Big PNE fan gets free final tickets for his whole office

LUCKY FANS: Staff at HomeServe in Preston are off to Wembley free of charge

LUCKY FANS: Staff at HomeServe in Preston are off to Wembley free of charge

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An avid Preston North End fan managed to bag free Wembley tickets for his whole office - bought by generous company bosses.

Buoyed by North End’s play-off semi-final victory over Chesterfield, Russell Collinson asked his employers, boiler insurance firm HomeServe, if they would be doing anything to celebrate North End’s achievement.

LUCKY FANS: Staff at HomeServe in Preston are off to Wembley free of charge

LUCKY FANS: Staff at HomeServe in Preston are off to Wembley free of charge

After giving free tickets and travel to Walsall fans at their Walsall-based office for the Johnston Paint Trophy Final at Wembley, HomeServe’s top dogs turned around and offered 50 tickets and free coach travel to PNE fans at their Preston office for this Sunday’s League One play-off final.

And 38-year-old Russell, from Preston, is thrilled.

He said: “It is absolutely fantastic.

“I came into work after the Chesterfield game and I went on the work social page and celebrated our victory saying ‘Come on you Whites!’

What other company would do something like this for their employees?

Russell Collinson

“It has all steamrollered on the back of that and the company came up with this.

“It is absolutely magnificent. What other company would do something like this for their employees?

“They are even letting us take our children down on the coach too. I’m over the moon.”

Now it is up to season ticket holder Russell and fellow lifelong North End fan 53-year-old Duncan Turner from Preston to decide who gets to go to Wembley.

Duncan praised Russell for asking bosses to back the team.

He said: “It is great. We weren’t expecting anything. They did the same for our colleagues in Walsall.

“Russell asked the question and the rest is history. The whole office is decked out in white and blue. I’d like to say a great big thank-you to HomeServe.”

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The Evening Post will be following Preston North End all the way to Wembley as they prepare to do battle in the play-off final.

Friday and Saturday’s papers will both feature a super 16-page pull-out, previewing the big game and the build-up to Sunday’s match.

On Friday, we look back at the season and the road to Wembley and speak to defender Scott Laird about his promotion hopes.

Saturday’s coverage will include a super two-page poster of this season’s squad.

And Monday’s paper will feature a bumper 16-page pull-out with all the action from Wembley.

And don’t forget you can follow all the fun of the day before, during and afterwards, on our website, www.lep.co.uk.

And we want you to be a part of the day online and in print too.

We want you to send us you pictures from Wembley on the day to feature on the website and in our newspaper coverage.

Send them to us on social media using the hashtage #thistime and #pnefc