The Port Vale Supporters’ Club has urged the Valiants to extend an Early Bird season ticket offer in a bid to bolster attendance figures for the new campaign.
Fans could take advantage of a discounted price before June 30 and the club managed to sell 2,835 season tickets before that window closed. That is broadly in line with sales for the 2017/18 season, which represents a strong performance considering the club battled relegation last year.
Yet Port Vale Supporters’ Club chairman Mark Porter believes the club could get to the 4,000 mark if they extend the offer, ensuring a more raucous atmosphere at home games. “It’s positive that so many Vale fans have bought season tickets despite such a dire season,” he said. “I do think the club could build on that and sell more though, especially with the feel-good factor of the World Cup. I would be tempted to extend the Early Bird offer to the start of the season. I know people have committed and got their season tickets early so extending it might not do us any favours in that respect, but I think if the club did extend the deadline we could get close to 4,000.”
The club thanked the fans that have backed the team by snapping up season tickets. “You the fans, stick by us through thick and thin and seeing your support carrying on into the new season gives Neil, his staff, the players and staff at the club that extra little boost that’s needed,” it said in a statement. An Early Bird extension might help drum up greater sales, but the best way to drive increased attendances is by playing well and exciting fans with dynamic attacking football and resolute defending. We can only hope that supporters will be treated to more thick than thin in the forthcoming season.
The odds compilers paint a relatively optimistic portrayal of Vale’s chances. Read a and find out how to enjoy some of the most competitive odds on the market, and you will see that the Valiants are all the way out at 16/1 to be relegated. That leaves them ahead of Tranmere, Oldham, Carlisle, Exeter, Cambridge, Grimsby, Cheltenham, Stevenage, Newport, Forest Green, Crewe, Crawley, Macclesfield, Yeovil and Morecambe in the betting and in the bookmakers’ estimations. Only eight teams – Colchester, Bury Town, Lincoln, Northampton, Swindon, Mansfield, Notts County and MK Dons – have longer odds. In the promotion odds, Vale are between 7/2 and 7/1, showing that some bookies have more confidence in them than others.
If it pans out as expected, Port Vale fans can look forward to the team finishing in the top-half of the table, and perhaps making a push for the playoffs. That would be a vast improvement on the dismal 2017/18, which saw them finish just a point above the drop zone. They have certainly been busy in the transfer market. Emmanuel Oyeleke, Scott Brown, Brendon Daniels, Louis Dodds, Leon Legge, Luke Joyce, Connell Rawlinson, Theo Vasssell, Ricky Miller, Scott Quigley and Idris Kanu have all been recruited and that should provide a really fresh new dynamic to the squad.
There have also been several departures, with no fewer than 16 players leaving the club, either released, moved on a free transfer or having come to the end of their loan spells. That should help clear a lot of the gloom that surrounded proceedings last season, and it will be intriguing to see how the new signings gel with those players that remain. Vale’s campaign gets underway in less than a month at home to Cambridge Utd, and that will offer a great opportunity to lay down a market for a better campaign, and perhaps to sell a few more season tickets.