Vale owner unveils matchday safety changes

Vale owner unveils matchday safety changes

A statement by owner Norman Smurthwaite has revealed that the club has undertaken a raft of safety measures after the club’s use of the former Normid car park was revoked.

The full statement can be read through this link: http://www.port-vale.co.uk/news/article/chairmans-statement-2636216.aspx

I ask you, our fans, to understand and accept the changes that I have had to implement on match days…

The statement reveals that Staffordshire Police have deemed the weekend game against Doncaster Rovers and the future game against Millwall to be high risk. The club have now put the following initiatives in place:

  1. There has now been a new fence (pictured above) installed on the Hamil Road car park from the Club Shop to the boundary wall. This fence will be extended to the boundary wall next to Hamil Road in the future.
  2. For the Doncaster Rovers game and other games to be advised during the course of the season the Hamil Road car park, segregated by the new fence, will be used for away spectators mini buses and coaches to park.
  3. Vale Social (formerly Tommy Cheadles) will be an away fan venue only on designated games, starting with the game against Doncaster Rovers.

The statement concludes: “I ask you, our fans, to understand and accept the changes that I have had to implement on match days and personally request that you enjoy the game tomorrow and it be remembered for what happens on the pitch.”