It’s a Super Sunday at Deepdale, with Preston Schools’ FA holding 10 finals during the day.
Then in the evening, Preston North End Women’s FC will play a friendly on the hallowed turf, it being the first time the current squad have had the opportunity to play there.
The Preston Schools’ finals will see 300 local children in action, from Under-11s through to Under-16s.
Always a popular event in the local football calendar, this is the first time since 2019 that the finals have been held due to the pandemic.
The schedule is:
9am, U11 girls: Fulwood St Peter’s vs Brockholes WoodDick, Kerr Ladies U11 Girls ShieldSponsor: Longsands Lynx JFC
9am, U12 girls: Archbishop Temple vs Broughton HighMelissa Smith ShieldSponsor: Cadley FC
9.40am, U14 girls: St Cecilia’s High School vs Broughton HighDixon CupSponsor: Myerscough JFDC
9.40am, U16 girls: Archbishop Temple vs Our Lady’sGuild CupSponsor: Phillip Whelan in memory of Sean Haslegrave
10.50am, U11 mixed: Fulwood St Peter’s vs CottamHarold Slater ShieldSponsor: Preston Supporter’s Collective
10.50am, U12 boys: Ashton High vs Corpus ChristiMick Baxter CupSponsor: Jo Harwood in memory of Peter Harwood
12 noon, U13 boys: Fulwood High vs Longridge HighJack May CupSponsor: John Peacock of Guild Scaffolding
1.10pm, U14 boys: Longridge High vs Broughton HighWilliam Dawson CupSponsor: Rob Batty of Ashton Joinery
2.20pm, U15 boys: Fulwood High vs Our Lady’s HighOrd/Hargreaves TrophySponsor: pne-online
3.30pm, U16 boys: Longridge High vs Broughton HighLucas ShieldSponsor: Daryl Collinson of Naze Lane Garage
Admission which covers all the finals is £3 adults and £1 concessions. A number of local organisations and companies have provided sponsorship for the finals.
PNE Women’s FC then take centre stage at 6pm when they play Hindley Women’s Junior.
Admission is free, with access to the Sir Tom Finney Stand available from 5.30pm.
Their first-team coach David Rawcliffe said: “Speaking on behalf of the coaching team, but particularly as a Preston North End fan myself, it gives me goosebumps thinking about the opportunity for the girls to play at Deepdale.
“For the players to step out at Deepdale, to play on the turf there and play in front of a crowd, particularly as a lot of them are PNE fans, will be a dream come true, as it is for me.”