PNE reject plastic pitch proposals

The plastic pitch at Deepdale

The plastic pitch at Deepdale

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Artificial grass will not be returning to Preston North End’s Deepdale despite many League One and Two clubs indicating they would be in favour of permitting 3G pitches next season.

Chairmen from the bottom two tiers of the Football League met on Thursday for informal discussions.

And the majority of them gave the strongest hint yet that they would be willing to give the go-ahead for the return of plastic pitches – which were outlawed by the Football League in 1995 – when a formal vote takes place on November 6.

However, Preston – who installed a plastic pitch at Deepdale in 1986 before ripping it up eight years later – will not be voting in favour.

A PNE spokesman said: “There was a meeting where it was indicated that the majority of clubs would be voting in favour of a return of artificial pitches.

“Preston North End are totally anti the proposals and will vote against it. We were asked to give our views like all the other clubs and as a club we believe it’s not the way forward.

“From a spectator point of view, it’s a completely different game and it also affects the players’ bodies in different ways.”