Gentry Day 2019 - West Bromwich Albion (13th April).

Gentry Day 2019 is Heading to the Midlands. 

News on this year's Gentry Day have been released on pne.com this morning with The Hawthornes being the venue this year.

The following is from pne.com as announced this morning.

"Following a consultation with supporters who have previously been involved with the organisation of Gentry Day, this season’s event will be held at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday 13th April.

The annual day out has always been a fan led event, with the club’s support, and the club engaged the thoughts of those who have planned the previous successful days, with the trip to the Hawthorns the unanimous choice.

Gentry Day is the annual game of remembrance for fans, who dress up – including many in bowler hats - and show their respects to those connected to the club who have passed away in the previous 12 months.

Previous events have been held at Bolton Wanderers, Brentford, Fulham, Queens Park Rangers, Barnsley and others and is once again expected to be a popular family day out.

The club expects to receive full allocation and ticket details for the game at the beginning of March, which will then be publicised via the website and local media, including an on sale date."

We hope to see as many of you at the game in your suits, bowlers and ties in April as PNE fans aim to spread the word of The Gentry to all those at another historic and traditional football club in W.B.A.





 

 
 

Whilst we are all having a good time on the day, lets not forget what the true meaning of Gentry Day.

Every year a memories and dedication thread will be available on PNE-ONLINE for supporters to post stories and names of supporters they would like to be remembered on the day itself.

What is Gentry Day?

North End Gentry day is a fan organised event and is in memory of any Preston North End follower or player who may have passed away in the last 12 months.

The Gentry term was first used by third division championship winning manager Alan Ball Snr in the early 1970s stating to the Press after a game that "Preston fans are the best, they're the gentry".

This inspired a number of PNE fans to don bowler hats and even pin stripe suits at Deepdale and especially amongst a loyal band of away supporters. 

In 2005 supporters organisation The Preston Supporters Group (PSG) arranged the "Return of the Gentry" in memory of John Tracey, a member of the original PNE Gentry who sadly passed away. This was a massive success and even saw North End's players wearing the famed bowler hats on the pitch. 

In 2008 with the support of PNE-Online and other supporters groups, PSG decided to make it an annual event for all North End fans and the people of Preston to remember anyone they may have lost during that season/year.

Last season over 4,000 North Enders travelled one again to Horwich with huge numbers donning suits and bowlers and supporting Gentry Day.

Although PSG are now disbanded a wide range of North End Supporters have come together with the club to keep the Gentry Tradition going.

Gentry Day has now become a proud tradition for the folk of Preston and it's football club and has been well received by supporters of all the clubs chosen as hosts over the years.  

We are sure all supporters will once again will be pulling out all the stops to make this seasons Gentry Day a great day in the PNE fans' calendar.

As ever the football club and the Lancashire Post will be backing this fan led event to help spread the word of The Gentry.