With Preston North End’s season all but over some of the players enjoyed a night out at the darts on Thursday.

Pat Bauer is good friends with current PDC World Champion Michael Smith. The darts player known as ‘Bully Boy’ took part in some darts challenges with the North End squad over lockdown.

He has since been seen at a few games at Deepdale despite being a Manchester United fan from St Helens.

Bauer and a few other Preston players were present at his world title triumph at the start of the year at Alexandra Palace. And with the Premier League darts in Manchester on Thursday they took the opportunity to see the action again at the AO Arena.

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They picked a good night as Smith won in the event in Manchester which sees eight players compete in a short best of 11 legs knockout format.

As well as Bauer, Ali McCann, Ben Woodburn, Andrew Hughes and Greg Cunningham all took the opportunity to attend but it was captain Alan Browne who caught the eye in their photo with Michael Smith at the end of the night.

Darts is known for its electric atmosphere and many attendees often write signs in the hope of being picked up on live television. It seems Browne couldn’t resist making one of his own and Preston fans will be delighted at his choice of words.


As seen in Patrick Bauer’s instagram story, Alan Browne’s sign read ‘Mind the gap Blackpool’.

The Tangerines will be spending next season in League One after their relegation was confirmed last week after a defeat to Millwall.

Browne has always relished the derby games with our rivals and is usually one of the first to celebrate right in front of their fans.

It could be a while before Preston play Blackpool again but at least they have the recent 3-1 win at Deepdale to savour until next time.

North End wrap up their season at home on Monday with Sunderland who are still hoping to sneak in the play-offs.

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