Preston have confirmed ticket details for the home clash with Blackpool later this season – and have confirmed a retaliation that many expected.
Blackpool caused uproar in the Preston fanbase earlier this season by giving Preston just 2000 tickets for the Bloomfield Road clash.
Given that Blackburn Rovers were given more than 3000 tickets for the game, North End fans were raging.
Add in that Blackpool chief executive Ben Mansford indicated that the reduced ticket capacity – which then resulted in more Blackpool fans being allowed in – was allegedly because of fan trouble at Bloomfield Road, and Preston supporters were incensed.
Fans called for Preston to hit back by giving Blackpool the same allocation, a massive decrease from the usual allocation of almost 6000 tickets.
Today, we have confirmation of Preston’s ticket stance – and the retaliation appears to be in full effect.
North End have given Blackpool approximately 2000 tickets, splitting the Bill Shankly Kop between Blackpool and Preston fans.
The Kop hasn’t been open to Preston fans for some time now, so allowing this for the Blackpool clash is a major decision.
The game has also been moved from Saturday, March 19th to Tuesday, April 5th at 7:45pm.
Preston fans are loving it, feeling that this is a fair reaction to Blackpool limiting North End’s tickets in October.
Blackpool have now offered their official statement, claiming they are ‘surprised and disappointed’ with the decision.
They feel Preston have the ability to host many more away fans but have simply chosen not to do so.
After years of the Preston v Blackpool feud laying somewhat dormant, the rivalry is back on.