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League One: Preston North End and sponsors Virgin Trains announce train fare discount for season ticket holders

Preston North End have announced that season ticket holders can now get 25% off the price of Advance fares with Virgin Trains, the club's shirt sponsor.

The rail company became the club's main sponsor and travel partner in July, and the offer was officially announced before Tuesday evening's 3-3 draw with Chesterfield at Deepdale.

To celebrate the launch of the deal, 500 people who book through the dedicated website - www.­virgintrains.­co.­uk/­pnefc - will be upgraded to First Class for free.

Speaking about the launch of the scheme PNE’s customer services manager Amanda Craig said: “We were absolutely delighted to agree the sponsorship with Virgin Trains in July and now we can give our season ticket holders the benefits of that deal with this fantastic offering.

“It will allow supporters to take a lot of the hassle out of away trips and also open up fantastic business and leisure opportunities at a discounted rate.

“As part of this launch we can also announce that we are having a window of opportunity for supporters who aren’t season ticket holders to purchase one at a pro-rata rate.

“These will also be on sale from 9am on Wednesday 17th September until 5pm on Tuesday 30th September – meaning you can guarantee your seat for what we hope will be an enthralling season and also guarantee yourself big savings on rail travel.”

Gary Iddon, Virgin Trains’ general manager for Anglo-Scottish services, said: “We’re really proud of the relationship we’ve established with the club and this is a great offer for fans.

“We look forward to inviting season ticket holders onto our services in the coming weeks and months, whether that’s for away matches or any other time.”

For Tuesday’s home game with Chesterfield the Club were joined by senior officials from Virgin Trains and important local dignitaries to officially launch the partnership.

North End raced into a 3-0 lead within the opening half an hour before Chesterfield pulled one back in the first half, before completing the comeback with a stoppage time penalty to derail Preston's hopes of taking all three points.

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