Seven friendlies for PNE

Mark Hughes will bring his Stoke side to Deepdale in July

Mark Hughes will bring his Stoke side to Deepdale in July

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Preston North End will play seven friendly games in the build-up to the 2016-17 season.

Only one of them is at Deepdale, that coming against Premier League side Stoke City – managed by Mark Hughes – on Saturday, July 23.

The Lilywhites kick-off their programme of friendlies with the annual meetings with Bamber Bridge and Chorley.

They face Brig at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium on Friday, July 8 (7pm), then go to Victory Park the following afternoon to play Chorley (3pm).

On Saturday, July 16, North End tackle Accrington Stanley at the Crown Court, followed by a trip to Oldham Athletic on Tuesday, July 19 (7pm).

They then face Stoke, before visiting Morecambe on Tuesday, July 26 (7.30pm).

Their final friendly is against Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium on Saturday, July 30 (3pm).