PNE fans create a sea of white and blue at Wembley

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Thousands of Preston North End fans have created a sea of navy and white on Wembley way ahead of the play-off final.

More than 22,000 fans have made the long trip by rail, plane, car and coach to the capital city and young and old took to the streets of London in the famous Lilywhite strip before kick-off.

Preston North End fan Ian Rigby travelled down to Wembley with his family

Preston North End fan Ian Rigby travelled down to Wembley with his family

Mick Donnelly, from Lea, Preston, was pleased to see the Sir Tom Finney flag flying outside the home of English football.

The 52-year-old said: “The atmosphere has been good, just looking around with all the white and blue colours, it is fantastic to see the club so well supported and the big Sir Tom Finney flag flying on the wall.

“It is fantastic the following, even on the away games in the league, has been fantastic.

“Coming down here and seeing the numbers and if we get this sort of crowd on every week, it would be great.

“It is a family club, always has been, you see kids at the ground every week.

“It has been a fantastic season, even if they have faltered a little at the back end.”

Train driver Ian Rigby took the players down on Friday afternoon and along with his son Jacob and daughter Erin the 50-year-old was one of the first to arrive on Wembley way after travelling down on Saturday night.

He said: “There are a few people milling around, we’ve seen a few on the tubes.

“It’s been an exciting season, apart from Colchester. There have been a few downs and a few ups.

“We went to Colchester and it was a long way to go considering we thought we were going to get promoted and we didn’t.

“It is expensive but it’s been worth it. It’s great to be here at Wembley, Daniel Johnson has been my player of the season.”

Lucy Newton travelled down with best friend Jess Marsden and said there was a ‘party’ atmosphere outside the stadium as North End fans revelled under the cloudy skies.

The 23-year-old said: “There has been a lot of singing and people have been bashing an inflatable balloon around.

“It is a great atmosphere, it is great to see so many North End fans.”