Up the Gentry! Preston North End fans prepare to don the bowlers for Brentford trip

Posted on - 12th March, 2013 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston North End

The North End Gentry in all their finest last year

Preston North End fans will be donning their bowler hats and pin stripe suits once more for the annual Gentry trip.

Supporters use the day to pay tribute to any North End players or fans who have passed away in the previous year.

This year’s Gentry day will be the away trip to Brentford on Saturday 16 March.

The phrase “the gentry” comes from the early 1970s when Alan Ball senior said “Preston fans are the best, they’re the gentry”.

John Kelly from the Preston Supporters Group said: “The Return of The Gentry is heading back to London for the trip to Brentford as these have often proved to be the most enjoyable trips on the calender. This is also one of only two grounds with terracing which we feel will add to the enjoyment of the day.

“Preston Supporters Group with the support of PNEONLINE will be pulling out all the stops to make this another great day in the PNE fans’ calendar. However it will not be a success without your support, so please get out your bowlers, pinstripes, bow ties and lets once again show London town once again that “The Gentry” are a cut above everyone else.

“Whilst enjoying ourselves on this momentous day let’s not forget the reason for doing so. You can leave the names of your loved ones and friends or your stories on our memories page. This helps us all to remember everyone from the PNE ‘family’ who are no longer with us. ”

The Gentry day was resurrected in 2005 to remember John Tracey, an original member of the PNE Gentry who had passed away.

In 2008 the Supporters Group decided to make it an annual event.

Fans who are on Facebook are encouraged to join the Gentry Away Day page.

Will you be donning your bowler? Send us any photos from the day to or add them to the Preston Flickr group

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