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
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
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
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