Port Vale have issued a statement ahead of the final league game of the season asking fans to stay off the pitch.
The statement reads:
Port Vale Club secretary Bill Lodey has issued the following message to supporters coming to this weekend’s game against Walsall…
What we want to do is allow both sets of supporters to enjoy the end of the season…
“It’s the last game of the season, a big game for Walsall, who have had a good season and that, by it’s own implications, brings with it end-of-season celebrations,” he said.
“What we want to do is allow both sets of supporters to enjoy the end of the season. Both teams have had good years, them slightly better than us.
“But, nevertheless, our plans are that after the game the Walsall team and management will stay out to thank their supporters for their ongoing support throughout the year.
“We would ask the Port Vale supporters to give them the opportunity to do that and then themselves wait for Rob [Page] and the lads to come out.
“At the end of the day we were one of the favourites to go down. We haven’t. We’ve proven everybody wrong and the team and the manager would like to thank the supporters.
“The catch is, we can only do that if everybody stays off the pitch and behind the barriers so we can do it safely, everyone can enjoy the end of the season, go away and have their summer and look forward to August.”