Port Vale owner Norman Smurthwaite has told the Coventry Telegraph that Saturday’s attendance could be “between 10,500 to 12,000” after healthy sales of away tickets.
Coventry fans are currently protesting against their controversial owners SISU and their decision to ground-share with Northampton Town (as fans who have protested against the poor running of Port Vale FC we back the “SISU out” protests) and many fans will only attend away matches so that their money does not get to SISU.
Smurthwaite told the newspaper: “We had sent Coventry 2,000 and sent another 500 yesterday. I understand we’ve sold about 300/350 from our own on-line platform so as things stand at the moment, technically, there have been about 2,300 sold.
“From what I am reading on the forums there are still fans that don’t want to put into the club’s coffers.
“Supporters are better off doing it on-line off our website and printing their tickets off at home. That’s the easiest way and I’d encourage them to go on to our website.
“It’s simple and efficient; it’s like a Ryanair slip, you have a bar code. That way people avoid the issue of waiting for the post because if your ticket hasn’t arrived on Friday night you’ll be struggling.
“We’re expecting between 10,500 to 12,000 on Saturday if Coventry bring the 4,000 that’s been talked about, I want the Coventry fans to come to the ground and enjoy a stadium which is very similar to Highfield Road.
“We’re a community club, like it was at Highfield Road where I used to go and watch games, and that gives a form of unity as far as the fans go.”
Home gates so far…
- Brentford: 7,579
- Walsall: 4,013
- Bradford: 6,552
- Wolves: 12,601
- Bury: 2,351
- Average: 6,619