Preston fans were left disappointed with their second defeat to Newcastle in the space of five days.
A 2-1 defeat was a big improvement on the six goal thrashing at St James Park but as well as matters on the pitch, some home supporters took exception to what happened in the stands on Saturday.
Newcastle supporters quickly bought up the full 5,626 away ticket allocation and according to these Preston fans, this led to many extra NUFC fans finding their way into the home sections.
Some were happy that extra Newcastle fans made it into Deepdale to help swell the crowd to the biggest Preston had seen in years, others weren’t quite so impressed…
Comments taken from top Preston fans message board PNE-online.net:
‘2 groups of Newcastle fans sat around us on the Finney who celebrated both goals and the stewards did nothing.
Later on a steward stopped an old man taking pictures with his camera and when i pointed out he’d just ignored the newcastle fans and instead was using his power on an old man he just ignored me.
Funny how many newcastle fans were in our end when purchasing a ticket from our ticket office is harder than boarding a plane.’
‘Two chucked out from block G / H in the IP. If you sit in the home end and start celebrating the away side scoring what the f*** do you think is going to happen?’
‘Big question for me is how the Geordie Neanderthals got tickets. I think the club owe us an explanation.’
‘I’m a Newcastle fan and live in Chorley. Tried to get a ticket for the away end sold out mainly to season ticket holders in days. Got a ticket in the Tom Finney stand no problem. But just applauded the goals.
There was another Newcastle fan who told me he had a ticket for the away end and forgot to bring it from home. He said that he bought his ticket today.’
‘Plenty of Preston born Newcastle fans on today I reckon, I know two myself.
As far as glory hunting goes, Newcastle are an odd choice.’
‘So no trouble but a couple cheered their goals.
They didn’t cause trouble and put money into the club, that’ll do for me.’
‘You go in any home end and make it known you’re an away fan you’re very lucky if you don’t get a slap.
Any knobhead geordies giving it the big un in our stands got what they asked for.
Especially the scruffy grey haired prick in the IP shaking his fist towards the away end.’
‘At least 2 Newcastle fans were ejected from the IP stand just behind our dugout.’
‘3 in front of us in the Finney . Grandad , son and Granddaughter.
They were entirely respectful when Toon scored – fair play.’
‘Above every turnstile on the Sir Tom Finney Stand, Invicibles Pavilion and Alan Kelly Town End there is a sign stating “home fans only – away fans may be ejected”.
In other words it was haraam for Newcastle United fans to enter those stands today.’
‘This is where me and you are different.
Attack my family, in fact attack anyone, you might get what you deserve, cheer a goal you deserve a good slapping?
What an odd world!’
‘I’ve always had a bit of sympathy for Newcastle fans in the past, as their team are usually sh*t despite having such huge resources.
However, yesterday we saw the biggest collection of scruffy, classless tramps to come to Deepdale for many years.
I realise it was a big game for them, some of them even turned up in fancy dress, but they even made Burnley and Leeds fans look classy !
I’ve never seen as many fat, balding middle aged blokes wearing stone island chav wear.’
‘There was a Newcastle fan in the Finney near us (Block G) not particularly troublesome but made a point of standing and clapping there goals.
Drew attention to himself therefore as an away fan in the home end and this could well have caused trouble in other feistier areas.
All Grounds have Home fans only stands and away fans will be ejected if you draw attention to yourself as being one!!
Steward WAS made aware of it and shrugged her shoulders.
Poor Stewarding and a disrespectful away fan. IMO.
I have on very few occasions been in the opposing Home End supporting PNE (Carlisle & Blackpool are 2) Away when going with a Friend of the opposing Team ,but would not and did not draw attention to us, not only can it cause ‘problems’ – its disrespectful!!’
‘Maybe some live in Preston and attend a few PNE games as home supporters? theyd be on the database then and so would get tickets no problem.’