Preston find themselves live on Sky four times in December, with one of those games just gone with the West Bromwich Albion defeat.
North End also take on Fulham at Deepdale and Cardiff City away from home on Sky, with the chief Football League broadcaster taking a strong interest in the Lilywhites.
Alex Neil’s side have been enjoying a decent season, but three defeats in a row have just taken the shine off the promotion hopes. Still, those games give Preston players a chance to shine in front of the whole country, so they’re games to look forward to.
The last of those games is a trip to Elland Road, with Preston facing Leeds United on Boxing Day. Marcelo Bielsa’s men are one of the favourites for promotion, and October’s 1-1 draw was an entertaining watch.
However, many Preston fans face having to watch the game on Sky rather than make the trip to West Yorkshire. To start with, the Boxing Day clash means no trains from Preston to Leeds, making transport difficult to begin with.
Yet now, Leeds have confirmed ticket prices for the game, and they price many out. Adults face a £39 bill for a ticket, whilst even Under-16’s will be charged £18.
Of course, Leeds can charge whatever they so wish, but Preston charged Leeds fans £24 at Deepdale in October, and 11’s to 18’s just £8. That kind of price difference stings, and has left some Preston fans frustrated.
Some called the pricing ‘truly staggering’, and called on Preston fans to boycott the trip to Elland Road. Others called the prices ‘disgraceful’ and ‘daylight robbery’, criticising Leeds for charging Premier League prices at such an expensive time of the year.
The boycott continues. Not been since the legendary 6-4 night
— Pete Benson (@PJCrisps) December 3, 2019
Leeds with the disgraceful prices as always. #pnefc
— Bradley Pye (@Pyebradley12345) December 3, 2019
— Martyn Rawlinson (@martynrolly) December 3, 2019
Zero interest in getting away fans in. £39 for a night game on Boxing Day when it's on the magic lantern? Not a chance.
— 🌹Che's Cousin 💚♥️ (@darrenlynch67) December 3, 2019
Whilst the £39 is of course shocking £18 for U16s is absolutely appalling.
You can see why nobody likes them.
— Goose (@twiteringgoose) December 3, 2019
— John (@catterallwhite) December 3, 2019
Daylight robbery. £9 dearer than any ticket for away fans in the premier league on the same day and its on tv. All Preston fans should boycott this game the same way Liverpool did at Hull to send a message https://t.co/8L5cLmf4ya
— Michael Challinor (@MDCPNE) December 4, 2019
Boxing Day and on the tele, would’ve been nice if they cut the price a bit….£39 😂 https://t.co/0Gv6AH087r
— Ben (@BenWignall) December 3, 2019
— Janine Clitheroe (@Janinepne) December 3, 2019