There will be no possibility of a Friday night third round FA Cup fixture at Vale Park but opponents Plymouth feel that they have a compelling argument for the game to take place on Saturday.
I plead for due consideration to be given to the needs of Argyle’s long distance travelling supporters when deciding when the tie is to be played. Fans first please…
Port Vale and neighbours Stoke City have both been drawn at home in the third round of the competition and therefore both games cannot take place on the same day. Friday 3rd has been ruled out as clubs will be engaged in New Year’s Day action and that date would come too close to the January 1st game.
However, opponents Plymouth Argyle feel that there is a compelling case for the Vale match to occur on Saturday. The club argues that it would be easier for Leicester (Stoke’s opponents) and their supporters to make the relatively short trip to Stoke on Sunday. Otherwise, Argyle fans will have to make the 490-mile round trip to the Potteries on the Sunday, when public transport will be limited and many will have to work the following day.
Edmund Shillabeer, chairman of the Plymouth Argyle Supporters’ Board told the Plymouth Herald: “On behalf of the many groups of fans whose representatives make up PASB, I plead for due consideration to be given to the needs of Argyle’s long distance travelling supporters when deciding when the tie is to be played. Fans first please.”