One local chippy is urging Preston North End to ‘batter’ Swindon Town on Sunday and clinch promotion back to the Championship.
North End are one match away from going up and to show their support for Simon Grayson’s men Mister Eaters fish and chip shop on Longridge Road, Ribbleton, have created a monster PNE burger.
The pork ‘n’ egg burger (PNE) is the brainchild of owner John Clarkson who grew up within a stone’s throw from the Lilywhites’ famous Deepdale stadium.
The 55-year-old said: “The inspiration is simple really it is a pork and egg burger, a PNE burger. We hope PNE batter the opposition!”
The unique burger will probably be off the menu for North End stars like Joe Garner and Jermaine Beckford who will be sticking to their strict sportsman’s diet ahead of Sunday’s big match.
And John explained what is in the carbohydrate-laden football themed feast.
We battered a 20oz pork sausage meat burger put it in a bun with some coloured pickled eggs and put it on a bed of coloured rice.John Clarkson
He said: “We battered a 20oz pork sausage meat burger put it in a bun with some coloured pickled eggs and put it on a bed of coloured rice.
“The eggs and the rice are decorated in team colours, white and blue for Preston and red and white for Swindon split down the middle like a football pitch. We also cut some potatoes to spell PNE and battered them. Of course we added some chips on the side too.
“It is our tribute ahead of the big game.”
Although he is not a big football fan, John and wife Corinne decided to create the burger to celebrate North End’s upcoming League play-off final.
Growing up in the shadow of North End’s famous stadium John knows how much this match means to North End fans.
He said: “We made it to celebrate PNE getting into the play-off final.
“It is a big deal for Preston and we wanted to be involved. I was born and bred in Preston and grew up near Deepdale so I wanted to do something regarding the play-offs.”
And if North End succeed on Sunday John and Corinne will give away one of their creations for free to the first PNE season ticket holder to call them.
He said: “A lot of our customers are PNE fans. I know a lot of them will be down in London watching the game but if they win we will be giving away a special PNE burger to the first fan who calls.”