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Postby The Old TomCat » Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:31 pm

Tickets and travel to Port Vale now on sale

It'll be the first time the team has traveled to Vale Park in the club's history and you can be there to cheer on Mark Cooper's men in person.

Tickets

Rovers fans can purchase tickets on line via Port Vales ticketing portal.

Travelling supporters will be housed in the Hamil Road Stand, specifically in area HF1.
Much like the Rovers' ticketing system, fans can save up to £2 per ticket by making a purchase ahead of the game.

Port Vale only accept telephone bookings for supporters wanting to go into their Accessible Stand, which has wheelchair bays and all facilities fans would need. 01782655821 is the number to call to make bookings of this nature.

Ambulant disabled persons can use the away stand if they do not require any special facilities.
Again, these tickets can be booked with a free assistant via telephone direct with Port Vale.

There will be the option to buy tickets on the day of the game but prices will increase by £2 on advanced purchases.
Match day tickets at Vale Park will be available from the ‘Away Sales Point’ from 1pm.
This is a cash only service.

Tickets purchased in advance online are priced as follows:

Adults (under 62) ............................................ £20
Senior (62+) ..................................................... £15
Young Adult (18-21) ........................................ £15
Junior (12-17) .................................................... £8
Under 12’s ....................................................... Free
Carers .............................................................. Free

Travel
As ever, fans wishing to make the trip away with the supporting Green Army can do so via official club transport.
Bookings are now being taken online, over the phone and in person for our trip to Vale Park.

Prices for this service are as follows:
Adults ...............................................................£18
Young Adult .....................................................£15
Junior ..................................................................£8

There is a £5 discount for FGR members and season ticket holders on the adult and young adult categories.

When booking your tickets there are 3 pick up points to choose from:
The New Lawn ................................................. 9.30am
Sainsburys, Dudbridge ................................... 9.45am
Brunel Way, Stonehouse ............................... 10.00am

Jump online via the FGR online shop today to secure your seat on the coach or call 01453 834860 Mon-Fri 9am-3pm.
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Re: Port Vale away travel info

Postby The Old TomCat » Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:58 pm

http://www.footballgroundguide.com/leag ... expand=all

PORT VALE
VALE PARK

Address: Hamil Rd, Burslem, ST6 1AW
Telephone: 01782 655800
Pitch Size: 114 x 77 yards
Club Nickname: The Valiants
Year Ground Opened: 1950
Capacity: 18,947 (all seated)
Average attendance this season: 5,288
Home Kit: White, Black and Amber


WHAT IS VALE PARK LIKE?
The ground has a good mixture of the old and the new, it is just let down overall by the fact that the Lorne Street Stand, which was partly opened in 1999, is still yet to be fully completed. This stand which is two-tiered has a row of executive boxes situated between its large lower tier and much smaller upper tier. With a planned capacity of 5,000 it is of a good size and I’m sure it would look quite smart when finished. However, the outstanding works include almost half the lower tier towards the Hamil Road End. This area is currently empty of seating and is largely just a concrete base. On a positive note, the club have recently added some new blocks of seating into part of this area and the original clock that was seen on the old stand has been incorporated into the new construction, above the players tunnel and Directors area in the centre of the stand.

On the opposite side is the Railway Stand which was opened in 1954. It is a fair sized stand that is covered to the rear. It has a number of supporting pillars that run across the middle of the stand. Originally it had a large paddock terrace in front, but this was subsequently filled with seating in the 1990’s. At one end is the Hamil Road End, which is a good sized single tiered stand. It also has an electric scoreboard situated just below its roof. Again it has a number of supporting pillars (although fewer in number than the Railway Stand), plus it has windshields to either side. Opposite is the Bycars Road End, which although old looking was built in 1992. It also is partly covered to the rear and has some supporting pillars to either side. Situated in one corner, in-between the Bycars & Railway Stand is an odd looking two-tiered structure that looks if it has been ‘wedged’ into the stadium. In fact this area is the only portion of the old ground that still remains from when the ground was originally built in 1950. Rob from the One Vale Fan website adds; 'Incidentally, the steelwork and roof of this structure were brought from the club's previous stadium in Hanley, where it formed part of the "Swan Passage" stand. So the roof on that little corner of the ground is very old indeed!' Filled with seating it is currently used as a Family Stand. On one side of the Hamil Road Stand there is a Police Control Box, which keeps a watchful eye over the crowd. The pitch is also one of the widest in the League. Outside the Lorne Street Stand is a statue of former player and manager Roy Sproson.

WHAT'S IT LIKE FOR AWAY SUPPORTERS?
Up to 4,500 away supporters can be accommodated in the Signal One Stand, where the view and facilities located on the concourse behind the stand are good. Even a relatively small number of away fans can really make some noise from this stand, as the acoustics are excellent. However, the slope is quite shallow, which might affect your view should a tall person be seated in front. Normally though, you could still move to another seat if necessary.

I've been to Port Vale on a number of occasions and always found it be a good day out. However the experience has sometimes been a little intimidating, not due to the Port Vale supporters but more because of the huge Police presence in and around the ground. One Police Officer said to me as we left the ground five minutes early, as my team were losing 4-0. "Leaving already? there's still five minutes to go!". Now who said that Police Officers don't have a sense of humour? The P.A within the ground is quite deafening at times and there is no escape, even in the toilets, as it is piped through!
The food available on the concourse includes Rollover Hot Dogs (£2.50) and a selection of Wrights Pies; Steak (£2.50), Meat & Potato (£2.50), Cheese & Onion Pasties (£2.10) and Sausage Rolls (£2).

If you wonder at half time why the Port Vale fans seem transfixed with staring at the away end, it is not intimidation, but the electric scoreboard perched on the roof of this stand! (which the away fans can't see). Also at half time the Vale fans in the Railway Stand tend to transfer from one side to another so that can be nearer the goalmouth that Port Vale are attacking. Vince Smith a visiting Northampton Town fan adds; 'I must say it was an enjoyable day out at Vale Park, with very friendly stewards, turnstile operators and very good food served by friendly staff. All in all a very pleasant experience and far more enjoyable than a visit to their near neighbours.'

And for a bit of trivia, Dave Seddon, a visiting Brentford supporter informs me; 'the roof of the Hamil Road End was originally that of the Main Stand at Chester City's old Sealand Road ground'. Stephen Wood adds; 'The roof of the away end was indeed bought by Bill Bell back in 1991-92 for £300,000 as Chester were moving grounds. It was installed during the 1992-93 season and the first team we played when the roof was fully constructed was, you guessed it, Chester!'

Please note that cash is not accepted at the away turnstiles, you have to buy a ticket from the portacabin in the car park by the away end. This portakabin is 'cash only'. If you wish to pay by credit or debit card you will need to purchase tickets from the Main ticket office.


PUBS FOR AWAY FANS
Just outside the away turnstiles is a Club Bar called the 'Vale Social'. Normally it does admit away fans but at a cost of £2 per person, although Over 60's and Under 18's are admitted free. Otherwise the choice of pubs for visiting supporters to drink in near to the ground or in the town centre is very limited as Nick Williams a visiting Plymouth Argyle fan informs me; 'Apart from the Bulls Head, which was very welcoming, every other pub in the town that we found had signs up saying "Home fans only". This also included the closest pub to the ground, the Vine'.

Luckily the Bull's Head which is located in St John's Square, is a cracking pub. It is the local outlet for the nearby Titanic Brewery and is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. It is friendly for away fans. It has a BBQ on matchdays, has up to nine real ales on offer as well as up to 10 traditional ciders and perries. To find this pub: From the outside of the away end, turn right and go down to the bottom of Hamil Road (passing the Vine Pub on your left). Turn right at the t-junction and then go straight across the traffic lights at the crossroads. Proceed past KFC, Wades and the New Inn on the right and then if you look over to your left, you will see a square with the Bulls Head, which is located on the right of this square.

Pete Gardner a visiting Oxford United fan informs me; ‘Both the Leopard and Post Office Vaults, which are both near to the Bulls Head were welcoming to us.’ It is about a ten minute walk from the ground. Otherwise inside the stadium alcohol is available, albeit in plastic bottles of Carling (£3.50) and Cider (£3.50).


DIRECTIONS AND CAR PARKING
The ground is located in the town of Burslem, one of the six towns comprising Stoke On Trent. Leave the M6 at junction 15 or 16 and take the A500 towards Stoke on Trent. Follow A500 until the A527 Tunstall/Burslem exit, where you take the A527 towards Tunstall/Burslem. At the next island just past the Price Kensington factory turn right for Burslem town centre. Continue on this road up the hill, crossing another island and into Burslem town centre. Continue straight on over the traffic lights at the cross roads and then take the first road on the left which takes you down to the ground. There is a large car park located outside a superstore next to the ground which costs £5, otherwise street parking.

Post Code for SAT NAV: ST6 1AW

BY TRAIN
Longport Railway Station is the closest to the Vale Park ground, but is a good 30 minute walk away and is not well served by trains, unlike Stoke On Trent station which is. Therefore most fans end up at Stoke On Trent railway station, which is over four miles away from Vale Park and then take a taxi up to the ground.

Football Special Buses From Stoke On Trent

For more high profile games, a Football Special bus service is laid on as Russ Moore a visiting Coventry City fan explains; 'Coventry City fans were met at the Stoke Railway Station exit by waiting Police officers. They recommended that rather than travelling onto Burslem to have a drink before the game, that instead we used a pub around a five minute walk away from Stoke station called The Terrace. The Police said that they would arrange transport to the Port Vale ground from the pub. We took their advice and arrived at the Terrace pub, to find a very pleasant little boozer, with plenty of real ales and Carling lager at £3.10 a pint. The Police kept popping in every 10 minutes or so as more city fans were directed to the pub. At around 2pm the Police asked us to get ready as our transport, a couple of double decker buses, had arrived. We were charged a reasonable £3 return to use the bus, which enjoyed a Police escort to the ground and then back to Stoke railway station after the game'.

Bus information from Stoke station:

S Parlett informs me; 'You can first get a number 9, 21A or 25 bus to Hanley Bus Station and from there a number 3 First Potteries bus up to Burslem. The No.3 is a frequent service that takes about half an hour. If buying a PlusBus ticket with your train ticket, then it costs £3 for unlimited bus journeys in the Stoke area for that day. On leaving Stoke railway station, turn left out of the entrance and proceed up to Bus Stop F, located in front of the taxi rank, to get the 9, 21A or 25 to Hanley Bus Station. After catching the Number 3 bus from Hanley, then on reaching Burslem, look out for The Swan Hotel in Swan Square on your left and get off immediately after the crossroads, in Wedgwood Street. After alighting the bus cross over the road and turn left, then an immediate right into Jenkins Street, leading into Hamil Road, which goes past the away turnstiles'.

Directions & information for Longport station:

John Midgley a visiting Huddersfield Town fan informs me; 'Services run hourly from Crewe, Stoke & Derby to Longport. We managed to walk to the ground in around 25 minutes without too much trouble.

Cross over the line (if travelling from Stoke/Derby) and walk along Station Street. At the mini-roundabout follow the main road round to the left going up the hill. After a couple of minutes take the first major left onto Newcastle Street (B5051). Enter Burslem. Pass the Bull's Head pub at St. John's Square. Bear left onto Market Place. Shortly after cross main road onto Jenkins Street which becomes Hamil Road. The ground will soon be visible on the left. Turn left into Lorne Street'.

Booking train tickets in advance will normally save you money! Find train times, prices and book tickets with Trainline. Visit the Trainline website below to see how much you can save on the price of your tickets:


ROY SPROSON STATUE
Outside the Lorne Street Stand is a statue of former player and manager Roy Sproson.

The statue was unveiled on 17 November 2012. This was after nearly a decade of fund raising by fans that amounted to the £96,000 required.
Roy Sproson was a left sided defender (mainly centre half) who spent his entire professional career at Port Vale amassing a club record 837 appearances between 1950 & 1972. He also managed the Club between 1974 and 1977. Roy Sproson passed away in 1997, aged 66.

The Plinth reads: 'Through three decades as a player and captain, he made a record 837 appearances for Port Vale and scored 35 goals. He was a true legend who combined style and steel with loyalty. The very spirit of Port Vale ran through this unique man, who also went on to manage the Club'.

The plinth also acknowledges Roy's older brother Jess and nephew Phil, who also both played for Port Vale.
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Re: Port Vale away travel info

Postby Greeners » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:26 pm

Hi
The Tickets section above says: " Travelling supporters will be housed in the Hamil Road Stand, specifically in area HF1.
Much like the Rovers' ticketing system, fans can save up to £2 per ticket by making a purchase ahead of the game."

The WHAT'S IT LIKE FOR AWAY SUPPORTERS? section says
"Up to 4,500 away supporters can be accommodated in the Signal One Stand, where the view and facilities located on the concourse behind the stand are good. Even a relatively small number of away fans can really make some noise from this stand, as the acoustics are excellent. However, the slope is quite shallow, which might affect your view should a tall person be seated in front. Normally though, you could still move to another seat if necessary."

Is this 2 different names for the same place or is it conflicting information?
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Re: Port Vale away travel info

Postby The Old TomCat » Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:40 pm

1st post was copied from FGR website so I'm assuming it be correct.
2nd post is from an independent supporters league ground info website, which possible is out of date.
Basically I don't know.
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Re: Port Vale away travel info

Postby Timb » Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:56 pm

Thanks for getting the details posted Tom.

Nice and early too.
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Re: Port Vale away travel info

Postby The Old TomCat » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:25 am

Still plenty of time to book a seat on coach to Port Vale, which is one of our closer opponents.

The Kendo Express will be leaving TNL on Saturday at 9.30am, and then at Sainsbury's Stroud at 9.45 am, and finally departing Brunel Way, Stonehouse at 10 am.

The AA route-planner has given a travel time of 1 hr and 50 minutes from Stonehouse.
There will be a stop over at Stafford Service Station (M6).

The coach should therefore arrive at Port Vale around about 1pm.
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Re: Port Vale away travel info

Postby T50 BOS » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:16 pm

Booked my ticket direct on Vale website and it's definitely the Hamil Road Stand
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Re: Port Vale away travel info

Postby Timb » Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:26 pm

Keep up the good work Tom.
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Re: Port Vale away travel info

Postby AussieStu » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:00 pm

Will be my first away trip of the season and couldn't miss the opportunity to take my 77-year-old Stokey father-in-law to Vale Park. Despite being a supporter since his youth he hasn't been to a live game in a long time.

We usually play poorly but win when he comes to watch FGR, I'd take that!
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Re: Port Vale away travel info

Postby Greeners » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:01 pm

Hi
T50 BOS wrote:Booked my ticket direct on Vale website and it's definitely the Hamil Road Stand

Are their tickets like ours, print at home ?
I don't have smart phone.
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Re: Port Vale away travel info

Postby FGR123 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:33 am

I can't get my membership online discount when trying to book online and the ticket office just rings out continuously. It makes me not want to bother!
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Re: Port Vale away travel info

Postby The Old TomCat » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:39 am

FGR123 wrote:I can't get my membership online discount when trying to book online and the ticket office just rings out continuously. It makes me not want to bother!


I am in travel club so don't use website but I understand that membership discount is taken off on last page prior to payment.
Receptionist is currently on holiday but I know club will refund cash difference if you have to pay full price to ensure seat on coach.
Look forward to seeing you on trip.
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Re: Port Vale away travel info

Postby Tommo » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:44 am

I struggled to get the discounts too but finally got there. Assuming you are logged in as a member you hit the promotional voucher (or whatever it is called) button in the basket and it seemed to apply the discount automatically for me.
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Re: Port Vale away travel info

Postby FGR123 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:06 pm

I still can't get my membership online discount, I've attempted several ways. The number given on the website just rings out. If someone is on holiday why isn't a ansaphone message given giving us another number to call or someone else cover the phone? I have tried to find a travel club number but no joy.
This is so unprofessional FGR. You want away support but make it so difficult.
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Re: Port Vale away travel info

Postby T50 BOS » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:15 pm

Greeners ...... "yes" you can print match day tickets at home. They are bar coded so I assume scan in at turnstiles at Vale Park
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Re: Port Vale away travel info

Postby FGR123 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:56 pm

After trying all day to speak to someone on the phone I have given up and won't bother travelling. The club really needs to get its act together off the field as well as on it. How can someone be on holiday and so the telephone is just abandoned. Also the online membership discount needs sorting. What a joke!
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Re: Port Vale away travel info

Postby stroud green » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:20 pm

FGR123 wrote:After trying all day to speak to someone on the phone I have given up and won't bother travelling. The club really needs to get its act together off the field as well as on it. How can someone be on holiday and so the telephone is just abandoned. Also the online membership discount needs sorting. What a joke!


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"We are currently experiencing issues with our phone systems. Please email reception@fgrfc.com with any queries in the mean time."
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Re: Port Vale away travel info

Postby Great Dane » Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:49 pm

How many are booked in tom as I know a few who gave up trying to book
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Re: Port Vale away travel info

Postby nwrover » Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:17 pm

I put in bank details for a ticket and I have not had a confirmation email so don't k now if I have a ticket or not... hopeless
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Re: Port Vale away travel info

Postby The Old TomCat » Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:12 am

Great Dane wrote:How many are booked in tom as I know a few who gave up trying to book

Alas only 33 booked on Kendo Express, possibly because receptionist is away on holiday which caused problems that you refer to.
I do know that many are travelling by private car.
I expect around 100 away fans.
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