On our way to wembley

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All roads heading south were awash with the colours of blue and white on Sunday morning.

Preston fans have travelled in their thousands to Wembley to see their team take on Swindon Town in the League One play-off final.

PNE fans Roop Singh outside Wembley

PNE fans Roop Singh outside Wembley

Scarves hung out of minibus windows, banners were displayed at the back of supporters’ coaches and flags flew proudly on car roofs on the motorway as fans travelled to London in hope and expectation.

Despite the club having never won the play-offs in its modern-day history, there was a carnival and party atmosphere in the air among North Enders.

The disappointment of missing out on automatic promotion on the final day of the season had appeared to have been long forgotten as fans stopped off at the M6 service station at Corley for refreshments.

PNE’s appearance at Wembley had not escaped the attentions of one plucky entrepreneur who was selling scarves in the service station car park – although the £8 price seemed a little steep for most.

The atmosphere outside the stadium was starting to build three hours before kick-off as both sets of supporters mingled and posed for selfies on Wembley Way, with the famous arch in the background.

The relaxed feeling surrounding PNE supporters was summed up by well-known North Ender Roop Singh.

He had travelled to London earlier in the week and had spent the previous few days enjoying the sights and sounds of the capital on his bike, which he had painted yellow to signify PNE’s second strip.

“I have been down for the past four days,” he said.

“I’ve been visiting friends and family –I thought I would make it a special occasion. I thought I would do a tour of London, enjoy the scenery and then come down to Wembley on my bike, watch the match and hopefully see the boys do the business.

“I’m feeling quietly confident and relaxed,” he added prior to kick-off.

“At Colchester on the final day of the season, I felt there was a lot more tension in the air, whereas I think the feeling is more relaxed and chilled out for the play-off final.”