Preston North End 

THE GENTRY

 

The club confirmed the news with the following statement on pne.com.

Following a supporter vote, the club can confirm that Gentry Day 2022 will be celebrated in our away fixture against Barnsley on Saturday 30th April!

Preston North End fans were given the choice between our away games against Derby County and Barnsley, and there was an overwhelming 77 per cent of votes in favour of the latter.

Full ticket details will be confirmed for this fixture at a later date, but the club have had it confirmed that we will receive an initial allocation of 3,000 tickets, with the ability to request further tickets if required, and adult tickets are priced at £23.

Whilst we are all having a good time on the day, lets not forget what the true meaning of Gentry Day.

Every year a memories and dedication thread will be available on PNE-ONLINE for supporters to post stories and names of supporters they would like to be remembered on the day itself.

What is Gentry Day?

North End Gentry day is a fan organised event and is in memory of any Preston North End follower or player who may have passed away in the last 12 months.

The Gentry term was first used by third division championship winning manager Alan Ball Snr in the early 1970s stating to the Press after a game that 

"Preston fans are the best, they're the gentry".

This inspired a number of PNE fans to don bowler hats and even pin stripe suits at Deepdale and especially amongst a loyal band of away supporters. 

In 2005 supporters organisation The Preston Supporters Group (PSG) arranged the "Return of the Gentry" in memory of John Tracey, a member of the original PNE Gentry who sadly passed away. This was a massive success and even saw North End's players wearing the famed bowler hats on the pitch.

In 2008 with the support of PNE-Online and other supporters groups, PSG decided to make it an annual event for all North End fans and the people of Preston to remember anyone they may have lost during that season/year.


The Last Gentry day that fans could attend was in 2019 when a sell out away end celebrated the day at West Bromwich Albion. 

Although PSG are now disbanded a wide range of North End Supporters have come together with the club to keep the Gentry Tradition going.

The club held discussions with new supporters group Preston Supporters Collective and a vote then put to the supporters to decide the final venue. 


Gentry Day has now become a proud tradition for the folk of Preston and it's football club and has been well received by supporters of all the clubs chosen as hosts over the years.  

We are sure all supporters will once again will be pulling out all the stops to make this seasons Gentry Day a great day in the PNE fans' calendar