I think it is fair to say the Preston fans were quite looking forward to the Newcastle match.

Or should that be, they were very much looking forward to their day/night/weekend out on Tyneside!

Still with an outside chance of promotion being six points behind sixth but certainly the social side of following their club coming to the fore.

Reading the comments from the Preston fans in the lead up to today, tells you just how much and how many of them, were looking forward to their trip and making the relevant preparations.

What could possibly go wrong…

Comments from Preston fans via their top message board pne-online:

‘I think it will be moved, just hope it’s not a Thursday or a Monday.’

‘Me too, 16 of us stopping in south shields Friday and Saturday night, bring it on.’

‘Half five on a Saturday would be great, we would be round pubs in newcastle about 7-30 lovely lol.’

‘Aye, we’re staying in Gateshead Friday/ Saturday.’

‘Same here, flying up to Newcastle from Heathrow Friday, stopping over for two nights as this may be switched.’

‘Safe to assume there will be plenty more Newcastle games on TV before May. They are confirmed on TV vs Sheffield Wed on 8th April.

I would assume they’d select Newcastle vs Leeds on April 15th. So showing the PNE game on April 22nd might be overkill even for Sky. But it’s not hard to see why they are shown so often.

Here are the most-viewed Championship matches so far: (pre-Brighton vs Newcastle)

  1. Leeds v Newcastle 826,000
  2. Newcastle v Sheffield Wednesday 598,000
  3. Blackburn v Newcastle 584,000
  4. Fulham v Newcastle 531,000
  5. Aston Villa v Newcastle 524,000
  6. Forest v Newcastle 444,000
  7. Barnsley v Leeds 443,000
  8. Wolves v Newcastle 405,000
  9. Newcastle v QPR 392,000

 (Tuesday 14 March) ‘Just been told by a certain person at the club that this game has Definitely been moved to a Monday night, no doubt all will be revealed very soon.’

(Tuesday 14 March) ‘I would ask said certain person who will be the winner at the 3:30 at Cheltenham tomorrow as they must be good

Sky haven’t decided as yet and won’t for some time.’

‘I hope I am wrong because we had a Hotel booked for the sat night, Only passing on info from somebody involved with the playing staff.’

‘I feel you are one of many.

I hovered over the book now button on Expedia but a 6th sense said it may be moved.

It’s wrong really – sky dominates way too much in what day and time a game is played.

If the game moves then I for one won’t be going – totally different experience on a Monday night than a good Saturday out.’

‘Hope this isn’t the case 24 of us on a mates stag do. Friday & sat night hotels booked.’

‘Be reet – just carry on till Tuesday. You won’t care where you kip.’

‘Hope to hell it isn’t changed for sky , hotels booked & been looking forward to this one all year.’

(Wednesday 15 March afternoon) ‘Confirmed, now Monday night on Sky.’

‘What an absolute joke this is, I’ve booked the weekend off work as well, they don’t half know how to mess people around, fuming.’

‘This is why id hate it if we got to the prem. Cant stand these kick off times and days. Football should saturday 3pm k.o.’

‘Shame. Not too fussed about the match as it’ll be on Sky, more fussed about a day out in Newcastle now being down the drain.’

‘That’s me out then, I feel sorry for all those that have booked time off or bought train tickets.

Boycott the game. Absolute joke.’

‘Oh do one sky. Royally done over my plans now.’

‘Friend of mine has booked a hotel for two nights…. Friday and Saturday. Didn’t do it on free cancellation either.’

‘Exactly the same position, 4 of us.’

‘Friday train at 2pm to cover Friday game.

Hotel for 2 nights to cover Saturday game.

Train back at 3pm Sunday to cover dinner time kick off.

And they move it all to Monday night…!!!’

‘On the upside, I can stay at my mate’s house in Jarrow, and it should be easier to get a ticket now.

Shame for everybody else, but it will do for me!’

‘Why are they allowed to do this at such a late stage?’

‘Was going with a group of 6… hotel booked months ago.’

‘That’s the Train out of the window now.’

‘Gutted about this, not sure if I’d be able to make it now.’

‘Commiserations to those who have had a weekend ruined.

I once travelled 180 miles or so from London to watch the North End only for the match to get called off and be punched in the face – I still have a bit of tooth missing – so it could be worse.

Anyhow it gives me a match to watch and let’s hope that by the time this happens we are right in the mix.

There will also, of course, be a littler matter from earlier in the season in a different competition to put right.’