THE MOCKING of Preston North End fans by gloating Blackpool supporters has been taken to the next level.
The latest prank to poke fun at Preston, who have been relegated to League One, was seen by viewers of Channel 4’s quiz show Countdown.
During the final part of the show where contestants are asked to tackle a Countdown Conundrum, they were shown the anagram PNECRISIS and asked to solve it to reveal PRICINESS.
Channel 4 have since admitted it was intentional and was orchestrated by a producer of the show who is a lifelong Blackpool fan.
Fiona Martin, vice chairman from Blackpool Supporters’ Association, has thrown her support behind the latest innovative joke.
She said: “I think it was just a bit of fun and everyone has seen the funny side of it.
“I laughed when I saw it and found it quite funny. The producer that did it must have a very good sense of humour.
“There will always be jokes between the two clubs and both sets of fans.
“It’s part of local rivalry that people will always be looking to get one over on the other.
“The most important thing for us is the Bolton game on Saturday and we should concentrate on that.”
This latest joke at the expense of Preston came only two days after an aircraft flew over PNE’s Deepdale stadium on Saturday afternoon, taunting the home fans with a message reading: “We are superior love Blackpool FC”.
Daniel Hogg leads the home crowd at Bloomfield Road on matchdays with his drumming and he also saw the funny side of the conundrum.
He said: “It’s fantastic and it was really funny.
“I normally watch Countdown but I wasn’t watching it on Monday until I got a phone call telling me to watch it on Channel 4 plus one.
“It shows just what a class act we are both on and off the field.
“The boot is definitely on the other foot now and they have got to take it on the chin as they continue their fight for local derbies with Fleetwood and Accrington.”
The conundrum was not solved by either of the contestants on the show and it was left up to co-host Rachel Riley to guess the correct answer.
A spokesman for Channel 4 added: “One of the members of the production team is a life-long Blackpool fan and it was intended to be friendly banter, all done in good humour.”