Grayson gets suited and booted ahead of PNE’s big day

Suiting up: PNE boss Simon Grayson collects his new suit from Clarke Steele at Deepdale
Suiting up: PNE boss Simon Grayson collects his new suit from Clarke Steele at Deepdale
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PNE boss Simon Grayson has been kitted out in a blue suit ahead of Preston North End’s massive Wembley clash.

In a tradition that dates back to the early 1990’s Clarke Steele of Hellewell Menswear, Preston presented Grayson with a new suit ahead of the play-off final.

I personally did the suit for Sir Tom Finney when he went to collect his Knighthood.

Clarke Steele

North End will take on Swindon Town for the chance to seal promotion back to the Championship.

Come Sunday, May 24, the tracksuits will be out of sight in the capital as Grayson tries to make it tenth time lucky after North End’s nine play-off failures.

And corporate wear manager Clarke said the North End boss loves his new garment that features one of North End’s signature colours - blue.

He said: “He certainly did like it. He loves it.

“We have made him a blue suit to celebrate Preston North End getting to Wembley.

“We presented him with that suit to smarten him up ahead of the big game.”

Grayson is following in the footsteps of former PNE boss David Moyes and Sir Tom Finney by receiving one of Hellewell’s sharp suits.

And 43-year-old Penwortham based North End fan Clarke is proud to continue the tailoring tradition and says the Wembley final is bringing the city together.

He said: “We have had a connection with Preston for quite a while.

“Being Preston’s premier men’s wear shop it is only fitting that we do this for Preston’s premier team.

“I personally did the suit for Sir Tom Finney when he went to collect his Knighthood.

“And sadly I made his burial suit too.

“The reason we like to be connected with our home town club is because it is about Preston and the city pulling together.

“We have made a suit for David Moyes in the past and going back to when Les Chapman managed North End in the early 90’s.

“We made a suit for Gary Peters and we even made his wedding suit.

“We’ve made suits for a few of the players weddings too.”

And Clarke thanked Grayson for taking the time out of his busy schedule to accept the suit at Deepdale. He said: “I will be down at Wembley supporting them. I’m feeling confident they can do it this time.”