Port Vale Supporters Club announce protest march details

The official Port Vale Supporters club have announced details of a pre-match protest against the running of the club by owner Norman Smurthwaite.

The protest has been organised following a vote of no confidence in Smurthwaite by attendees at the last Supporters Club meeting.

An email sent to Supporters Club members by chairman Mark Porter says that fans are asked to gather at 2pm at Burslem Town Hall.

Fifteen minutes later there will be a march to Vale Park protesting until 2:45pm.

Explaining the reason for the march, Porter’s email says: “We have seen none of the promised £400,000 investment, generated by the sale of Jordan Hugill, the Checkatrade cup run and TV revenue from the FA Cup match against Sunderland, in the team.

“The last three years has seen Vale plunge down the Football League and once again we stand on the precipice of relegation to non-league football.”

However, the red card protest that was planned for Saturday’s game has been postponed, as a mark of respect following the sad passing of footballing legend, Gordon Banks.

The Supporters Club are also keen to reiterate to fans that this is a peaceful protest and fans should be respectful of each other regardless of whether they wish to take part in the protest or not.

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