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Matchday Information: Southampton (H)

24 October 2023

Find out what’s going on in and around Deepdale on Wednesday evening when Preston North End take on Southampton at 7.45pm.

The Gentry Bar

Home supporters can visit The Gentry Bar prior to kick-off to take in the pre-match atmosphere at Deepdale, with doors open to fans from 4pm. It will also reopen after the game, with full timings below:

Doors open – 4pm
Fan zone closes – 7.30pm
Fan zone reopens – 9.30pm
Last orders – 10.30pm

Live music will be performed by James Stringfellow from around 6pm. A full list of drinks available can be found below:

Birra Moretti
Neck Oil
Wine, Bitter and Cider
Gentry Pale Ale
Dark Fruits Cider
Soft Drinks

As usual, there will be food options available in the outside area of the fan zone, and once you’re inside the stadium there are a number of offerings new for this season, for example authentic butter chicken tikka and rice. Alcohol-free beer is also available from kiosks.

Shuttle Bus

North End fans can get to and from the stadium by using the club’s shuttle bus service.

Supporters can simply pay the driver on-board, with return tickets costing £6, and full timings can be found below:

Leyland Tesco (Stop A – Car Park) – 6pm
The Railway, Leyland – 6.10pm
Ye Olde Hob Inn, Bamber Bridge – 6.15pm
Beam and Brycg Pub, Bamber Bridge – 6.20pm
Arrive at Deepdale, Lowthorpe Road – 6.40pm

Sir Bobby Charlton Tribute


Just before kick-off, there will be a minute’s applause to remember England and Manchester United legend, and former Preston North End player and manager, Sir Bobby Charlton, who sadly passed away last weekend.

Fans are also invited to sign a book of condolence which will be located in the ticket office in the morning, before moving to the main reception in the Sir Tom Finney Stand at midday.

Rainbow Laces Matchday


Preston North End and the club’s Community and Education Trust [PNECET] are once against hosting its annual Rainbow Laces matchday on Wednesday evening as a continued show of support for the Stonewall campaign.

Rainbow Laces is the leading way to show support for LGBTQ+ inclusion in sport, and 2023 marks the ten-year anniversary of the campaign.

Find out how the day’s being marked by clicking here.

Smoking & E-Cigarettes Not Permitted

The club would like to remind supporters that smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes is strictly not permitted inside Deepdale.

Ground regulations state that “EFL stadia are smoke-free and smoking or the use of electronic cigarettes is not permitted inside the ground.”

As a club, we hope sanctions would not be necessary, although anyone found in breach of ground regulations could be subject to ejection from the stadium.


Supporters in the Alan Kelly Town End and Sir Tom Finney Family Stand are, as always, invited to pick up a flag from the concourse as they enter the stadium.

However, fans are once again urged to return the flags to where they were picked up at the end of the match.

Multi-Faith Prayer Rooms

There are two multi-faith prayer rooms available for home supporters to use at Deepdale both before and during the game.

Supporters can find the Sir Tom Finney Stand multi-faith prayer room between the two block F entry points on the concourse, while another can be found between blocks E and F of the Invincibles Pavilion.

The prayer rooms will be open 90 minutes before kick-off through until full-time.

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 Sir Tom Finney Stand, 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, 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.

Love Football, Protect The Game

As confirmed at the end of July, new measures are being taken across all of football to help ensure the sport remains safe and enjoyable for all.

To challenge the totally unacceptable presence of football tragedy abuse, regulation changes and tough new measures have been introduced which will see people who are found guilty of offences face stadium bans and criminal prosecution.

This builds on measures to address dangerous and illegal crowd behaviour which were introduced last year and continue through the 2023/24 season, including bans and reports to the police for activity such as entering the pitch without permission, carrying or using smoke bombs or pyrotechnics and throwing objects – as well as drug use and discriminatory behaviour.

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 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 be aware only card payments can be made for our refreshments service for disabled supporters.

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