Preston North End fans have been warned by Staffordshire police about potential traffic problems ahead of Friday’s clash at Port Vale.
The match is set to be a tasty affair as Vale are battling relegation and promotion chasing North End are second in the League One table with just four games left to play.
And police urged North End fans to allow plenty of time to get to Vale Park so they do not get caught up in heavy Friday traffic and miss the 7.45pm kick-off.
Chief Superintendent Jeff Moore, who will be Match Commander, said: “I would like to issue a plea to supporters, both for Port Vale and Preston, to ask them to consider their travel plans, to and from the match.
“I would urge motorists to consider car sharing where possible, or catching a bus to the stadium.
“Preston Football Club have arranged coaches to Burslem and away fans are encouraged to make use of this service.
“Preston fans should be mindful that rail travel is not a straight forward option as the match finishes after the last train departs the local station at Longport.”
The time of day is a busy period on any given Friday and local motorists have been asked to take an alternative route, or alter the time of their journey, where possible.
And Chief Superintendent Moore called on fans to be patient.
He said: “We will be working with the football club on the day to ensure the safety of the supporters so everyone can have an enjoyable time.
“However, we would ask people who do choose to travel by car, to be patient when leaving the parking area and allow extra time for this part of the day.”