Picture this - your face in the Deepdale crowd

An image from The Invincibles book
An image from The Invincibles book
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A lifelong Preston North End fan is set to publish a illustrated novel based on the early days of his favourite team – and you could be in it!

Michael Barrett is putting together Preston North End – The Rise Of The Invincibles.

As part of the project, Michael is offering 10 people the chance to be drawn into a crowd scene at the start of the book.

By buying a raffle ticket you will also be aiding the Preston-based Baby Beat Appeal.

Michael hopes to publish the book himself through his own company by Christmas.

It will be illustrated by Roy of the Rovers artist David Sque as a full-colour, graphic novel set in the time of Victorian England when North End were so prolific they became known as The Invincibles.

From a charity raffle, five female, and five male winners will be illustrated into a Deepdale crowd scene.

Preston-based Michael, aged 43, said: “The book starts in the 1850s and ‘60s and follows them to 1889 they won the double.

“They had been known as The Invincibles before that but when they won the double it stuck.

“Work on the illustrations has just begun and we hope to have the book out for Christmas.”

Tickets cost £1 and are available from: The Preston North End Club Store at Deepdale; The Baby Beat Appeal Office at Sharoe Green Maternity Unit, Royal Preston Hospital; The Guild Hall Box Office, Preston; and Waterstones Bookshop in Fishergate.

Tickets will also be available at Deepdale before Saturday’s match. The Raffle draw will take place at the Baby Beat offices on May 22.

For more details about the book, visit: www.invinciblebooks.co.uk