Blue and white army gets kitted out for Wembley

BABY BLUES: Harriet Gittus, two next month, prepares for PNE's Wembley date
BABY BLUES: Harriet Gittus, two next month, prepares for PNE's Wembley date
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Wembley fever gripping Preston means one half of the iconic national stadium will be a sea of white and blue on Sunday.

Fans have responded to North End’s appearance in the League One play-off final by hitting the Deepdale shop in search of shirts, scarves and silly hats – in fact anything in the club’s traditional colours.

There have been quite a few popular lines, like shirts, scarves, flags, jester’s hats and horns. But the special commemorative polo shirt has been a particular favourite.

Matthew Fletcher

After the call to wear yellow at the semi-final first leg at Colchester, supporters are now back preparing to show off their famous home strip for the big day out in West London.

Stocks of white replica shirts were sold out in a matter of days last week. But a new delivery has meant the club is now back selling them in the days leading up to the final. And a decision on whether to order more stock of special commemorative PNE/Wembley polo shirts was due to be made today.

“The stocks we had were sold out pretty fast,” said retail manager Matthew Fletcher. “It’s an old saying, but it certainly is Wembley fever with the numbers of fans we’ve had looking to buy stuff just for the big day on Sunday.

“Since the team won through to the final our business here has been brisk to say the least. To be honest it has probably been more than what we were expecting.

“Normally on a big game like this things start off a little bit quieter and then get busier as the big day gets closer. But it has been quite busy throughout the last week or so and it is continuing.

“There have been quite a few popular lines, like shirts, scarves, flags, jester’s hats and horns. But the special commemorative polo shirt has been a particular favourite.

“We have had to stop taking orders on that one until we work through the few hundred internet orders we have.

“We will probably decide by this afternoon if we are ordering any more once we know where we are with it.

“It’s turning out to be a good end of the season for us with the play-offs bringing in this extra trade – although we would all prefer to have gone up automatically without having to go through this. Judging by our sales, one end of Wembley is going to be a sea of white and blue on Sunday and that should look absolutely brilliant.”