Port Vale fans’ enthusiasm for a game against a Stoke City U21 side is evident by the latest ticket news ahead of the fixture.
The Valiants will take on neighbours Stoke City’s U21 side in the knock-out stages of the Checkatrade Trophy.
Stoke City have revealed that the away end has sold-out with 4,100 tickets sold wheras Vale say they have only sold 300 home tickets.
The news is hardly surprising. The introduction of U21 sides (or B teams) into the competition has ostracised many fans and has drawn much criticism (including our piece here) and to be drawn against a local rival’s B team is clearly a step too far for Vale fans used to competing with (and often beating) the Stoke senior side.
Port Vale owner Norman Smurthwaite has a different opinion and has appealed to Vale fans to turn up telling the media: “I can understand home fans having a view but I don’t think this is the way to do it because this competition will continue, it will not die, it will continue to propser and eventually it will get the people behind it. How long that takes, who knows?”
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