The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy match between the two North West sides at Gigg Lane was called off just an hour before kick-off due to a waterlogged pitch.
The referee apologised for the decision, saying playing on the surface would have been a "farce", but fans were still left out of pocket for the 30-mile journey.
It could have been worse - the match could have been all the way down in Torquay - and for one minibus of North End supporters it ended in smiles after they bumped into Westley at a service station.
The eccentric League One gaffer – famed for his late-night texts to players – took pity on their plight, buying them all a soft drink and handing over £40 petrol money from his own pocket.
“Don’t take it!” one of the fans is heard saying on a rather sweary Youtube clip uploaded shortly afterwards – but Westley insisted and the fans went home without having to take the full hit of the abortive night out.
“Top man graham westley bought my son and his mates a drink and gave them £40 petrol money,” one fan, @ingolwhite, said on Twitter.
They say you should never meet your heroes as you often end up disappointed – but in this case the Lilywhites boss has broken the mould.
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