Preston North End


Capacity: 23,408 (all seated)
Address: Sir Tom Finney Way, Preston, PR1 6RU
Telephone: 0844 856 1964
Fax: 01772 693 366
Ticket Office: 0844 856 1966
Pitch Size: 110 x 77 yards
Club Nickname: The Lilywhites
Year Ground Opened: 1875*
Shirt Sponsors: Virgin Trains
Kit Manufacturer: Nike
Away Kit: Blue and Yellow
Third Kit: All Yellow

External View
External View
Tom Finney and Bill Shankly Stands
Tom Finney and Bill Shankly Stands
Invincibles and Alan Kelly Stands
Invincibles and Alan Kelly Stands
Tom Finney Stand
Tom Finney Stand
Invincibles Stand
Invincibles Stand
Tom Finney Stand External View
Tom Finney Stand External View
Tom Finney Statue
Tom Finney Statue
External View
External View

With the addition of the new Invincibles Pavilion Stand in 2008, it now means that Deepdale has now been completely re-built in recent years. What was a great looking stadium, is now an even a better one as the new stand completely fills the remaining side of what was the Pavilion side of the ground.

Three sides of the stadium are composed of some excellent looking all seater stands, complete with some spectacular looking floodlights. They are of the same height and style and are all large, covered, single tiered stands. Each has a likeness of a past player outlined on the seats and is named after that player. Tom Finney, Bill Shankly and goalkeeping legend Alan Kelly, are all honoured and this makes a welcome change from the boring letters outlined on most new stands. The first of these stands to be built was the Sir Tom Finney Stand in 1995. This was followed by the Bill Shankly Kop in 1998 and the Alan Kelly Stand in 2001. The fourth new stand, the Invincibles Stand (named after the legendary Preston team of 1888/1889 who went through the whole season unbeaten and were also the first in that season to win the League & FA Cup double), cost in the region of £9m to build. The design of this stand is slightly different to the other three. Even though it is of the same height and has a similar roof, it has a smaller tier of seating, with 22 executive boxes sitting above. Alas I presume that there was not enough space to incorporate another player image on the seating so instead we have to make do with the letters 'PNE FC' instead. Outside the stadium is a statue of former Preston legend Tom Finney. Whilst at the back of the Tom Finney Stand is a small cafe that also houses a collection of Preston North End memorabilia.

Away fans are housed in the modern Bill Shankly Kop at one end of the pitch. Normally the allocation for away fans is approximately half of this stand (3,000 seats). However for teams with a large away support, then the whole end can be allocated, raising the allocation to 6,000.

The views of the playing action and facilities within this stand are excellent. The stand is particularly steep, meaning that fans are kept relatively close to the pitch. On the concourse there are TV's by the refreshment serving areas showing the game live and with the bars being open during the game, this is too much of a temptation for some. There is a wide range of food available including; Cheeseburgers (£3.70), Burgers (£3.50), Hot Dogs (£3.70), Meat & Potato Pie (£2.80), Chicken Balti Pie (£2.80), Steak & Kidney Pie (£2.80) and the Potato & Butter Pie (£2.80). You can also get a pie, peas and gravy for £3.70, plus the Club offer a 'Pie & a Beer' for £5.70. James Prentice adds; 'I would recommend the 'Butter Pie', which is a bit of a local delicacy. It is just a normal pie but with a filling of very buttery mashed potato and onion. I was attracted to it by a flag at the top of the new Invincibles Stand that read 'True Prestonians Love a Butter Pie!' I particularly enjoyed my last visit as the fans, stewards and even police all seemed to be fairly friendly and there was a good atmosphere being generated within the ground. 

There is not a great deal in the way of pubs in close proximity to the ground. Further up Tom Finney Way (which used to be called Deepdale Road) from the stadium, is Sumners. This pub normally has a good mix of home and away supporters, although for certain high profile games and local derbies the pub does not admit away supporters. There is a good sized beer garden & car park at the pub. The pub does charge for parking (£3) but this can be redeemed against a purchase at the bar. Good food is available and children are allowed in. James Pritchett adds to get to the Sumners; 'Make sure you go towards Sainsburys and away from the Town Centre and it should take five minutes. As you go past Sainsburys turn right at the lights and it is half way up the hill. It should be full, but friendly. The pub welcomes a mix of away and home support and are friendly towards families. It serves Theakstons on draught.' Whilst Charlie Guinan a visiting Nottingham Forest fan informs me; 'Sumners was good for away fans and apart from the beer they served an excellent pie, chips, mushy peas and gravy for only £3.50.'

There are also a couple of nearby clubs that welcome away fans. First there is St Gregory's Catholic Club, which is around a five minute walk away on Blackpool Road. The Club offers reasonably priced drinks, hot pies, plus has SKY television. You can also park at the Club at a cost of £3. Secondly, there is the Fulwood Conservative Club, situated around ten minutes walk away from Deepdale, at the junction of Blackpool Road and Garstang Road across from Moor Park. Parking is available at the Club at a cost of £3 per car and non-members are admitted free into the club on matchdays. There is also the Frenchwood Social Club on Bence Road, that is away fan and family friendly (see below).

Paul Billington adds; 'In all honesty visiting fans should avoid town centre pubs simply because the Police will move you on quickly if they see you and most pubs will refuse to serve away fans. If you arrive by train I would recommend the Vic and Station not for the decor but simply convenience.' Otherwise alcohol is served within the ground. albeit in bottled or canned (Lager £3.50, Bitter £3.30, Cider £3.50, Guinness £4, Smirnoff £3.50. Wine £4). 

Whilst John a visiting Chelsea fan informs me; 'We went to Preston and had a great day. The Yates pub located about a 15 minute walk from the station towards the ground was fine and was okay for us away fans and family friendly. My only criticism of the ground was that it was difficult inside to get a drink as there was no proper queuing system and hence it was a mad scrum at the bar.'

Frenchwood Social Club

Frenchwood Social ClubAround a 25 minute walk away from Deepdale is the Frenchwood Social Club. This friendly club offers a warm welcome to away supporters visiting Preston and is family friendly. The Club also offer hot pies and filled rolls on matchdays. You can park in their club car park for the duration of the game, at a cost of £3, two pounds of which is redeemable at the bar against your first drinks order. Unfortunately the Club cannot accommodate coaches, but does have space for minibuses. The Club opens at 11am for weekend fixtures and 6pm for midweek games. If you would like to make use of the Club then please call Colin on 0783 6778815. The Club is located on Bence Road (PR1 4NP) Location Map.

Leave M6 at Junction 31 and follow signs Left for Preston. Go up a steep hill (often a police speed trap on the hill, so stick to 30) and  follow the road down to a mini roundabout (speed camera by the BP garage on the left). At the roundabout with the Hesketh Arms turn right into Blackpool Road. Go straight on over three sets of lights and just before a fourth set, the ground appears set slightly back on the left. Parking is mainly in the streets surrounding the ground. There is some parking available at the ground itself, but at a cost of £12.50 per car.

Mike Holroyd adds; 'as you turn right at the Hesketh Arms roundabout into Blackpool Road and then pass a park on the left there is now another speed camera to watch out for. The Police also sometimes set up another mobile speed trap on the forecourt of the fire station on the left, so watch your speed. Plus as you near the ground don't be tempted to park up on the grass verges, you are likely to find after the game that you have been given a ticket for it!' Steve Thornley informs me; 'Parking for cars is available for £5 a car at Moorfields School. The car park is manned by volunteers from the school and all proceeds go into school funds. Just follow the directions above and at the last set of traffic lights continue straight on for about 200 yards, and you will see the school on the left near Moor Park'. Whilst Andrew Weston tells me; 'If approaching the ground by car along Blackpool Road (A5085), parking is available at the Preston Fire Station. It costs £3 and all fees are divided between the Fire Fighters Charity and the Preston Fire Station Welfare Club.  Getting to the ground from the fire station car park is about a 5 minute walk and is very straightforward - leave the parking through the gate you DIDN'T enter it by, walk along Harewood Road and turn right onto Skifferton Road. The ground is in front of you'.

Kate Abbatt suggests; 'If you want to avoid the pre and post-match traffic, here's a handy tip to avoid it. Instead of leaving the M6 at Junction 31, carry on to Junction 31a signposted, Preston East and Longridge. (This is a limited junction as you can only leave northbound and join southbound.) Keep in the right hand lane and go across the roundabout signposted Preston east, football ground and museum. Across the next roundabout (Anderton Arms on your right) and then left at the next one. At the next lights, go right onto Watling Street. You will go past the White Hart and a row of shops. At next lights by Fulwood Barracks, keep in the left hand lane. You can either park in Sumners, (turn left straight after the lights) or follow the road up to the big junction at Blackpool Road and the ground is on your left and take your chances with on-street parking. Sumners is better as you are the right side of the ground to get away quick after the game. Blackpool Road gets badly snarled up after games and the lights don't help it'. 

Post Code for SAT NAV: PR1 6RU

Preston Railway Station is around a mile and a half from the ground and takes around twenty five minutes to walk, although you will pass some good pubs on the way, so it could take you longer!

Leave the Preston railway station via the main entrance, and head right at the top of the drive. This is the main High Street. Continue along the High Street, passing all the regular big name shops. Some good pubs and eateries can be found down side streets off the High Street, so if you have time, take a look. Try the Old Black Bull, and Academy, the later being about the last place on the High Street that will allow away supporters before you get to Deepdale. Colours are not recommended around town. The High Street (or Church Street/Fishergate as it's known) is about a mile long, and you will pass a church and a bike shop as you come to its end. Simply carry on walking along this street, and when you reach the ring road, you head straight over the large traffic lights, heading towards Preston Prison. Turn left at the Prison into Church Street, then left into Deepdale Road. Continue straight along Deepdale Road and after about a mile you will reach the ground.

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Home Fans
Sir Tom Finney & Invincibles Stands (Premium Area): Adults £30, Concessions £23, Under 16's £9*
Invincibles Stand: Adults £27, Concessions £20 Under 16's £8*
Sir Tom Finney Stand: Adults £27, Concessions £20 Under 16's £8*
Sir Tom Finney Stand (Family Area): Adults £27, Concessions £20 Under 16's £6* 
Alan Kelly (Town) End: Adults £24, Concessions £16 Under 16's £8*

Away Fans
Adults £24, Concessions £16 Under 16's £8

* Under 8's can be admitted for just £2 with a paying adult if they join the 'Mini Whites' membership scheme. Concessions apply to Over 65's, Under 19's and Full Time Students with current NUS card.

Preston North End fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Official Programme £3.

Blackpool, Burnley & Blackburn Rovers.

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the  Level Playing Field w website.

Record Attendance

42,684 v Arsenal, Division One, April 23rd, 1938.

Modern (all seated) Attendance Record 23,119 v Chelsea FA Cup Round 4, January 23rd, 2010.

Average Attendance
2014-2015: 10,852 (League One)
2013-2014: 10,234 (League One)
2012-2013: 9,263 (League One)


You are only 20 minutes or so by car from Blackpool, which is Britain's premier seaside resort, so why not make a weekend of it? If you're feeling brave then try the UK's largest and fastest roller coaster, 'The Big One' at the Pleasure Beach. I braved it, but I think I was in shock afterwards! So much so that I had to seek out the Pleasure Beach bar for medicinal purposes. Only one word of caution, look at the other fixtures being played the same day in Manchester/Bolton/Blackpool etc... as your game. Simply because other away supporters attending these games will also be probably be heading to Blackpool after the game as well. So if there is a particular group of supporters from a club who you would rather avoid, then don't say I didn't warn you to check first.

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: and I'll update the guide.

Preston North End v Reading
Football Championship League
Saturday 12th December 2015, 3pm
Will Care (Reading fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Deepdale Football Ground?    

I was visiting some mates in Liverpool who are at uni there, and while being up north it seemed the perfect opportunity to tick off another ground. I have been to most other grounds in the Championship League, but due to Preston recently being in League One it's a ground which has slipped through the net. Steve Clarke had just been sacked and we were on a poor run of form, making this game quite exciting as both teams would be expecting a win and I felt the team needed some support.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

My journey was simple on the day having already travelled to Liverpool, it was a quick train ride of around an hour to Preston station. From there me and my mates joined up with some other Reading fans and using this guide found Deepdale easily and probably took around 25-30 mins. However, the weather was awful and rain was coming down in sheets, with flooding in the area we were worried that the game could be cancelled as lower league games in the area were being called off.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

As soon as we arrived at Deepdale we spoke to a group of stewards who assured us that the game was going to go ahead. After that relief we took a quick look at the Tom Finney statue and then had a burger from a van outside the away end. Most supporters seemed to be heading straight inside the stadium as quick as possible due to the weather, but the few preston fans I spoke to seemed friendly.

What you thought on seeing the Deepdale ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?    

Even though it seemed we were walking through gale force winds we struggled to the ground and my first impression was very positive as the Deepdale ground itself is very impressive with towering floodlights. The stadium has character and the away end was suitable inside. Inside the ground is equally impressive however one side of the ground is much smaller to the other three. The view from the away end was fantastic.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

When the game kicked off I was pleased it was going ahead and felt positive that the players would have something to prove, but this optimism faded quickly as Preston took control of the game and we could not get a foothold in the game. Preston hit the post just before half time but we went in 0-0, a scoreline which was not reflective of Preston's domination and flattered reading. I naively hoped for a response which did not come, though our goalkeeper Bond made two fantastic goal line saves. I felt Preston getting frustrated until our skipper McShane brought down Garner who stepped up slotted the penalty away confidently. Reading didn't look like getting anything and the game was looking to fizzle out until the last 10 minutes when Reading put some string of attacks together the best of which saw Nick Blackman through one on one who shot high over the bar. That was our best chance of the game but Preston won the game deservedly. The atmosphere was flat from the home end, but I will reserve judgment as the weather did not help things. The 566 Reading fans who made the journey were in good voice with some Xmas songs, but most were disgraced with the performance.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Easy. We walked straight back to the railway station only to find that our train was delayed over an hour!

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Considering the bad conditions, the overall day out to a new ground was enjoyable but ruined by the game itself. I would go back to Preston but want to go to a few more new grounds beforehand, but a cup draw or with better form I could see myself making a return visit.

Preston North End v Blackburn Rovers
Football Championship League
Saturday 21st November 2015, 3pm
Daniel Ainsworth (Blackburn Rovers fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Deepdale football ground?    

This was a local derby for Blackburn Rovers and my first trip to Deepdale due to Preston not being in the Championship League for some time.. Also, we had sold out our entire away allocation and the game had been built up for sometime in the media.. So I couldn't wait!

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

We went with a local pub who run coaches to every Blackburn away game. We set off at around 12:45pm for what should have been a short 30 minute journey. However, since it was a local derby, the Police stopped us on the outskirts of Preston and made us wait. We finally arrived at Deepdale at 2pm. We pulled up at a cordoned off area and got off the coach.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

We had a walk around Deepdale whilst some others off the coach went up to the Summers pub about a ten minute walk away. We needed a soft drink and found a small shop nearby. I also bouth a programme from a seller outside the ground. We experienced no trouble from any home fans.`

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Deepdale?    

Deepdale is a very historic ground and has a interesting statue of Tom Finney outside. We were housed in the Bill Shankly Kop End. This was packed due to the small travelling distance. 

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

The atmosphere was second to none - especially due to the raucous away support. We sang all the time except for when they scored. Preston fans were very good though and the banter made the game enjoyable. Stewards were at the front and didn't bother us. The pies were great. The Clayton Park Butter Pie had just won an award and was amazing (it cost £3.20).

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Due to the vast amount of visiting supporters, we had to wait thirty minutes inside the ground before being escorted out. Those who had travelled by train were compulsorily put onto waiting buses by the Police and driven straight to Preston Railway Station.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a great day out and the fans were great for both sides. It was even better when we won 2-1.

Preston North End v Derby County
Championship League
Saturday 9th September 2015, 3pm
Andrew Keay (Derby County fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting Deepdale?

I had not been to Deepdale for over 20 years. So I was looking forward to seeing how the ground had changed.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Not too bad at all. Drove up and came in off the M6 at Junction 31a. I would recommend this to anyone traveling northbound as it is much easier and hardly any traffic. I then parked in a street about a ten minute walk away from Deepdale.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I was going to go for a drink but the Sumners pub was five deep at the bar. So I decided to make for the ground. I got there about an hour before kick off so I had a chance to look around the outside. I particularly liked the Tom Finney "Splash" monument.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

It was nothing like I remembered, as it looked very modern. It was a wooden stand last time I went ha ha. The new stands were admiral with great views and plenty of leg room.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

I had a Potato and Butter Pie from one of the kiosks. It was very nice too and only £2.80, so good value. The game itself was okay with Derby winning 2-1. With 3,300 traveling away fans this made for a good atmosphere. All credit to the Police and stewards, both very polite and relaxed and happy to chat as were the Preston supporters.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was brilliant to get away from where we had parked, got back to the car and left via Junction 31a again and was back on the motorway in under 10 minutes.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A very enjoyable away day helped by the friendly atmosphere and of course the win!

Preston North End v Coventry City
League One
Saturday, January 18th, 2014, 3pm
Alex Smith (Coventry City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Coventry City have a rotten record at Deepdale having never won there. Plus I have been to Preston twice before and was not impressed on both visits. But this time we were stopping in Blackpool for the weekend so I was looking forward to it for that reason.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We left Coventry at 6pm on the Friday for Blackpool and the motorway was surprisingly quiet for a Friday evening. We were in Blackpool for 8:15 and we checked into the Havelock House Bed & Breakfast (which I would strongly recommend) and then hit Blackpool town for the night. We went to the King George pub and was brilliant, Friendly atmosphere, good DJ. We left for Preston at around 11:00 on the Saturday morning via a minibus which was very reasonably priced.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We went to the Fulwood Conservative Club which is located on the Blackpool Road. It was not very busy and the drinks were very cheap and had very good facilities, We did not speak to many North End fans but the ones we saw kept to themselves.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

I never used to like Deepdale, but since they replaced that old stand on one side, it has improved dramatically. The new stand is not particularly eye catching, but has boosted greatly the overall look of the stadium.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc.

The One and Only programme priced a £3 was a decent read with lots of information on both clubs, The game was all PNE and I mean all PNE they were all over us and we were lucky to be going in 0-0 at the break. I purchased a burger inside the concourse and I have to say it was delicious and definitely worth the £3 I paid. The Stewards were helpful approachable, and talkative.

The atmosphere was good from the 900+ strong Sky Blue Army. The second half picked up from the first and PNE continued to dominate eventually going 1-0 in the 57th minute through Kevin Davies which improved the atmosphere from the Preston fans. But then Coventry responded and kept on coming close, Leon Clarke firing over from close range and Andy Webster missing a open net from a Blair Adams corner. Preston tried to time waste towards the end of the game. Fans keeping the ball in the stand, taking long at throw ins, kicking away the ball everything they could do they did. Kevin Davies was sent off on 87 mins for a two footed tackle on Andy Webster.

We were into added time when Coventry's Denzel Slager took a shot which was blocked by Neil Killkenny. The ball landed at the foot of Franck Moussa and hit a absolute cruise missile from 35 yards out and hitting the top corner which sent the away fans into raptures! The game ended 1-1 although with that very late equaliser, it almost felt like we had actually won the match!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

There were a few altercations outside the Bill Shankly Kop end which let the stewarding down a bit. Other than that there was no trouble. We met our mini-bus at the Fulwood Conservative Club and made our way back to Blackpool. It took us no longer that 40 minutes.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Preston away is a good opportunity to a brilliant weekend away in Blackpool. So if you are going on your travels to Preston this season I recommend stopping in Blackpool for at least one night. So in the end, what I thought was not going to be a great trip, turned out to be one of my favorites. 

Preston North End v Blackpool
Capital One Cup 1st Round
Monday, August 5th, 2013, 7.45pm
Michelle-Louise Burrows (Preston fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

There may be Rangers v Celtic, Liverpool v Everton or Man City v Man Utd but, in this corner of Lancashire, this is THE derby. Which fan wouldn't have been up for it?  That said, I saw things at that match that I never want to see again.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Took the car and decided to park in Preston Bus Station before taking a taxi to Deepdale. Because of the modern nature of the derby, I removed my Blackpool stickers from the car as I did not want it vandalised.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Went straight to the ground but, even on arriving in Preston, I felt very apprehensive. So I took the unusual step of hiding my colours. Although I have friends who are North End fans, this is NOT a friendly derby.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Having been to Deepdale before, I've always found it an impressive ground, just right for a club the size of Preston. I particularly like the way, like us, they honour their heroes e.g. Sir Tom Finney, Alan Kelly, Bill Shankly etc. We were given the Bill Shankly Kop due to the huge travelling support from the Fylde.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Less said about the match the better. Blackpool had innumerable chances to win the game but, as usual, fell to a sucker punch three minutes before the end. I had no complaints about the result but the stewarding was appalling. I am not an animal and I will not be treated as such. The rudeness from the PNE stewards was a disgrace but not as much as some of the "fans".  As the final whistle went, over 300 of their number decided to invade the pitch, not so much in celebration - you'd have thought by their reaction they'd have won the Champions League, the World Cup, the Lottery, the Grand National and the Eurovision Song Contest rolled into one! - but to goad the Blackpool fans, amongst whom were women and children. I though our supporters showed marvelous restraint in the face of such unwarranted provocation, even though the Police and stewards did absolutely nothing to stop this behaviour.  I did feel sorry for the decent North End fans who should have been savouring a deserved victory over the old enemy having it spoilt by idiots.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I was terrified after the match and, thanks to one decent Policeman, I got a lift back to Preston Bus Station. Even then, there was violence of the worst order with missiles being thrown, our supporters being attacked and the Police failing miserably to keep a lid on it.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Never in the thirty seven years of me following Blackpool Football Club have I been so terrified for my own personal safety as I was that night. The stewarding and policing was totally abject. Even when I was driving home, some goons threw a brick at my car, narrowly missing it, and surrounded the car which was only averted when I put my foot down. A coach load of our supporters was ambushed by Preston "fans" and vandalised. It was a huge stain, not only on Preston North End FC who should have been celebrating a victory over us for the first time in God knows when, but the County of Lancashire. Has football really gone back to the bad days of the 80s? Has the rivalry between Preston North End and Blackpool, once friendly, turned so bitter and vile that innocent fans can be attacked just because of whom they support?  I dread to think what would happen when we play each other again. Especially if it's at the Blackpool end of the M55.

Preston North End v Wolverhampton Wanderers
League One
Saturday, August 3rd, 2013
Sam Martin (Wolves fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I had not been to Preston North End before but appreciated that it was an historic club. I was also looking forward to the new season despite my club, Wolves, having suffered successive relegations. “FL72” was also flogging the game as an historic fixture commemorating 125 years of the football league between two of its original founder members. Suspect it all felt a little different in 1888!

Tom Finney Mural

Tom Finney Mural

 2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I went with my brother and - forming part of the Wolves diaspora - actually travelled up to the game by train from London Euston. Though expensive, the train was very quick on the way there given the distance (almost two hours exactly). Preston has a rather nice Victorian train station which is very close to the city centre. We only had a vague idea about how far the ground was from the city centre (maybe two miles) and got a taxi to the ground (£5ish) and then walked back to the station after the game.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Well there was a pub right by the train station that was allocated to Wolves fans. It was absolutely mobbed as Wolves had taken a large away following so we tried a real ale pub called the Black Horse in the town centre – lovely interior, cracking local ales and friendly staff despite the fact the pub was also full of Wolves fans and was reasonably priced.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The ground is very modern but is saved from being an “identikit” stadium by some nice touches acknowledging Preston’s impressive history including a mural Tom Finney on the outside of the Main Stand. Seating was fine – though everyone in the away stood there was no harassment from stewards about standing. Thought the stadium compared favourably to Turf Moor and even Ewood Park which I have attended previously.

Come on you Wolves!

Deepdale view from the away stand

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Game was a pretty dull, a nil-nil draw. As is fairly standard nowadays it seemed the majority of the noise was made by the away fans. But the weather was nice and the ground was reasonably full. Stewards were very friendly. I don’t think I had a pie as I was still recovering from a large bag of  hairy pork scratchings, I had at the pub but the prices seemed reasonable compared to most stadiums (though obviously not when compared to anywhere else in the real world). Only big downer was that I could not find a programme vendor.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Had to walk back to town to get the train. Not a particularly nice walk to be honest but no trouble with home fans (though we were not in colours) or anything like that. There was a heavy police presence at the station which was unfortunate and was a bit heavy handed. It seems to rile people up as much as keep the peace.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good day overall despite the disappointing game. Like virtually all former industrial towns of the Midlands and North, Preston has probably seen better days  but there are certainly some nice parts of Preston and some good pubs if you look around. Journey back was delayed by well over an hour,  which coupled with an early onset hangover, managed to sour the end of the day a little.

Preston North End v Sheffield Wednesday
League One
Saturday, December 31st 2011, 3pm
Dan Brennan (Sheffield Wednesday fan)

Wednesday, despite two poor results recently, are flying high in League One and 4,000 other Wednesdayites must have thought the same as me - this is a very good opportunity for three points.
Myself and a friend got the train to Preston from Sheffield Midland Station. This included a change in Manchester Piccadilly and cost £29, which seemed quite steep, so I think if I went again I would look at a different means of travel.  From Manchester Piccadilly it took about an hour to reach Preston. From the station it took us a good half an hour to walk to Deepdale.

Some friends of ours are from Preston, and they recommended that we try the famous 'Butter Pie' whilst we were there. We did so but  upon tasting, I'd advise leave it well alone if I was you! Pubs seemed to be few and far between, however, and many of these seemed very Preston-orientated.

Deepdale's a nice ground to be fair. It's a good size and much to the delight of the Preston fans I spoke to, it looked in better shape than Ewood Park down the road in my opinion. The Football Museum is in a bit of a state and speaking to mates and also staff at PNE they seem very frustrated at its' departure, which is understandable, but seem reluctant to see it knocked down. Once inside the ground, it's pretty decent. There are two big, nice looking stands to the right and directly across from the visiting stand and the Invincibles Stand to our left was hardly a let down, it simply needs the area above the stand sorting out and it'll be sound as a pound.

Wednesday's dominance throughout paid off and goals from Danny Batth and Ben Marshall before half time set the tone for a comfortable, 2-0 Wednesday win. Preston were very poor throughout though and I think this contributed hugely to the dour atmosphere in the ground. It's been a long time since I've seen a side play so negatively, so to think that Preston fans watch that every week is sobering! Saying that, the three points are all that mattered for Wednesday and we went back to Yorkshire happy bunnies, eagerly awaiting what 2012 has in store for our club. Stewards were fine, the toilets were big and clean which is a huge bonus as not all football grounds have this 'luxury' and the food was good enough. The stand is steep though and I echo other reports which state that it can be a bit dis-orientating for people who aren't fond of heights as, even though the stand isn't huge, you're more or less on top of the pitch.

Getting back to Preston Station was simple enough although without the help of the people we knew I can envisage it being a potential problem as it's a fair way away. I'd recommend getting some directions before the game and keep asking people around you - the home fans were all very friendly (even if the young ones were incredibly 'chavvish'!) and I'm sure would help you out. Once there, simple enough getting home although you do pass Bolton's ground on the way home and if they're at home as well as Preston I predict that the train may very well get full so prepare yourself. Thankfully for us they kicked off later on in the day so we survived.

All in all a good day out at Preston. The ground isn't the most accessible and, using the train, Preston itself wasn't exactly perfect to find but the fact that Wednesday played very well and Deepdale is a good stadium with bags of character means it's a trip worth making and I'd jump at the opportunity to visit the ground again in the future, though hopefully in a higher league as I think the Preston fans deserve it. They turned out in force to see a woeful performance and even though I'd rather it be them than us, I'd still like to see them start picking up. Good ground, I'd certainly recommend it, just drive there!

Preston North End v Exeter City
League One
Saturday, August 20th 2011, 3pm
Steve Ellis (Exeter City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game?
I was looking forward to this game since the fixtures came out. It is a stadium I had never been to and being an Exeter supporter not one you would think you would ever go to! Plus it was to be the first real test of the season.
How easy was the journey, Home fans friendly, what did you do before the game?
The journey itself was very easy leaving Exeter at 7.30am on the supporters coach and arriving just before 1pm. On arriving I waited along side Exeter fans and Preston fans for the Exeter team to arrive. The home fans were friendly and easy to talk with. Before the match I took a walk round the stadium having a look at the main entrance and also the statue of the great Tom Finney, known as 'the splash'.  Once through the turnstiles I went pitchside in order to have a proper look and take pictures of the legends that are printed in the seats before the ground started filling up, I then returned to the bar on the concourse and watched the end of the live Sky Sports game.
What you thought on seeing the ground? and inside?
As we arrived the ground was tucked in behind houses but as we left the coach it is easy to see how much work has gone into modernising, as all four sides looked new. The away end looked quite steep so if your not that good with heights dont go to near the top but no matter where you sit you have good leg Room and superb views. The other stands pretty much the same.

The game itself was a 1-0 defeat for Exeter with Preston scoring just before half time and Exeter going down to 10 men during that first half, our keeper doing his best to keep us in the game with a few good saves, but with 10 men Exeter seemed to be the better team in the second half.

The atmosphere during the game was excellent, refreshments were a good range of food and non alcoholic and alcoholic drinks all at usual sort of prices or meal deals for £4.50. The stewards were very friendly  and helpful and stayed out of the way and taking time to chat with the visiting supporters and offering to take pictures for supporters. The toilets were also clean.
Comment on getting away after the game:
Getting away after was fairly easy, just a slow journey back to the motorway but when there it was an easy journey home. arriving just after 10pm. Despite the result it was a fantastic day out.

Preston North End v Everton
Pre-season friendly
Saturday, July 24th 2010, 3pm
Bobby Rooney (Everton fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

If I'm being honest, I didn't even know I was going to the match until about Midday, when I got shuffled in a car and down to the local Train Station. I was looking forward to going to Deepdale as I enjoyed going last time I went in 2001, and hadn't been since it's completion of the new 'Invincibles' Stand. So it was a game I was looking forward to!

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Oh it was really easy, As I live a mere 45 minute train journey away, I got the train to Preston for £3.55 (as a student, £5.10 for an Adult) which was a real bargain and it took 35 minutes or so.

When I went to Preston last time, we drove and were fairly close to the stadium using street parking for free, but this time I had gone from the station and I asked the Police officer at the station for directions, which made it straight forward; on leaving the station, turn right and stay straight until reaching the prison, and then turn right and the stadium was straight ahead. The journey took about 25 minutes, so if your a bit lazy or simply can't do it cabs and buses regularly run to near the stadium.There seemed to be a lot of street parking, and having walked 25 minutes to the station, I saw a few car parks charging £3-5.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

I just stopped at the Subway in the town centre, but I walked past plenty of pubs, although some weren't away friendly. There were plenty of food outlets too. The Home fans were really friendly actually, really helpful so was a pleasant change.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Same old Deepdale really. Looks like a typical Modern North West Stadium, with the exception of the Football Museum, which I would recommend visiting, as I think it's brilliant (Ed - unfortunately the museum has now closed). The Concourse I felt was a little compact, and with only half an end given most of the time, I could see it becoming quite congested down there for a team who are well supported. I like the stadium, I like the features in it, and due to the steep shape, seeing the match is no problem at all and offers great views, even if a little high, not one for the weak legged!

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

I must admit, I actually did enjoy the game, Everton walked the game and probably deserved more than a 3-0 win. Preston looked poor, but a pre-season game means nothing really! Had a good bit of banter with the small group of about 40-100 Preston fans in the corner of their stand. Stewards seemed fairly good, they stopped a few idiots running on the pitch and were generally jokey and relaxed. I didn't use the toilets or make use of the food either, but I was told pints of lager were £2.80, so not all bad.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Really easy, as I was walking so there was no queues for me, there were traffic jams around the stadium though. Due to it being just a single carriageway, it's understandable, I'd recommend, parking just a bit further down from the stadium, and it'll ensure an easy get away.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I enjoyed it! Saw a promising performance for the new season and got to see the Blues win, always a good thing. I liked Deepdale, but fans who aren't fans of stadiums like Bolton, Blackburn and Wigan, mightn't quite like it, a good touch with their heroes faces in the stand, I think that's great! I look forward to returning next year!

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* The ground was opened in 1875 as an athletics, rugby and cricket ground. Football was first played later on the site in 1881.

Updated 11th January 2016