Preston North End Football Club is once again a Championship side. Beating Swindon Town 4-0 at Wembley Sunday night was the last pice of the 2014/2015 puzzle. And we were there cha. Go to Tours to get an idea of our experience. Althogh words and pictures never will be able to fully describe the “best awayday ever”.
I have a feeling about this game, that it just might be the best awayday ever. We´ve had some good awaydays over the last couple of years – some really good times. Football have tried to ruin some of them though but all in all we´ve had alot of fun. This trip to London might go into the history books in more than one way. Will it be that ten times lucky for North End? Will the Branch`s first trip to Wembley give a win? The non-loosing effect we broght with us wore off some time ago but being the first trip to Wembley maby it returns. Will this be our first live promotion party? In little over 24 hours we´ll know the answer. Up the Whites – Up to the Championship we go!
Will Wembley look like this on sunday? We wouldn´t travel across the pond if we didn´t belive that it just might. Actually that´s a lie – we´d travel to the moon to see Preston play a Chelsea buss for a decent day out with the lads. But anyways hopes are up and fingers crossed for a win to finish off the season and go home supporters of a Championship side – once again. Up the mighty Whites!
Over two games the Lancashire lads proved to be the stronger side. Preston was 1-0 up after a Beckford lob on thursday at the Protac Stadium. It was a heated affair where at least one or two players could count themselves luckey to be allowed to finish the game. It´s clear once again that things that could get you jail time outside the stadium may not even be a yellow card offence on the pitch.
At home Beckford followed up with a great lay back volley to make it 2-0. The third Preston playoff goal was a penalty from the league´s top scorer Joey Garner. The last goal was an incredible strike from the half way line – once again by Beckford. Chesterfield put up a decent fight. No shame in losing to the mighty Whites. After their climb to the 3rd tire last season reaching the playoffs have to be concidered a success. For our lot only a W next game calls for the same description. So lads, keep them boots on and stay focused.
Now there´s only one thing in life that´s important – getting tickets to the final.
Wembely Wembely – We´re the mighty Preston North End and we´re going to Wembely!!
So it all played out the way Preston fans predicted – we failed when we couldn´t afford to. The MK train wallsed over the already relegated Yeovil and Colchester refused to go down with them. The anti climax after holding on to the second place for so long. There´s is a lot of cool football nicknames out there. I don´t concider “The Bottlers” to be one of them. We´ll forever be the team that got “the club that never should have been” back in the second tire.
But crying like a spoiled child won´t take us anywhere, we´re in the play offs now and I have a feeling the lads want to put a couple of things straight. So come on you mighty Whites and make the push for Wembley and more important for the Championship.
With Joey Garner´s hat-trick today we´re 18 games unbeaten and one win away from a promotion party. MK Dons trailing by one point will meet an already relegated side next weekend so the preasure is on us. If Col.U win their mid week game in hand against the side we trashed today they will have everything to play for at home against us. In other words the stakes are high and it´s as always nerve wrecking to be a Preston North End fan. It´s now so close we can taste it. Let´s top 19 unbeaten off with a win lads!
“Preston fans are the best, they´re the gentry!” The words are by former Preston gaffer Alan Ball and every North End fan knows them. Every season there´s even a Gentry Day were Prestonians dress up i bowler hats and suits to look the part. So why start of this blog post stating the obvoious? Because we´re in quite a unic situastion at the moment. Blackpool are already relegated and promotion is looking good at our end. So how will this play out? Will the gentry show them selves as that or will the need to rub it in take us to dark places while possibly celebrating our trip back up to the 2nd tire of English football?
Sometimes you´re enemy inflicts damage to itself in a matter you couldn´t possibly dream of being able to. Blackpool has done just that this season. The way the clubs owner has treated the fans have made it hard to look away. The destruction of what was left of a Premier League club has been almost as satisfying as watching Preston win every saturday (ok, not every saturday). So how are we going to celebrate these (hopefully) two grand events? Not surprisingly the banter that has been going on all through the season took off after yesterdays end of Blackpools stay in the Championship. And that´s how it´s supposed to be – but I urge my fellow fans to show some class. The picture of the tosser showing off a tangerine shirt at the Rotherham game is back to haunt him and his fellow lashers. I just hope that we could keep them embarrassing pictures to a minimum.
– You´re not from here pal, you don´t know what it´s like! Well, we might not be born and raised in Preston, Lancashire but rivalry is kind of an international thing – and so is class. Showing class states your superiority in a better way than petty banter. So hate Blackpool and be proud to be the bigger club in Lancashire – but show some class while doing it.
We´re after all the best fans, we´re the gentry!