Proud Preston

Preston North End are able to boast about having the best support in England after the weekend’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of promotion favourites Wolves.


The 3,464 travelling fans at the Molineux on Saturday. (Picture from:

The Lilywhites travelled to the Midlands with a sell-out crowd of 3,464 making their way to the Molineux, the highest number of travelling fans in all four divisions over the weekend.

It is not the first time North End have impressed with their away support, with sell-out crowds witnessing the last two league games away from home, both being 1-0 wins over Carlisle and Shrewsbury over the Christmas period.

To have fans willing to spend on following the Whites at a time when money is tight really is a testament to the club.

Despite Saturday’s result, there is a real positive vibe around Deepdale at the moment and it makes you think how far the club has come.

It is two years to the day that the club appointed Graham Westley as manager after the departure of Phil Brown in December of 2011.

Since then, we’ve had team news via text at 2am on a Saturday, players leaking tactics to the opposition, and a complete overturn of the squad which resulted in a poor atmosphere and even poorer results.

Ever since Grayson’s appointment, morale has gone from strength to strength which has rubbed off around Deepdale with North End now sitting fourth in League One, five points behind Wolves in third, with a six point gap between the Lilywhites and fifth placed Rotherham, meaning it is all to play for in the second half on an exciting season.

North End continued to bolster their squad with the signing of Scott Wiseman on an 18 month deal after his contract was terminated at Championship side Barnsley.


Scott Wiseman made a cameo appearance in the game against Wolves. (Picture from:

Wiseman made a cameo appearance in the defeat at the Molineux over the weekend after joining the club the day before, after rejecting an offer from struggling seasiders Blackpool, making him an instant hit with the Deepdale faithful.

The defender is the third permanent signing at Deepdale in the current transfer window, as Neil Kilkenny joined North End until the end of the season once his deal at Bristol was terminated.

U19 Republic of Ireland international, Alan Browne also signed on an 18 month deal after being on trial with the club since November, and is an exciting future prospect for the Lilywhites.

The competition for the top spots in League One has been on knife point since the word go, with the likes of Wolves, Brentford, Leyton Orient and Peterborough all pushing for a place in the all-important top three, which will make for an interesting end of the season come May.


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