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PNE v Leicester City, Sat 2nd August, 3pm

1 August 2014

North End round off their pre-season programme with a home friendly against Football League champions Leicester City at Deepdale.

Nigel Pearson’s Premier League outfit will pose a major threat to the Lilywhites’ excellent record during July, that saw the side pick up five wins from six, only losing to top flight runners-up Liverpool at Deepdale.

This final hurrah before the big kick-off sees some familiar faces in town, with Matty James and Ritchie de Laet, former loanees under Darren Ferguson – who gave great service until their untimely recalls, joining fan favourite David Nugent in a return to PR1.

Nugent was one of the most popular players of the last decade with his effervescent playing style and permanent smile whilst giving his all in a lilywhite shirt and North End fans will no doubt give him a rousing reception and wish him the best back in the Premier League.

Back closer to home this is the last chance for Simon Grayson to try out formations and to get minutes under the belt of his squad ahead of the opening day encounter with Notts County and the only players on the sidelines are long term absentees Kyel Reid and Lee Holmes, as well as Paul Huntington, who should return to training over the weekend after an operation on the wrist that was fractured when Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel landed on it!

The 3pm kick-off has cash turnstiles available with prices as follows:  Adults £10, Ambassadors £7.50, senior citizens (over 65) £5 and U16s £1.

Please note: Ambassadors need to purchase their tickets from the Sir Tom Finney ticket office to receive their discount – the Invincibles Pavilion is not open with the exception of lounge guests and the ticket office at that stand is also closed.

There will be cash entry on a turnstile within every bank of turnstiles at the Alan Kelly Town End and at each end of the Sir Tom Finney Stand.

Proof of identification is required for anyone looking to buy discounted tickets due to their age band concession. You can buy your tickets now by visiting the ticket office, clicking on MyPNE.Com, or by calling: 0844 856 1966.

This weekend’s match official is Darren Handley, who has run the line many times at Deepdale but has this season been appointed to the Football League list and will therefore have the whistle for the first time.

If you can’t get to the game then PNE Player will have live coverage, with Anthony Wareing on air from 2.30pm and live and uninterrupted coverage of the game from three o’clock.

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