Preston fans furious following EFL decision to rearrange fixture for TV match

Preston North End fans are outraged by the decision to move their clash against Charlton Athletic to midday on a Sunday, leaving supporters travelling by train unable to get to the game on time.

The clash between PNE and the Addicks has been rearranged to noon on November 3 for Sky Sports, a day later than originally scheduled.

The earliest train from Preston to Charlton would include a 6am bus to Manchester followed by three additional trains, arriving into Charlton at 12:18, nearly 20 minutes after the game is scheduled to kick off.

The fans’ frustration was made worse by rail companies announcing that passengers who had bought advanced tickets will not be refunded, leaving the PNE faithful out of pocket and unable to cheer on their team.

North End forward Sean Maguire insists that the lack of fans won’t be a factor on the day. “It won’t affect us and we’ll still go to Charlton to get the three points,” he said.

Lilywhites striker Sean Maguire is sure the lack of fans won’t affect performance on the pitch

Preston fan Gary Blenkinship was left especially disappointed after he had organised for more than 20 of his friends to travel to the game for his birthday.

It means many of the group are now unable to join in on the Sunday.

He said: “Obviously I was gutted, and annoyed. I’d arranged this away trip with my mates for my birthday and with it being London we booked early because otherwise it gets expensive.

“There was a lot of us going so we all booked on and then we found out that it’s been moved.

“It’s put a spanner in the works. The next train after the game is in the evening on Sunday so a lot of the lads have family commitments and they can’t stay over, so it’s ruined it.”

Preston North End and the EFL have not yet commented.

Alex Neil’s side are sixth in the Championship, after having won five of their opening 10 games. Charlton are just outside the play-off positions, in eighth.