PNE fans shout to the top

Great support:  Preston fans have been flooding through the turnstiles and been in good voice this season

Great support: Preston fans have been flooding through the turnstiles and been in good voice this season

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Preston North End will not be short of support when they tackle Wolves at Molineux this weekend.

Tickets have sold like hot cakes, with 3,500 North End fans due to make the trip to the West Midlands.

It will be the biggest PNE away following for a few years – probably since the play-off semi-final at Leeds in May 2006 – with League One’s third-versus-fourth battle really capturing the imagination.

To start with, Wolves sent Preston an allocation of 2,498 and those sold out earlier this week.

North End then negotiated an extra 900 tickets, which went on sale on Tuesday.

This is the third consecutive away league game which PNE have sold out, having taken 1,773 to Carlisle on Boxing Day and 1,598 to Shrewsbury three days later.

Such big numbers are appreciated by Simon Grayson and his squad.

A PNE spokesman said: “The club are absolutely delighted with the backing the fans have been giving away from home.

“It is three league games in a row which have sold out, which is very good going bearing in mind the time of year and financial commitments which people have.

“At the training ground the other day, the players were all talking about how many fans were going to Wolves and how much they were looking forward to it.”

More than 20 coaches will ferry them down the M6, with many making the journey by train and car.

North End’s away support has been strong in general this season.

For the Capital One Cup tie at Burnley in August, 2,920 made the trip to Turf Moor.

There have been followings of more than 1,000 at Rotherham (1,236), Sheffield United (1,089), Leyton Orient (1,190) and Port Vale (1,039).

For the 1-0 win at Notts County in October, 901 made the trip to Meadow Lane.

Another big following is due to make the trip over the Pennines later this month when Preston play Bradford at Valley Parade.