Preston’s players could be minded to have a good look at Deepdale over the next couple of weeks because there is a chance they wmay not be back until just before Christmas.
The Lilywhites squad and supporters are set to clock up some serious motorway miles in pursuit of league points and progress in the cup competitions.
There is a chance that PNE could go seven weeks without a home game, depending on cup draws and international calls. North End play at home on successive Saturdays – against Port Vale this weekend and Graham Alexander’s Fleetwood the next.
In between is next Tuesday night’s trek to Gillingham, the first of four midweek away games on the bounce.
After hosting Fleetwood, PNE hit the road to visit Leyton Orient, Rochdale and Swindon in League One action. The weekend of November 8/9 is the first round of the FA Cup – the draw for that is made on October 27.
There is a visit to Oldham in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on November 11, then four days later Preston are due to host Bradford at Deepdale.
But that game falls during an international break and – depending on call-ups – might be postponed.
For successive Saturdays at the end of November, PNE are away in the South West, at table-toppers Bristol City and then Yeovil Town.
The second round of the FA Cup is on the weekend of December 6/7. Then at last comes December 13 and a home date with MK Dons.
If the Bradford game is called off and the cup draw pitches PNE away, Deepdale could be in cold storage for quite a while.
While all the travelling will stretch the wallets and time of the Preston fans, there will still be strong away support.
They have travelled in decent numbers so far this season, with 783 at Coventry for last month’s 2-0 win and 1,122 made the trip to Walsall.
The midweek visit to Doncaster attracted an 888 following, with 721 going to Scunthorpe 772 to Rochdale and 389 to Middlesbrough.
Vale’s visit to Deepdale on Saturday should see a decent crowd, with the Valiants set to have a sizeable backing.