a pint around the railway station
Station Hotel - Worth a shout if you want a pint around the railway station
© David Coates
Station Hotel: As the name suggests, it’s right next to the station, if you’re coming out the side entrance of the station you’ll not be able to avoid it. It used to be an Irish place but no longer has that feel, it’s a lot cleaner and tidier with your usual selection of lagers and ales, you’ll not find anything to knock you off your feet here. The food, however, is surprisingly good value and quality, so if you’re hungry and stepping off the train, it’s not a bad choice. There’s a second bar at the back of the place when you go in where you’ll find a better selection of beers – and plenty of screens showing live sports.
Station Hotel, Butler Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 8BN. Tel: 01772 253951. Map: Click Here.

Sun Hotel: Traditionally a Celtic pub which you will not be able to avoid upon arrival and, if you’re interested, you’ll find what is traditionally the Rangers pub at the Lamb and Packet a bit further down the road – probably not worth bothering with that though. A nice pub with a friendly crowd of regulars – probably a few PNE fans among them as well – and well worth a visit if you’re after a pint, no chance of getting a bite to eat here. If you’re interested in the local history as well, there’s plenty of it to see on the walls in The Sun, worth a pause for thought ... or just get a pint.
Sun Hotel, 112 Friargate, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2EE. Tel: 01772 252335. Map: Click Here.

The Sumners - decent pub for away fans visiting Deepdale
The Sumners - decent pub for away fans visiting Deepdale
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The Sumners: The closest and most decent pub to the stadium just a 10-minute walk (maximum) down Sir Tom Finney Way, just head down past the Sainsbury’s next to the ground and it’ll appear on your right. It is everything you could want from a real sports pub with sports screens dotted all over the place, a pool table, and friendly to supporters both home and away. Food is reasonably priced and you’re usual pub grub (i.e. scampi, steak and ale pie, etc) combined with some home-made stuff in there as well, along with your anticipated range of ciders, lagers, bitters, soft drinks, etc. Don’t be too fooled by the ‘cask ales’ advertising, there’s usually a maximum of three ales on and you’ll certainly be able to get a pint – but don’t expect too much in the way of choice. Boddingtons is fixed, with the others varying. There’s a small beer garden outside which is usually well-populated on a sunny day and plenty of parking to the rear, if I was picking a pub to go to close to the stadium, it’d be The Sumners every time.
The Sumners, 195 Watling Street Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 8AB. Tel: 01772 705626. Email: Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Withy Trees - about 20 mins walk from the ground
Withy Trees - about 20 mins walk from the ground
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Withy Trees: A bit more of a trek from the stadium, it is probably a 20-minute walk if you turn left round the corner The Royal Garrison is on and keep heading down that road (Watling Street Road), you will see it at the cross-roads by the Shell filling station. It’s recently under new management and is the best place to go for a pint of ale if you’re arriving at the stadium and something to eat – there’s everything from Thai fish cakes to a Lancashire cheese and pickle sandwich on the menu and this place is Cask Marque accredited with a good range for real ale fans. The Withy Trees claims to have the biggest beer garden in Preston and it’s hard to argue, it’s essentially just a patch of grass with beer tables on, but nice to sit outside if the weather is okay. Satellite television here as well, including three big plasma screens. If you make it as far as here and fancy venturing a little deeper into this part of Preston, a two-minute trot from here is The Plungington on Lytham Road which is okay and a stone’s throw from there is the Happy Haddock fish and chip shop, on Plungington Road, which is definitely work a visit.
Withy Trees, Lytham Road, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 8JE. Tel: 01772 717076. Email: Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Ye Olde Blue Bell - The last pub you'll reach after the Friargate pub crawl
Ye Olde Blue Bell - The last pub you'll reach after the Friargate pub crawl
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Ye Olde Blue Bell: If you’ve wandered down Friargate and got to here, this will be your last drink before you hit Deepdale where the stadium is. The area around the stadium is largely Muslim and therefore a lot of the pubs have gone, although you can get an ice cream on Deepdale Road. But, as last watering holes go, Ye Olde Blue Bell is pretty good, if you’re not put off by the exterior of the place which does rather look like it’s shut down. It’s a Samuel Smith’s pub which means you’ll not have to pay over £2 for a pint, in fact a pint of real ale and a lager for my mate and I weighed in at £3.51. The locals in here are true locals and a friendly bunch they are as well, although the white-washed exterior of the place does rather look like it was last painted when the average price of beer was £1.60, and the selection of porcelain Virgin Mary statues tell you something of Preston’s strong Catholic heritage – Priest’s Town = Preston, you see? There’s plenty of seating, snugs and this place hands onto its original layout and character; if you’re having a day of it, spare yourself an hour for this place, you’ll not be disappointed.
Ye Olde Blue Bell, Church Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 3BS. Tel: 01772 251280. Map: Click Here.

Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Preston is a very friendly place, you’re likely to be able to strike up a conversation with a local without fear of needing a translator or getting a punch in the face. The city centre is quite compact and worth a wander around if you have the time, at the time we’re travelling up, the new university term will have just started meaning plenty of students which always brings a bit more life to the place. Obviously don’t stray too far from the main drags, especially en route to the stadium, there’s a few dicey parts to the place.

Things you’re likely to hear: "Do you want gravy with that?"

Things you’re not likely to hear: "I really hope Lee Clarke can turn it around at Blackpool, it'd be such a shame to see them relegated."

Top-Tip :

Don't mention how much you enjoyed the play-off final at Wembley - they don't really like play-offs up there

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Preston North End : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Hotels in Preston don’t stretch much beyond the usual Travelodge, Premier Inn, Holiday Inn-type offering, although there are all three of these now available in the city centre. One that perhaps you’ll not have heard of is another chain, Legacy, which has a hotel close to the train station, city centre and university area, albeit a half-an-hour walk from the stadium. Having stayed there once, I can recommend it as reasonably-priced and a good night’s stay - head here to book up.

Guest houses? Well, there’s a few, but you’re probably better off taking a trip to Blackpool. However, for those who want to stay local, head to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.

Other Points Of Interest

Preston is still Britain’s newest city having been awarded city status in a competition run for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2000. It is/was home to a number of famous people/things: Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2 in the Star Wars films still lives there. The first-ever KFC restaurant in the UK opened there in 1965 and still trades on the main Fishergate high street. The stretch of the M6 past Preston was the first-ever motorway when it opened in 1958, Nick Park, the creator of Wallace and Gromit, and cricketer Andrew Flintoff are both from Preston ... oh, and Butch Cassidy’s father apparently. The mill lock-outs of the 1800s when a quarter of the town was out of work inspired Charles Dickens’ novel, Hard Times; he was a reporter in the town at the time. The Temperance movement was founded there, plus there’s a row of red phone boxes which is the longest in the UK.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

[Many thanks to David Coates - a Glover exiled in Preston - for providing huge chunks of this guide.]

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