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  1. Making lots of huge assumptions (and trusting the ticketing hub to be giving accurate information in LS and Railway), I think we've sold around 6500 tickets so far. I'd expect another 1500 to go in the next 72 hours, which takes us up to 8000.

  2. 2 hours ago, DaneValiant said:

    Are the Swindon fans being given the full length of the Bycars (or in the half right next to the Lorne Street)? I have a spare season ticket seat and my wife wants to come. But I don't think it's her best starting point if she's sitting in seat 38 with a bunch of teenage Two-Can Van Dammes sat as close as possible to home fans after having a few lager tops...

    I imagine that the whole front section (ie, anything below the walkway) will be netted off, so away fans are nowhere near any home fans.

  3. On 12/05/2022 at 18:49, Jacko51 said:

    You weren’t there in the queue between 3.15 and 3.55 this afternoon then???  I didn’t see you. 

    Jacko - you're a terrific fan, the epitomy of what makes football great in this country.

    But, you're not convincing me that you gambled on missing our first play off match since 1993. You'll have known in advance that you had a ticket put aside for you, and you will have picked it up in a brown envelope with your name on the front.

  4. 22 minutes ago, PV1973 said:

    Who exactly are the “chosen few” that you’re hunting down? 

    I'm not hunting anyone down, although it sounds like a lot of fun.

    Just interested in the defence of a system that is so clearly in need of a revamp. There's also a lack of transparency over who is getting to the front of the queue before they go on sale to 'normal fans'. If one of the advantages of being a club sponsor, box holder, or programme contributor is that you get access to tickets before everyone else, then so be it but let that be known and give more accurate information to fans queuing up in person about the actual allocations. The Exeter fiasco has led to such paranoia that people (needlessly) have camped overnight or spent hours on the car park again. It's also incredibly tinpot to excuse it by pointing our that smaller clubs than us also have issues in this regard. We're Port Vale, not Mansfield-<ovf censored>-Town.

    The daft thing is, a fit-for-purpose online ticketing hub with an incorporated loyalty points system would be to the advantage of the poster I'm asking the question of, given they go to every single Port Vale match. There's no need to reserve tickets in a brown envelope when you'd be (rightly) at the front of the queue anyway.

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  5. 40 minutes ago, Breadwinner said:

    Sorted for home and away tickets nephew queuing from 1 a.m for away tickets ,45 minute wait for home tickets as would have got them at the ground but queue was that large thought I'd do it through Port Vale ifollow tickets 45 mins that took it was a long and painful process but got there in the end UTV.
    Sorry hear folk having a nightmare

    Let' get the Hamil rocking, Breadie.

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  6. 5 hours ago, Jacko51 said:

    But how many were left for the "plebs" out of the 575 for Barrow and they still struggled to sell out???

    Jacko, it seems like you're heavily defending the policy of keeping loads of tickets for the 'chosen few'.

    Is that because you're one of them? Can't remember ever seeing you queuing on Hamil Road for a ticket like the rest of us?

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  7. 1 minute ago, valefan79 said:

    Are tickets for the home game definitely going on sale at the same time on Thursday as the away game.  I can see this be an absolute nightmare if they are and people likely to be queing for a very long time.

    Why queue when you can get a home ticket sitting in your pants at home?

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  8. I've been in the Paddock and Stand for the past 20 years, but the truth is 200 away fans in the Hamil can make more noise than 1000 in the Railway. If you watch any away fan vlogs etc, you just can't hear us.

    I'll think 3000+ of us in the Hamil next Thursday will be worth a goal.

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  9. 2 hours ago, ladymedina said:

    If I remember correctly did this not happen a few years back when Wolves came last game of the season?

    Yeah we gave them Hamil and Bycars. They filled the Hamil but had about 500 (max) in the Bycars.

    Was the day we got relegated from the Championship in 2000.

  10. 21 hours ago, Fosse69 said:
    22 hours ago, jjvale_03 said:
    There may be a million and one issues with Vale Park, but it needs explaining how it differs from other stadiums in the EFL.
    The access and facilities in three of the four stands at Crewe are worse than any at Vale. Sutton United is essentially Leek Town. At Harrogate there was two turnstiles and a small gate as an exit for Vale fans spread across two sides of the ground. Luton has already been mentioned. Southend is/was the same story. Apparently Barrow was laughable.
    It doesn't make sense or add up. There needs to be transparency between the club and supporters on something as serious as this. It's not great if the perception from fans is that the stadium manager is more interested in creating 'away day playlists' than ensuring we can get fans into the ground.

    Sutton and new clubs to the FL have 3 years to bring their grounds upto 5000 capacity, the rules for grounds above 10,000 capacity are more stringent. Vale's current restrictions are probably a matter of priorities since home crowds above 6,000 have been a rarity, away capacity is adequate.

    Crewe's capacity is >10k. Ditto Luton.

    I would still like to know how/why they are allowed 100% capacity yet we're restricted to 70% (?) in the Bycars and 60% (?) in the Railway. 

    If you've sat in the side stand at Crewe or behind the goal at Luton, you'll know the reason cannot be turnstiles, emergency access or facilities. If we're saying that the structures of our stands are unsafe, then surely we wouldn't be allowing any fans in. 

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  11. 48 minutes ago, robf said:

    I'm always at a disadvantage having lived out of the area for over 30 years but are there any "brownfield" areas that may be possibilities?

    The Rotherham stadium gets a lot of plaudits as a new build still in the centre of the city and that was built on the site of a former brewery.

    I do think the Rotherham one is an interesting comparison and they had no ground to sell to finance the move (they were tenants at the Don Valley).

    Their new 12,000 capacity stadium cost £20m but they immediately struck a five year naming deal with AESSEAL for a "six figure sum" each year. So conceivably in 20 years it would pay for itself just by that sponsorship deal alone.

     

    Think you've got your sums a bit wrong there, Rob.

    100k x 20 = 2m (not 20m)

  12. There may be a million and one issues with Vale Park, but it needs explaining how it differs from other stadiums in the EFL.

    The access and facilities in three of the four stands at Crewe are worse than any at Vale. Sutton United is essentially Leek Town. At Harrogate there was two turnstiles and a small gate as an exit for Vale fans spread across two sides of the ground. Luton has already been mentioned. Southend is/was the same story. Apparently Barrow was laughable.

    It doesn't make sense or add up. There needs to be transparency between the club and supporters on something as serious as this. It's not great if the perception from fans is that the stadium manager is more interested in creating 'away day playlists' than ensuring we can get fans into the ground.

  13. 4 hours ago, KEV.WILLIE said:

    It appears that we have virtually sold out again apart from the Bycars 

    Are we going to have the usual whinging when the ones who turn up at 14.59 can't get straight in 

    Don't be a plank.

    People turned up 40 minutes before kick off for the last game and missed the first two goals. 

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  14. Looked a game too far with a stretched squad.

    They were so confident on the ball and played some lovely stuff. That being said, they gifted us a few chances once we put them under pressure but we didn't take them. Dan Jones has to be hitting the target or getting their keeper sent off when Wilson sends him through. 

    Not going to be overly critical of Taylor given he won us the game on Friday with a superb cross, but two matches in 4 days when he's barely kicked a ball for 12 months was always going to be tough. He's not a holding midfielder and I'd have switched him and Garrity. 

    Two moments of pure class from Wilson - his touch and pass into Benning for our goal and his incredible turn and perfectly weighted through ball to Jones in the 2nd half - should've been enough for us to at least secure a point. So frustrating that we didn't get him and Proctor on the ball more given the quality they both have.

    Win the next two and go to Exeter needing a point. Still in our hands.

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  15. This has been coming all season.

    People lapping up having to stand on a carpark for 3 hours just to get a ticket for away matches and accepting it because someone brings you a hot drink. They've handed out 'Loyal supporters' scarves this morning to people who they told 15 minutes later to go home because it'd sold out. Talk about egg on face.

    And now, many people who have supported the club through thick and thin and have travelled up and down the country in good times (and more importantly bad) miss out on potentially the biggest game in a decade.

    Impose a loyalty scheme asap. We cannot have 5k+ ST holders who are all treated 'equally'. I say 'equally' because clearly today many tickets have been reserved before they went on sale to 'normal' ST holders and it stinks. One point per ticket purchased (home and away) running over a 3-5 year period. Then sell tickets in batches as per loyalty points. Smaller allocation, more loyalty points needed to get to the front of the queue. It's so, so easy and something nearly all other clubs in the EFL have in some form. 

    Quite frankly, the ticketing at Port Vale is worse than it was under Norman and V2001. And if that's not embarrassing enough to kick the club into some action here then I'm not sure what is.

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  16. 21 minutes ago, ethan and archies dad said:

    slightly off the match topic but i have just been told Salford are losing £91k a week and Tom Elliot is on 6k a week! madness on those gates

    The 91k is true - they published their accounts this week.

    They've lost £15m in total since that tosser Neville took over. Inly going to end in tears.

  17. I went to Sunderland v Crewe the other Saturday.

    Crewe were the better side for 70 mins, and Chris Long missed 3 really presentable chances to put them in front. They were well organised, played some cute stuff (as you'd expect) and had a couple of Smith-type no-nonsense CBs (one of whom is just 18!). They bullied Defoe and Stewart out of the game and were only undone by an impressive Patrick Roberts cameo off the bench.

    They'll go down but be fine next season once they come out of the slump and remember how to score/win a few games, especially if they find a half decent striker. 

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