Matchday Info: Birmingham City (H) – News


As we return to Deepdale this Saturday to host Birmingham City, supporters are advised to view the following matchday information.

fan area

Our fan zone, located next to the Alan Kelly Town End car park, will be open to local supporters from 12pm.

Fan zone hours:
Doors open – 12 p.m.
Closing of the fan zone – 2:45 p.m.
Reopening of the fan zone – 4:45 p.m.
Last orders – 5:30 p.m.
Closing of the fan zone – 6 p.m.

Local singer and guitarist Fitzy will perform a range of pop and indie covers live before the match, while Stuart Hill is in charge of sound.

There will be a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments available, with a full list to be found below.

Food offers:
Chicken Tikka Biryani, £5, while supplies last
Snacks and sweets

The Hot Potato Tram will again be in the outer fan zone area, but will leave at half time, when there are also burger and fish and chip vans around the stadium.

Drink suggestions:
Birra Moretti
neck oil
Dizzy Blonde
black fruit
Wine, bitter and cider (packaged)
Soft drink

Also just outside the fan zone, the Community and Education Trust’s inflatable football pitch will be open from noon. The family room in the Sir Tom Finney Stand will also be open from 1.30pm, as will the play pods around the stadium.

U11 turnstiles

Supporters with U11 season cards, membership cards or match tickets will now have to enter through Deepdale-specific turnstiles.

This is an attempt to mitigate the misuse of this age bracket by older supporters, with some fans attempting so far this season to enter the stadium on the significantly cheaper U11 tickets.

As a result, U11 turnstiles will be introduced and these will be the only places U11s can enter the stadium with a season card, membership card or match ticket, while those attending with a U11 will also be able to enter through the same turnstile. Full details on this can be found here.

Feeding service for disabled supporters

Please note that only cash payments can now be made for our refreshment service for disabled supporters.

Disabled supporters on the platforms, as well as disabled supporters in the first row of each stand, can place an order before the match for half-time.

Heathcote&Co staff will come to these supporters to place orders which will be delivered shortly before half-time. Please note that this service excludes alcohol sales as no alcoholic beverages are permitted inside the stadium bowl.

Shuttle service

The shuttle service will operate for this game from Leyland to Deepdale, with two stops at Bamber Bridge on the way.

A new pick-up point has been added at Ye Olde Hob Inn, and return tickets normally cost £5, with supporters paying the driver on arrival.

Service times can be found below, while more details can be read here.

Leyland Tesco (Stop A – Parking) – 1:20 p.m.
The Railway Pub, Leyland – 1.30pm
Ye Olde Hob Inn, Bamber Bridge – 1:35 p.m.
Pub Beam and Brycg, Pont Bamber – 1:40 p.m.
Arrival at Deepdale, Lowthorpe Road – 2pm

Half-time drink tokens

Drink tokens for half-time alcoholic refreshments will once again be used in the Alan Kelly Town End, Invincibles Pavilion and Sir Tom Finney Stand.

Fans can visit any kiosk in these stands at any time before kick-off, and pre-order and pay for their alcoholic beverages for half-time. Fans will receive a token in return at this point, which they can present at half-time at designated collection points.

Fans of the Invincibles pavilion can retire to booth 7i, located on the right side of the lobby near the Kop.

There are two collection points in the Alan Kelly Town End: the green collection point, which is located next to the central stairwell, and the yellow collection point, which is located at the beer bar between the two double booths.

Fans of the Sir Tom Finney stand can also collect their drink tokens either at the purple collection point, located on the south side of the stand, or at the white collection point on the north side.


Once again flags will be available in the halls of the Alan Kelly Town End for supporters to display in the stands.

All Town End supporters are welcome to be involved in the display, but it is essential that supporters return the flags at the end of the match to where they were collected.

Fan groups PNE-Online and North End Soul released a message to fans last month, which you can read here.

Report Abuse, Discrimination, and Antisocial Behavior

Supporters who witness or hear of abuse, discrimination or anti-social behavior at Deepdale can report the incident using the club’s text message service.

Fans can text 66777 and messages should begin with “PNE” followed by details of the incident. Below is an example of using this service:

“PNE I’m in the Alan Kelly Town End, row 10, seat 34. Man sitting directly in front of me shouting racial slurs.”

Any incidents can be reported to the club by emailing [email protected], but fans are strongly advised to use this text service at this time to allow such matters to be dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible.


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