Take a look through the following information about what’s going on around Deepdale on Boxing Day when we welcome Huddersfield Town.
Our fan zone situated by the Alan Kelly Town End car park will once again be open to home supporters, with doors open from 12 noon.
Fan zone timings:
Doors open – 12 noon
Fan zone closes – 2.45pm
Fan zone re-opens – 4.45pm
Last orders – 6pm
Fan zone closes – 6.30pm
There will be live music in the fan zone prior to kick-off with On The Edge performing, while there will also be a PA before and after the game.
A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments will also be available, with a full list to be found below.
Wine, Bitter and Cider (packaged)
Snacks and confectionary will be available, while The Hot Potato Tram will be in the outside area of the fan zone, with burger, and fish and chip vans also around the stadium.
Tribute To Those We Have Lost
Fans are encouraged to get to their seats earlier than usual, as the club will be remembering those we have lost during 2022 in the minutes leading up to kick-off.
Supporters were invited to send through the names of loved ones who have sadly passed away over the past 12 months, however please note the deadline to do so has now passed.
This year’s tribute will be slightly different to usual, with Claudia Rose Maguire set to perform a special rendition of ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ while the names are displayed on the big screen.
Shuttle Bus Service
The matchday shuttle bus, which runs from Leyland through Bamber Bridge on its way to the stadium, will be running for this fixture.
Return tickets cost £5, with fans able to pay the driver on-board, and timings for the service can be found below.
Leyland Tesco (Stop A – Car Park) – 1.20pm
The Railway Pub, Leyland – 1.30pm
Ye Olde Hob Inn, Bamber Bridge – 1.35pm
Beam and Brycg Pub, Bamber Bridge – 1.40pm
Arrive at Deepdale, Lowthorpe Road – 2pm
Once again, flags will be available on the concourses of the Alan Kelly Town End and the Sir Tom Finney Family Stand for supporters to take up to their seats.
All fans are encouraged to take part in the displays, however it is essential all flags are returned at the end of the game to where they were picked up from.
Fans who have left the ground with any of the flags in any previous fixtures are also kindly asked to return them to Deepdale.
Supporters in hospitality areas of the stadium should be aware that all lounges and executive boxes are now cashless.
This means only card payments will be accepted, including Apple Pay and other contactless methods.
Half-Time Drink Tokens
As per previous fixtures, drink tokens for half-time alcoholic refreshments will be in use in the Alan Kelly Town End, Invincibles Pavilion and Sir Tom Finney Stand.
Supporters can go to any kiosks in these stands at any time prior to kick-off, and pre-order and pay for their alcoholic drinks for half-time. Fans will receive a token in return at this point, which they can present at half-time at the designated collection points.
Supporters in the Invincibles Pavilion can collect from Kiosk 7i, located on the right side of the concourse near the Kop.
There are two collection points in the Alan Kelly Town End: collection point green, which is located next to the central stairwell, and collection point yellow, which is located at the beer bar between the two double kiosks.
Fans in the Sir Tom Finney Stand can also get their drink tokens, either from collection point purple, which is located at the south side of the stand, or from collection point white at the north side.
Refreshments Service For Disabled Supporters
Those supporters situated on the disabled platforms, and disabled fans on the front row of each stand, are able to place orders before the match for half-time.
Members of staff from Heathcote&Co will come to these supporters to place orders which will be delivered shortly before half-time. Please note, this service excludes alcohol sales due to no alcoholic beverages being allowed inside the stadium bowl.
Please also note, only cash payments can be made for our refreshments service for disabled supporters.
Reporting Abuse, Discrimination & Anti-Social Behaviour
Supporters who witness or hear any abuse, discrimination or anti-social behaviour while at Deepdale can report the incident using the club’s text service.
Fans can text 66777 and messages must start with ‘PNE’ followed by details of the incident. An example of how to use this service can be found below:
“PNE I’m in the Alan Kelly Town End, row 10, seat 34. Male sitting directly in front of me shouting racist abuse.”
All incidents can be reported to the club by email on firstname.lastname@example.org, but fans are strongly advised to use this text service at the time to allow these matters to be dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Rich Manning's Devon2Deepdale
Preston North End supporter Rich Manning will be ending his ‘Devon2Deepdale’ challenge at the ground before the game.
Rich has been raising money in aid of Andy’s Man Club by running 202 miles – the distance between his home in Devon and the home of his football club, PNE.
He will end his challenge by completing laps of the Deepdale pitch around 2pm. You can donate to the cause by clicking here.
Everyone at the club would like to congratulate Rich for his efforts!