Preston North End Deepdale
Championship League v Derby County
Saturday, November 27th 2004, 3pm
I recently visited Deepdale for the Championship clash between Preston and Derby, and I have rather mixed feelings about the place.
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be)
I was looking forward to this game for 3 main reasons. One, on my years of travelling with the Rams, Preston was one ground I had never been to. Secondly, I was eagerly awaiting visiting the National Football Museum there, somewhere I've wanted to go for ages. Lastly, Derby County were having and excellent season so far, just outside the playoffs and Preston weren't far behind, should be a good game, I thought.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking
Personally my journey was easy, via supporters bus! But it's a very accessible ground by the looks of it!
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Me and my friends decided to go to the Museum and take a look around, fantastic to see all the football memorabilia there! Had a go on the "GoalStriker" machine, 3 shots against a video screen with a goalkeeper that never gets to the ball, albeit I missed twice! Some good interactive stuff upstairs with table football etc. After that we took a walk down the road to McDonalds and waited 20 minutes for a plain beef burger in a truly packed restaurant! Then decided to go back to the ground and take a look around, even got given a complimentary PNE key ring! No trouble with the home fans, very friendly bunch, funny how being from the East Midlands you don't realise that everyone in Lancashire speaks like Peter Kay!! One disappointment of Preston is that under FIFTEENS are concessions, not sixteens, so I had to go and upgrade my ticket for £11 to adult.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground.
Very good outside look, though lots of graffiti all over the walls of the stands, particularly "I luv H.S." everywhere. Hmmm. Anyway I was impressed by the size and look of it, especially with the magnificent floodlights. In the ground, good looking except for the mouldy terrace to our left of the away end.
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