This season Preston North End fans will travel to West Bromwich Albion for Gentry Day.Advertisement
Organised by fans with the club’s support, Gentry Day is the annual game that remembers anyone connected to PNE who has passed away in the previous 12 months.
Tickets for the match went on sale on Friday, and sold out just over 24 hours later – meaning 2,737 North End fans will make their way to the Hawthorns on Saturday 13 April.
While Gentry Day is always a popular event, the play-off excitement building around Deepdale will no doubt have contributed to the speedy sell-out.
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Some fans were left lamenting on social media after missing out on tickets.
Those lucky enough to secure tickets are being encouraged to take a remembrance slip to fill out and leave on their seat.
A post in the Preston North End Fans Forum on Facebook said: “The idea is we are taking the memory of North End fans that are no longer with us.”
A limited number of slips are available from the PNE ticket office, Reilly’s Butchers, Deepdale Labour Club and The Ribble Lodge.
The annual Gentry Day tradition sees fans dress up in suits and bowler hats to honour the Gentry term, which was coined in the early 1970s after Alan Ball Snr told a press conference: “Preston fans are the best, they’re the gentry”.
Last season over 4,000 fans travelled to Bolton Wanderers for Gentry Day. Then, PNE came from a goal down to beat their local rivals thanks to a Seani Maguire brace.
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Fans will be hoping for similar drama – and more importantly a similar result – this season at West Brom.
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