PNE v Leyton Orient

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The build-up to Preston North End’s clash with Leyton Orient started hours before kick-off as supporters paid their respects to Sir Tom Finney.

Long queues formed at the ticket office, with the Town End selling out by 2pm.

Preston North End Manager Simon Grayson

Preston North End Manager Simon Grayson

Flowers, scarves and football shirts were left on the Splash statue as North End fans remembered Sir Tom who passed away on Friday at the age of 91.

There was a huge media presence too, with interest country-wide and world-wide in Sir Tom’s death.

On the pitch, PNE boss Simon Grayson made just one change to the side which had beaten Tranmere Rovers last week.

Tom Clarke returned from injury, taking the place of Jack King in the centre of defence alongside Bailey Wright.

There was a place for Josh Brownhill on the bench, the teenager fresh from signing a two-and-a-half year professional contract.

Brownhill had missed the previous games with a thigh strain.

Ahead of the game, a minute’s silence was being held, with all the Preston players wearing shirts with ‘Finney’ on the back.

PNE: Rudd, Wiseman, T Clarke, Wright, Laird, Keane, Kilkenny, Welsh, Gallagher, C Davies, Garner. Subs: K Davies, Beavon, Holmes, Buchanan, King, Brownhill, Stuckmann.

Orient: Jakupovic, Cuthbert, N Clarke, Baudry, Sawyer, Vincelot, James, Odubajo, Cox, Lisbie, Mooney. Subs: Larkins, Batt, Lasimant, Bartley, Dagnall, Simpson, Ness.

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northants)