Ryder in ‘extremely encouraging’ talks with Supporters Club

Ryder in ‘extremely encouraging’ talks with Supporters Club

Port Vale Supporters Club have held talks with potential owner Keith Ryder during which plans for the unveiling of the long-awaited Roy Sproson statue and a summer open day were discussed. Chairman of the Supporters Club Pete Williams described the talks as “extremely encouraging.”

The full press release is copied below:


APRIL 25, 2012

The meeting, which lasted 90 minutes,  involved three SC committee members. They discussed of a range of  initiatives which the Supporters’ Club (SC) has put forward to the man  who is in pole position to take over as the new owner of Port Vale.

No decisions have yet been made, but topics talked through with Mr Ryder included:

  • An event to mark the unveiling of the Roy Sproson statue co-ordinated by the SC
  • A community open day involving Vale players, staff and SC volunteers
  • Pay-on-the-gate prices, the cost of season tickets and other match ticket options

SC Chairman Pete Williams said: “We are in a strange situation at present. Obviously Mr Ryder is not yet the owner of Port Vale and there are  still several hurdles to negotiate.

“However, he is keen, as is the  Supporters’ Club, that we have an on-going dialogue so that fans’ voices are represented as Mr Ryder begins to make plans for the club.

It was great that Mr Ryder was able to  meet with fans and answer questions and most people seemed to leave the  fans’ forum feeling optimistic for the first time in a while.

“What has been extremely encouraging is  that Mr Ryder wants to work with the Supporters’ Club because he is keen to get as much feedback as possible from fans.

“To that end, we will continue to hold  meetings with Mr Ryder and look forward to announcing some positive  news,  in conjunction with the club and as soon as we are able to.”

Mr Williams added: “At the Supporters’ Club we work on the basis that we will never be able to please everyone – in spite of what has been achieved in recent months when Vale fans  united behind a common cause.

“However, it is disappointing that a  small number of fans continue to snipe at the Supporters’ Club via the  internet over some sort of alleged lack of transparency

“To make our position clear: If anyone has suggestions for the Supporters’ Club they can contact us via our website, Facebook page or Twitter and also by email. Those are the forums for discussing the effectiveness or otherwise of the SC and its representatives.

“More to the point, if anyone wishes to  become involved with the Supporters’ Club they can simply put themselves forward at the next AGM or volunteer at any time. There’s much to do  and we would certainly appreciate the help.”

Mr Williams added: “Mr Ryder has  emphasised the importance of discretion at this delicate stage and we appreciate the trust he has placed in us.”

The Supporters’ Club, which now boasts a membership of more than 1,500 fans would like to take this opportunity to wish Micky and the lads all the best for Saturday’s game away at  Swindon.

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