PNE announce pre-season programme

Paul Gallagher in action for PNE against Bamber Bridge last season

Paul Gallagher in action for PNE against Bamber Bridge last season

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Preston North End will play Lancashire rivals Burnley as part of their build-up to the 2017/18 campaign.

The Clarets' visit to Deepdale in July is one of six pre-season friendlies announced by North End, with a seventh set to be added to the schedule in due course.

Simon Grayson's men kick-off the warm-up games with the annual visit to the Sir Tom Finney Stadium to face Bamber Bridge on Friday, July 7, kick-off 7pm.

They go to Stockport County on Saturday July 15 (3pm), then play Morecambe at the Globe Arena on Tuesday July 18 (7pm) and Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground the following night (7.30pm).

Burnley come to Deepdale on Tuesday, July 25 (7.45pm), before a trip to Fleetwood Town on Friday, July 28 (7.30pm) brings the curtain down on the friendly programme.

There is no game against Chorley this time, the clubs having competed for the Jack Kirkland Trophy for a number of years.

North End return for pre-season training on June 29, with the season starting on August 5.