Preston North End fans celebrated Gentry Day in style after a second-half fightback against Bolton Wanderers.Advertisement
Almost 4,000 PNE fans – many in bowler hats – watched their team go behind in the 12th minute, but a perfectly timed pass from Callum Robinson led to Tom Barkhuizen’s equaliser on 53 minutes.
The fans were chanting Sean Maguire’s name before he’d even come on to the pitch and they were soon going wild as the Irish substitute returned after injury to score two goals on 77 and 92.
Winning 3-1 from a goal down was all the sweeter thanks to it being Gentry Day, a fan organised event that remembers North End followers and players who have passed away in the previous 12 months.
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The Gentry term was coined in the early 1970s after Alan Ball Snr told a press conference, “Preston fans are the best, they’re the gentry.” This inspired a number of PNE fans to don bowler hats and even pinstripe suits. The Gentry Day tradition was started in 2005 and, as you can see from the photos below, it’s still going strong today.
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