Preston North End promotion to Premier League would give the city a huge lift

Lukas Nmecha celebrates alongside his teammates after Callum Robinson's goal against Stoke. Credit: PNEFC Preston North End v Stoke City SkyBet Championship match at Deepdale

Excitement is building at Deepdale with just eight regular league games remaining.

Preston North End currently sit in seventh place in the Championship table, level on points with sixth-placed Aston Villa and are separated from the play-off spots by goal difference alone.

Lifelong PNE supporter John Roper suggests promotion to the Premier League would be massive for the city.

He said: “The impact of us going up can’t be underestimated.

“Having the likes of Man United and Liverpool coming to town every other week would have huge implications financially, for the town and for the people.”

Preston fans have had to endure several near misses down the years, losing two play-off finals while seeing Lancashire rivals Burnley, Blackburn, Bolton and Blackpool all rise to England’s top tier.

Roper added: “For us fans it would finally lay that bogey to rest about everybody else being there but not us.”

Alex Neil’s side’s incredible form continued in their latest outing against Birmingham thanks to a last-gasp Sean Maguire winner, which meant that the Lilywhites have now gone 12 games without defeat.

Hightlights as Preston scored a 94th minute winner to beat Birmingham City. Credit: pnefcofficial

Roper stressed that the impressive run of form must continue if the Lancashire club are to be in contention for promotion to the Premier League in May.

He said: “We still need to maintain promotion form because we were a long way behind. I’m thinking round about 73 (points) will be enough.

“That’s five wins, one draw and two defeats.”

Up next for Preston is a trip to the Madejski Stadium to face Reading, before two crunch home games against fellow promotion chasers Sheffield United and Leeds United.