Preston North End fans prepare to don bowler hats for Gentry Day

Posted on - 22nd March, 2012 - 10:31am | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Preston North End

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Preston North End fans are preparing to don their bowler hats and pin stripe suits for the Gentry Day.

The tradition, dating back to the early 1970s, will see the Lilywhites fans showing why “they are the gentry” as Alan Ball Senior said.

Ball Snr made the claim that Preston fans are the best in a post-match press conference as his team went on to win the old third division.

This inspired a number of fans to wear bowler hats and pin stripe suits at Deepdale.

Since then the tradition has come and gone but in 2005 it returned to the terraces when John Tracey, a member of the original PNE Gentry, passed away.

It is now an annual event for North End fans and this year it will be the away trip on Saturday 31st March to Sheffield Wednesday which gets the Gentry treatment.

John Kelly from the Preston Supporters Group encouraged fans to make the trip to Hillsborough, which will be live on Sky.

He said: “This years Gentry Day will be more poignant than ever for many PNE supporters s with the recent sad loss of some very well known and respected fans so for them and other members of the PNE Community who are no longer with us, lets make this the best Gentry Day ever.

“So dust down the bowler, and wipe down your suit and show the football world what the Gentry is all about.”

A Facebook page and Twitter feed have been set up for PNE fans to join and get involved with the day.

Will you be taking part in Gentry Day? Let us know in the comments below

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