Preston North End on Saturday 12th January 2019 at 15:00
Distance from the Liberty Stadium: 239 miles ~ 4 hours 30 minutes.
Address: Deepdale, Sir Tom Finney Way, Preston. PR1 6RU
Telephone: 0344 856 1964
Web Site: www.pnefc.net
What’s Deepdale Like
Deepdale is a cracking ground – the stands have a likeness of a past player outlined on the seats and named after that player, including Tom Finney and Alan Kelly.
The Bill Shankly stand can hold up to 6,000 away fans at one end of the pitch. The view of the playing action is great with fans close to the pitch.
The concourses have TVs showing the game and the bars are open during the game. A wide range of food is available including burgers and pies with a pint and a pint deal.
Preston fans like their footy and there’s always a good atmosphere there.
Blackpool isn’t too far away, with the many attractions and nightlife that the town has to offer.
Manchester and Liverpool are within travelling distance too, so there are quite a few options open to those who want to make a weekend of it.
There is also the Travelodge Preston Central, which is near the city centre and only just over a mile from the stadium.
Eating and Drinking
The Old Vic at the Station (PR1 2UH) is 1.9 miles away and near the train station; closer at 0.9 miles away is The White Hart (PR2 8AD).
Hesketh’s Arms (PR1 4SY) is 1.2 miles away. It’s a large pub, and is popular with away fans. It serves meals all day, and also offers pool, darts and a large-screen TV.
There are a few social clubs that welcome away fans. St Gregory’s Social Club (PR1 6HQ), is a 0.2 mile, 5 minute walk away, entry is £1. The Club offers cheap drinks, hot pies, and has Sky TV, parking is £3.
Moor Park Sports and Social Club (PR2 3AE), is a 1 mile, 10 minutes walk from Deepdale. Parking is £3 and it’s free entry.
Emmanuel Social Club (PR1 7HU) has Sky and BT Sports on a number of big screens. It’s free entry, family-friendly and is open from 10am.
Free parking is nearby for cars and coaches. Hot food such as cooked breakfasts or curry and lunches can be provided at decent prices (book in advance – John Singh on 07804 – 657415). Deepdale is a 20 minute, 1.4 mile walk away.
Parking near Deepdale
Keep an eye open for speed cameras around the stadium. Parking is £12.50 at the ground.
Nearby across Sir Tom Finney Way (behind the Main Stand) another car park costing £7, or Moorfields School (PR1 6AA) offers parking at £5 with proceeds going to school funds; otherwise its mainly street parking.
After the game, it’s quicker to head down Deepdale Road instead of Blackpool Road.
Turn left out of the ground, at the end of this road, turn right then immediately left and you’re on the A6. Stay on the A6 for 3 miles and you join the M6/61/65 at the big roundabout with traffic lights.
This brings you out 5 miles south on the motorways and avoids the crazy traffic jams on Blackpool Road.
You can also choose from a selection of private car parking spaces near Deepdale – including around 28 reservable parking spaces from just £4.00 for the day.
Preston station is 1.5 miles from the ground, a 25-minute walk, with some good pubs on the way (or a taxi for about £5).
Trains leave Swansea at 06:59, 07:59 and 08:29 for the near 5 hour journey.
Trains back are at 17:17 (run for this one) and 18:19, getting in at 22:20 and 00:03.
For the Travelling Jacks making the trip – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!
This Travelling Jacks guide was kindly provided by Swans fan Steve Griffiths.