Following the 3-0 defeat by Colchester on Saturday, Preston had some good news earlier in the week.
Preston North End's ever popular Deepdale Duck is about to set flight on a five day adventure spanning a huge area of Lancashire!
On Monday 5th March the Club's feathery mascot will spread its wings in an attempt to visit over 200 primary schools inside just five days to officially launch the promotion of PNE Day.
PNE Day is just over five weeks away, with Saturday 7th April delegated as the day when we'll be celebrating Preston's biggest birthday party as Club president Sir Tom Finney turns 90 just two days earlier.
That afternoon's game against MK Dons will be a celebration to remember with special giveaways, big name guest appearances, family entertainment and much more - all at a cut price and on sale now from MyPNE.com!
That's why the Duck is going to be heading off around the county to spread the word to thousands of schoolchildren, and will cover hundreds of miles in the process.
As tough as it may sound, we will be sending the Preston mascot to as many schools as possible with posters and leaflets for the upcoming event, with the aim of enticing a crowd that will fill Deepdale.
Deepdale Duck will set off at 8am Monday morning, starting at St Peter's CE Primary School, Leck, in the far north of the county, finishing the challenge at the end of the school day on Friday at Holme Slack Primary School.
The Duck will be visiting schools in areas as far north as Carnforth and Lancaster, as far south as Chorley, out towards Hesketh Bank and Kirkham in the west and out to Withnell as the eastern border.
Talking about the challenge, Deepdale Duck said: "I'm really looking forward to the challenge - it will certainly test my quackability.
"I would like to thank the Club's family stand sponsor SPAR for donating bread and water for the trip over the five days so I don't go hungry.
"I'd also like to show my appreciation to our former full back Andy Fensome, whose business AF Signs has kindly branded the Duckmobile with STF90 logos.
"I'll be on BBC Radio Lancashire early on Monday morning before I take flight and I'm sure the national television cameras will be with me at various times during my trip to monitor my progress."