Tykes hike price for PNE

Preston fans are being charged �37 to watch their side at Elland Road
Preston fans are being charged �37 to watch their side at Elland Road
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Preston North End’s following at Leeds next month could be fewer in number than expected, due to the high prices PNE fans are being asked to pay.

Lilywhites supporters will have to fork out £37 for an adult ticket at Elland Road.

And that shoots up to £42 on the day of the game.

Admission is £25 for seniors and 16 to 22-year-olds, and £18 for Under-16s, with that rising to £30 if paid at the turnstiles.

It is the highest price which North End fans have had to pay to watch their side away in the Championship. Fans have been vocal on social media about the high price, with a number saying they would not be travelling.

Some have called for a boycott.

The game, on Sunday, December 20, comes in a busy month of fixtures.

Preston have two away games close to it – the derby at Burnley on December 5 and then the Boxing Day trip to Huddersfield.

The £37 ticket at Leeds is one of the most expensive for away fans in this division. In the BBC’s Price of Football survey, the only higher prices in the dearest adult away ticket category was £39 at Sheffield Wednesday for a top category game and Ipswich at £37.50.

At Deepdale, North End charge adult away fans £24.

PNE have been allocated 3,000 seats at Leeds, those being in the John Charles West Stand which runs down the side of the pitch.

LEP fans’ panellist John Roper said: “I have read some people saying fans are the problem for paying it – well that’s their opinion.

“But for me the problem lies with the Football League. For example, if it was mandatory that the home club could only charge the price of the away club’s tickets, i.e. £24 in our case, that would ease the problem.

“The clubs should agree a same fixed price for away fans between the fixtures coming out and the start of the season.

“It’s the inflexibility in the pricing system that is the problem.”

The Leeds visit was moved to a Sunday as the Yorkshire outfit have a televised game on the Thursday. They were entitled to move the game back 24 hours to allow full recovery time. It is Preston’s first trip to Elland Road since an incredible game in September 2010 when they beat Leeds 6-4, after trailing 4-1 in the first half.

PNE boss Simon Grayson was Leeds manager that night and next month’s game will be the first time he has taken a side there since his sacking.

The Boxing Day clash with Huddersfield sees Grayson face another club which he previously managed.

Tickets for that game cost £27.50 for adults, £17 for seniors, £10 for Under-18s and £5 for Under-8s.