PRESTON NORTH END V PORT VALE
Date:Wednesday 1st January 2014
CAPACITY:23,408 (all seated)
ADDRESS: Sir Tom Finney Way, Preston, PR1 6RU
MAIN TELEPHONE NO: 0844 856 1964
TICKET OFFICE: 0844 856 1966
TEAM NICKNAME: The Lilywhites
PITCH SIZE: 110 x 77 yards
HOME KIT COLOURS: White & Navy
OFFICIAL WEB SITE:www.pnefc.net
£20 –Adults (19-59)
£14 –Concessions (Senior Citizens, Young adults (16-18) and Full Time students – ID required)
£8 – Juniors (16 and under)
Juniors 7 and under go free if booked in advance
Tickets on sale at the Port Vale Ticket Office and will also be available at an away booth on the day but CASH ONLY sales.
COACH TRAVEL INFORMATION:
Departure Time: 11.30pm
Leave M6 at Junction 31 and follow signs for Preston. Go up a steep hill (police speed trap area) and follow the road down to a mini roundabout (speed camera by the BP garage on the left). At the roundabout with the Hesketh Arms turn right into Blackpool Road. Go straight on over three sets of lights and just before a fourth set, the ground appears set slightly back on the left.
WHERE TO PARK:
Parking is mainly in the streets surrounding the ground. As you near the ground don't be tempted to park up on the grass verges, you are likely to find after the game that you have been given a ticket for it! 'Parking for cars is available for £3 a car at Moorfields Special School. The car park is manned by volunteers from the school and all proceeds go into school funds. Just follow the directions above and at the last set of traffic lights continue straight on for about 200 yards, and you will see the school on the left near Moor Park. If approaching the ground by car along Blackpool Road (A5085), parking is available at the Preston Fire Station. It costs £3 and all fees are divided between the Fire Fighters Charity and the Preston Fire Station Welfare Club.
OVERVIEW OF STADIUM:
Deepdale has now been completely re-built in recent years so there have been big changes since Vale’s last visit. Three sides of the stadium are composed of some excellent looking all seater stands, complete with some spectacular looking floodlights. The stands are of the same height and style and are all large, covered and single tiered Each has a likeness of a past player outlined on the seats and is named after that player - theTom Finney Stand, built 1995, the Bill Shankly Kop, built 1998, and goalkeeping legend Alan Kelly Stand, built 2001, The 4th new stand, the Invincibles Stand was opened in 2008 and named after the legendary Preston team of 1888/1889 who went through the whole season unbeaten and were also the first in that season to win the League & FA Cup double, It cost in the region of £9m to build. The design of this stand is slightly different to the other three. Even though it is of the same height and has a similar roof, it has a smaller tier of seating, with 22 executive boxes sitting above. 'PNE FC' is outlined on the seats. Outside the stadium is a statue of former Preston legend Tom Finney.
WHERE THE VALIANTS WILL BE HOUSED:
Away fans are housed in the modern Bill Shankly Kop at one end of the pitch. Normally the allocation for away fans is approximately half of this stand (3,000 seats).
The views of the playing action and facilities within this stand are excellent. The stand is particularly steep, meaning that fans are kept relatively close to the pitch. On the concourse there are TV's by the refreshment serving areas showing the game live and with the bars being open during the game, this is too much of a temptation for some.
WHERE TO GET A DRINK:
There are not many pubs close to ground. Further up Tom Finney Way from the stadium away from the town centre is Sumners which normally has a good mix of home and away supporters, There is a good sized beer garden & car park at the pub. The pub does charge for parking (£3) but this can be redeemed against a purchase at the bar. Good food is available and children are allowed in. They serve an excellent pie, chips, mushy peas and gravy for only £3.50.
There are also a couple of nearby clubs that welcome away fans. First there is St Gregory's Catholic Club, which is around a five minute walk away on Blackpool Road. The Club offers reasonably priced drinks, hot pies, plus has SKY television. You can also park at the Club at a cost of £3. Secondly, there is the Fulwood Conservative Club, situated around ten minutes walk away from Deepdale, at the junction of Blackpool Road and Garstang Road across from Moor Park. Parking is available at the Club at a cost of £3 per car and non-members are admitted free into the club on match days.
WHERE TO EAT
As well as the food available in the in the venues outlined above inside the ground there is a wide range of food available, including cheeseburgers (£3.40), burgers (£3.20), hot dogs (£3.30), meat & potato pie (£2.50), chicken balti pie (£2.50), steak & kidney pie (£2.50) and the potato & butter pie (£2.50). which is just a normal pie but with a filling of very buttery mashed potato and onion.