The return of the Gentry

Our home game against Preston North End has been declared ‘Gentry Day’ by the Preston Supporters Group and so will see North End supporter’s donning their bowler hats for their annual celebration.

Preston are bringing their full allocation of 1600 to Griffin Park, many returning after last years successful event which they all enjoyed so much

This ‘tradition’ date backs to the 1970’s when Alan Ball Snr stated in a post-match press conference made reference to Preston fans being ‘The Gentry’ during a post-match press conference as his team went on to win the old third division.

Alan’s comments inspired a number of Preston fans to wear bowler hats and pin stripe suits at Deepdale.

The tradition was revived in 2005 when John Tracey, a member of the original PNE Gentry, passed away and it is now an established annual event that is held in the memory of PNE fans and ex-Preston players, and people who live in Preston who have passed away in the last year.

Queens Park Rangers have hosted two gentry days, which have also been held at Charlton, Newcastle United, Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday.