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Preston North End sign Jermaine Beckford on two year deal

Preston North End have announced the signing of striker Jermaine Beckford on a two year contract.

Preston North End sign Jermaine Beckford on two year deal Credit: Press Association

The forward will officially become a North End player after his contract expires with Bolton Wanderers on 30th June 2015.

The club says the 31-year-old was a vital part of Simon Grayson's promotion winning side.

Beckford scored 18 goals in his first spell with the Club, with six goals of those coming in the successful Play-Off campaign for PNE, including a superb hat-trick at Wembley to secure promotion to the Championship.

Preston hit with FA charge for failing to control fans

These were the scenes at the end of last month's Play-Off Semi-final Credit: PA Images

The Football Association has charged Preston for the crowd trouble which followed their Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final victory over Chesterfield at Deepdale on May 10.

North End sealed their Wembley play-off final place with a 3-0 victory but there were ugly scenes during the pitch invasion to celebrate that achievement.

Chesterfield defender Ian Evatt, a previous employee of the Lilywhites' rivals Blackpool, was assaulted by a 20-year-old apprentice mechanic who was later given a three-year ban from football.

The governing body has now alleged Preston failed to ensure spectators at the fixture "refrained from provocative and/or abusive and/or threatening and/or violent behaviour" and have given the Championship newcomers until June 15 to respond.

Evatt had claimed he was punched, kicked and spat at during the pitch invasion and had suggested the FA take action against Preston to stop more violent scenes in the future.

Fans had originally started to huddle down at the Deepdale advertising hoardings during the closing stages of the second leg when it became obvious North End were heading for their first Wembley appearance since 1994.

Multiple announcements were made over the speakers in the ground encouraging supporters not to enter the field of play, but these were not heeded and some fans had spilled onto the pitch when Jermaine Beckford scored an 87th-minute goal from the halfway line.


Preston fan's special moment

Preston's League 1 play-off triumph at Wembley has been particularly special for one fan. Linda Moon has terminal cancer and only got the go ahead from her doctors to go to the match the day before. Football mad Linda's been a Preston fan all her life and said promotion was her biggest wish for the club.

And so the club decided to reward her loyalty by bringing the trophy to her home.

Preston release statement on Jermaine Beckford shirt incident

The incident happened after the club's 4-0 win in Sunday's Play-Off Final Credit: PA Images

Preston North End have released a statement after images appeared to show a woman taking Jermaine Beckford's shirt from a child after the League One Play Off on Sunday.

The club say they will provide a shirt signed by Beckford to the child.

The statement in full said:

"The Club are fully aware of an incident in Sunday’s Play-Off Final win over Swindon Town involving Jermaine Beckford’s match shirt.

The Club have been in consultation with the Football League and the parents of the child who is alleged to have had the shirt taken from him as seen on television cameras covering the match.

Please note, no one involved in this situation is connected with Preston North End in any way, shape or form.

The people seated in the area of the incident attended the Play-Off Final as part of the League One Football League Kids’ Cup Final which was played earlier in the day.

We are delighted to say that Jermaine is more than happy to sign and present the child involved with his spare match shirt from the game.

The Club will also provide a stadium tour for the youngster.

If the shirt that Jermaine wore is returned to us, we will of course present this to the child in question instead.

The Club will not be commenting further on the matter at this time and would like the focus returned to Sunday’s fantastic achievement and building towards what will be an exciting season in the Championship."


Preston North End charged by FA over Chesterfield game

Preston North End and Chesterfield have both been charged by the Football Association after their League One play-off match last week.

It's over allegations that in or around the 28th minute of the fixture, the clubs failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

Preston assistant manager Glynn Snodin has been charged for misconduct over allegations his behaviour during the first half of the match amounted to improper conduct.

Both clubs and Mr Snodin have until 6pm on 15 May 2015 to respond to the charges.

Preston play-off ticket details released

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Full ticket details for Preston's Play-Off semi-final versus Chesterfield have been released.

The first leg will take place at Chesterfield's Proact Stadium on Thursday 7th May at 7.45pm and the Lilywhites have been allocated 2,000 seats in the North Stand.

Tickets are priced £20 for adults (19 to 64-years-old), £13 for senior citizens (65 and over) and 15 to 18-year-olds and £9 for 14-year-olds and under

The second leg will take place at Deepdale on Sunday 10th May with a 12.15pm kick-off.

The price for tickets for the home leg have been set at £20 for adults, £12 for senior citizens (60 and over for Ambassadors, 65 and over for all other supporters), young adults 16 to 18-year-olds and full-time students and £5 for U16s in all stands, with one third of the Bill Shankly Kop again open for home supporters.

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