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Bolton Wanderers Match Preview

20 July 2021

Bolton Wanderers are next up on Preston North End’s pre-season schedule, with the two facing each other at the County Ground in Leyland on Tuesday evening.

The 7pm kick-off marks the first time that PNE supporters will be able to watch their team in action since March 2020, with ticket availability now running low from the 1,100 allocation.

As of Monday afternoon, 90 tickets were left on sale and supporters can purchase any remaining tickets through the club’s ticket office at Deepdale, over the phone on 0344 856 1966 and online at

Adult tickets are priced at £10, while concessions can gain entry for £5.

Please note, supporters who do not pick their tickets up from Deepdale by 3pm on Tuesday will need to collect from the County Ground on the evening of the game.

This fixture is ticket only and gates will open at 6pm, with a range of hot and cold drinks available inside the ground, while a new fanzone at the stadium will be open until 9.30pm.

Car parking is available only for blue badge holders at the ground and the Lancashire FA suggest for others to park on the King Street Car Park which is free of charge after 6pm.

While it is not compulsory for entry to the stadium, supporters attending the fixture are advised to take a lateral flow test prior to the game for the safety of all those attending. Fans who test positive or are displaying symptoms of Covid-19 must not travel to the match.

This friendly will mark each side’s fourth game of their 2021/22 preparations and they both head into this one unbeaten so far.

PNE enter the fixture following their Scotland pre-season camp which consisted of a victory at Celtic Park and a draw against St Johnstone, and before that they beat Bamber Bridge 8-3.

Whereas Bolton have come out on top against both Longridge Town and Atherton Colleries so far, but they were held to a 1-1 draw last weekend against FC United of Manchester.

Ian Evatt’s side have three more friendlies to play until their League One campaign gets underway on 7th August at home to MK Dons, with games against Barrow and Blackburn Rovers to follow the PNE tie.

Bolton, who earned promotion from League Two last season, have a couple of former Lilywhites in their squad in the form of Alex Baptiste and Eoin Doyle, but the latter will be unable to feature after testing positive for Covid-19.

Due to the facilities at the County Ground, this game will not be streamed live, although a full match replay and highlights will be available on iFollow PNE in the following days.

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