PNE boss raises The Alarm!

Alarm frontman Mike Peters
Alarm frontman Mike Peters
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Simon Grayson will take a break from preparations for Preston North End’s promotion decider at Colchester United to pull on his own boots in a charity game at Deepdale on Wednesday night.

The PNE boss is to turn out for, and manage, a ‘Deepdale Legends’ team against a team of Lilywhites supporters who bid at auction to play.

PNE boss Simon Grayson

PNE boss Simon Grayson

Grayson’s team will consist of ex-North End players and special guests.

Mark Lawrenson, Kevin Kilbane, Chris Lucketti, John Vaughan, Barry Nicholson, David Eyres, Paul McKenna and Jon Macken are the former players set to take to the field.

John ‘Fenners’ Fendley and Bryn Law from Sky Sports are in Grayson’s squad, so too former Hull striker Dean Windass.

From the music scene, The Alarm singer and guitarist Mike Peters will be swapping the stage for the turf.

PNE assistant manager Glynn Snodin and first-team coach John Dreyer will be featuring at some stage.

Supporters bid on the club’s Ebay auction site to get a place in the fans team, raising £4,500.

Thirteen of them bid successfully, with a rolling substitute system in place for the game.

They will be coached by Preston players Joe Garner, Tom Clarke and Kevin Davies.

Grayson has organised the game as part of his fundraising efforts for the Prostate Cancer UK charity.

In June, he is cycling from London to Amsterdam as part of the Football League’s support for the charity.

“This is for a fantastic cause and the game should be a great night to be part of and watch,” said Grayson.

“We have got some great Preston players from the past to take part, a vast array of talent. Mixed in with them will be some well-known fans from outside the club.

“The supporters team is being managed by Joe Garner, Tom Clark and Kevin Davies, the three Musketeers.

“They will be lending their experience and knowledge, taking the warm-up and coaching from the sidelines.

“It would great to get as many people at the ground to watch the game. It is for a good cause and the football itself should be enjoyable too.”

Kick-off is at 7pm with the Invincibles Pavilion open to supporters – doors open at 6.30pm.

Admission is by donation on the turnstiles to Prostate Cancer UK.

Parking at the ground is free on the night and on a first come, first served basis.

Former North End winger Kilbane takes to the pitch just a few days after running the London Marathon – he completed it in 3.38.58.

Kilbane and Vaughan were both in the PNE squad which won the old Third Division title in 1995/96.

Vaughan now does some scouting for North End and stood in as goalkeeper coach for a game earlier this season when Alan Kelly was ill.

McKenna, Macken and Eyres were part of the 1999/2000 Second Division title-winning side.

Lucketti, who is No.2 to Graham Alexander at Fleetwood, was in the PNE squad which twice reached the play-offs in 2005 and 2006.

BBC pundit Lawrenson will roll back the years to the mid-1970s when he made 74 appearances for North End before joining Brighton.