No cheap tickets for PNE play-off matches

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Preston North End have been prevented from lowering prices for the Deepdale leg of the play-off semi-finals.

The Lilywhites wanted to offer cheaper tickets but they could not get agreement from any of their potential opponents.

Proceeds from play-off ticket sales are divided between the Football League and the competing clubs.

The league take a 50% cut with the four clubs divvying-up the other half of the pot.

North End will therefore have to sell home tickets at normal matchday rates.

They go on sale on Monday morning, with ambassadors and season ticket holders having until close of business on Wednesday to reserve their usual seats.

Ben Rhodes, PNE’s general manager, told the Evening Post: “The Football League take 50% and the rest is split four ways.

“Prices cannot be increased for the play-offs but the option is there to decrease if agreement can be reached with the team you play.

“There was no agreement forthcoming and so we have to sell at the normal price.”

Supporters buying for the semi-final will get priority – after ambassadors and season ticket holders – for Wembley. should North End reach the May 25 final.

Tickets for the away leg go on sale to ambassadors on Monday and Tuesday, and are limited to one per ambassador.

Season ticket holders get their chance on Wednesday, with general sale next Thursday – the one-per-person rule applying in both cases.

Rhodes said: “Obviously we won’t know until Saturday who we will be playing and whether we are at home or away first.

“We will get in the region of 1,200 for Rotherham, 1,750 at Peterborough and about 1,600 at Leyton Orient.

“Whoever we play, we should have no issue with selling out our allocation considering how good our away support has been.

“For the Deepdale leg, the away club will be offered up to 3,300, whoever it is.

“It is a juggling act at the moment, as we’re able to finish third, fourth or fifth.

“On Sunday we will have all our staff in to get the sales ready for 9am on Monday.

“There is only a short selling time but we use every hour that we have got.”

Ticket office hours will be 9am-5pm on Monday, 9am-8pm Tuesday, 9am-9pm Wednesday, 9am-8pm Thursday and 9am-7pm Friday.

If Preston win at Crewe on Saturday, they will finish third and play Peterborough, with the away leg first.

A draw or defeat would see them waiting on Orient and Rotherham’s results.

Meanwhile, Simon Grayson believes that Paul Gallagher, scorer of four goals in two games, is playing the best football of his loan spell.

Grayson said: “Gally is really coming into form and we are now seeing the best of him at this club. We need him to carry it through to the play-offs.”