1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
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
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
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
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
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
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.